French Restaurants in Broadview

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Fans of French patisserie will travel deep into Ballard to belly up to the counter at Honoré Artisan Bakery, known for its delectable macarons sold in flavors like salted caramel, passionfruit and lavender chocolate. Others opt for the caramel-topped Koign Amman, a fluffy pastry the size of a baseball, to go along with a handcrafted coffee. While this petite bakery doesn’t offer much in the way of seating, aside from sidewalk chairs and a hidden patio, the simple interior still sports a few homey touches, like an aging wooden credenza that doubles as a stand for coffee lids and napkins. Local fans (and there are many) don’t seem to mind much, if only because the baked goods here are unstoppably delicious. Take home a box of gougeres, a lemon meringue tart dotted with kisses of spun sugar, a pear tart or a dense single-serving honey cheesecake.

1413 NW 70th St
Seattle,
WA
US

Stumbling Goat: A User’s Guide

Contemporary Northwest Cuisine | Seasonally Changing Menu | Washington-Grown Ingredients | Hazelnut-Finished Pork

A Taste

  • Appetizer: roasted bone marrow with mushrooms and demi-glace
  • Entree: Tails and Trotters pork chop with red velvet apricot and farro
  • Brunch: duck confit hash with fried duck egg and brown-butter hollandaise

Ingredient Origins: Chef Joshua Theilen keeps his ingredients local, getting meats and cheeses from Washington producers, salmon from Oxbow Organic Farm, and organic produce from Full Circle Farm.

What to Drink: Beer lovers can partake of Washington’s best, including brews from Silver City Brewery and traditional English ales from Hale’s Ales Brewery. There are also craft cocktails such as the Moulin Rouge, reddened by Washington raspberries, Lillet Rosé, and recitations of diary entries.

Where to Sit: Grab a table in one of two dimly lit dining areas surrounded by red walls and local art, belly up to the bar to watch the bartender’s magic, or eat al fresco on the outdoor patio.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Fly through the air in a trapeze course at Versatile Arts (7601 Greenwood Ave N)

After: Tip back a few German-style lagers and hefeweizens at Prost (7311 Greenwood Ave N)

6722 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

The chefs at BluWater Bistro elevate classic comfort food by working mainly with premium, largely local ingredients. Take, for instance, a BLT—reinterpreted with additions of Pacific Northwest king-salmon fillet and pesto mayo—or a burger ascending to gourmet status with layers of Tillamook cheddar spread over wagyu beef raised on pastures near the Snake River. BluWater Bistro's owners strive to match their chefs' quality and creativity by giving each waterfront location a refined yet cozy aesthetic, surrounding diners in large windows, fireplaces flanked by leather furniture, and flat-screen televisions that play more interesting shows when they sense lulls in conversation. The Green Lake establishment also extends to an outdoor patio. The kitchen staff continues sending out dishes from the full menu as late as 1 a.m. every night of the week and shows up early on the weekends to prepare brunch.

7900 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

Beth's Cafe

Man v. Food host Adam Richman has conquered his fair share of eating challenges. But when it came time to face the famous 12-egg omelet at Beth's Cafe, the show’s host discovered too late that he had bitten off more than he could chew. Stopping mere bites from the finish line, Richman had to admit defeat. If he ever gets his appetite back, he might fare better with one of Beth's regular omelets, made with a relatively modest six eggs. Beth's Cafe is used to hosting guests who like to press their luck. Back in 1954, the business opened as a gambling parlor, but owners Beth and Harold Eisenstadt hit their first jackpot when they ditched the betting machines and began serving breakfast 24 hours a day. Since then, Beth's Cafe has enjoyed a slow and steady rise to fame. Breakfast is still served all day, but there are now chili-topped burgers and slices of Beth's epic chocolate cake to further complicate your decision. As far as decorations go, Beth's most famous designers are the people who eat there. Guests are provided with paper and crayons while they wait for their food, and the resulting doodles are gathered and hung on the walls until New Year’s Day, when the staff votes on the top 10. The winners remain in the dining room permanently, but the runners-up aren't hastily discarded; instead, the staff stores them in a "super secret vault" dusted with pancake batter to give away the fingerprints of would-be thieves.

7311 Aurora Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

Kona Kitchen: A User’s Guide

Aloha Spirit | Island Classics | Asian Fusion

Sample Menu

  • Entree: mochiko chicken, breaded in mochiko flour and deep-fried, served with white rice and Hawaiian-style macaroni salad
  • Soup: saimin, a ramen-like soup with barbecue pork, green onions, and egg

Fun Fact: The restaurant is owned and operated by film actor Yuji Okumoto, who you might recognize from his role as the villain Chozen in The Karate Kid, Part II.

Vocab Lesson
Plate lunch: a classic Hawaiian offering, it usually includes an entree, steamed rice, and macaroni salad.
Spam musubi: a block of sushi rice topped with Spam and wrapped with a strip of nori, designed to be a quick handheld snack.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Jump start your right brain with a class at Moonpaper Tent (8503 Roosevelt Way NE).

After: Trick yourself into feeling like you’re on Waikiki Beach with a refreshing cranio-sacral therapy session with Coleen Small, LMP (8401 5th Ave NE, Suite 102).

8501 5th Ave NE
Seattle,
WA
US

Picolinos: A User’s Guide

Handmade Pastas | Authentic Neapolitan Pizza | On-Site Bakery | Romantic Patio | Family Friendly

Sample Menu

  • Antipasti: bruschette di pomodoro
  • Pasta: housemade ravioli stuffed with pork belly and goat cheese with parmesan-cream sauce and truffle oil
  • Wood-fired pizza: tomato, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, and parmesan cheese
  • Drink: a glass of Italian wine, a housemade espresso, or a craft cocktail from the bar

    Where to Sit: The restaurant, which takes up an entire half block, offers many seating options, from the family-friendly pizzeria to the more elegant “middle room” with a baby grand piano. The multi-terraced garden patio fosters romance amid lush greenery, replete with a heated tent open year-round.

    When to Go: In addition to dinner served seven nights a week, Picolinos serves up a Sunday brunch of crepes, omelets, benedicts, and pastries fresh from the onsite bakery.

    Inside Tips

    • Diners report that portions are huge, so plan on splitting plates or bringing home leftovers.
    • Although Picolinos’ authentic pizzas earned it a membership in the Association of Verace Pizza Napoletana, the wood-fired oven also churns out “new world” pies with more modern toppings such as yukon potatoes or smoked salmon.
    • Picolinos isn’t usually open for breakfast or lunch, but its on-site café doles out deli sandwiches, baked goods, and hot espresso from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

      Vocab Lesson
      Bolognese: an Italian meat sauce, typically made from onion, celery, carrots, wine, tomatoes, and meat, such as beef or pork.
      Gnocchi: Italian dumplings made of potato, flour, or semolina. They’re often accompanied by sauce, meat, and/or vegetables.

      While You’re in the Neighborhood
      Outside: Stroll through the lush botanical gardens and unique visitor’s center at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (3015 NW 54th St.), which features an engineering marvel known as a fish ladder.
      Inside: Scope out the folk art, wooden boats, and immigration exhibits at the Nordic Hertiage Museum (3014 NW 67th St.)

6415 32nd Ave NW
Seattle,
WA
US

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