If you're a Tony Bourdain fan, you can follow in his footsteps, dining at the hot spots he hit during his Layover finale in Seattle, which aired in February, but often repeats on Travel Channel.
Such a lovely place, near the historic Pike Place Market, though it feels like a slice of Paris with its long list of charcuterie and cheese and well-chosen wines. Start with a French 75 and then indulge in an order of steak-frites or, if the weather's chilly, a steaming bowl of the best onion soup in the city. Oui! Oui!
Big, big fan of chef Matt Dillon's big, big flavors. He mines herbs and spices that confound the most seasoned palates, waking them up in the best possible way. Love the ever-changing menu that showcases vividly fresh produce and interesting takes on meats/seafood. The kitchen manages to turn lentils and poached eggs into something you cannot stop eating. Bravo! And, oh, yeah, Matt won the James Beard Foundation's award for best chef in the Northwest in 2012. Well-deserved, and we look forward to more good stuff at his new project launching in Pioneer Square in 2013.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Pike Place Market neighborhood. Great food and prices and the location is terrific, too. Standouts include the daily specials, the crack-your-own crab and amazing meat from the rotisserie. You cannot make a bad choice on the dessert menu. It's all good.