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Whether you're a lifelong casual connoisseur or a truly uninitiated newbie in a wilderness of grapevines, today's Groupon for a wine class at The Local Vine gives you the edge you need to confidently stride into your next dinner party or formal affair. Click here to discuss Groupon the Cat.

2620 NE University Village St
Seattle,
WA
US

After graduating from college with a degree in English literature, Amy McCray received a gag gift from her father: a spatula that she could use to flip burgers while searching for jobs in her field of study. Amy ran with the joke. She attended culinary school and worked her way up through various kitchens' ranks before opening Eva Restaurant with her husband, James Hondros, in 2001.

Chef McCray's job still involves analyzing structure and composition, albeit in the form of the flavor combinations instead of literature. Her creative menu of refined New American cuisine regularly incorporates classical French, Mediterranean, and South Asian influences. Although she occasionally looks abroad for new ideas, her major sources of inspiration are the vibrant produce and all-natural meats available locally.

What the Experts Say

  • Seattle Met: "In this sunny homespun corner of Wallingford, lined with windows and filled with folks who come as they are, pristine seasonal ingredients are whipped into smart, deeply flavorful preparations, crafted with a sly streak..."
  • Seattle Times: "Food this good should not suffer anonymity, and Eva is too modestly priced to relegate to Saturday night - or only on special occasions."
  • Seattle: "Chef Amy McCray’s Green Lake hideaway begs for dinner daters, and her menu of seasonally eclectic dishes includes the best lamb burger in town and the utterly delicious Cabrales flan."
  • Stranger: "A mostly-unsung heroine of Seattle dining, Eva is a very good, very comfortable restaurant that Green Lake’s Tangletown is lucky to have."
  • Zagat: scored the menu as "very good to excellent"

A Wine for Every Dish

Chef McCray's husband, James, assumed the responsibility of creating Eva Restaurant's eclectic, yet accessible wine list. Familiar wines made from Columbia Valley grapes appear alongside bottles from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, and even Greece. To help simplify diners' search for the perfect wine served by the bottle, glass, or water balloon, the restaurant's menu also features a seasonally rotating list of the staff's favorite wines.

2227 N 56th St.
Seattle,
WA
US

Crafted to complement a selection of wines hailing from Washington and beyond, Village Wine Bar and Bistro's menu brims with gourmet appetizers and entrees made every morning with a retinue of fresh ingredients. While chefs ensconce baked salmon in a parmesan crust or slice up portions of turkey breast, havarti cheese, and avocado for the layered Wine Country club, smaller plates take on arrangements of toasty bruschetta or seasonal gems of fruit and cheese. Meanwhile, guests swirl local wines as they nestle into antique love seats in the warmth of the parlor’s fireplace, listening to a pianist tickle the ivories until they confess where they left the wine list.

5000 30th Ave NE, Ste 100
Seattle,
WA
US

A pair of restaurateurs opened Pair Food & Wine so they could pair local and organic food with local and imported wine. The meat and dairy on the seasonal menu comes from Washington farms, and the produce might even come straight from Pair's back garden, harvested by the tiny farmers who live behind the sidewalk planters. While the wine list is lengthy, the bar-food menu is short, containing just a snack-size handful of dishes. "But each one," wrote the Seattle Times in 2009, "falls in line with Pair's penchant for making simple dishes elegant."

5501 30th Ave NE
Seattle,
WA
US

As you and your dining date nestle close in Crêpe Cafe's cozy confines, you'll get to watch the crêpes get spun right in front of you. Though crêpes are traditionally a dessert, it's recommended that you start with the menu of dinner crêpes first. Whet your appetite with a bubbly-cheesed French onion soup before wrapping your reptilian tongue around entrees such as Heaven's Crêpe (Black Forest ham and swiss topped with homemade béchamel sauce and fresh asparagus, $12.95 for a regular) or the Island Girl (shrimp with fresh mango, spinach, roma tomatoes, avocado, and Swiss topped with a Caribbean lime and mushroom sauce, $15.95). Vegetarians won't have to huffily pick things out of their crêpe and then feed them to roaming restaurant dogs if they order the Westchester (avocado, swiss, caramelized onions, roma tomatoes, and spinach with sun-dried tomato coulis, $12.95 for a regular) or the house specialty, Mushroom Medley (assorted mushrooms sautéed in a white wine and garlic cream sauce wrapped in a buckwheat crêpe with gruyere cheese, $12.95).

2118 NE 65th St
Seattle,
WA
US

At Poco Wine Room, the influences come from near and far. More than 20 wines available by the glass represent wineries from the Pacific Northwest as well as locales such as Italy, Argentina, France, and Spain. The origins of the food are just as eclectic: the monthly rotating menu may include Albondigas—pork-and-beef meatballs in a tomato piquillo sauce—or orange-chicken skewers topped with crushed almonds, which chefs favoring local ingredients whenever possible. Even the beer list spans the globe, with brews such as Pike Place IPA and Tieton Wild Washington cider sharing billing with standbys like Red Stripe.

1408 E Pine St
Seattle,
WA
US