Yesterday I was a winner. Google Local (similar to Yelp) was doing a contest for reviewers to write reviews to be entered into a contest to win a South Lake Union food crawl through Dishcrawl. I was one of the ten lucky winners and myself and a guest were allowed to join for this food tour that they claimed to be worth $270. My lucky guest was my good friend Abby, from FareStart, who is about to leave the country for a good two months and we had a great night out with each other.
The only info I had for the event was that we were to meet at a restaurant called Re:public in South Lake Union at 6:30pm. Once we arrived we had a private area in the back where we checked in and were instantly given a glass of champagne. We had about an hour of socializing here with another glass of champagne and three different passed appetizers: a raw oyster with salted radishes, a beet, pistachio and goat cheese salad that was phenomenal, and a Asian turkey banh mi slider. We then were told that we were moving but they never told us to where.
The next stop was Tom Douglas’ Italian restaurant Cuoco, which I’ve never been. We had long tables to sit at and next we were given a great Rose wine to sip before our dinner was plated before us. Our plates were three tastings of their offerings: a succulent veal and beef meatball, squid ink pasta with breadcrumbs and a clam, and grilled asparagus with some kind of good cream and pistachios underneath. My favorite was definitely the meatball but everything was very good. And then we were moving for our last time.
The last stop was another Tom Douglas’ eatery, his second location of his renowned pizza spot Serious Pie, which is also connected to his bakery called Serious Biscuit. They had a bubble red wine, called Lambrusca, for us to drink which was at first very unusual but then definitely grew on me. For dinner they had two of their pizzas for us to try: their traditional sausage and pepper pizza and their yukon gold rosemary potato pizza. Both were outstanding because of that crust! I have been to his other location and loved the pizza I had and this was just as good and quite a bit more spacious. After the pizza we received a tour of the bakery downstairs before giving us our dessert which was a single coconut cream pie bite that Tom Douglas is so well known for.
Abby and I really enjoyed the night and had a lot of laughs as well as some good free food and drink. I hadn’t been to any of the three spots so I thoroughly enjoyed trying them. It’s rewarding to be a reviewer sometimes.