Eating Local with Diva Dweller Allecia Vermillion
Every May, The Divas pull together our list of fav places to “Eat Local” in Seattle. Although we do consider ourselves “foodies”, there are some folks we really can’t compete with on the foodie scale. So, when the time came to whip up our “Eat Local” list for 2012, who better to ask for her “top 5″ than the Food and Drink Editor at Seattle Met and, soon-to-be new Diva Dweller, Allecia Vermillion.
Here are Ms. Vermillion’s Picks for our May 2012 “Eat Local” Picks:
- Blind Pig Bistro: Chef Charles Walpole wraps the season’s best local produce and proteins into crazy-sounding, brilliant-tasting combinations like soft shell crab with asparagus and pickled rhubarb, or pork belly with braised cabbage.
- Il Corvo: It’s more of a pasta salon than a restaurant. During the day, chef Mike Easton takes over the Procopio gelato shop on the Pike Street Hillclimb, and serves three daily pastas, each less than $10 and inspired by whatever he found up the hill at Pike Place Market. Chef Mike was also on the Diva’s list for 2011. Look soon for his project with Diva Pals Oola Distillery.
- Li’l Woody’s: The idea of eating local doesn’t usually conjure up visions of burger joints, but this one on Capitol Hill makes its addictive burgers and fries with high-quality ingredients from Oregon and Washington. Even the malts and shakes are made with Molly Moon’s ice cream.
- Taylor Shellfish Farms: The Melrose Market shop lets you pick out your own platter of oyster varieties grown up and down the Puget Sound—and beer and wine to match.
- The Walrus and The Carpenter: It’s technically an oyster bar (and the oysters here are excellent) but chef Renee Erickson loves championing local farmers and purveyors; the artful vegetable dishes are every bit as exciting as the shellfish.