In this week's restaurant reviews, Seattle Times critic Providence Cicero scopes out Tom Douglas's latest, The Carlile Room.
Cicero awards it three stars despite its convoluted concept: "The Carlile basks in the glow of the Paramount Theatre marquee, and it is clearly designed to capture theater throngs and convention crowds. The energy in the room rises and falls accordingly. One night, I had tickets to a show and so hurried through a cioppino-like seafood stew called 'pepper pot.' Though its pièce de résistance, grilled salmon collar, was over-charred, I savored the tiny clams and shrimp, ribbons of squid and chunks of rockfish in a tomato sauce feisty with Mama Lil's peppers."