Like to eat? I do! So when I signed on with Restauranteers to shoot a few restaurants in Seattle, I was ecstatic! Some are "up-and-comers", and some are already at the top, but all these restaurants have one thing in common - awesome food! Restauranteers partners with several premier restaurants in Seattle, and offers substantial savings for their members. After shooting about a dozen restaurant interiors & dishes, I have compiled hundreds of photos, but here are a few of my favorites. Just follow the "read more" link below. Oh yeah, if you want to check out some great deals, visit Restauranteers at their website: http://www.restauranteers.com/.
Maximilien is tucked away in Pike's market. You wouldn't expect to find such fine dining with spectacular views as you struggle through the bustling marketplace. However, it is worth the hassles of parking, and shoving through tourists.
Enjoy that view with a glass of white wine and some fish.
I believe this is part of Maximilien's Duo de Fois Gras.
The butter brioche portion of the Duo de Fois Gras.
Milagro Cantina's Lubina: Sea bass with tomatoes, chiles, capers, and an oregano rice.
Here's their braised lamb shank.
Their Paella, with some generous sea scallops, mussels, shrimp, and other seafood.
Ray's boathouse - I've only eaten brunch their, but their view and atmosphere is killer. I managed to scrounge up a few minutes to nab a portrait with the generous chef. Tungsten WB with a 1/2 CTO gelled flash on a bland day makes for some nice drama, and killer skies.
Here's a nice grilled fish accompanied by rice and bok choy.
I don't like crab cakes. But this, I'll eat.
Speaking of crab, you like Alaskan?
June was definitely another favorite on my list. It's tucked away in the Madrona / Leschi neighbourhood, but the quaint environment is welcoming.
Solid, unique drinks, and fresh "reminds me of spring" entrees are appetizing.
Like Anthony Bourdain, I too, am an "egg slut".
Sweet Potato Gnocchi.
Chef Doug Wilson at Ten Mercer in lower Queen Anne.
Start off with a grilled Romaine Salad.
Penn Cove Mussels in spicy curry sauce.
Le Grand Bistro may actually be one reason to venture out to Kirkland: they have a killer waterfront patio in case you ever have a sudden need for a patio beer on the east side. Alternatively, you could mellow out with a cappucino and cookie.
French Onion soup with Gruyere cheese.
Boeuf Bourguignon, I believe.
Dinette was one of the coolest spaces I shot (no room to show it here though, it'll come up on another plog).
Their plates were very refreshing, and had a very organic, rustic, homey feel to them. Start with a butter lettuce salad.
In the mood for some pasta? Their menu changes frequently - I hope this is still on there!
Goat cheese and Ricotta Tart with Lemon cream & Rhubarb Compote.
The Tin Table on Pine Street was definitely another favorite, in terms of a restaurant with a cool ambience. In fact, any time there's a giant brick wall in a restaurant, I'm all over it.
Add a "tin table" that's part metal, and part wood, and it looks even cooler.
Although I never order chicken at a restaurant, this one had me reconsidering.
Ready for dessert? Two "Ss" because you always want more, right?
As far as unique dishes go, I was most impressed with Blackboard Bistro. It's unfortunate the dining environment wasn't as much up to par, though.
This is their Seared Feta Cheese, artichokes, oven roasted tomatoes, spinach, and white balsamic.
I can't confirm with their current menu, but I believe this is their take on Chicken and Dumplings.
Well, that was a blast, and now I'm full! I hope you enjoyed salivating over these dishes - I know I did! Hopefully I will have some more for you in the future as Restauranteers begins their launch. If you like these photos, do me a favor and "like" the fanbox on the left will ya? It helps promote the site. Thanks!