Eat. Seattle. Smith.

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SMITH (Seattle, Capitol Hill)

Gastro pubs are all the rage in Seattle these days. I’m somewhat guarded in my enthusiasm. I love the casual atmosphere, as I am often dressed in running shoes, leggings, and one of my vast collection of wacky Hawaiian shirts. Not restaurant worthy, in other words. But hungry nonetheless.

I’m guarded, because although I love the general vibe of these latter day taverns with their rustic slap dash look, open beam ceilings, picnic tables, and second-hand lighting, the food can be ill conceived or even an afterthought. Good idea. Poor execution.

However, I assure you that this is not the case with Smith on Capitol Hill in Seattle. As I walked by a street-side diner at the restaurant this evening, I did a double take on a plate of something rich, brown, gooey and highly aromatic. It turned out to be Poutine Fries with Cheese Curds and Gravy. I must have been drooling, because the lovely woman eating the dish actually offered me a bite. You have to LOVE Seattle, folks!

Mac and cheese  Eat. Seattle. Smith.

It was torture not ordering those fries, but I was on a mission to try the Macaroni with Gouda and Ham for LunaCafe’s upcoming yearly roundup, Quintessential
Mac & Cheese. It was not a letdown. Imagine a generous portion of toothsome elbow macaroni enrobed with a creamy, cheesy, smoky flavored sauce and finished with just the lightest sprinkling of breadcrumbs and a few minutes under the broiler. The itsy bitsy price was a bonus.

MauiJim quickly scanned the menu and ordered Brick Chicken with Polenta, Cream Corn, and Piquillos. Bet you haven’t seen that dish on a menu recently. I love it when the kitchen shows some imagination. I especially love it when they possess the necessary culinary skill to successfully execute their vision. The chicken was perfectly grilled, moist, tender, and flavorful with a hint of smoke. The creamy corn sauce was rich, piquant, and interesting over the creamy fried polenta. Let’s just say there was not a speck of anything left on the plate when my man was done with his dinner.

BTW, Smith is a 2-years-young sibling of Odd Fellows Café (Capitol Hill), King’s Hardware (Ballard), and Linda’s Tavern (Capitol Hill).

Mac and cheese half eaten Eat. Seattle. Smith.

Drink

15 beers on tap

40+ bottled beers

Stumptown coffee

Eat

Poutine Fries with Cheese Curds and Gravy

Brick Chicken with Polenta, Cream Corn, and Piquillos

Macaroni with Gouda and Ham

Grilled Gruyere and Onion Jam Sandwich

Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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About Susan S. Bradley

Intrepid cook, food writer, culinary instructor, author of Pacific Northwest Palate: Four Seasons of Great Cooking, and founder of the Northwest Culinary Academy.

Comments

  1. Picnic Desserts says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. Most are full of garbage, but this is really interesting – and useful too! I particularly enjoyed the Eat. Seattle. Smith. | LunaCafe post. I’ll be back often, starting next Tuesday. Kind regards, Lily.

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  1. […] If I lived closer to Seattle’s Capitol Hill, I would likely eat this Mac & Cheese weekly. It’s that good. Elbow macaroni with a creamy sauce of smoked Gouda and Grafton cheddar with ham and a light sprinkling of fine bread crumbs on top. Check out my earlier post: Eat. Seattle. Smith […]

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