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Hanna Raskin Crawls Steakhouse Happy Hours; BJC Reviews Belltown Green Leaf

Belle Clementine
Belle Clementine
Photo: S. Pratt / ESEA

Seattle Weekly's restaurant reviewer Hanna Raskin paired up with the paper's music writer Chris Kornelis and reviewed several steakhouse happy hours. Service journalism at its best, people: "[C]arnivores can spend like paupers, but eat like kings." Raskin and Kornelis take on Capital Grille, El Gaucho, Sullivan's of Seattle, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, Metropolitan Grill, Morton's Steakhouse, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This review answers several questions: Where can you find pineapple-infused vodka? Live piano-player during happy hour? Generous helpings of blue cheese? Go to Sullivan's on Thursday nights, and you will have the answer to all of these questions.

The Stranger's food writer Bethany Jean Clement visits the Belltown Green Leaf and says it's even better than the original. Green Leaf expanded beyond its original home in the I.D. and opened at the Labor Temple in May. Clement concludes that everything on the menu is so good—soups, salads, entrees—you can safely order at random. Here's hoping that Green Leaf sticks around, and the endless parade of places "no one remembers" inhabiting the Labor Temple basement can cease.

Providence Cicero reviews David Sanford's Belle Clementine for the Seattle Times. Cicero awards the supper club/restaurant two and a half stars and says that Sanford is particularly talented working with vegetables. Though sharing your table with strangers can be a turn off, Cicero concludes, "Belle Clementine is part restaurant, part social experiment. It goes a long way toward succeeding as both. Whether you agree will depend on what kind of eater you are." If you're as adventurous as Cicero, you'll probably enjoy this spot.

· The Seattle Steakhouse Happy-Hour Tour [Seattle Weekly]
· Orchids at the Labor Temple [The Stranger]
· Belle Clementine: Surprise Menu, Dinner-Party Atmosphere, Locally Sourced Food [Seattle Times]

Green Leaf

2800 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Belle Clementine

5451 Leary Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 257-5761 Visit Website