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General Porpoise – Seattle, WA

My husband for months now has been describing in detail how amazing the filled doughnuts at General Porpoise are however I have yet to have one until just recently.  I typically don’t like filled doughnuts, I’m kind of a purist with mine BUT…I am a total sucker for marshmallow anything so I’ve been salivating thinking about the chocolate marshmallow one.  OH. MY. GOD. THESE ARE UNREAL!  No wonder there’s a line every day to get one (or 3 if you’re me – I’m pregnant – that’s my excuse).  The doughnuts are perfectly soft and sugar coated and the filling is just the right amount such that you get a perfectly balanced bite every time.

If you’re needing an idea for a brunch, shower, or party treat – you can pre-order online!

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Bateau – Seattle, WA

My oh my this place is a beauty!  From the perfect interior design choices to the awesome meat cooler on display, Renee Erickson (along with her partners at Sea Creatures), has opened another stunner.  Bateau is going to get a lot of press and it will all be well deserved.  The focus is grass-finished beef (soon to be from their own farm on Whidbey Island) from Burk Ridge Farms and Painted Hills that is butchered and dry-aged in house.

I have no problem admitting that yes, I’m that person that typically orders fish at a steakhouse.  It’s not that I don’t care for meat but I just gravitate towards seafood most of the time.  Not here.  I couldn’t resist the filet topped with browned butter and preserved lemon (you get your choice of butter – nori bonito, brown butter and preserved lemon, bone marrow or anchovy).  My husband got the ribeye with the same butter.  Both were outstanding!  I couldn’t eat the full 8oz but it was delicious the second day with eggs for breakfast.  The steaks are served a la carte but there are so many great sides to accompany them.  We decided on the frites and aioli, roasted mushrooms and swiss chard.  We also started with the steak tartare (served with homemade potato chips) and octopus.  Both were unbelievable.  The octopus was served so beautifully like I’ve never seen before, sliced into little coin like disks topped with a small dots of burnt lemon, roasted pepper and ink aioli.

You’ll most definitely need a reservation to eat here so get one soon before they get more attention.  Bravo Renee!

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Octopus – burnt lemon, peppers, in aioli

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Steak Tartare – egg yolk, fried potatoes

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Filet – Burk Ridge, Custer, WA, grass finished & dry aged 30 days, 8oz

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Frites & Aioli

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Roasted Mushrooms – egg yolk, toasted garlic

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Swiss Chard – garlic, preserved lemon, créme fraîche

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Boat Street Bread Pudding – rum butter cream

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Boat Street Cafe – Seattle, WA

Another Renee Erickson favorite of mine, Boat Street Cafe is one of my go to places for lunch.  They also offer brunch and dinner (on most days/nights).  The ingredients are such great quality and the food isn’t fussy which is so refreshing sometimes.

One of my favorite lunch items is the chicken sandwich with fresh basil and lemon pepper mayonnaise.  I’ve attempted to recreate it at home and have to say, I’m not that far off.  But the original is always better:)  Their baguettes are from Columbia City Bakery and are some of the best in the city!

Magali Tomato SoupPotato and Salmon Cakes with Remoulade, Fresh Beets, Salad and Baguette…another favorite of mine!

the Walrus and the Carpenter – Seattle, WA

There’s a reason this restaurant has been named one of Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurants in America in 2011.  The food is so well executed and different and the atmosphere couldn’t be more charming.  They offer a number of small plates broken down into a few categories: oysters, pantry, garden, fish & shellfish, meat, cheese, and sweets.  The menu constantly changes giving you another reason to continually go back.  The only drawback is that reservations aren’t taken and considering how small the space is you’re usually waiting an hour to get in…however…there IS Staple and Fancy next door and Dutch Bikes which both are excellent places to grab a drink beforehand.

Oysters: sammish sweets (my favorite!!!), barron point and blue pool)fried brussels sprouts, chives, sea saltsmoked trout, pickled onion, lentils, walnuts, créme fraichesalmon tartare, sauerkraut, celery leaf, carawaymaple bread pudding, espresso butter sauce, whipped cream

I can honestly say it’s one of the BEST desserts I’ve ever had in my entire life!

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