Eating Out in Seattle | April Edition

May 1, 2014 · 0 comments

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April

Clockwise from top right – Sautéed Mushroom crepes with Fresh spinach, earthy shitake, crimini & oyster mushrooms sautéed w/ shallots & thyme. Finished with Gruyère & a drizzle of balsamic; Caramelized Pear Crepe and Spicy Sausage ~ Egg ~ Cheddar Cheese BREAKFAST TACOS. Served on flour tortillas.

We used to eat out a lot before lil V was born and lot of such plans were impromptu. Now a days, we still manage to eat out quite a bit but not as impromptu as before. We have also started going out for separate dinners more with our friends, for a girls’ night out or a guys’ night out and we are also sneaking in a few happy hours while the kiddo is still at daycare!

A few weekends ago, we went for a brunch at one of our favorite brunch places in Seattle – Citizen in Queen Anne. We had a good sumptuous meal of the Sautéed Mushroom crepe for myself, the Spicy sausage and egg tacos for AJ and some Caramelized pear crepes for dessert. We also ordered some scrambled eggs and a fruit bowl for lil V. There wasn’t a kids menu specifically, but we ordered off the sides menu and it worked just fine.

April1

Clockwise from top right – Stuffed Tofu “Aburaage” – fried asparagus, green garlic, miso-basil sauce; Hearts of Palm Salad – avocado, passion fruit, salted plum crackers; Ma‘ono Saimin – Smoked pork and shoyu broth, spam, country ham, cured egg, scallion, fishcake, nori and Coconut Shave Ice – Haupia custard, basil seeds, evaporated milk

The Seattle Restaurant Week was coming to an end and we wanted to go somewhere before it ended. I just couldn’t wait for fall for the next edition. I picked Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whiskey because it was the only place with an earlier reservation available. All others we wanted to go to were after 8.00 and we know that lil V won’t be the most cooperative table companion at that time. I will have to say that the experience was meh at best. I ordered off the SRW menu and AJ had the Ma’ono Saimin – a pork broth with noodles, fishcake etc. He seemed to enjoy it a little. I had the Hearts of Palm salad as the appetizer, which was honestly the only thing on menu that I liked. It was sort of very refreshing and sweet and earthy all at the same time! I did not care much for the Stuffed Tofu. The dessert was good but it was a whole lot of it and we did not even get to finishing half of it. We also got their famous fried chicken to-go. AJ had it for lunch the next day and though he liked it, he said eh has had better fried chicken! So, there you go!

April3

Clockwise from top right – Grilled Halloumi Cheese; Marble Potatoes cooked in the fire; Roasted Brussel Sprouts; Young Lettuces and Herb Salad; Bluebird Grain’s Emmer – Farro and Wood Baked Gigante Beans

I went to Westward and Little Gull Grocery with my girlfriends (who were all food bloggers at one time and that is how we got to know each other) for a night out. Though I may not go back there for the food that much, I will definitely be back there for their drinks and dessert (unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of that). For dinner, we had the Grilled Haloumi cheese which was a hit. I absolutely loved it. The marbled potatoes were very blah and the brussel sprouts, though nicely roasted, could have done with a tad bit more salt. The young lettuces and herb salad was a total miss but the Farro was quite delicious and the baked beans were not quite bad.

Butternut Squash Enchiladas - Crisp white corn tortillas with Jack and goat cheeses, sautéed spinach, roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, mole rojo, guacamole. — at Cactus Restaurant.

Butternut Squash Enchiladas – Crisp white corn tortillas with Jack and goat cheeses, sautéed spinach, roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, mole rojo, guacamole

This is from yet another girls’ night out I went to with another set of my girlfriends. We met at Cactus in Kirkland and had a good time there. It was crowded and there was long wait as it was a Friday night, but we scored some seats at the bar and ordered drinks while we waited for our table. We had a few other things, but I remember the butternut squash enchiladas which are one of my favorite things to eat there and we also had the roasted potatoes tacos ( I don’t have a picture of that) which was pretty delicious too. The Three Milk Cuban Flan was so out of the world but the Cowgirl Brownie was very so-so. Overall, we had a good time there!

April2

Downtown Donkey and Season of the Witch and fresh baked pretzels!

This one is the happy hour that AJ and I sneaked in one day at RN74 while lil V was still in daycare. It was such a brilliant idea and we plan to do that more! He had the Downtown Donkey which he loved and is a favorite of mine too. But I had the Season of the Witch that day, which was pretty good and pretty potent too. AJ had the sliders and we also ordered the fresh pretzels with mustard from the happy hour menu. There weren’t many other vegetarian options other than a mac and cheese. The pretzels were salty and fresh and the mustard was just soo good that we literally ate all of it! It was pricey for just a happy hour but it was date and well worth it!

I’ll keep track of where we eat in the month of May and will be back in a month with Eating Out in Seattle – May Edition!

Westward on Urbanspoon Cactus on Urbanspoon Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky on Urbanspoon Citizen on Urbanspoon RN74 on Urbanspoon

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