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Seattle’s Restaurant Week

This year’s Spring Seattle Restaurant Week is April 7-18, 2013.  More than 160 restaurants participate in this twice a  year event (also held in October).  Three-course dinners are just $28 and many of the restaurants offer three-course lunches for $15.   The website states:  “Visit the award-winning hot spots you’ve always wanted to try and return once again to the neighborhood eatery you’ve loved for years during this dining frenzy.”

 My Whidbey Island friend, Janice, and I took the advertising advice:  We DID try a spot we’ve “always wanted to try”:  Tilth

Tilth is located at 1411 N. 45th Street, in the heart of the Wallingford neighborhood in north Seattle.  www.tilthrestaurant.com

Their website describes their food style as “new American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients sourced from as many local farmers we are able to support.”

Tilth’s executive chef and owner, Maria Hines, is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Northwest, as well as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs of 2005. In 2008, the New York Times deemed Tilth one of the best new restaurants in the country.

Janice and I met in downtown Seattle for a cup of tea before heading to Wallingford.  From 3rd and Union in Seattle, we caught Metro Route 358 heading north.  The bus travels along Aurora Avenue, where we exited at 46th Street.  We walked down the stairs from Aurora, heading east.  46th meets up with 45th in a few blocks.  A lively bright mural and spring flowers brightened our way.  Continuing east a couple blocks on 45th we were in the heart of the Wallingford district.  We were in the neighborhood well before our dinner reservations, so we browsed the shops along 45th.

Our first stop was to the eclectic Archie McPhee store; home of the rubber chicken (and a lot more!)  It’s a toy, novelty, and stocking-stuffer store.  Fun place to browse.  http://www.mcphee.com/shop/

Up 45th is the Wallingford Center, a former Seattle school building turned into a wonderful collection of stores.  You can find cupcakes, yarn, clothing, and gifts at this location.  Across the street from the Center is a great little shoe store, and also an excellent travel and map store. 

 

We then headed to Tilth, a bright green two-story house.  The special menu for Restaurant week was fun to read; it was a hard choice!  Janice and I each ordered different things, and shared bites.  My favorite was the wild mushroom/pea risotto.  Janice’s yogart/pickled ginger/charcoal lemon was excellent also.  And how could you not love Theo chocolate pudding with rhubarb and pistachio?  Tilth’s website lists and describes the menu choices.

After a leisurely and filling meal, we each headed to our respective destinations.  Heading back to Seattle, I just crossed 45th to the bus stop where I caught Metro route 16 within five minutes.  I got off the bus at 3rd and Pike (between Macys’ and Columbia Sportwear), then walked one block west to 2nd Avenue to catch the Sound Transit bus 594 to Lakewood.

Plan on participating in October’s Restaurant week!  It’s a great way to try new restaurants for a reasonable cost.

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