Phinney Market Pub & Eatery: Pacifying Kids and Adults with Good Food"/>
Phinney Market Pub & Eatery owners Caleb and Jaimee Papineau have crafted a bustling neighborhood joint that magically works for parents, children, and kid-free diners. Phinney Market hits the right "something for everybody" vibe: one part tasty food, one part play area, one part bar.
Phinney Market Pub & Eatery
Opened last August, Phinney Market sits a block from the Woodland Park Zoo. If it was located on Capitol Hill, the oversized, light room might struggle to find its niche. But its trendy salvaged wood communal table and Tolex chairs are a change of scenery in Phinney Ridge, a neighborhood full of toddlers fresh from storytime and teens in soccer uniforms.
Food is seasonal, and--while not pitch perfect--thoughtfully constructed. Salads may be a touch overdressed, appetizers may be brought at the same time as entrees. But the menu is solid and reasonably priced. The quinoa stuffed portabello is extraordinarily flavorful and hearty; the Painted Hills beef burger is juicy and satisfying, and the crispy sweet potato fries are transformed with a dusting of fresh parsley. Kids can nosh on apricot jam and almond butter sandwiches or mini cheeseburgers with a side of fresh fruit. Weekend brunch is a best bet.
Phinney Market includes an interactive, refreshingly understated corner play area for children. Kids are drawn to the custom train table modeled after a mini Phinney Ridge. The positioning of said play area in a far corner draws an imaginary line between sans child eaters and Sounders fans near the bar's flat screen from diners with families. And if you're a parent, you know that sipping a pint of 2 Beers Heart of Darkness and splitting a charcuterie plate while your kids are happily occupied is a tiny gift.