Getting to Know Seattle: Dahlia

Louse and I had theater tickets downtown for the new musical Come from Away, and I wanted very much to try the trendy new bar beneath the Amazon Spheres. We figured that getting there just before 5pm would beat the Amazon crowd. Alas, no luck. “Trendy” in Seattle means “crowded”.  The bar opens at 4pm, and the hostess told us there is a line at that hour, and the place immediately fills up. There are no reservations and they don’t even take names of people who are waiting, so the next tables wouldn’t open up, she estimated, until 6pm or 6:15pm and we’d have to be there, standing in the next line to form. That didn’t work with our 7:30pm theater tickets, and anyway I’m not a fan of waiting in big lines for any establishment, no matter how cool it might look.

Fortunately downtown Seattle has no shortage of great happy hour options, so we walked to a Tom Douglas restaurant, Dahlia, on our way to the theater. Happy hour means half price glasses of wine — in Seattle half price is $7 — and a variety of small plates. This is Seattle restaurant week, so we also had the option of three courses for $33, but neither of us felt like that much food. We got a number of things, and shared. Louise felt like apple salad and french fries. I ordered squash soup — a real winner — and house bread with three seasonal toppings: tapenade, a great fresh tomato relish, and squash butter.

Next to the french fries what you see is aioli, which is how Seattle-ites eat their fries. Tastes like mayo to me, the ketchup queen.

I missed being able to get into Deep Dive, but how could anyone be disappointed with this? 🙂

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