I love Boat Street Cafe. It is definitely in my top 5 restaurants here in Seattle. Owner, Renee Erickson just opened a new restaurant, The Walrus and Carpenter in Ballard at the industrial end of the strip. The Kolstrand Building was an old marine supply company that now houses a bike shop, several restaurants and a few other small businesses. The Walrus and Carpenter space is just as quaint and French kitchen-like as Boat Street, but it’s in my neighborhood. We went in the week it opened to check out the menu and have a few bevies. I love the decor, the subway tile, the Oyster Bar, the jars of preserves, the yellow stools, the old wood floors, the chandelier, the outdoor seating… you get it.

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A nice variety of veggie, meat and seafood options. Each dish we tried we loved. I thought the olives in the Salad Nicoise were grapes for some reason and bit into one. I’m not a fan of olives. No matter how hard I try, I just don’t like them. I can’t help but think of Mad Men when I see the Utz potato chips on the menu. Remember the hallway scene with the Utz actor’s wife/agent and Don Draper?

Salad Nicoise.

Pork Crepinette.

Chevre and Ballard Honey. A perfect pair.

I dig the cocktail menu!

The Porch Swing. Yum. My friend Kelli will be pleased. She makes a mean Pimms cocktail as well.

Here’s the thing, if I could decorate my house to look like a store I love it would be Anthropologie. If I could have any kitchen I wanted it would look like one of Renee Erickson’s restaurants. It’s simple, clean and fun. I know it will be a success and hopefully I’ll still be able to get in from time to time. The space if beautiful and rustic. The Dutch Bike Co. moved in up front and Ethan Stowell (of Union, Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf and Anchovies & Olives), just opened Staple & Fancy in the same building. I’m excited to try that as well.

I know, I know, you’ve heard it before. I love Ballard.

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Boat Street Cafe

October 7, 2009

I am a big fan of French food. It seems like I’ve been writing about it a lot lately. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering my love affair with butter. Also, is there anyone that doesn’t like French cooking? I like simple food that isn’t overdressed or overthought.

I recently went to Boat Street Café for lunch with a new friend that shares a passion for gardening and food/wine. Boat Street, which is described as a country French restaurant, is located where Lower Queen Anne meets Belltown. It is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. They have a quaint space with white tablecloths and simple decorations. The food is delicious and varied. One of my favorite highlights: they use fresh ingredients mostly sourced through local farmers. I’ll admit the parking situation can be a bit of bugger, but not impossible. If it were too easy to get to, it would be harder to find a table! It’s worth it… check it out!

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Boat Street has a cute little courtyard with additional seating. I took my grandparents here last year and we enjoyed a little lunch outside in the sunshine.

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So, let’s get down to business. They’ve changed their menu since I’ve been in and I was excited to try something new and fall-ish. I had the gratin with a sausage, simple salad and a baked apple. You guys… sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m not in a race to finish a meal. It was so good. The baked apple was a perfect ending. My friend had the peppers stuffed with goat cheese served with couscous, salad and fresh fruit. We finished our meal with some coffee and you know how much I love my coffee!

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Look at this darling space they have for dinner parties or cooking classes!

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They sell their pickled figs, prunes, red onion and raisins in house.

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hori hori dig dig!