Woodinville Wine Country has Customized Culinary Options for Every Palette

Every year, Woodinville plays host to tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Not surprisingly, that means a lot of people with a lot of different food preferences. No worries – we have you covered! Here’s a brief rundown of Woodinville restaurants that cater to a wide variety of partial palettes.

Vivi Pizzeria– Gluten Free and Vegan options

Italian food and gluten free don’t often go hand in hand but Vivi Pizzeria has options for all their guests. They offer a gluten free crust so everyone can enjoy a piping hot slice of their pizza while relaxing on one of the most popular patios in Woodinville! For a vegan option, try the Spaghetti Porro made with leeks, roma tomatoes, garlic, white wine, olive oil and parmesan.

Heritage Restaurant – Vegan

Newcomer Heritage Restaurant and Bar has quickly made a name for itself as a comfortably casual, quality food locale. Chef Breanna Beike makes it a priority to ensure that all of her guests feel at home. People following a vegan diet will appreciate the marinated portobello mushrooms served with fennel sprouts, ancient grains, and grilled artichokes. Savory and delicious!

Village Wines – Vegetarian

Village Wines has been a mainstay in the Hollywood District and their consistent quality and extensive wine list are two reasons why the phrase “Let’s meet at Village!” is so often heard around town. Their extensive menu includes a vegetarian flatbread with a “magical” artichoke spread that many a carnivore has opted for as a dinner choice.

Purple Cafe – Keto/ Low Carb/ Paleo

The Purple Café is a popular destination for lunch or dinner (and brunch on the weekends) and for good reason – the food, atmosphere and service are all top end. For those looking to limit their carb intake but indulge in gastronomic delights, you’ll be spoiled for choice here. No doubt the bacon-wrapped meatloaf with roasted mushrooms will satisfy any low-carb meat lover!

Hollywood Tavern – Dairy Free

A little roadhouse in 1947, The Hollywood Tavern is now a Woodinville hotspot with tasty tavern food that a match for anyone’s palette. Even if you’re ditching dairy, you’ll have choices a-plenty at this historic site now known for its classic comfort food. Order up a plate of Brick Chicken with a side of their “never-to-be-forgotten” brussels sprouts and you’ll leave satisfied without a dairy care in the world!

Tandem Dinner & Wine Bar – Organic

Woodinville restaurants have the great fortune of sourcing items from local farms, many of which grow their food organically. Tandem Dinner and Wine Bar take full advantage of our local bounty and offer a dinner menu that would rival any big-city restaurant. Their local NW rack of lamb with fresh sides is a beautiful example of “local” and “farm fresh” at its best!

Woodinville Cut Shop – Carnivore

The new kid in the neighborhood – The Cut Shop – has hit the ground running and is grabbing the limelight for many a meat lover! Carnivores crave many of the choices cooked up by a chef with a butchery background. Narrowing the choice of menu items – which include a double cut pork chop and a ginormous 40-ounce ribeye – will be a tough task for die hard meat-eaters… but no doubt, you’re up for the task.

Woodinville Wine Country has Customized Culinary Options for Every Palette

Barking Frog – Pescitarian

The Barking Frog restaurant – part of the boutique Willows Lodge hotel – has long be regarded as the standard-bearer of fine dining in Woodinville Wine Country. It would be of little surprise to those following a pescetarian diet that this high-end, Pacific Northwest restaurant has fresh and varied seafood options including a signature dish that is coveted by many a repeat-diner: The Barking Frog Grand Marnier prawns.

 

Picnic Table – Raw

Tucked in amongst dozens of wine tasting rooms in the Artisan Hill area of the Warehouse District is a gem of a restaurant named The PicNic Table. This small, Mediterranean-style café has become the go-to place for wine aficionados seeking delicious culinary pairings. The seasonal burrata and heirloom tomato salad or the Mediterranean plate are perfect choices for guests guided by a raw diet. And don’t forget – you can order a full spread of fresh, local foods and take it to go in a handy picnic box!

[photo cred: Hollywood Tavern, Barking Frog, PicNic Table]

 

 

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Fresh, Local Organic and Vegan Fare at Heritage Restaurant

Sunny, welcoming and right in the heart of wine country, both the staff and the delightfully bubbly owner of Heritage Restaurant + Bar greet guests with open arms. You can’t help smiling right back. Heritage offers modern American food cooked with care and using the highest quality seasonal ingredients. So seasonal and local that you can find Breanna on Saturday mornings at the local Woodinville Farmers Market choosing beautiful foods to take back to the restaurant. Woodinville residents Breanna and her husband Chris Brende, designed the restaurant (across from the Hollywood School House) to be a gathering place for all – somewhere where locals could hang and tourists feel right at home. And that’s exactly what it has already become. On any given day, you’ll find old friends catching up over lunch, families having dinner, celebrations, two-somes getting to know each other, and couples fresh from work (or working out). The private dining room, a rare Eastside commodity, is sought after.

