Believe it or not, Summer is almost at an end, though we hope the sunshine decides to stay a while! But, it ain’t over till it’s over, as they say, and there’s still lots of fun to be had, especially at the 4th annual Belltown Crush Block Party!
Belltown’s favorite summertime bash is going on this year at Bell Street Park and promises to be a blast!
Sip and savor your way through the festival while enjoying live tunes and don’t miss out on the grape stomping competition, to really get you into the spirit of the event and the summer. It’s a local favorite!
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 26th from 2-5PM. Advanced tickets are $25 with proceeds going to benefit Plymouth Housing Group.
One of Belltown’s favorite lounge spots, Rob Roy, is expanding their repertoire and opening not one, but two brand new spin-off bars that you’ll want to know about.
Anu and Chris Elford, by now fixtures of the Seattle nightlife scene with their acclaimed lounge spot Rob Roy, are taking their expertise and flair for crafting classic cocktails outside their glamorous, speakeasy-esque box. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy luscious one-of-a-kind libations, a classic cocktail or a darn good brew at one of their new spots set to open this summer, Navy Strength and No Anchor.
No Anchor seeks to be one of Seattle’s premiere spaces to wet your whistle with a good old fashioned brewski, but we’re not talking Coors or Corona. The aim will be to add a little swank to your suds, with fabulous craft beer, beer cocktails and a great, rotating seasonal beer list, to emphasize the ever changing trends in brewing and stay on the cutting edge.
Chris is, after all, a certified Cicerone and veteran of New York’s highly reputable beer bar Proletariat, so his plans for the venture are pretty exciting for a city filled with craft beer lovers. The setting is sure to be just up our alley too. Imagine having a pint in a kooky-cool, 35 seat oddity shop themed locale, complete with strange and eclectic decor and an outdoor patio for those cherished warm weather days in the city. Great beer and an esoteric atmosphere? Can’t get much more Seattle than that.
Their other new venture, Navy Strength, is sure to be just the tropical oasis the Emerald City needs, but before pictures of thatched roofs and tiki idols start dancing in your head, think again. Navy Strength has set a course for a more original take on tiki, but with cocktails that will do its name justice.
Staying true to Anu’s “3 Ts” (travel, tropical, tiki), but with a twist, the space will have a fun, maritime feel, with a well-traveled, nautical influenced motif and plenty of funk and kitsch to boot. Navy Strength will celebrate the cocktail, offering all sorts of fabulous new drinks and of course, classic tropical themed concoctions, and never short on rum.
Neither location has released any menu information but both are set to be full service restaurants. Based on the information available and The Elford’s track record, I think we’re safe to assume the city is in for a tasty and elevated treat. Locations are also under wraps for the moment but, we can tell you that Tom Graff and Cameron Kent of Ewing and Clark, Inc. helped The Elford’s find the perfect locations for the new hot spots, so rest easy, they’ll both be in fantastic spaces.
Anu will be heading to the helm of Navy Strength while Chris will be captaining No Anchor, but don’t worry, Rob Roy will remain in the family with the trusted and well respected Jesse Cyr stepping into the role of general manager. So, Seattle, when it comes to dynamite drinks, fabulous food and uniquely charming atmosphere, it looks like we’re in luck.
Nestled in a corner space at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Battery Street, The Lost Pelican is a comfortable pub offering Southern cuisine. The Belltown restaurant opened a year ago this month, in April 2013, under the ownership of Michael Forte (who co-owns The Lookout Bar & Grill on Capitol Hill).
From nearly 40 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Forte has plenty of experience to drive his concept home at The Lost Pelican. “I wanted to do something else, with better cuisine – something that I felt there wasn’t a lot of in the city,” he said.
The space that The Lost Pelican now occupies used to be the home of Bisato – a Scott Carsberg creation. Of course, the Pelican is quite different, with full meal portions and an unpretentious, laid-back vibe. Still, the intent is to provide southern food in an upscale pub/tavern environment.
The Lost Pelican offers some Cajun and Creole inspired dishes. “It’s southern food, and we do it on a really good level,” Forte said. “Our product is very consistent.”
Some of the appetizer items that have proved popular are the Oysters Rockefeller and – of course – the Fried Green Tomatoes (both pictured below). Signature entrées at The Lost Pelican include the Shrimp & Grits (gulf shrimp and Andouille sausage sautéed in a roasted red pepper cream sauce and served on cheese grits) and the Seafood Mixed Grill, which includes halibut, crab cakes and shrimp.
For the Sunday Brunch (each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.), guests love the restaurant’s Eggs Benedict, Eggs Sardou, and The Lost Pelican’s special Creole egg dish.
In addition to a full bar, The Lost Pelican has six rotating draft beers that are all local brews, and several options for red, white, and sparkling wines – available by the glass and as a full bottle. There are a few classic and craft cocktails for patrons to enjoy from the menu, as well.
Behind the bar, and back in the kitchen, “We have a really good staff, who tries to learn the customers. We want to be multi-faceted, and open to change because you become what your customers want you to become,” he said.
The Lost Pelican is open daily at 3 p.m., until midnight Sunday through Thursday and ‘til 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Dinner is served until 10 p.m. each evening, followed by bar food offerings until closing time. Sunday brunch is served at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.
