Taking on Saturday Fork First

It’s no secret in the Curator office that I LOVE to eat. There have even been attempts to create physical barriers between my desk and the kitchen, all of which have failed (but, that’s another story for another time). When Saturday roles around each week it’s all about the food for me! There have been some amazing new restaurants popping up all over the Pioneer Square neighborhood just footsteps from our office, including The London Plane, Bar Sajor , Rain Shadow Meats, and even a new oyster bar from Taylor Shellfish that’s scheduled to open this summer.

But, on the weekends I become an “eastsider”…I know, I know. Luckily, we have our own set of amazing eats that are worth the drive for even true Seattleites.

Here are my picks for heading into Saturday, one meal and cocktail at a time:

-       Breakfast: The same folks behind Purple Café & Wine Bar, Barrio and Lot No. 3 brought us The Commons in Woodinville, which has officially become my new obsession. It’s worth splurging on their Brioche French Toast and unique twist on the mimosa flight. The comfort food-filled restaurant is in the heart of Woodinville’s wine tasting district, which means you’re in walking distance to tasting rooms galore.

(Tip: head across the street to @Airfield afterwards for a tasting).

Commons

Photo Credit: The Commons

-       Lunch:  If you’d rather trade your glass of wine for a brew, The Collective on Tap is the perfect lunch spot. The extensive menu of beers on tap is enough to satisfy the light and dark beer drinkers for days. They’ll often roast their own pork right outside, which only leads to one conclusion – get their BBQ pulled pork sandwich!

-       Dinner: To class it up a bit for dinner, The Barking Frog, which is part of Willows Lodge, is the place to go. Between the wine list, amazing food and ambiance, you feel like you’re at a restaurant in Napa. It’s like taking a vacation without the cost of flying. I guess that means you can splurge for that appetizer and dessert too. If you do, the cheesecake is the way to go.