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Feb 7, 2014 12:06 AM

Gems in Capitol Hill?

I'm short on time to do proper research so I'm hoping for a few suggestions for this part of's been a long time since I've been so I don't know if this is a relatively large geographical area or not. All suggestions welcome!

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  1. Spinasse, Quinn's, Poppy, Altura, Mamnoon, Sitka & Spruce, Terra Plata...

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    1. re: Brunhilde

      What Brunhilde said. And I will add Cafe Presse, Tavern Law for cocktails, and Barrio for upscale Mexican food.

      It is not a very large geographical area, and there is a lot of foot traffic throughout the evening.

      1. re: Brunhilde

        Just wanted to update this winter posting to especially recommend the roof-top deck at Terra Plata during the amazing weather we are having. Celebrated our 23 anniversary there this weekend and dining outside above the street noise at a very comfortable table was a memorable meal. As usual, the menu was of the moment and local. We shared the (big!) grilled sardine with aioli, carrots, and lardon, crusty bread, arugula salad with pine nuts, and the roasted pig with chorizo and clams. Tasty cocktails included their Seattle raindrop and a classic Moscow mule. Desert was this chocolate cake thing with sea salt and peanut brittle and a banana semifreddo. Truly top notch.

        1. re: bourbongal

          As long as the thread is getting a bump, I'll add a recommendation for Witness. The food we had was very satisfying and tasty (bone marrow, succotash with black-eyed pea pancake, pulled pork sandwiches, corn and sage fritters) and the drinks were delicious. Definitely go on a Tuesday or Saturday when owner Gregg Holcomb is behind the bar -- he's charismatic and entertaining. Order a "Divine Intervention" from him and let him make a cocktail for you. He made one for me that I'd give a 9 out of 10 (it was slightly too sweet) that I still long for....

      2. Ginger beer-based cocktails at Montana.

        I was very, very pleased with happy hour at Le Zinc (mmm, mussels!).

        1. Often I'll take an out-of-town guest on a happy hour walk through the south end of Capitol Hill and eat and drink our way through Barrio, Taylor Shellfish, Quinn's, Terra Plata, Montana, etc.