The restaurant has a daily Happy Hour from 3 – 7 p.m. and a late night menu for hungry Belltown-ers. Draft beers are $4, well drinks and house wine is $4.50, and featured cocktails are just $2 for Happy Hour.
The Lost Pelican is an establishment for guests 21+.
Tavolàta is the earliest creation from Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell that’s still operating. The Belltown restaurant just celebrated its 7th anniversary at the end of January, and is still going strong with the rustic, Northern Italian cuisine on the menu.
The restaurant self-proclaims that it’s all about the pasta: “From Rigatoni to Casarecce, Conchiglie to Linguini—we extrude it all on site fresh daily.” Combining local ingredients with a bucolic European style, Tavolàta is the place to satisfy your craving for savory comfort food and fresh appetizers year-round.
“My style is more Northern Italian, with Pacific Northwest ingredients. There’s a very Italian feel, although we have some influences from Germany as well,” says Chef Brian Clevenger.
The menu changes in a big way with the changes in seasonal, but there are small daily changes to fluctuate with the fresh, local ingredients available. “It’s all about finding the best product I can get today,” Clevenger says.
However, with all of the changes, one dish has been offered at Tavolàta since Day One… The Rigatoni. Crafted with fresh pasta (all of Tavolàta’s pastas are made fresh, in-house, every single day), with spicy Italian sausage, Marjoram and tomato, the dish is a classic. Other pastas that stay on the menu year round include the Bigoli, Spaghetti, and Gnocchi.
“I get to do my thing each night with the other four pastas we usually have on the menu,” Brian says.
According to Clevenger, the Chickpea Salad is “very Ethan Stowell,” and will be a staple on the menu for a long time to come.
With all of the menu items, Clevenger likes to keep it simple. “I like to call it ‘refined simplicity’. Each dish usually only has three ingredients. I don’t like to overcomplicate it, and just let the quality of the ingredients show for themselves,” he said. “It’s all about ratio, preparation and quality of the product.”
The Belltown restaurant also features a seasonally changing cocktail menu, draught and bottled beers and ciders, and a notable wine list with sparkling, rosé, white and red options available by the glass.
The rustic European menu and atmosphere is extended to the attitude at Tavolàta. With monthly ‘Sunday Feasts’ – themed dinners served family-style at a fixed price on the first Sunday of each month – and a large, communal table in the center of the restaurant, sharing is part of the restaurant’s appeal.
Tavolàta is open for dinner every day between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Featured photo courtesy Tavolàta & Ethan Stowell Restaurants.
We would be remiss in our restaurant spotlights if we didn’t feature the very pub that bears our neighborhood’s name! This month’s Belltown restaurant spotlight is on the Belltown Pub – a fantastic local place for great food and beverages.
The pub opened in the late summer of 2010. “We wanted to create that casual neighborhood joint,” says owner Erwin Arceo. “Having lived here in Belltown, I knew that there was a wonderful community and no neighborhood joint to serve them.”
So the Belltown Pub was born!
With classic pub fare that touts a mix of American, Mexican, and Irish flavors and styles, the Belltown Pub is a restaurant made to serve up whatever you’re craving.
The menu undergoes a big change twice each year, but it is always evolving with the seasonal availability of ingredients and the tastes of the Pub’s customers. If something isn’t selling, Erwin will take it off the menu. That being said, there are some things that he just can’t take away, such as the Jaeger Schnitzel. It’s made with hand-pounded pork loin, German spaetzle and purple cabbage topped with a delicious mushroom cream sauce.
Other classics include the Alaskan Amber Ale Fish & Chips, the Bavarian Bratwurst, and on the appetizer menu, the Jameson Whiskey Fondue with house-baked pretzels.
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., with notables like their Chocolate Chip Flapjacks, Macrina Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast, and the mission-style Breakfast Burrito. Guests also love their Skillet Scrambles.
Belltown Pub uses fresh ingredients for all of their fare, and they even do their own bourbon-soaked cherries for Manhattans. All of their cocktail juices and mixers are made fresh in-house.
On the cocktail side of things, the Pub is known for their Mules. The Belltown Pub mules are a mixture of alcohol and ginger beer with syrup or fruit, served in a copper cup. Erwin opened the restaurant with mules on the menu, and has had such success with new cocktail concoctions that he’s added several other specialties, such as the Moonshine Drinks and Bulldogs. The Moonshine Drinks on Belltown Pub’s menu are cocktails crafted with Midnight Moon Flavored Moonshine and served in mason jars. The Bulldogs were originally advertised at the bar as a joke, but it took off when people started ordering them. A Belltown Pub Bulldog is, quite simply, a pitcher of booze with an upside-down bottle of beer inside, such as the classic Bulldog, which is a margarita with a Dos Equis.
The Pub has some unique characteristics that people should know about. For one, they’re really dog-friendly! They even have a dog menu for your four-legged family member. Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, the pub offers a FREE buffet (with the purchase of a minimum of two beverages). “It’s great for people who don’t have anywhere else to go,” Arceo said.
The menu is available from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. seven days per week, and the bar doesn’t close until 2 a.m. The dinner menu is available for lunch Monday through Friday, or patrons can order from the lunch special menu, which will get them served and out the door within 45 minutes if they’re in a hurry to get back to work. Kid menus are also available. And weekend brunch is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.