Wine and Dine Your Heart Out

Crab Rockefeller

Restaurant: Chandler’s Crabhouse

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: Chandler’s Crabhouse is THE place to go for a fun date night on the water! The service is fantastic, the food is equally fantastic, and you can’t beat the view of Lake Union right across your dinner plate.┬áMy view of the water (and my dinner date) was pretty unbeatable. I had spent my lunch break at the Pacific Science Center browsing the food exhibit, Photography of Modernist Cuisine, so I was hungry and in the mood for quality food. I demanded that we order the Crab Rockefeller. The only time I’m high-maintenance is when it comes to food…and this appetizer is no joking matter. Shall we look at the lineup of this dish’s components? Dungeness crab legs, creamed spinach, BACON, hollandaise sauce, and lemon juice. There we have it ladies and gentlemen – the world’s perfect appetizer. Now here’s what you need to do – take a roll (they serve rolls complimentary), tear it in half, scoop up a portion of the appetizer and gently lay it on the roll and dig in. Use the bread to soak up any sauce that’s leftover. If you aren’t finished with a happy stomach and a clean plate, I will be severely disappointed. As for the main dish, I went with the filet mignon (how can I not?) and Tyler got the special: swordfish. Bold decision – I like it. The steak was perfectly cooked (medium-rare) and the potatoes were a delicious sidekick. With a place like Chandler’s – you expect an all-around amazing experience. They deliver on this expectation. Now go and get a Crab Rockefeller. It will rock your socks off.

Link: Chandler’s Crabhouse

Homegrown Your Heart Out

Homegrown

Restaurant: Homegrown

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: I love going down to South Lake Union for lunch. It’s always bustling and there are SO many restaurants to choose from. My friend Jen suggested Homegrown for today’s lunch – I checked out the menu, saw “Beecher’s Cheese Sandwich” and was immediately sold. There aren’t many tables in the restaurant, so if you show up after noon, expect to get your food to go. This eatery prides themselves on it being sustainable, organic, and all-natural. So I felt really good about stuffing my face with a ton of cheese – IT’S HEALTHY! That’s what I kept telling myself at least… The food being so fresh and homemade, it made the price a little more on the spendy side. But it was worth every dollar, I’d say. I ordered the Ham + Beecher’s Cheese Sandwich…not only was there ham and cheese, there was also carmelized onions, greens, and a sage aioli sauce. Ummmm, can you say, “YUM”?? It was perfectly toasted and super filling (I got a small sandwich and I was perfectly satisfied). Sandwiches are 10 times better when the bread is freshly made in-house. This bread was fantastic! Homegrown was also great because as you’re waiting for your food, someone is going around with samples of other creations. Yogurt, granola, and cranberries for an app? Heck yes! Can’t wait to come back here for lunch!

Link: Homegrown