What do smiling cows on Vashon Island, an old-school Seattle restaurateur, and Capitol Hill’s best ice cream have in common? They are the ingredients in Kurt Farm Shop, where Kurt Timmermeister (last seen in these parts before he sold Café Septieme) has expanded his cheese business, Kurtwood Farms, into a chillier form. Look for farm-fresh seasonal ice creams, his excellent cheeses (you may have heard of Dinah’s at, say, every good restaurant in town), and plants, all directly from Timmermeister’s own Vashon digs.
With big portions, affordable drinks, and plenty of room for a group, this new American/Italian restaurant knows the way to Belltown’s heart. Burgers sharing a menu with squid ink risotto might seem a bit strange, but with Macrina bread, $6 gnocchi at happy hour, and late-night hours on weekends, Cuadra makes the quirks easy to love.