2408 N.W. 80th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than with a loved one sitting around a table and sharing dish after dish of your favorite foods. In this case, the flavor-packed fare is Lebanese and families come from all over the city to break bread, enjoy some whiskey and share a meal. Just like a traditional Lebanese restaurant, this charmer serves up endless classics like the Lebneh bi Zaatar, a creamy yogurt-cheese with Zaatar drizzled with olive oil. Your dining partner will have a hard time resisting the hot-off-the-grill skewers of beef, chicken and lamb (definitely check out the Kafta Mishwiyeh that features ground lamb with spices and bulgur) that are offered daily. But not to worry, at Cafe Munir there’s always enough for everyone at your table to enjoy.
Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant
2605 E. Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Enter into this warm and cozy eatery and you are immediately welcomed with a friendly smile as well as with the scents of some incredible spices coming out of the kitchen. Come hungry and come with your favorite dining companion because Meskel is the perfect spot to share in your favorite Ethiopian food. The classic dish, the vegetable combination, is really a large platter. Sitting atop the spongy and tangy injera bread rests generous offerings of red lentils cooked with spices, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, shero, greens and tomato fit fit. Another Ethiopian favorite that is prime for sharing is the doro wot, a chicken-based dish which comes to the table in a cast iron pot simmering in a myriad of spices.
401 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Chef Ethan Stowell recently opened MKT., his latest entry in the city dining scene. It’s a perfect spot to grab a seat and enjoy some contemporary American fare. But if you find that this intimate newcomer (only 28 seats) is already full, then you should take your loved one and make a beeline to one of Chef Stowell’s other popular eateries, Rione XIII. Here, you’ll have plenty of room to cozy up with your dining mate and share in some serious Italian dishes via Rome. You might want to start with some small plates like the Suppli al Telefono (fried risotto, beef ragu and mozzarella) or the classic steamed manila clams with guanciale, fennel and white wine with a touch of mint. Of course, nothing says Italian dining like a Roman street pizza and Rione XIII serves up these rustic pies to be shared, including the golden potato pizza with rosemary and anchovy.
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1535 14th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
If you’re looking to impress that special person in your life, then sharing a meal at Artusi is a step in the right direction. This Italian eatery, which sits on a busy corner in Capitol Hill, buzzes at night but still has an intimacy about it that is perfect for sharing a meal with that special someone. Known for its pasta, you won’t want to miss out on hand-cut egg tagliatelle with melted spaghetti squash, roasted parsnips, mandarin and mint. But before you fill up on the pasta (or the steak and duck dishes also offered), you might want to share a few antipasti. The Artusi ‘Russian Salad’ is perfect for two with prosciutto cotto, parsnips and heirloom potatoes all pulled together with a tarragon maionese. And if you’re looking to end your meal on a romantic note, you may want to consider sharing the cioccolato-soaked dark chocolate cake top with fresh cream.
3506 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Often found dotting the top of the everyone’s “Best Of” lists, Joule continues to impress diners with its modern take on Korean cuisine. And with the restaurant’s recent move to the Wallingford/Fremont neighborhood, it is also impressing diners with its luxe new digs. If the thought of sharing innovative side dishes (like the cold-smoked escolar, pickled daikon and seaweed) with a special friend in a sleek, modern setting sounds right up your alley, then Joule should be topping your list as well. And it’s just not the side dishes that are sharable. Steak is always a sure bet at Joule, but if you prefer tentacles, you might want to share the octopus with bok choy and hot bacon vinaigrette. And even though Joule will bust out its “his” and “her” menus on Valentine’s Day – it’s a pretty good bet that there will be plenty of shareable dishes to go around.
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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.