six/seven Seattle

Our first evening in Seattle we dined at six/seven, a signature restaurant that offers Pacific Northwest cuisine and breathtaking views. Located inside The Edgewater, six/seven, features seasonally inspired cuisine crafted with the freshest and finest organic and naturally raised ingredients. To complement the chef special preparations, their ever-evolving wine selections highlight the finest artisan, boutique and hard to find Washington, Oregon and Northern California wineries.

All day we had been walking around the city taking in numerous tourist attractions, so by the time dinner rolled around, and the fact that six/seven was a good trek away over some pretty steep inclines, we decided to hail a taxi. Upon arriving, we were greeted outside by a massive rustic riverstone fireplace ablaze with a flickering fire, a theme that continued with the inside decor.

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Russ peruses the backlit menus, which I think all upscale restaurants should adopt!

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This cool light fixture intrigued us in its simplicity and innovative design.

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In more typical Seattle fashion, the day had turned overcast and gray, so our window seats overlooking Elliot Bay were a bit dreary, however not enough to dampen our spirits. Speaking of spirits, it was time to order some wine… Unlike in the Philadelphia area, Seattle does not appear to cater to BYOBs, but almost every dining establishment is flush with a long list of local and European wines (which were actually cheaper, go figure!)

Seafood was going to be my focus while in the Emerald City, and six/seven was not about to disappoint. The menu was not extensive, but everything looked delicious so it took ample time for both of us to zero in on our choices. For First Tastes, Russ selected a plump Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Cake nestled in a lemongrass reduction with tomato jams, which arrived like an island oasis on a sea blue ceramic plate. He generously offered me a taste, and wowser, it was the bomb!

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I almost got the same thing but opted instead for the delicious Arugula & Endive Salad artfully arranged in triangular fashion with a medley of Washington pear, medjool dates, candied pecans, rogue smoked blue cheese all drizzled with a white vinaigrette. Very good, but I wished I had ordered that crab cake…

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For our entree we both did select the same thing from the Simply Put menu, the incredible Seared Diver Scallops bathed in a browned butter vinaigrette and plated with an awesome bright green chimichurri purée, a microgreens salad, grill roasted tomatoes and lemon. The dish was dancing with color and the scallops were plump, juicy and seared to perfection.

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Because we couldn’t resist and they sounded divine, we split a Shareable, the Foraged & Cultivated Mushroom Ragout which arrived steaming hot in a small cast iron skillet brimming with succulent mushrooms in a velvety brown sauce and garnished with a smattering of chives.

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Although on the pricier side, daughter Julia’s Xmas gift card put a nice dent in the total tab. Thanks Jules and Byron! If you ever have the opportunity to visit Seattle, you may want to put this restaurant on your agenda…

Awards include: Seattle Magazine 2016 Best Restaurants; Reader’s Choice Best Brunch; Best Hotel Bar by Food & Wine Magazine; Open Table Diners’ Choice Top 10 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants and Best Seafood.

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