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!


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.


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!



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



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


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The Sitting Room

September 12, 2009

Last night I had a lovely happy hour(s) with a girlfriend at The Sitting Room in lower Queen Anne. Not many people know about this place because it is a block or two from the heart of lower Queen Anne. I used to live nearby and would frequent this quaint little bar. It is low key, softly lite and cozy. They have the standard European fare and I often get the cheese plate or the bruschetta of the day. Last night I tried the special panini (it had bacon on it…yum) and my friend got the brie with some candied nut goodness on top.  I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I do love when a bar has Hoegaarden, especially on a nice summer evening. This week ended on a high note!




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