The dinner menu is divided into sections: Shells & Shareables (the generous serving of tender Caramelized Sea Scallops is a popular starter), Salads (all four salads are delicious – the signature Wedge Salad is comfort food at its best), Meats, Seafare & Non-Meats (among a variety of entrees, the Flat Iron Steak and the Heritage Burger are equally yummy).

They also offer excellent vegetarian options and flexibility to accommodate vegan or gluten free. The “Farro Risotto” changes seasonally. This spring version featured english peas, spring onions, beet greens and mascarpone cheese with a summery variety of patty pan squash, braised baby fennel, sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes and escarole. For vegan dishes, try the cast iron fired marinated portobello mushroom; served with artichokes, tri-color quinoa, swiss chard and fennel sprouts.

Fresh, Local Organic and Vegan Fare at Heritage Restaurant

We sat down with Breanna Beike, Chef & Owner, for some Q&A on her favorite spots to eat and play around town.

  • What do you think about when you think of Seattle’s Eastside?

“Community. My husband and I lived in Ballard and there is community there, but we moved to Woodinville 2 years ago and now I feel like I know what community truly is.

The North Shore school district, local businesses, the partnership among small businesses is pretty legit in Woodinville. I am honored to be a part of it.”

  • When you go wine tasting in Woodinville, what are your “must” tasting rooms to check out?

I love Long Shadows and a’Maurice Cellars. I also enjoy sitting on the patio at Patterson Cellars and Gorman Winery in the Hollywood District. And the hidden gardens at and beautiful surroundings at JM Cellars should not be missed. A true (and literal) hidden gem.

  • Best breakfast or brunch spot in Bellevue/Kirkland and/or Woodinville?

“Maltby Café in Snohomish. Any of their scrambles, toasted homemade bread, strong coffee and cinnamon rolls are all amazing. And Heritage’s brunch is pretty great, too. J

  • Favorite place for date night?

“We live right down the street from Ristorante Italianissimo in Woodinville. The service is amazing, they remember you when you walk in and during happy hour you can get a $15 bottle of wine and have a great happy hour date. Another fabulous hidden gem of Woodinville.”

  • What is the best hidden gem that you wish more visitors to the Eastside knew about?

Roadside farm stands in Woodinville and Duvall that operate on the honor system. They are pay what you can or list suggested prices. They have beautiful produce and flowers. You can usually only find them on weekends, but it‘s worth driving by during the week to see if they are open, especially in the summer.

These stands are part of that sense of community here that I love so much. The trust of a “pay what you can” farm stand. You don’t get that in Seattle.”

  • The Eastside has changed in the last few years. What is one addition to the area that you are loving?

“The many new restaurants, especially in the Woodinville area. But we need more. There are so many wineries and breweries here that we need more places to eat. But Woodinville feel like a boomtown. Things are happening here and all I can say is: Yes!”

  • What are the coolest or most iconic places on the Eastside? What comes to mind first and why?

Chateau Ste Michelle, Molbak’s and Delille Cellars’ Carriage House. I think of these first when I think of Woodinville. They are legit.”

  • Where is the first place you take an out of towner that is visiting you?

Molbak’s Garden + Home. This place is gorgeous. You can shop, have a cup of coffee or iced tea and sit in their garden area.”

  • Favorite place to catch a live performance, book reading or new art installation/exhibit?

“Chateau Ste Michelle for their summer concerts and the amazing art they have all over the property. And the Woodinville Heritage Society for their museum and their self-guided tours that take you through the history of Woodinville.”

“We moved to Woodinville first before opening the restaurant. We wanted community, more acreage, and less traffic. Then when we found a place to open a restaurant, it was a no-brainer to live and work here.”

  • Where is your favorite local destination for a staycation?

“Sammamish staying in any VRBO that is lakefront. And Willows Lodge. It’s here in Woodinville, but feels like a world away.”

  • Do you live AND work on the Eastside? If not, tell us where you live if not on the Eastside?

 

[photo cred: Duval Images and William Munoz]

 

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Hometown Hungers: Best Philly Cheesesteaks Outside of Philadelphia – Hollywood Tavern

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October 1, 2016 – FoodNetwork.com

No need to book a trip to the City of Brotherly Love. These popular places across the country are serving sizzling takes on Philadelphia’s signature sandwich.

The Hollywood Tavern, Woodinville, Wash.
This old-school spin features shaved rib-eye steak fortified with a proprietary “HT3” seasoning, a secret spice mix that’s also used on the burgers served here. The sandwich starts with a buttered and toasted Grand Central bakery hoagie, which comes stuffed with the rib-eye steak and a heap of sauteed and seasoned white onions, red bell peppers and mushrooms. A cheese sauce made with cheddar and Jack adds to the richness>>Read more online at Food Network

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