Eastside diners have a fresh dining destination focused on local fare. Today, the Heathman Hotel on Kirkland Avenue opens Hearth, its new American restaurant with — that’s right — a hearth oven firing up meats, seafood, and vegetables sourced from nearby farms. Among the more intriguing menu items are a chicken from Mary’s Farm on top of a Rainier can, served with nueskes bacon and medjool dates, and an Idaho trout dish roasted in corn husks and stuffed with crab. There’s also a brunch menu that features croissant French toast topped with caramelized bourbon apples and smoked maple syrup, along with build-your-own mimosa options. Those who want to booze it up even more can find an extensive menu of cocktails, such as the seasonal Summers Flock, with vodka, white peach, bird’s eye chili aperol, and yuzu sour.
Hearth’s space is warm, casual, and kid-friendly — menu items for the little ones include pizza and health sides, such as fruit and carrots — with an open kitchen that plans to experiment with pickling and braising meats. Chef Adam Johnson is a Washington native has worked mostly in the hotel hospitality industry, at the Cave B Inn and Spa in Quincy and Rosario Resort and Spa on Orcas Island (featured on Eater Seattle’s list of essential places to dine in that area).
Kirkland’s dining scene certainly can use a fresh boost. There are a few fantastic mainstays, such as Cafe Juanita, but the neighborhood doesn’t typically land a ton of highly anticipated new openings each year. Hearth hopes to be versatile enough to fill voids in date night options, family dinners, happy hours, and weekend brunches. The new restaurant replaces Trellis, the well-received spot that closed back in March.