Staple & Fancy Mercantile
First of all, let me say that the location of this restaurant is a bit odd… We thought our car’s nav system had gotten us completely lost! The neighborhood is a bit industrial, and the front of the restaurant blends right in with the area. Once we saw inside, though, we knew we were at the right spot. The space feels like an old mercantile store (and perhaps once was one), complete with the main wall having what we assumed was an old, original advertisement still painted onto a brick wall. Very cool, and they did a great job keeping with that theme throughout. I also liked the openness of the entire space; we had a booth right across from the kitchen, and watched the chefs all night, trying to figure out what they were making, and which of those dishes would end up on our table!
We opted for the family style supper, which consists of 4 courses for $45 a person. Here’s what we had:
1st course: A total of seven small plates. Really, more like courses 1-7!
Anchovy with chickpea puree:
A nice blend of flavors, on top of extra crunchy toast…
Really good, and just salty enough without being overpowering..
Bbq chicken wings:
I’m not a huge fan of wings, but these were quite good. Slightly crispy, hot, and covered in sticky-sweet BBQ sauce.
We’ll definitely come back to explore the menu a bit more, or to try another version of the family style supper. The service was great, the atmosphere laid back, and the food was exceptional!
4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107