Carmelita

Written by on January 29, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(carmelita.net) – Greenwood/Phinney
How I heard of this place: YEARS ago my good friend Tahirih told me to check it out. I finally had the opportunity this week while dining with a fellow student from IIN.
Type of cuisine: Vegetarian with many vegan options. To the extent possible, local, seasonal and organic.
Ambiance: Perfect for intimate conversation in a non-pretentious setting. There is a small backroom that might be usable for a small semi-private party. Would recommend taking only up to four people at a time to maintain intimacy of the setting. Music is set to a subtle volume so as to keep from distracting conversations.
What I ordered: As a starter, I opted for the soup of the day, which was a beautiful and robust smoked parsnip soup with watercress and a squiggly drizzle of chive oil. My main course was the sweet potato gnocchi garlicky broccolini, madeira-shallot-maple syrup sauce, crispy yams for $17. My dining partner ordered the wild rice flour crepe, filled with smoked cauliflower, mascarpone & green olives, red wine braised cabbage, lemon thyme buerre blanc for $16.
What I loved: EVERYTHING we tried, but the gnocchi was the winner of the evening.
Why I loved it: local, seasonal, organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine
Cost: mid-range $11-$18 for entrees

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