Just when you thought the term "gastro-pub" had gone out of vogue, the Spotted Pig showed its staying power by keeping its Michelin star and Seattle was blessed with Quinn's, the new haunt from Scott and Heather Staples. With a strong opening this week, Quinn's wears its gastro-pub badge unabashedly... and gives you pretty much everything you're hoping for: solid food, measured innovation, friendly and low-key staff, and a down-to-earth vibe despite the loft-style surroundings. All particularly impressive at this early stage in the game (despite my crappy cell-phone picture).
Spotted Scott Staples coming out of the kitchen on Quinn's second night, looking a bit tired but pleased with the bustling opening. Great, shatteringly crispy fries (just a bit too salty), piquant duck egg bocarones and a really fantastic braised oxtail with truffled gnocchi... This is turning into a great food corridor for Seattle. Wait until Quinn's hits full stride after its staff has notched a few months of experience, cuz there's a whole lot of potential here.
Head on over to the corner of 10th and Pike.