Wednesday, August 22, 2007



Another summer, another family reunion. Further guaranteeing our permanent residence in Hell, we flew in to Seattle a day earlier than the family knew, in order to enjoy dinner downtown before heading across the water to the festivities. Sound a bit extreme? Consider yourself invited to the 2008 reunion.

We'd read about Lark in the July 2007 issue of Food & Wine, and were eager to experience chef Jonathan Sundstrom's back-to-the-land commitment. Offering small plates based on what's in season and available, Lark encourages a communal approach to dining, allowing guests to indulge in a wider variety of flavors and experiences while reveling in the company of friends.

Lark is an easy stroll from downtown, nestled near Seattle University in Capitol Hill. Heavy on wood and exposed beams, the sustainable Seattle eatery preserves its only frivolity for a snaking panel of sheer curtains. It's the kind of place where you immediately feel you are going to eat well, have great conversation, and lose yourself in a bottle of wine--or two.


With treats like Yellowstone river paddlefish caviar with rosti potatoes and clabber cream ($20) and Carpaccio of Yellowtail with preserved lemons and green olives ($14) Lark absolutely fit the bill for a fresh, interesting meal.

What didn't fit the bill? My American Express card. As of early August Lark only accepted Visa and Mastercard, though there is not a drop of warning about this on the door, menu or web site. Could potentially make for a very embarrassing date night if you ended up there with a fat check and your Discover card. Just make sure you pack the right plastic, and then get ready for a priceless meal.

- K


926 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


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