In the attempt to achieve pure hedonism, Happy Together aims to locate the ideal food and beverage match at Seattle-area restaurants or markets.
There are those who rush to judgment prematurely when it comes to breakfast and alcoholic beverages. The more socially acceptable instances tend to include tailgating, a hair of the dog cure-all, and cold weather coffee slips like Kahlua or peppermint schnapps. Although alcoholism is typically the main outlet for a.m. imbibing, a troupe of Seattle area restaurants have warmed up to the novelty of "breakfast cocktails" on their brunch menus - as well as breakfast for dinner dining alternatives - that proudly pair with their scrambles, hashes and hot cakes to complete the most important meal of the day.
Beyond the mimosas, Bloody Marys and Greyhounds, directors of drink are collaborating traditional breakfast flavors with some of their heartier, darker spirits that only accentuate the sweet tones of syrup and contrast the saltiness of savory bacon.
Location, location: Ravish -- From the folks that bring you the Seattle catering darling and multi-award recipient of wedding food acclaim, Ravishing Radish, comes a neighborhood joint gushing in unassuming charm, vegan/gluten-free hospitality and an inventive yet amiable cocktail menu. With its local culinary focus, feminine décor and humbly dapper bartenders, Ravish is consistently stocked with ladies and offers a generous regular and late night happy hour that rivals many in its zip code.
Eating: Pan-seared Sweet Potato Latkes -- This particular descendant of an ornery, kitchen-savvy Czech great-grandmother can appreciate and distinguish a potato pancake from hash browns with eyes closed. This spin on the eastern European side dish keeps one foot in savory and the other in sweet. Plated like a deconstructed twice-baked (sweet) potato, Ravish's sweet potato latkes are hand-packed with maple syrup in the cake, blanketed in a crème fraiche and blue cheese crumble dressing and topped with fresh chives and bacon from Oregon's Carlton Farms.
Drinking: A Pale and Lovely Place -- Subtitled as Ravish's "modified Manhattan," this house cocktail pulls away from its New York City whiskey origin and toward the sweet and sultry flavors of barrel-aged bourbon. Mixed with the herbal liqueur, Benedictine, the rhubarb amaro, Zucca, Angostura bitters as well as house-made coffee bitters, the Pale and Lovely Place hits up the maple, vanilla and coffee flavors to make it the consummate match for the maple-infused sweet potato pancakes.
Pointers from the Pros: Bar manager Luke McKinley isn't ashamed to share the breakfast table with a drink, especially if he is able to craft it with infused syrups, homespun tinctures and his handpicked spirit selection.
The drink has "bacon and maple syrup which gives it a good salty-sweet interplay," says McKinley in respects to the pancake pairing. "With the bourbon and amaro in the drink, it has a vanilla flavor and a coffee bite. It's kind of like eating the perfect breakfast combo."