Sigh. Mornings like that of yesterday remind us summer weather is on the out. Another sign: Comfort food is making its way onto menus all around town. Not necessarily a bad thing, in our estimation.

Ballard’s new A Caprice Kitchen is cooking up a roast chicken and chanterelles pot pie for $17. (FYI: Chanterelles are some of the first mushrooms to sprout in autumn, says head chef Anne Catherine.) But first start with the cheese plate for $8. Samples of Brewleggio, Seastack, and Wynochee Blue are served with house-made crackers and candied figs. Or for the same price try the smoked salmon; it’s cured with sea salt, thinly sliced, and sprinkled with light garlic aioli. Both pair well with Parejas Riesling, an Alacian-style dry white, $6 per glass. Pair the pot pie with Whidbey Island Winery’s Roussanne for $7 per glass.

At Lombardi’s in Ballard dig into rack of lamb with a mint balsamic reduction, mashed potatoes, and a bevy of fresh vegetables for $22; pan-seared fresh halibut with a cherry tomato and Italian parsley compote, $19; or for $13 try the popular vegetable ravioli drenched in a cherry tomato and blood orange broth with tomato compote and Pecorino Toscano.

A basil pesto pizza made with in-house dough and piled high with Mozzarella, goat cheese, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, capers, and house-made pesto is available for $11 at Julia’s in Queen Anne. Also on the menu is a sausage penne for $14: Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, gorgonzola, basil, tomatoes, and garlic cream sauce. Think it can’t get any better? Labatt Blue is $1.50 with any purchase.


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