Sustainable in Seattle

December 27, 2016
By Tamara Thomson

Tom Douglas’s infamous first restaurant, the Dahlia Lounge has sat proudly on the corner of 4th and Virginia ever since it was relocated from its previous location on 4th and Stewart back in the year 2000. Since its opening in November of 1989 this treasured icon has been at the forefront of the local, sustainable and organic food movement making it one of Seattle’s favorite quintessential restaurants. The Lounge was even nominated by the James Beard Association for “Best Restaurant” back in 2006 and to this day continues to wow visiting guests and regulars alike.15697584_347207615654412_371275865301031382_nBacon Cheeseburger: white cheddar, toasted homemade bun, the crispiest fries you’ve ever had served with a special secret sauce.

Taking full advantage of the pristine waters that surround us here in the Pacific Northwest, the main menu features an array of interesting and delicious seafood creations: hard smoked black cod with hot mustard and sesame, raw kampachi with wheat berries, buttermilk, cucumber and dill and no trip to the Dahlia Lounge would be complete without trying the Dungeness crab cakes served with purple potato, olive paste, pickled celery and carmenere grape. In addition to the abundance of seafood you will find dishes seasonally inspired by local ingredients: chanterelle mushrooms on Dahlia bakery sourdough with herbed cream and watercress, spiced butternut squash with black quinoa, sheep’s milk feta, hazelnut and savory herb salsa.15578570_347207622321078_3939299032523547944_nWe got a lovely table by the window looking in the direction of the kitchen (where the magic happens).

Whether you’re visiting the lounge for brunch, lunch, happy hour or dinner make sure to save room for dessert for they serve some of the best deserts in town. Their most popular, Tom Douglas’s heavenly Triple Coconut Cream Pie. Being a big fan of coconut cream pie myself, I knew I had to try this pie after hearing from various people how amazing it was. Upon my first bite, I knew this was no ordinary coconut cream pie but the freshest, most decadently rich and creamy pie I had ever tasted. The crust so flaky, the whipped cream with just the right amount of vanilla and to finish it off its delicately topped with toasted coconut and shaved white chocolate.15578921_347207612321079_3556684835260387290_nBlood Orange Mule: Vodka, Solemo liqueur, lime juice and ginger beer.

The interior of the restaurant is sophisticated yet approachable. The walls are saturated in a beautiful crimson creating a lush and very warm atmosphere. Floral mosaic pillars direct you to delicately hung lanterns and fish shaped lamps line rows of immensely comfy booths and banquettes. This is the perfect place for an intimate dinner with a loved one, a business meeting with clients or for a casual afternoon lunch while shopping with friends. After your done dining, don’t forget to stop by the Dahlia Bakery. Located just one door down this bakery serves freshly baked artisan breads, handmade pastries, small batch cakes and of course the beloved Triple Coconut Cream Pie.15578462_347207862321054_8014690273942310286_nThe lovely, warm and inviting interior.

15578932_347207872321053_936305308697625084_nDon’t forget to stop by the bakery after your meal. You won’t regret it.