Monday, November 7, 2016

Brouwer's Cafe

After a day at Chittenden Locks and checking out the Fremont Troll, we went in search of a mid-afternoon meal. We knew we wanted to try Brouwer's Cafe. It was a little difficult to find because there is not a huge sign. I couldn't really see the above sign on the sidewalk through the parallel parked cars. SP finally pulled over and dashed off to check it out. Once we confirmed we were in the right place, we tried to park. Parking is difficult in Seattle. I get that public transportation is better than everyone driving everywhere, but it's not always easy/convenient if you are in a wheelchair. Finally we found an open space, parallel parked, and walked 1-2 blocks over to the restaurant.
It was around 2:30 pm, so things were slow, just a few other occupied tables. It's a pretty large space with an upstairs area, too. There are dark wood tables, generously spaced, a long bar, and sort of a creepy Gothic feel as this watches you from above:
There is a HUGE draft beer list:
There is an equally HUGE whiskey list:
Did I mention all the beer? And the long bar?
SP enjoyed a beer. I didn't try anything. I was dealing with my cold and a drippy nose and just wanted tea.
I chose Croque Savoyard (Parmesan, Emmenthaler, toasted bread, roasted red peppers, basil, tomatoes; add an organic egg). It was really tasty and filling. The frites were good, too. You get to choose a dipping sauce for the frites: mayo, aioli, rémoulade, Bourbon dragon sauce, chipotle mayo, or curry ketchup. I chose rémoulade and enjoyed it.
SP opted for Traditional Mussels & Frites (Penn Cove mussels, sautéed shallots and garlic in a white wine cream sauce, served with fresh baguette). They must have been good mussels because he finished them quickly and started in on his fries before I had eaten even a quarter of my sandwich. SP chose bourbon dragon sauce for his frites sauce and liked it but also dipped in my rémoulade.
One of the reasons I had Brouwer's on my list was this dessert: Gaufre Liege (cinnamon-vanilla waffle with caramelized sugar, red wine poached pear, and vanilla bean ice cream). We shared this. It was good. I could have used a little more pear but I liked how the ice cream melted into the crisp waffle.

We'd definitely go back the next time we're in Seattle. Lots of beer and whiskey, tasty food, good service, great atmosphere.

Brouwer's Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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