Splurge Birthday meal? Prefer a tasting menu.
I will be taking the day off from work and would like indulge myself to a memorable dinner. A daytrip to a destination restaurant would be most welcome. For my birthday last year, I drove down to Oregon (had an itch to go see the ocean) for Pok Pok for happy hour, followed by Le Pigeon for dinner.
I've already gone through about 80+ restaurants in Seattle, including all of the top local spots. Also have done tasting menus at Rover's, Herbfarm, Canlis, Willow's Inn, Altura, Spinasse, and RN74. Rather than go someplace familiar, I'd like to check out something new.
I'm looking at the following three which I've never visited:
1) Inn at Langley
3) Salish Lodge
Thoughts on any of those?
So I haven't been to Inn at Langely, but based on what I know of it here's my thoughts. Salish lodge has more 'hotel-y' food--the food is not the main draw, and it sort of shows? I think it's getting better since I was there...but not a 'food' destination, more of a 'food+view+spa' destination.
Copperleaf is very good, I'm a big fan, but it's more Altura, Spinasse/RN74 in terms of a menu you can do a tasting menu of, but without the formality/all in-ness of Rover's, Herbfarm, Willow's. I'd think that for that, you're looking at Inn at Langely, though again, I haven't eaten at that one.
Thanks, dagoose. Your tips are exactly what I'd read about the places so far, and I'm definitely leaning towards the top two choices.
Copperleaf - I certainly wouldn't mind ordering four or five items from the menu and measuring the chef's talent that way.
Inn at Langley - I've read that the food there is in the same vein as Willow's Inn (which I tried and enjoyed last month). I can't seem to find any photos of the food online, unfortunately.