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

Filet Your Heart Out

Purple Cafe

Restaurant: Purple Cafe

Location: Seattle (multiple locations)

After-Taste: Dad is in town, which means STEAK FOR LUNCH!!! I’ve always loved Purple Cafe because of the ambiance, the food, and the giant wine stairway in the middle of the restaurant. It’s absolutely beautiful inside, and the steak is just as beautiful. My Dad and I have always loved steak (medium-rare, of course) and we can surprisingly eat the same amount. So basically, I don’t really know why I’m not obese. My Dad and I had the same lunch – steak and french-pressed coffee. Happiness. The steak was perfectly cooked – tender, juicy, and exploded with flavor. The kale salad and potatoes served with it were equally delicious. So go ahead, order steak for lunch! Your taste buds will love you for the rest of the day.

Link: Purple Cafe