It usually takes a village to help someone get into rehab, though Russell Okung is clearly capable of spraining his ankles without help from anyone else. Teaming up to rehab a foodery, the crew behind Phinney Pub & Eatery.
Nursing the 'hood's landmark grocery (from which it takes its name) into a 70-seat beer/wine-slinger, the local couple behind Phin enlisted outside help in the form of both a yacht designer -- who set off concrete floors and raw wood with shmancy touches like a gilt copper ceiling and extravagantly framed mirrors -- and a chef whose accomplishments include a Battle of the Chef's victory at the Spokane Women's Show, which must have aired on Oxygen. The upscale pub plates proteins including decadent spicy orange flatiron steak, and seared sea scallops in white truffle sauce, and also stuffs 'em into sandwiches from slow-cooked corned beef reubens to the Phinney Market Burger: honey mayo, crispy pancetta, and bleu cheese, though he didn't seem to be all that sentimental about killing Prop Joe. Bar bites, meanwhile, range from artisan cheese plates, to marinated steak skewers, to sweet potato fries tossed w/ fresh garlic & parsley and served w/ sweet chili aioli, not to be confused with sweet Chilli's aureole -- how does she need a TV show to find a man?!
Phin's even doing up early-morning coffee & baked goods, plus a limited lunch menu dominated by sammies, salads, and savory tarts, which Russell Okung will have time to eat a lot of, considering he clearly isn't making savory starts anytime soon.