Tilikum Place Cafe
If it weren’t for the statue of Chief Seattle out the window—and a certain oversize Needle—you’d swear that was the leafy West Village out the window. But you’re in the cozy brick-walled boite known as Tilikum Place Café whose lived-in ease not only makes Belltown feel like a neighborhood, it leaves you quite unprepared for the exacting food. Chef Ba Culbert’s savory appetizer tarts are rich with bacon and fine Gruyere, and meltingly crusted; her celeriac soup a fathomless marvel topped with smoky paprika and caramelized pear. Dinners are comforting affairs—perhaps a moist, charry pork chop with polenta cake and greens and grilled figs; or, the headliner, an ethereal, smoky pan-seared chicken paprikash. Everything, including the long, luscious list of housemade desserts, tastes more careful and authentic than it ought to at prices this low. A treasure.
407 Cedar Street
Seattle, WA 98121
Sat & Sun 8–3, 5–10
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