Welcome back to Eater Seattle's Something for the Weekend column. Every Friday, you probably ask the same question: Where should I eat and drink this weekend? Covering brunch, dinner, and everything in between, here, now, three places to try.
December 16, 2016
Brian Clevenger's new West Seattle restaurant, Raccolto, is a sibling to his Madrona pasta spot, Vendemmia. The bright, modern space is a welcome addition to West Seattle's booming dining scene, and Clevenger's exquisite pasta is as good as ever. Standouts include the hamachi crudo; foie gras mousse on crostini; the Dungeness crab salad with apple, fennel, and snap peas; and tagliatelle with wild mushroom and crème fraiche.
Sweet Iron Waffles
At Sweet Iron's sunny new cafe on Capitol Hill, pair a mimosa or espresso with the cafe's sweet or savory real Liège waffles. Each waffle is studded with sugar pearls and topped with ingredients like Nutella, chocolate sauce, bacon, goat cheese, and more. The new location has plenty of room to sit and stay a while.
Just-opened Batch Bar in Interbay is your first opportunity to dine on Windy City Pie's excellent deep-dish pizza in-house. The new space involves a distillery library dedicated to showing off spirits produced in Washington alongside deep-dish slices, a full menu of specialty pies, and build-your-own options.
December 2, 2016
If you haven't dined at cozy Girin, now's the time. The restaurant just released its house-brewed makgeolli, an old-school Korean fermented rice beverage trending again — and it seems to be the only place in the United States producing the alcohol. Not only that, but the food is deeply flavorful and pairs beautifully with the slightly sour, effervescent, and newly trendy makgeolli. The Girin team works Pacific Northwest ingredients into modern takes on Korean classics, and there's a lot of fermentation wizardry happening beyond the makgeolli here, with several outstanding versions of house kimchi available to complement your meal.
Lovely Marjorie has a new chef at the helm, Isaac Hutchins, who comes over from RN74. Hutchins is experimenting with Northwest ingredients and adding his own flair to the menu. It seems everything he touches is damn near perfect, with an eclectic menu ranging from chicken tikka masala to parsnip apple soup to a carrot risotto with ricotta cheese. It's time to revisit the romantic restaurant if you haven't been in a while, and Hutchins' food is a great excuse to make your first reservation if you're new to Marjorie. Don't forget to order the signature plantain chips with the dip trio — the carrot butter is a sublime standout.
Schilling Cider House
Want to try the latest and greatest ciders from regional producers? Schilling Cider House has you covered. Settle in with friends over a board game and stay a while, trying a flight or a full pour at a time. The experts behind the bar, as well as a color-coded system for judging sweetness, will help you make an educated decision. Though really, if you love cider, the tap list is well thought out, and you can't go wrong.