We arrived at Quinn’s about 5:30 tonight given they’re another Seattle staple known for not accepting reservations and I haven’t forgotten our How to Cook a Wolf experience from last week. There were a few people already seated when we arrived, but they weren’t super busy yet. We’ve been to Quinn’s more than a few times and always enjoy it. Their food is the quality of many high end Seattle restaurants in a more laid back, gastropub setting. The combination of exposed brick, dark wood and rustic art on the walls is cozy and comfortable. There is always a carafe of water on the table when you are seated, but since our last visit, something changed. In place of the traditional water carafes, there were a variety of recycled whiskey bottles filled with water on the tables. Given B’s love of bourbon and his home state of Kentucky, we were happy to see that our water carafe was a beautiful recycled Jefferson ‘s bourbon bottle.
One aspect of Quinn’s that confuses me a bit is the strong French influence in their food given the distinct Irish feeling to their decor and the whiskey and beer flavor to their bar. This isn’t a criticism, mind you. If anything, I appreciate the fact that Quinn’s isn’t stuck in a box created by a general theme. Instead, they’ve based their space on warmth and hospitality while allowing their menu to branch out beyond pub fare and take on a life and personality of its own.
As usual, we ordered too much and most of my main course is now in a neatly packaged container in my fridge. On our menu tonight were the Spicy Fried Peanuts, Rillette de tête (pig tête, if you’re curious) and Salt Cod Fritters to start. B had the Crispy Skin Chicken with green beans and boulangerie potatoes and I had the Slow Roasted Pork Ribs with bourbon barbeque and creamed corn with bacon. For dessert, we had the Hazelnut Bar with Pear Ice Cream.
Our drinks tonight were also a unique experience. I had a Slippery Pig (Pompero Rum, hot apple cider, butter and BACON). B had a La Pistole Fumante (Bulleit bourbon, Cynar, Vya Dry and Laphroig Cask).