Like waking a hibernating bear, waking a dormant stomach causes violent growls that can only be silenced by bowls of pasta and 20 minutes of gentle patting. Ward off vicious appetites with today’s Groupon: for $36, you get a Latin fusion dinner for two at Dulces Bistro & Wine (up to an $80 value). The meal includes:
- Two small salads, with a choice of the seasonal, mixed green-leaf salad or the ensalada de remolacha (up to an $8 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $25 value each)
- Two glasses of house wine (up to a $7 value each)<p>
At Dulces Bistro & Wine, chef Julie Guerrero and her partner Carlos Kainz create dishes inspired both by their Mexican heritage and European culinary traditions. Blending together Spanish, French, and Latin fare, Dulces’ menu allows people to sample treats from myriad locales without having to marry a UN ambassador. Small green salads come crowned with grapefruit vinaigrette or caesar dressing, and the ensalada de remolacha integrates beets, spanish marcona almonds, and blue cheese with fragrant red-wine vinaigrette. For an entree, seafood crêpes wrap a medley of sautéed prawns, fish, and scallops in Mexican-corn crêpes to create a more flavorful bundle of joy than a lump of coal in a stroller. The butternut-squash gratin caters to vegetarians by deflecting meats with shields of squash, almonds, sautéed vegetables, cherry sauce, and goat cheese.
Oenophiles may choose between the 2009 Argentinian Azul malbec or the 2009 Black Barrel chardonnay from Washington, both of which come from an award-winning wine list. Within an earth-toned, dimly lit space, Dulces periodically hosts live music, such as the philosophical waxings of a live baby grand piano.
Dulces Bistro & Wine
In 1992, restaurant owner Carlos Kainz and chef Julie Guerrero first joined forces to open a tiny West Seattle bakery and café, a spot that quickly gained traction and outgrow its modest trappings. The duo packed up the winning operation and moved on to a larger space and a larger vision, renaming their venture Dulces Bistro & Wine and crafting an ambitious menu focusing entirely on Latin-fusion cuisine for dinner. Although Guerrero traces her family heritage back to Mexico, many of her dishes, including paella valenciana and boeuf bourguignon, show strong European influences. Unadulterated Latin staples pepper the menu, such as the green chicken enchiladas that serve as a staple in Mexico City and at Sam I Am’s Cinco de Mayo parties.