Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pacific Northwestern Comfort: Purple

We arrived in Seattle fairly late, so I was thrilled to discover that Purple Cafe & Wine Bar was open until midnight and just a few steps from our hotel!
Dark and sexy inside, Purple still manages to be warm and inviting. Its wine collection -- or at least its wine storage structure -- will impress you. The extensive list your server will hand you even includes a glossary of terms.

We're not big on wine, though. Shame, I know.
Mr. Monkey had a rhubarb Dry Soda in a champagne flute.

Baked brie, apricot preserves, caramelized onions, candied walnuts, grapes, and housemade crackers ($13).
As good as it sounds at looks. Cheese lovers, you'll want this. Badly.

Duck two ways -- pan-roasted breast and confit leg, escarole, crispy fillo dough, kumquat gastrique ($24).
No fowl play here. Everything it's quacked up to be. Just ducky. If you didn't get any of that, I'm saying that this was quite tasty.

Lobster baked mac 'n' cheese -- campanelle noodles and lobster baked in a sauce of creamy Gruyere ($23).
Another one for the cheese lovers. Al dente. Creamy. Nice browned top.

We had such a great time at Purple that we were more than happy to meet our new Seattle friends there for a quick drink during our second Seattle visit. Sitting at the bar was a completely different but equally enjoyable experience.

The French 75 -- champagne, gin, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice lightly sweetened ($10).
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Yeah, I drank champagne at a wine bar. And I loved it. So there.

Purple has four locations in the Seattle area. You should visit. It won't disappoint.


  1. Oh! I'm so excited you're visiting Seattle. I can't wait to see where you end up eating in our fine city.

  2. i want that campanelle mac & cheese. i'd think it'd be the perfect shape for being coated in cheesy goondess.

  3. I haven't been to Seattle since high school!

  4. I was born in Seattle, but haven't been back since I was a wee little thang. You've convinced me that I need to go back soon.

  5. "No fowl play here. Everything it's quacked up to be. Just ducky."

    Weez, you always crack me up ;-)

  6. One of my fave places. Their appys and happy hours are delish!!!!

  7. I always drink champagne at a wine bar. What's wrong with that?

    Wine bars with little bites to eat are my favorite thing ever.

  8. No dessert? lol I think I might have been still hungry after that.

  9. I love that place! Although, I actually don't think I have eaten anything there -- just lots of wine drinking! :)

  10. i think the hub is bummed that i'm no wine-o. he loves a good bottle, but never gets to crack one open when it's just us.

  11. i want to make babies with that cheese, lol!


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