Let me just say that it is not always easy trying to eat in all of the new places that keep popping up. Sometimes I am not hungry (albeit rarely). Or carpooling conflicts with dinnertime. Or I just want to stay home in my sweats (hello fall!). Or my credit card is on fire. But I do it for you, Kirkland diners, as I consume everything in sight and let you decide if it's someplace you are interested in partaking in also. Sometimes I need your help along the way-- I know these potentially delicious eateries are here, but I just haven't gotten to them yet. Chime in as you see fit while I loosen my belt buckle.
Little Brother- The much anticipated follow-up concept from DeRu Market, owners Jamie Casady and Jordan Cooper quietly opened for breakfast and lunch in the Arete Building (456 Central Way) across from Kirkland Urban about a month ago. You've driven by it 25 times and haven't even realized that you are looking right at it nestled in the front corner of the building. It's a big and open space with outdoor seating and has the same classic white and gray modern farmhouse feel that you can't help but be drawn to. The staff (many of the familiar faces from DeRu) are all so friendly and down-to-earth helpful with the menu and going the extra mile to explain everything about Little Brother. There are beautifully handmade desserts strategically placed on counters as sinfully tempting decorations. The process is the same as DeRu, where you order at the counter (but why just one point of sale? ) and then you get a number to sit down with so can anxiously await your food's arrival.
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You can't help but be happy in your surroundings there, however, the menu is one of mystery to me. It's the kind where I read it, and the ingredients are listed and they sound fabulous and local/organic, but I still have absolutely no idea what the item I order is going to look like when it shows up. Which is kind of fun if you're feeling adventurous. Definitely a bit fancier food than DeRu. Let me do a little de-coding for you. Tartines are open-faced sandwiches. I saw some nearby patrons order these and they appeared piled high, so it's not actually something you would pick up and eat like a sandwich, it's more of a cool presentation that you should get a knife and fork for. My friend and I split the grass fed beef tartar which was deliciously tasty/salty and the seeded loaf with kale and spinach spread which was..just ok. Our 'chocolate chubby' cookie for dessert was perfectly melt-in-your-mouth fantastic (I had to try the dessert for you, I would never normally order dessert ;-). I'm looking forward to going back and trying more of Jamie and Jordan's creations as they fine tune their offerings. I also really want to sit at the big family-sized table with strangers next time because it just seems like something I'm supposed to do at some point. Can't help but be drawn back to this new and carefully crafted eatery.
They are planning to start serving dinners 'very soon,' but for now you can enjoy breakfast and lunch at Little Brother Tues-Sat 7am-4pm. There's some street parking but don't forget there is also a parking garage for their building.
In other local eating news....
Eureka! - bumped their opening date AGAIN. Don't they know we're impatient? Shooting for March now. This will be in the old Mi Mexico spot on Park Lane.
Lilac Cafe- appears to be closed now? The purple awning always threw me off. UPDATE- They are just getting painted. Open for Biz!!
Cactus- can you believe I STILL haven't been in since the remodel. MUST get there. Need my Citrus martini and Sonoran Spa Chicken. Have you been? Fill us in!