Four Things to Know About The Walrus and the Carpenter
In 2013, Bon Appetit named The Walrus and the Carpenter one of 2013's 20 most important restaurants in America. Here are some reasons the seafood eatery has garnered so many accolades:
The name pays homage to Through the Looking-Glass. In the book's famous poem, "The Walrus and the Carpenter," the titular characters befriend a group of oysters, only to devour them rabidly.
The menu changes daily. Found soaking in icy baskets throughout the dining room, new oysters grace the menu every day in raw and cooked forms. The remaining menu encompasses everything from locally harvested mussels to duck and pork rillettes.
The drink menu also changes daily. Along with an assortment of wines and brews, bartenders craft cocktails such as the spaghetti western, a blend of rye, Campari, sweet vermouth, and ginger beer wrapped in a giant poncho.
It has an elegant vibe. In addition to gazing at the aforementioned oyster baskets, Seattle Magazine recommends admiring "the sheer gorgeousness" of the restaurant's interior, including the "brambly chandelier" hanging above the bar.