Oh, Tom Douglas, I do love you. Your restaurants just don’t disappoint. I went to Dahlia on a blustery, awful rainy Seattle day to take advantage of the 3 for $30 promotion. Such a great deal. The warm, red interior was a refuge from the storm. I was seated right away, after arriving ten minutes late for my reservation, and I immediately ordered an excellent Old-Fashioned that made me forget my traffic woes.
I chose the bread salad/crab cake/coconut cream pie combo. This is the first 3 for $30 I had been to that makes you choose a selection of three together instead of choosing course by course. It worked out for me although I am not sure why they do it that way.
Salad doesn’t usually excite me but the bread salad had delicious cheese, tangy olives and a delicious dressing. The crab cake was singular (fine with me) and came served over a black bean relish with grilled squash. So, so, so good and the perfect amount of food. The coconut cream pie was fine but (don’t kill me, fans) it isn’t my favorite desert. Luckily for me it was my date’s favorite so we swapped. He got the chocolate mousse-like, potted dessert that had homemade poppycock and shaved chocolate garnished on top. Are you kidding me?? Homemade caramel corn? On chocolate? I wanted to lick the bowl and I just might have.
I can’t wait to go back and then to Lola and Palace Kitchen and Serious Pie and… I love you, Tom Douglas.
Good date spot? Yes. Times infinity. But make reservations. I think that I would choose this spot for a second or third date, i.e. with someone that I knew I was somewhat interested in. The lighting is dim (romantic) and the ambiance just begs to be savored and enjoyed so it is a good idea to make sure you are with someone that you don’t mind lingering with.
2001 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121