Capitol Cider offers brunch on the weekends with a menu ranging from steak & eggs to pork schnitzel or something sweet, or more of a lunch item. Pair it with the casual atmosphere and great service and this establishment easily makes its way to one of my favorite brunch spots. On sunny days, their patio is open and offers great people watching at their location on Pike and Broadway.
Move over challah and brioche. The French toasts that have captured our imaginations recently don’t just go doughy, airy, and big on the toppings and stuffings. They take the sweetest, most decadent comfort food in the pastry basket—and French toast that. Here are just a few examples of ones we’ve loved.
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The word on the street this morning is that the restaurant formerly known as Aragona, now Vespolina, will close its doors on Friday, July 24th. Michael Gallloway, the Business Manager for Vespolina, Cascina Spinasse and Artusi, is quoted in a press release this morning as stating, “…closing a business that we have worked hard to nourish and make successful is very disappointing… and we will look to merge as many employees as possible into Spinasse and Artusi.” And so now there will be a big assed void across from the Four Seasons Hotel and Ethan Stowell’s newly opened Goldfinch Tavern. Let’s hope it can be filled soon with something that appeals to the greater masses.
Q&A WITH CATHY FERRANTE, BAR MANAGER OF CAPITOL CIDER IN SEATTLE
We recently spoke to Cathy Ferrante, bar manager of the great Capitol Cider in Seattle. We found out all about what she believes makes a great bar and her previous experience that got her to where she is today!
What is your favourite cocktail from your menu and why?
Sidestepper (Liberty Crabapple Cider, Gran Classico Bitter, Cocchi di Torino, Dill). I like playing with names almost as much as the drink itself. It’s a really fun and savoury drink and something a little different, featuring an amazing, local(ish), handmade dessert cider.
Capitol Cider doesn’t get as much mention on this blog as it deserves. Yes, it’s an amazing cider bar, with killer gluten-free food, but they also run an impressive beer program. They just announced the Inaugural Barrel Fest, which will be starts on Thursday, July 2nd and features barrel-aged beers and ciders, mostly rare, hard-to-find stuff.
The event starts on Thursday and continues through the 4th of July weekend, with a special Barrel-Aged Brunch on July 4th. The Inaugural Barrel Fest takes over all 30 of the bar’s taps. According to organizers, this might be the first barrel-aged cider fest ever. It is certainly the first I’ve heard of around here. Still, for us beer lovers, the lineup is quite impressive.
EntreMundos (“between worlds”) is not like a typical jam session populated solely by a line of musicians waiting for their turn to blow. It’s more like a lively international block party, all ages, genders, and backgrounds mixing together, enjoying each other’s company and music in a supportive and welcoming atmosphere, both as participants and as audience members. One week you’re a newcomer, the next week you’re greeted as an old friend.
They’re getting snuffed’: Seattle pledges to aid ‘hungry’ musicians
…The Fair Trade Music Seattle Resolution gives bands and venues templates for work contracts and has also provided classes to negotiate fair agreements.
“I think hungry musicians probably sometimes don’t cut the best deals for themselves, so I think holding the establishments responsible for making sure they set great standards is a good first step,” said Capitol Cider owner Julie Tall.
Capitol Cider was one of the first music venues to sign the pledge. Tall said it’s important because she wants Seattle to celebrate its vibrant music scene, and not strike discord among up-and-coming artists.
“I believe in paying musicians fairly. I believe in supporting art and artists,” Tall said…
“I’ve heard the term cider snob,” Ben Sandler said, “but I haven’t met one yet.”
When he does finally meet one (that seems inevitable), it will most likely be in his bar and restaurant, Wassail, which he recently opened on the Lower East Side with his wife, Jennifer Lim, and another business partner, Sabine Hrechdakian. Wassail has a dozen hard ciders on draft, five by the glass and more than 80 in bottles, from cider makers in Chile, England, France, Ireland, Spain and the United States.
The bar (on Orchard Street, appropriately enough) is the bricks-and-mortar affirmation of a fermented-cider revival that has fueled a rapid growth in producers, drinkers and other cider bars, including Bushwhacker Cider in Portland, Ore.; Upcider in San Francisco; and Capitol Cider in Seattle. Even big brewers like MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch have begun turning out ciders.
24 Seattle Brunch Picks Worth Putting on Pants For
Brunch is a sacred part of the Seattle weekend. It’s the hangover cure, the pick-me-up, the best way to kick off a busy day around town. The top brunch spots in town offer memorable meals, with creative plays on classics like re-imagined Bloody Marys or a Benedict with a twist.
What follows are the hottest 24 brunches in Seattle, in alphabetical order. New to the map this time around are Lionheadand Ernest Loves Agnes. Got another favorite? Shout out for it in the comments.
Dining Guide 2015: Our 119 Favorite Places to Eat and Drink
This year we’re spotlighting 119 of the best restaurants and bars our city has to offer, though that still feels like just a drop in the bucket when Seattle continues to open more and more incredible food establishments. Our list, curated by myself and my trusted contributors, covers 15 categories, including New Pacific Northwest, Italian, Mexican, bars, bakeries, and more. Not every place we love can fit into these pages, so some of our longstanding favorites like Tilth, Mamnoon, and Joule, had to make way this year for newcomers. That’s the hardest part of putting this thing together. The easiest part, of course, is the actual eating and drinking. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. —Nicole Sprinkle, Food & Drink Editor
It’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement of America’s growing cider resurgence. Unlike beer, wine, spirits or even cocktails, hard cider is a fresh new beverage frontier for many Americans to become familiar with and grow to love. And now, in addition to plenty of new producers hitting the maps, we’ve got a new wave of cider bars to help push the movement forward as well.
Cider-centric bars like Upcider in San Francisco and Capitol Cider in Seattle set the playing field (and plans for two new spots are set to open in Chicago this year).
Happy Hour Q&A: 50th birthdays and day drinking with the kiddies
This week, we answer queries from a hubby and a father all trying to do good while having a drink or three. There’s also a dude perplexed no one here drinks Calvados. Questions were edited for brevity or clarification. (For readers emailing me with a complaint about a bar or service, let’s go easy on the exclamation marks and Caps Lock key, eh?)