Belltown summons! Three excellent eateries are clanging their bells with great specials this evening.
The cooks at Basque tapas bar Txori does specials just like they do in the motherland: They let the chalkboards do the enticing. Every Friday and Saturday, a slew of raciones and pintxos are chalked down 20 percent. This Friday, it’s two fresh sardines with smashed potatoes (not mashed, mind you: a whole red potato gets smashed, then cooked again) for $11, or, for those of the vegetarian persuasion, there is baked eggplant with smoked sheep’s cheese for $6.
For a larger portion, go with the red wine-brushed lamb shank with potato mousse for $14, and pair that with the red house wine Protos Roble 2006 from Ribera del Duero in the North of Spain, $7 a glass.
Or, catch Flying Fish before it leaps over to South Lake Union. Tonight the iconic seafood joint is featuring spring Chinook salmon braised with kale and apple bacon chutney for $29. But start with the beet salad with Belgian endive, cinnamon-sherry vinagrette, and Roquefort cheese. Pair all that with a glass of Patient Cottat sauvignon blanc from France’s Loire Valley, $9.
Meanwhile, the very Italian Assagio has an appetizer of baby short ribs in a reduction of red wine over polenta for $15, and entrees include a sturgeon sauteed with lemon capers ($28) and risotto with beef, wild mushrooms, and a red wine demi-glace for $18.