Bye, Ballard, Hello Magnolia...
- kaleokahu Apr 11, 2011 08:31 PM
Hi, I'll be moving next month from Ballard to Magnolia, and I'm wondering what places folks recommend there. For me, it's all about the food, so I care not about dive v. precious, exotic v. mundane, or any particular cuisine over another. I know *some* of the places, but nothing really stands out to me in memory.
Related question: Does anyone consider any place in Magnolia to be the best (or among) place of its kind in Seattle?
I, too, live in Magnolia and highly recommend the Wheeler Street Kitchen. The proprietor was once the chef/owner at the Third Floor Fish Cafe in Kirkland, which closed a couple of years ago. He wanted to recreate something closer to home with simpler fare. The menu features mostly soups, salads and sandwiches. The roasted pork shoulder sandwich is delicious and the butternut squash soup with curry cream very satisfying. It's a bit hard to find (behind the Garden Center on 32nd on one-way Wheeler St.), but well worth a visit.
I want to thank you again for the recommendation of Wheeler Street Kitchen.
I ate there yesterday afternoon, and I was very impressed. I had the brisket sandwich with horseradish mayo (on Grand Central baguette), and my wife had the chili. Both were *very* [as in stop eating and look at each other] good, so good the lack of pretension about the place was a sigh of relief. We also got a sample of the butternut squash soup, and (though I have to say I've never favored that dish), my wife thought it was exquisite.
There are external clues that this place has its priorities right. One is the shelf of (good) cookbooks to read--talk about fearlessness! If I'd failed to like my brisket sammy after reading Larousse Gastronomique or Julia Child, they would have been in trouble. The other thing I noticed is that the open, exceedingly well-equipped kitchen is larger than the entire patron area--these folks are obviously not hiding *anything* they do, and that telegraphs it's all about the food. The impression left is that they are doing fantastic, affordable food for some higher undisclosed purpose, and we're all just lucky they're selling some for a trifle.
Thank you again. Maybe I'll see you there. I'll be the fat guy with the beardfull of chili.
As to your related question: You're very fortunate to have Bill the Butcher in your new 'hood. Two buses or a circuitous, hilly bicycle ride for me!
Edit: you also have Discovery Park, which aside from great in-city hiking, trail running, beaches, mountain views, etc., offers up nettles galore and a few different kinds of wild berries. Might want to double-check with Parks & Rec re gathering policies, and obviously wear glove and closed-toe shoes for the nettles.
It is often more convenient, a single ride on the 2 and a little hike (we live on the top of QA). I just used to have friends over in Magtown and so had an excuse to swing by that branch. Now I know/like the guys behind the counter over there. I should think of Madison more often though. Thanks for reminding!
We tried Mondello and really enjoyed the clams with pesto. The sauce was really really tasty.
2425 33rd Ave W Ste C, Seattle, WA 98199
Szmania's is more high end and very good - German style menu. Niko's Gyros is also recommended - low end - excellent Greek style food.
2231 32nd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199
3321 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199
Queen Marguerite in Magnolia has excellent wood fired pizza. Better than the other neopolitan pizza in town.
Just discovered Wheeler Street Kitchen and am so happy to have learned about it here on this post. They were welcoming and the food was delicious.