During last week’s first preview dinner at Salare (hosted by the rad ladies of One Night Only; check out their upcoming dinner series featuring women chefs and winemakers), I remember crushing on a thick lady-finger shaped cornbread and turning to chef/owner Edouardo Jordan’s wife Usana to ask her, “Have you had Edouardo’s cornbread before? This is ridiculous. So good.” She replies, “I don’t think I’ve had this version of his cornbread. Ed rarely uses the same recipe twice.”
This is the way Edouardo Jordan (alumni of prestigious restaurants such as Per Se, The French Laundry, The Herbfarm, and most recently, at Pioneer Square’s Bar Sajor) cooks so expect a lot of variety. The menu is never gonna get stale. Food enthusiasts in north Seattle, you’re scoring a huge culinary gem.
What can diners expect at Salare when they officially open this Friday? “As much as I love meat, I also love stews, vegetable dishes and pasta. I’m not looking to pigeonhole myself as the nose-to-tail restaurant or the pasta joint. There are plenty of great restaurants that do that already. I view my restaurant as a modern day mom and pop concept where my food will reflect what I love.”
Diners can expect herbs from his garden, purslane, sea beans and whatever else Jordan forages.
What else is brewing in the Ravenna food scene?
This fall, Josh Henderson (of Westward, Skillet) is opening a burger shop called Great State Burger and Saint Helens, an all-day brasserie. The latter will serve up pastries, espresso, charcuterie, family-style dinners, and a vast bottled beer selection.
Ravenna Brewing Company, set in an old motorcycle shop, is a craft brewery located just behind/under Carl’s Foreign Car Services on the corner of NE 55th Street and 26th Avenue NE. Opening date: Summer
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