Having a partner turns bouncing a ball into a tennis match, a monologue into a conversation, and a bear attack into a slightly longer bear attack. Experience the power of pairing with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of contemporary American fare, wine, and beer at Tandem Wine and Cheese Bar in Bothell.
Inspired by the cycling travels of owners Brad and Lisa Havens, Tandem is home to a variety of wines by the glass or bottle, accompanied by a menu of gourmet plates. Lounge beneath a bright red ceiling and suspended bicycle with a glass of prosecco ($9) or pounce on the Snoqualmie Wildcat IPA ($7), a 22-ounce bottle that meows when poured. All sips can be segmented with bites from a delectable spread of cuisine that includes pork tenderloin marinated with fresh herbs and sided by garlic mashed potatoes ($17.95) and mahi-mahi seared with pancetta and shallots with a white-wine-butter sauce and a garlic mash ($17.95). Cruise a red or white wine list on the sunlit patio before selecting a goblet or top hat from which to gulp Le Drunk Rooster, a French chardonnay with notes of tropical mango and pineapple ($8/glass), or Northstar's full-bodied merlot, hailing from the Columbia Valley ($38/bottle, $12/glass).
Tandem Dinner and Wine Bar
During a stretch of economic hardship, Brad and Lisa Havens decided to trade in their worry for a tandem bicycle, on which they rode to wineries, outdoor concerts, famers markets, and art festivals over the stretch of nearly 1,800 miles. On this mobile sojourn, the Havens eventually pedaled their way to the idea for Tandem Dinner and Wine Bar.
In the comfy eatery, a constantly changing selection of local Northwest wines complements Brad’s contemporary culinary take on American classics, including butternut squash ravioli, crab cakes made with local Dungeness crab, and mac 'n' cheese. Besides crafting menu items from local, organic ingredients, he also leads cooking classes to share his skills with customers.
Paying homage to the epic journey that started it all, the duo mounted a tandem bicycle to the outside of the new restaurant. To decorate the rest of the space, they collected and decorated with pieces inspired by the feel of their own home. Live music also fills the space with laid-back atmosphere during concerts held three nights a week.