Bastille ~ Seattle, WA
Ballard’s Bastille Cafe & Bar, is as close as you can get to the reverent bistros and cafes that adorn Paris’s sidewalks. The large, but cozy space is located on the ever popular Ballard Ave and oozes with French details. The Owners of this sustainable restaurant reused pieces from another time and place to recreate the beautiful, warm energy the rooms behold.
If that isn’t enough to start making your way their now, their happy hour will. Their extensive happy hour menu offers French cuisine using local, eco-friendly ingredients from reputable purveyors. Some of the components are so local, they come just steps to the kitchen from the rooftop garden.
If we pop into Bastille’s early happy hour offering, we usually sit by the front fireplace to enjoy its warmth and beauty. If we make it in later in the evening, we often opt for the always hopping back bar with the gigantic glowing chandelier. One thing is for certain, choosing where to sit always ends up being easier than deciding what to devour from the lengthy list of amazing choices.
Of course you have to order a carafe of the white, rose, or red wine they are offering. For the price ($15) the 500ml carafe is worth every cent. The Petite Moules Frities, which translates to Mussels steamed in a savory bouillon with french fries is an absolute every visit. Also a must is one of my most favorite cheese on the planet, the famous, Dinah’s Cheese, from Kurtwood Farms on Vashon Island. Dinah’s Cheese is a fresh, bloomy rind, cow’s milk cheese that melts in your mouth like butter – its heaven. Some of the toss ups that are always delicious, but we don’t always have room for are the scrumptious Beef Cheeks Gougeres. These two pieces of tender, braised beef with a bit of cheese and pickled shallots are served on a slice of their unbelievable bread. Probably the main reason we can’t fit another thing into our stomach is because of their peasant bread, it is a must, no exceptions – it is my favorite bread in town. The Bastille Burger is absolutely fabulous and we almost always split that as part of our meal. It is consistently cooked perfectly and is a steal at $10 with cheese (without cheese, $8 – but why would you?). Another favorite is the charcuterie plate with a selection of meats and pickled veggies, yummy and simple.
We could go on and on, but it is so much better if you see and taste for yourself- you won’t be disappointed.