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After a fun afternoon tenpin bowling at Garage Billiards, we sought reprieve from the darkness that was the end of daylight saving. The sister restaurant of the soon-to-be relocated Restaurant Zoë, Quinn’s gastropub is at the busy corner of Pike and 10th.

I love the architecture of Capitol Hill. Single or double story buildings are converted into spacious gathering places with floor to ceiling windows and mezzanine levels.

The entrance curtain parted to reveal a moodily lit loft. The bar is at the front and there are tables on the ground floor and upstairs.

We were seated by the window upstairs with a view of neon signs and street traffic. The wall was decorated with animal themed artwork, including these drawings of a plump pig and cow.

A majestic sheep grace the cover of the menu.

Water was served in recycled liquor bottles of varying shapes and sizes. Ours was Sazerac rye whiskey.

We chose a cider each. In a salvaged jar was a draught apple cider blended with apricot. In a flute was a pear cider made in the style of Champagne.

Topped with a pink cow shaped pin etched with ‘M rare’, the burger of Painted Hills beef, bacon, cheddar and mayonnaise was served with a bowl of French fries. The thick beef patty was juicy and the sturdy bun held the burger contents together without getting soggy.

Two generous portions of battered fish fillets rested on French fries, and were plated with pots of tomato sauce and tartare sauce. The batter was light and crispy, coating the succulent and flaky fish evenly. It was the best fish and chips I’ve had in Seattle!

The dessert items were priced at three dollars each and were perfect tasting size. I paired the chocolate ho ho with coffee ice cream. Studded with roasted hazelnuts and a round wafer, the ice cream was smooth and creamy but light on caffeine.

The chocolate ho ho was a cream log encased in chocolate ganache. It was pleasantly sweet with the texture of sponge cake.

We look forward to the re-opening of Restaurant Zoë in January 2012!

The last of the Aussie visitors has been in the Four Corners region for a couple of months. Ms W was enjoying a weekend in a city, and we had lunch with her in the heart of Seattle. Pike Place Market was crowded on Seafair weekend but we were seated quickly at Etta’s.

With a long street frontage, Etta’s has two dining rooms separated by the entrance foyer. Both have an abundance of natural light and have booths for cosy conversations.

Dozens of colourful glass lamp shades hang from the ceiling and vibrant paintings decorate the walls. The corner bar was full and the TV tuned to a sports channel.

We were all curious about the Bloody Freeman brunch cocktail and Ms W bravely ordered one. Our eyes widened and there was a collective exclamation when the waiter delivered it.

A roasted pork rib balanced precariously on a toothpick of olive and asparagus. The short glass of house Bloody Mary was thickly rimmed with salt and served with a ‘beer caddy’.

Ms W declared the meaty rib delicious. The Bloody Mary was strong and the beer chaser was a palate cleanser for her meal.

The burger fiend that he is, Mr S chose the Oregon beef burger with smoky Jack cheese, bacon and fries. We’re yet to get accustomed to being asked how we would like our patties cooked. ‘Well done’ is my automatic response for it’s not steak!

Mr S rated this burger ‘good’. The bun was a little large for the patty but the strips of bacon were crispy and the shoestring fries crunchy.

I was mulling over the Hangtown fry, bacon scramble with fried oysters and spicy sour cream. Mr S dislikes cooked oysters and advised against it so I opted for the fish fry. Encased in golden crumbs, the pieces of Alaskan cod were flaky and moist which I dipped repeatedly in the tangy tartare sauce.

We heard a deep rumble as we were leaving and looked out to see the Blue Angels roar across the sky in formation.

Ms W farewelled us with a party invitation and we weaved through the masses to fill our bag with summer fruits.


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