This bar/eatery, with it's walls of freaky portraits and dead animals, is better known for its bar scene, but it also attracts an eclectic mostly kid-free Capitol Hill crowd for dinner and brunch. There's usually a line for brunch, and once you're in, the crowd and the music makes it feel like it's still Saturday night. The food is creative and well-prepared, but not precious.
Ethan Stowell's newest brings new life to Capitol Hill's 15th Ave E. Toothsome handmade pasta, and there's nothing shy about the flavor of the food. Addictive fried artichokes with aioli; crispy, creamy suppli filled with oxtail; pizzas are generously topped even tho the crust is so good it needs nothing. Well-stocked bar with a great cocktail list.
Brilliant, creative food served Thali style (lots of small plates so you don't have to choose), top-notch service, warm, inviting, fun atmosphere. Jerry Traunfeld is a super-star chef who uses spices and herbs (many from the restaurant's garden) to make unique but approachable food.