Posts Tagged ‘Tom Douglas’

Michael Mina coming to Seattle

August 18, 2010

Seattle definitely has a place on the map when it comes to eating.  Ethan Stowell, Tom Douglas, Chef in the Hat (Thierry Rautureau) run culinary empires around here.  Add Michael Mina to the list next Spring.

Bringing the Burgundy, France-inspired magic from his San Francisco enterprise RN74, Mina is planning to set up Seattle’s RN74 shop at the corner of 4th & Pike in downtown Seattle. 

It’s an interesting location for Mina.  The space is in the Joshua Green Building, a historical landmark that is being restored from the inside out.  While the restaurant alone is a big draw (Michael Mina’s food is a must-try for me), I’m also interested to see that “out” part.  The corner of 4th & Pike isn’t the fanciest of downtown Seattle locations.  Witness: Businesses in the vicinity have closed up these locations (RIP: Sharper Image & Ben Bridge), and the bus stop outside of RN74’s promised location is constantly packed with interesting patrons headed on the Metro routes to Capitol Hill.  Fast forward to nighttime – dinner time – and the crowd just gets more colorful. 

That said, with just a short walk to Westlake Center, Pike Place Market – straddling the city’s financial district and retail core, there is a lot of promise for this corner.


photo courtesy of  Joshua Green Building

future site of RN74


Back to inside …



photos courtesy of  michael mina



Mina is expected to import much of the menu and the Euro-rail styling (check out the fabulous railway time tables in the top photo above, and in detail below!) from his San Francisco location, with the requisite local twist.  The wine list will offer a selection of wines from Washington and Oregon, but will stay true to its namesake, the winegrowing area on Burgundy’s Route Nationale 74, which is said to be home to some of the greatest vineyards in the world. 

As for the food, his San Francisco menu could certainly be infused with Pacific Northwest fare.  Perhaps the cheese selection might give some credit to Washington’s fledgling artisan cheese industry and feature creamery goodness from the Washington State Cheesemakers Association, or perhaps beef from sea breeze farm or  Baron Farms will show up on the menu. 


hello railway time tables!  GENIUS.

photo courtesy of michael mina


Whatever appears on the plate is sure to be good.  Mina’s accolades are long and impressive.   Mark your calendars for March 2011.  Cannot wait to try & taste what Mina has in store for Seattle!


Lisa’s Top 5 Seattle Restaurants

March 18, 2010

I am proud to call the Pacific Northwest my home. I love the mountains, the ocean, the rain, and especially the food. Seattleites are spoiled by fresh seafood, an abundance of farmers’ markets, local wineries, and an assortment of highly acclaimed restaurants. I took this as an opportunity to compile a list of my top five favorite Seattle dinner restaurants.

Anchovies and Olives (Capitol Hill): Chef Ethan Stowell’s new restaurant features fresh Northwest seafood prepared Italian nouveau cuisine flair paired with an extensive wine list. The dining room is elegant and modern, yet has a very welcoming and down-to-earth atmosphere. Most of the dishes are small plates and meant to be enjoyed family-style. I would recommend ordering two or three dishes per person. Many of the dishes have unique, bold ingredient combinations for adventuresome diners.

Bastille (Ballard): Bastille is a charming neighborhood restaurant featuring delectable French cuisine. The black arches, ornate ceiling molds, and crystal light fixtures give this restaurant a great ambiance that evokes Paris’ Gare du Nord. In addition to its stunning dining room, Bastille also has a swanky back bar and rooftop garden where Bastille’s chefs grow the lettuce and herbs. My favorite menu items include the beat salad, mussels, and their winning French fries. Bastille also features a $5 happy hour menu daily from 4:30pm-6pm and Sunday-Thursday evenings from 10pm-1am.

Dahlia Lounge and other Tom Douglas Restaurants (Belltown): Tom Douglas is known as Seattle’s culinary entrepreneur. His restaurants are considered an essential part of the Seattle dining experience. The Dahlia Lounge serves quintessential Northwest cuisine, complete with local wines, fresh seafood,  and organic vegetables. The coconut cream pie is a Seattle icon and will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Other Tom Douglas restaurants include Lola, Palace Kitchen, Etta’s, and Serious Pie. 


Lark (Capitol Hill): Lark has the style and grace of a fancy restaurant without feeling formal or stuffy. The creative menu focuses on local ingredients. While the food isn’t necessarily fancy, the dishes demonstrate a sense of classic combinations and original innovations. Lark serves small plates (think tapas) that are designed for sharing. I recommend ordering two or three items per person and the local artisan cheese plate is a cheese-lover’s dream.


Matt’s in the Market (Pike Place): Matt’s in the Market is another quintessential Seattle restaurant focusing on farm-to-table food. Also, the view of Pike Place Market is unparalleled as you can practically reach out and touch the infamous red market clock. The dinner menu is based on whatever own Matt Janke finds at the market earlier in the day. Since Matt’s can be quite expensive, I recommend their happy hour from 5pm-7pm Monday-Saturdays at the bar. Gourmet bar food is served with cocktails, local beer and wine and offers a great introduction to Matt’s.

This post is by Lisa, special to the Event Services team.