We just dines at Spring Hill in West Seattle last night and I have to say it was well worth the drive. First off, we had a charming waitress who happily chatted away with us about the virtues of using local ingredients, including using a very good water filtration system so that they could offer a filtered still water carafe and a sparkling one. Lovely! No need to have the stuff shipped in from France, Italy, The Alps or even farther. Sorry Panna, I will endeavor only to drink you when there are multitudes of italians jumping on their Vespas and hailing each other "Ciao Bella! Ciao Ragazzi!"
After the water congratulation-fest, we met our regular waitress who answered our every question, even the recipe ones, brought us our food at the perfect rate (of course the place was not packed, but even in some restaurants where you can hear the crickets, the servers seem to be incapable of doing this... no I'm not picky.) and she even had some friends in common with us out in delightful Waitsburg.
We had a delicious fresh Diver Scallop appetizer which had perfectly cooked apple, the skinniest cut leeks ever and a very nicely sharp apple cider gastrique. Perfect. Then we moved on to the Razor Clam Sausage with lightly pickled oysters. Who knew such deliciousness could be wrought from my grinder?
We moved on to perfect dessert and perfect dessert wine. I will return to Spring Hill as often as possible- they are a treasure!
I should go into more detail on Waitsburg and producers and venues we love out there, but for now, here is the short list (all must go and stay a while, or must buy a quantity to take home and consume):
Monteillet Fromagerie- make sure to make time for lots of cheese tasting, charming conversation and nice wine pairing with Joan.
jimgermanbar and Amo Art- house cured prosciutto, perfectly mixed drinks and gorgeous art.
The Whoopemup Hollow Café- delicious comfort food and Coca Cola Cake!
Laht Neppur Brewing Company- take home a growler or a mason jar of brew. Root beer, too.
and outside of Waitsburg, just across the Oregon border in Milton Freewater:
Petits Noirs- chocolate confections you'll dream about long after your last morsel has been devoured.