Living in the burbs, or in our case the woods beyond the burbs is really a lovely thing. I like nothing better than waking up in the morning and looking out our kitchen window at glorious Tiger Mountain, or driving a short 30 minutes to play in the mountain snow during the winter. The peace and the quiet are really wonderful but at heart, despite it all, I am a city girl.
Growing up in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard we were surrounded by so much natural beauty it rarely felt like we were living just minutes from a large metropolitan area. Shilshole Beach and Marina with stunning views of the Olympic Mountain Range, the Hiram Chitenden Locks, gorgeous Lake Union and Lake Washington all within a short drive, we were spoiled and we, or at least I, didn't really know it.
It wasn't until years later when Ballard started to become the hip, ultra cool neighborhood that it is today did we realize that what we had others would want too. The years of hearing Norwegian being spoken on the streets and shopping at the Scandinavian deli are pretty much gone now. But in it's place are the beginnings of some great new places, reviving what had become old, worn down and in some cases torn down. Bastille is one such place.
Created by it's two owners Deming Maclise and James Wiemann to replicate French cafes and cafe culture, Bastille brings a warm, intimate presence to a neighborhood filled with a mishmash of shops, taverns and other fantastic restaurants. Beautiful white subway tiled walls, clocks, lights and architectural elements sourced from Paris and French churches, all contribute to creating a genuine bistro atmosphere.
And the food? Well let's just say its fantastic. All the classics, steak frites, moules frites, confit de canard, croque monsieur, gratins, ratatouille etc. much of it sourced directly from their rooftop gardens in the summer.
Happy Hour is our favorite time to go, $10 wine carafes, and $5 cocktails. The menu is sophisticated enough for adults and down to earth enough to meet the needs of kids. They have a fantastic grilled Painted Hills Beef Burger and the frites with aioli? Mouthwatering..
While a trip to Paris for me is simply not in the cards, a trip to Bastille will give me the French fix I need until I can get there.
To view their menu and get more info, you can do so here: http://www.bastilleseattle.com .