#sEATtle: Cook Weaver
I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!
Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.
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Anytime you show up to a restaurant and your friend tells your server to "2 bourbons, 2 beers, just bring it all," you know you are in for a big night. Was Cook Weaver up for the challenge or would we be hitting up the Pagliacci's down the street after being underwhelmed? On to the food pron....
Coconut Poached Chicken on red cabbage slaw. Real talk, I wasn't exactly looking forward to this dish but it was surprisingly good! Like a super fancy chicken salad, instead of the normal chicken mixed with mayo and some sort of fruit that no one likes in there but for some reason gets added EVERY DAMN TIME WHYYYYYYY. Anyway, this is much better than that.
Fried Mushrooms- Another surprising treat. Actually that's the theme of the meal and Cook Weaver in general. I was expecting the standard mushroom crowns battered and browned, instead we got this crazy nest of crispy potatoes, carrots, and shrooms. Good not great.
Mackerel BBQ- CW's take on Seattle tariyaki. the sweet glaze paired perfectly with the fishiness of the....fish....whatever, you know what I'm trying to say.
Brussel Sprouts- Important to note that these were served with those thick chunks of bacon that are the size of croutons. Meat croutons, I can get down with that becoming a thing! Move over fried chicken taco shells, there's a new bread replacement in town.
Broccoli Casserole Dip- Gross, right? WRONG! I'm from the midwest so if i go to a restaurant and there is a casserole on the menu, I have to order it. I'm also basic, so if you are offering something that is topped with a "cheeto crust," I have to order it. There were plenty of reservations about trying this, but our fears were quickly conquered by the creamy, cheesy goodness. Plus its made with brocolli so as far as I'm concerned this was a healty dish.
Radicchio Salad- Our server talked us in to this one, and I'm glad she did. Radicchio is usually too bitter for my liking and there isn't enough dressing in King County to make it tolerable, but there were a bunch of olives in the salad that balanced everything out. Probably the only time I've ever enjoyed radicchio.
Pork Shoulder with apple salad and potato latkes- I mean, pork+apple+lakes. What's not to like here?
Braised Brisket With Hominy- its been a while since I've reminded everyone that any dish that comes with an egg on it will be fantastic. Its like a weird culinary magic trick. Seriously, go get a bacon cheeseburger and throw an egg on top of it and tell me it doesn't become at least 92% better. ALWAYS worth the extra cost. Anyway, this dish is a play on bibimbab, which is both delicious AND fun to say. Instead of rice, CW used hominy, so smart. The star of the meal for sure.
Cook Weaver is a quirky place with a playful and weird menu. I mean, brocolli casserole? Bibimbap without any rice? You will be confused and have concerns with almost everything you read on the menu, but relax tiger, because the finished product is fantastic!
Go here if...You like weird, good food, with unique interprations.
Don't go here if...You don't like playful menus and quirky presentations