Recently, I was invited to Old Stove Brewing Co. to try their Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) menu. SRW features participating restaurants that offer three-course dinners for $33 and some offer two-course lunches for $18. Old Stove Brewing Co. is a great place for beer. In fact, they were named Seattle Magazine’s “Best Brewery Taproom” of 2018. Although I had been to Old Stove Brewing Co. before, I’ll admit that I haven’t thought about them as a place to sit down and have a meal aside from a few snacks during happy hour. I welcomed the chance to try some of their menu.
The space was impressive and larger than I remember (probably because I had only been there when it was very crowded). The west wall opens up to beautiful views of the Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. Seattlelites love spaces like this and during the summer, it can’t be beat!!!
First Course: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
I find it hard to turn down Brussels sprouts, which is strange because I never ate them growing up. They were prepared with Washington apples, sweet and sour glaze, and chili candied almond. I loved the sweetness of the glaze and the firm texture of the Brussels sprouts. I’m always looking for different ways to eat and prepare them!
Second Course: Pork Shank Osso Bucco
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this dish but it sounded like something I would love. The citra-saffron pork was served with Toulousaine white beans, Finn Cider braised cabbage, and preserved lemon gremolata. The presentation was rustic and can I just say that I love eating out of cast iron skillets? The pork was tender and fell off the bone. Each part of the dish was unique by itself but together, it was composed perfectly. I was transported to my childhood and the dish reminded me of many home cooked meals prepared by my mom. I did not come close to finishing this dish! I had to stop eating so I could save room for dessert.
Third Course: Lavender Cheesecake
Lavender has stolen my heart and I love it all! The cheesecake was light and fluffy, which I love. I don’t like my cheesecake dense and heavy. The rosemary white chocolate crumble added good texture and flavors. The huckleberry made me think of summer jam. The real test was how the lavender was presented. Too much of it will be overwhelming. Too little of it will be a disappointment to lavender fans. Lavender seeds were sprinkled on the top. As I took my first bite, I had a whiff of lavender, just enough to entice me and as I ate it, I could taste the flavor that I love. It was balanced well and a pleasure to eat!
Old Stove Brewing Co. is located at the Pike Place Market Producers Hall in the new market expansion. Their taproom features twenty-four taps of craft beer made onsite, local cider, wine, a full bar, and rotating food menu made from scratch daily using local NW ingredients. The current SRW ends on Thursday, November 8th. Many thanks to Old Stove Brewing Co. for the invitation and for hosting me!