6 Must-Try Dishes & Drinks at Vittles

By Leslie Kelly  |  August 14, 2014
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Darlene Boline and Cajetan Mendonca launched Vittles Neighborhood Bistro & Bar in a section of Belltown where  there's some pretty stiff competition for dining and drinking dollars, right next door to Rob Roy and across the street from Buckley's, the busy sports bar, as well as Shiro's and Ethan Stowell's Tavolata. But this casual cafe tempts with a menu deep in dishes that scream comfort food, which can be ordered until midnight weekdays and until 2 AM on weekends. Here are some drinks and dishes you should try.  

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    Signature cocktails

    Bar manager Brian Troxell, formerly at Cafe Flora, has come up with a list of crafts cocktails including  the Parasol, a Hedge Trimmer gin creation mixed with mint, lemon, crème de cassis and elderflower, and an bourbon, Aperol, Ramazzotti and fresh lemon juice mashup call Evening Stroll. The house Manhattan is made with James Pepper 1776 Rye, Carpano Antica and Scrappy's bitters, a sweet sipper dubbed Our-Attan. Prices range from $9-12. During happy hour, from 4 to 6 PM and 10 PM to close, premium well drinks are $5, glass pours of wine are $5 and Rainier is $2.50.

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    Corn and Crab Beignets

    These stuffed beauties are fried golden and crispy, the creamy interior steams when split open for an awesome bite. One of the best apps we've had in a while, the order of four beignets is served on a spot-on fresh herb-infused aioli that gets its edge from malt vinegar.  

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    Wild prawns

    Sauteed with herbs, garlic and roasted tomatoes that bring out the sweetness of the plump shellfish, finished with a splash of dry white wine. This small plate has an Italian accent, served with toasty crostini. 

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    Braised brisket

    Tender chunks of succulent beef are tucked into a Le Panier baguette with nicely caramelized onions and horseradish sauce. Though Boline hails from Philly, we'd never call this sandwich a cheese steak even with the sharp Provolone that's shaved on top. But it's got the same killer flavor profile as that city's signature dish.

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    The Burger

    A thick grass-fed beef patty is super succulent, getting a big flavor boost from crispy strips of bacon, sauteed mushrooms, pickled onions and the house secret sauce that tastes way better than your typical mayo-ketchup mix. We love the Macrina brioche roll it's served on and the hand-cut fries with truffle aioli are great. This $12 sandwich drops to $9 during HH. 

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    This layered pudding dessert might be so Sleepless in Seattle-era, but this version will remind you why it's a classic that refuses to go away. There's the booze soaked cake and bits of chocolate and the dusting of cocoa on top.  Flat-out yummy.