So, my dad is coming to visit me for fun, pretty much for the first time since I moved here back in 2003. That grandkid factor really helps guys 🙂
If you know our family, you would know that we are a family of foodies. HUGE foodies. As foodie as foodies get. I want to take him out to a family dinner while he is here, but the standards are super high… let’s be honest, if you want to show off your city to a foodie then any average place won’t do… you have to do it right!
So, the criteria is that the place has awesome cuisine, an impressive wine list, and a great atmosphere. Well, and it also has to be in Seattle. I am not looking for you to tell me to go to a steak house. My dad cooks a better steak than most, and though a $100pp dinner at Daniel’s Broiler is occasionally fun, a steak likely not cooked to his liking (rare on the east coast and rare on the west coast truly mean two different things) and a mountain of mashed potatoes is not the kind of thing I’m after.
Obviously, Canlis was my first thought, but I’m not about to throw down that kind of money for a ‘just because’ kind of family dinner on a Tuesday night (sorry dad).
My second thought was Tilth for the amazing food and cozy atmosphere; however it is SO cozy that I’m not sure my loud toddler would be a good fit there.
So, those two are officially scratched out.
My next thought went to Volterra Seattle, which came to mind because the do have a great wine selection. Eh?
Lloyd Martin and Betty in Queen Anne also came up as options, but living in Queen Anne for so long, I am so partial to this area. So I don’t want to be close-minded to cuisine there because my heart is just so happy in that part of the city <3
Lastly, it’s like, duh, you are in Seattle, so how do you not eat with Tom Douglas or Thierry Rautureau?? Out of each of their lineups, my thoughts especially went to Tanaka San (might be a little too Seattle/ethnic for an east-coaster?), or at the French/Northwest infusion restaurant, LUC.
Obviously, I need your help!!! What are you guys thinking? Do you agree with any of these ideas, or do you have something new and awesome that we should try that I didn’t even think about?! I really want to hear your thoughts 🙂