Patience is a virtue that pays off. I was driving to the library and found The Table open for business!
A long table down the center of the restaurant draws your eye invitingly. Open space, high ceiling, earth tones with wood tables and chairs surround you for casual dining. A look at the menu had me wanting it all.
Starters: Antipasti Platter or Ralf's Pretzel & Sausage or Beet Caprese (sliced red beets, goat cheese w/reduced balsamic and basil chiffonade, pepper).
Salads: Spinach-Goat cheese or Caeser or Fusilli Pasta.
Sandwiches: come with a side of fusilli pasta salad – Meatball Grinder (pork/bison), Sausage Sub (grilled w/carmelized onions, portobellos) or Veggie Sandwich (toasted foccacia w/lime-red jalapeno hummus, portobellos, spinach, carmellized onions, goat cheese).
Are you drooling yet? Rumor has it the chef is from NY. Italian chef from NY; now there's a surprise. Here's more-
Pasta (of course): Mac 'n Cheese (fusilli, Twin Brooks cream, mozzarella, Tillamook cheddar in a crock topped w/bread crumbs, browned in oven) opt for Italian sausage mixed in, Spaghetti & Meatballs (bison/pork, house marinara), Pink Vodka Penne or Chicken Cacciatore (over roasted red pepper linguine).
A major + is the beer list. Can you say LOCAL? They will always have Chuckanut Brewery's Kolsch (my favorite – see Tuesday's Kolsch night), Leavenworth Whistling Pig, Yakima Craft Brewery Pale and others. Reds and whites will vary. The wines are pricey and the Townshend Cellars "Table" Blend disappointing at $9 for a small glass. I would be a regular for Thurston Wolfe caliber wines!
I hope they keep their menu small and varied with the season. I like small plates and large plates, local sources of good wine and cold beer (see Du Jour Bistro & The Vines – they set the bar). 7-29-10
360-594-6000 100 North Commercial St M 11-5 T-Sat 11-9