Making your way through Europe provides you with a variety of culinary experiences, like the McDonald's in Bratislava, Le McDonalds in Paris, El McDonalds in Madrid, Il McDonalds in... From a chef inspired by actual European culinary experiences, Blackboard.
Opened by a London-trained chef who used to sous at Olivar, this conspicuously-throwback-styled 40-seater's serving up grub inspired by his previous European travel/cooking, all from a low-ceiling'd bistro split by boldly-black-and-white-striped booths, an L-shaped corner bar, and -- in lieu of menus -- three room-dominating chalkboards that prove the writing's on the wall...no, like, literally. On the savory side there're mains like gnocchi w/house smoked trout, peas & mint; a four pack of shallot/foie gras/truffle/bleu cheese sliders w/ shallot rings; pork chili verde with cast iron corn bread; and a whole prawns/spicy sausage/clam/fingerling potato stew called Frogmore, which is kind of weird because it's actually Frogless. Sweets-wise they've got an oatmeal cookie sandwich w/ rum raisin parfait, flan w/ lavender cream and berries, as well as a chocolate and peanut pasty, which unlike every other pasty you've seen, might actually end up in your mouth.
Blackboard's also featuring a selection of the chef's fave 'tails, microbrews, and vinos, plus a per-person name-your-own-price chef's tasting menu that'll deliver grub 'til you reach your budget, which thanks to the Dollar Menu, gives a new meaning to ill McDonalds.
Published: August 12, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
3247 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
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