Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Stumbling Goat located in Phinney Ridge is one of Seattle's more established organic and locavore restaurants with 10 years under their belt, which means they've had plenty of time to hone their skills. Almost all of the ingredients used in their dishes are local and organic insuring the best combination a menu can offer, quality and freshness. The cheese plate which is offered as both an appetizer or dessert is a well balanced mix of fruit, nuts and cheeses. The Willapa Hills Farmstead Blue with it's velvety texture is divine and the Crottin Affine Goat Cheese even won over this generally goat cheese renouncing diner with it's delicate flavour. The main courses were also well balanced and perfectly portioned. The Liberty Duck consisted of a succulent duck breast atop a bed of farro, poached rhubarb and braised chicory, the bitter and sweet of the latter were a perfect contrast to each other. The Braised Wild Boar and Pappardelle was also a pleaser. The gently shredded boar made for a rich ragu to top the simple but delicious pappardelle pasta. The restaurant also boasts a hearty wine and cocktail list with several intriguing mixed drinks like the The Kraken an infusion of spiced rum, smoked Oaxacan maple syrup and ginger beer. All in all the Goat is a great spot for an intimate dinner for two or to catch up with old friends over drinks.

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