Gorgeous George’s

Written by on February 27, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(gorgeousgeorges.com) – Greenwood

Gorgeous George's

How I heard of this place: I first heard of Gorgeous George’s when two friends and I were walking through the neighborhood and wanted to stop by for a quick snack or cup of coffee. It was the mid-afternoon and our stop was brief. I did not order anything. On this trip, after hearing rave reviews from Lindsay & Arman and Suzanne & Chris, I had to sample the fare. When my friend Matt wanted to get together for Indian, Mediterranean or Thai cuisine, it was at the top of my list.

Gorgeous George's Front Window

Type of cuisine: Mediterranean cuisine, just like grandma used to make. “Come enjoy the hospitality and fine Mediterranean cuisine prepared with a touch of perfection by Chef George. Whether a quick lunch or a special night out, everyone is welcomed with open arms. On the menu you will find a blend of family recipes, and dishes made with George’s special flare, with spices direct from the Holy Land.”

Gorgeous George's Indoors

Ambiance: Small and intimate, table settings for parties of two or four. Windows line the two sides of the establishment against Greenwood Avenue and NW 78th Street. Vines and plants line the front entrance, and each table is covered with white linens and decorated with a square vase and fresh orange rose.

Gorgeous George's Dining

Music plays in the background, sometimes calmly, and slightly louder at other times. On this three-hour dinner occasion, UB40 looped on the CD player until we settled the bill and left the venue. The kitchen space is hidden beyond the cafe espresso bar and counter, where paint on the walls is reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

What I ordered: Knowing the portions would be large, my dining companion and I ordered two dishes off of the dinner menu, to share. Each was served with a Greek Salad of field greens, feta cheese, olives, tomato, cucumber, basil, green pepper, red onion, zatar, tossed in a house basil vinaigrette dressing.

Gorgeous George's Greek Salad

For our main entrees we selected the Shish Tawook or Chicken Kabob ($18), marinated chicken brochettes char grilled and served with a side of garlic sauce,

Gorgeous George's Chicken

as well as  A Combo Delight ($24), jumbo marinated char broiled shrimp and char grilled filet mignon served with grilled vegetables. To end the meal, we ordered baklava, a Chef George recipe, layered filo-dough with a nutty filled center.

On a return visit, 15 October 2015: We returned with my husband’s cousin and uncle for a quick weeknight dinner, and could not have been more pleased! We started with the Hummus of mashed garbonzo beans flavored with garlic, tahini, and lemon,

Gorgeous George's Hummus & Juice

then shared a serving of the Stuffed Grape Leaves: five pieces veggie grape leaves served with a side of mint yogurt sauce,

Gorgeous George's Dolma

and an order of the Lentil Soup.

Gorgeous George's Lentil Soup

The Fattoush Salad followed,

Gorgeous George's Fattoush Salad

as well as our main entrées, including the Shish Taouk and Lamb Kabob: grilled lamb tenderloins, marinated in lemon and served with onion and tomatoes.

Gorgeous George's Lamb

What I loved: I loved the large portions! The chicken, while slightly dry, was char grilled to perfection and the garlic sauce atop added pungency and spice to the entire dish. My dining companion most enjoyed the filet mignon, blackened and tender.

Why I loved it: I love the small space, the intimacy created by the dim lighting, the night sky and candles over a delicious and filling meal.

Cost: Average ($17-$25 per dinner entree)

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