Tim and I wandered into Spur Gastropub in Seattle recently and all I have to say is WHOA! Tim’s friend randomly took us to the Belltown restaurant and bar over the weekend. We (mostly I) were hungry and needed of some food, and this cozy, slightly upscale place did the trick. The food was superb, the atmosphere was fun and the wait staff was friendly.
Spur Gastropub (113 Blanchard St.) offers sustainable New American cuisine. The menu changes as food comes in and out of season. The plates are small and perfect for sharing. Between three of us, we ordered four small plates: truffled chevre gnudi, pork belly Sliders, merguez sausage and veal sweetbreads.
I’m a huge fan of pork belly. In my eyes, the fatty meat is like a cousin to bacon. Who doesn’t like bacon? I think pork belly is so tasty I could eat it every week. The sliders were decked with cranberry, coriander and arugula. They were the perfect small bite. The sausage and veal were also really good. You need to know that I am a fan of spice before I say this: the sausage was a little too spicy for my taste buds. I’m not sure if that is how Spur Gastropud likes its sausage, or if ours came out with a heavy had of seasoning, but it had some serious zing. The veal sweetbreads were savory and sweet, full of rhubarb, white asparagus and peppercorn.
Now let me tell you about my favorite part: the truffled chevre gnudi. It was out of this world!! I want nothing more for you to finish reading this post, share it with everyone you know and then immediately go to Spur Gastropub and order this dish. Then, order a second one and bring it to me. I can’t get enough of this dish. The plate has parsnip, hazelnut and brussels sprouts. The dish immediately jumped out to me for the simple fact that it featured brussels sprouts. I love brussels sprouts. I love them even more than pork belly. They are by far one of my favorite vegetables.
To put it simply, Spur Gastropub’s brussels sprounts are the most amazing brussels sprouts I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. They were cooked perfectly: soft with a little crunch, a dash of salt, combined with a savory sauce. Pair those perfectly prepared brussels sprouts with Spur Gastropub’s gnudi (which is a type of gnocchi made from ricotta cheese and a little bit of flour), and you may find yourself in heaven (in the form of a small plate).
Spur Gastropub has my taste buds hooked. I can’t wait to go back. There are other items on the menu that look delicious, and I can’t wait to dive in a try them. I will also order the truffled chevre gnudi again. As I mentioned before, the menu is always changing so it may be worth it to check out this places throughout the year to see how they mix things up. We are also eager to dine at the chef’s other restaurants in town..
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