Here’s a quick roundup of places visited in the last two weeks, bulleted-list style!
- RN74 – As usual, one of the more diverse and approachable wine lists, and probably the only place I’m drinking Burgundy of late. A little surprised at the super early downtown Seattle last call this past weekend, but other than that, it continues to be a place to meet and greet locals and visitors alike.
- The Old Sage – This Cap Hill spot has grown on me a bit. While I’m torn on the pricing a bit, it’s got one of the better cocktail vibes when the place gets buzzing, and hanging out with Myles Burroughs at the bar is always a win. If they have the sashimi, order it. Trust me.
- Spinasse – Since an iffy first visit, Spinasse has continued to impress. Enjoyed a 1997 Fontanafredda Barolo with dinner.
- The London Plane – Looking to enjoy a glass (or bottle) of vino and munch on some meats, cheeses etc.? Put this spot on your list. Well-priced, comfortable, and a great chat-and-watch-people spot in Pioneer Square.
- Golden Beetle – We’d been stalking this spot for brunch or dinner for some time, and finally bit the bullet. It was about 2-3 tables deep while we were there on a weekend for brunch, and felt a little up-and-down (though super polite) on the service side from a time-until-your-drink-order-then-your-food perspective. The burger – down to the bread – was fantastic, however, and I thoroughly enjoyed the spiced donuts. Typically enjoy Maria Hines restaurants, and we’ll have to visit again for dinner.
- Darby Winery – Visited for Darby’s most recent release, and snagged some of the 2011 Discovery Syrah, which I’m fairly into right now. Have been really impressed with the last 2-3 releases from Darby and team, and think they continue to move the needle.