Best Braised Dish in Seattle?
Hi. My wife and I are planning a short trip to Seattle in about a month and our favorite things to eat are braised. I’d love to learn where the best places to get a nice short rib, pork belly, beef cheeks or anything else you’d suggest.
Thanks a lot, everybody.
Short rib: Crush, Steelhead Diner
Pork belly (braised): Harvest Vine (preparation varies but their best preparation (looks like a long chunky strip with square cross section) is one of the best around-- if you tell them you're coming in from Alaska for a visit and give them a few days notice they might even put it on the menu for when you arrive; ask them to put a fried duck egg on the side as they sometimes do)
Pork belly (crispy): Chez Shea
Beef cheeks: Union (sometimes), Cafe Juanita (check the menu on their website)
A couple more meat items not on your list:
Rack of lamb, Frenched rib steak: Waterfront Grill (pricey)
Lamb burger (or BLT): 94 Stewart (get avocado and stilton on it)
Pork shank: Tulio (can be inconsistent)
Osso buco, veal carpaccio: Barolo (the osso buco has gotten small and expensive, though)
Kobe steak: Canlis (pricey)
one more item for the list: the braised pork shoulder at Made in Kitchen (this is a Chinese dish, doong-po pork http://www.eatingchina.com/recipes/do... , worth eating just for the richly caramelized layer of skin/fat (the meat underneath is nothing special); while you're there you might as well order the (grilled, not braised) beef short rib (kalbi))
You are speaking my language! Barleywino below mentioned Crush, which is my absolute favorite restaurant is Seattle. In fact, I rented the restaurant out for my wedding this past October. Anyway, Chef Jason Wilson's beef short ribs are to die for! He and his recipe was featured on Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels show when she was in Seattle!
I had the pork shank “Stinco” (I swear that is what it is called) with cranberry beans at La Spiga this evening it was darn good with a nice layer of skin cooked perfectly. The dish could have used a bit of brightness to it, but over all YUM.
I'm a huge fan of braised lamb shank this time of year. My favorites are La Rustica in West Seattle and 35th Street Bistro in Fremont. Enjoy!