Dining Specials

Friday Night Specials: September 25

Here’s what’s cooking at A Caprice Kitchen, Lombardi’s, and Julia’s on Queen Anne.

By Seattle Met Staff September 24, 2009

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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