Local 360

Written by on August 17, 2012 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(local360.org) – Belltown neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

Local 360 Please Wait to be Seated

How I heard of this place: My sister-in-law, Suzanne, recommended it as the perfect, walkable-distance-from-her-home spot for a locally grown and prepared meal. New to the neighborhood (within a year) and new to the weary travelers, we were eager to savor a homemade meal.

Local 360 Fried Chicken Stack 2

Type of cuisine: Local 360 is a sustainable restaurant and food producer, based in the heart of downtown at the corner of 1st and Bell. Our emphasis is on local sourcing, with the majority of it falling within a 360 mile radius of Seattle.” “What is sustainable? To us, it means relying on and investing in our immediate community and geological placement. It means utilizing our resources in an efficient and renewable manner that we find closest to us. It means dedicating ourselves to ensuring the health of our neighbors and loved ones by using the freshest, most naturally grown sources. 

Local 360 Menus

We believe that local produce, meat, and grains are more than mere vehicles for nutrients, but vital parts of the intricate system that supports our environment and the good folks who live here. Our products are always sourced from the most humane farms we can find. Ideally, 90% of our raw ingredients come from within 360 miles of Seattle.  Lemons, Limes, Coffee and few other items that just don’t grow in Cascadia (anytime of the year) and are sourced Certified Organic from the closest place possible. Nothing we are doing is innovative or new — on the contrary, we are returning to a simpler way of functioning as a business.  We have stopped asking, “what is new,” and have begun asking, “what is best.

Local 360 Bar & Candles

 

We are a neighborhood restaurant specializing in locally sourced(360-mile radius) modern American comfort food.”

Ambiance: A one-room, open establishment, with shoulder-height, rustic, wooden cubicles of bench seating and varnished tree-slab tables, dimly lit lights extend down from the ceiling, as the sunset natural lighting trickles in through the tall windows around the cube-shaped restaurant. Thick wooden pillars maintain the structural integrity of the tall ceilings, one side of which hosts a balcony for loft-seating. The raw wooden walls resemble those of a cabin in the woods, where an uncovered light is switched on and off by pulling a mini chain. The darkness and heat trapped in our small dining space gave an err of camping to our downtown Seattle dining experience.

What I ordered: A large cranberry juice ($4), a glass of Soaring wine ($8) and a carafe of water for the table began our hot, summer meal at Local 360. We selected the Deviled Eggs ($3),

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Summer heirloom tomato salad ($9),

Heirloom Tomato Salad

and Beet Salad, Rogue bleu, walnuts, cider vinaigrette ($9) as our small plates.

Beet Salad

Our main entrees arrived just as we were taking the last bites of our appetizers. They included: Fried Chicken ($18), a bacon mousse chicken roulade with cheesy grits & braised greens, topped with a sunny-up egg,

Fried Chicken

and two orders of Steak Frites ($19 each) with mushroom demi and aioli.

Steak Frites

A side of Mac & Cheese ($8) and we were set to go.  

Mac n' Cheese

On a return visit, Wednesday, 1 January 2014My husband and I brought our out-of-town guests to Local 360 to enjoy a little of Seattle’s finest when it comes to local and sustainable restaurants in our neighborhood. And boy, was everyone glad we did!

We started with Fried Pumpkin Seeds ($2)

Local 360 Fried Pumpkin Seeds

and Poutine ($10) with red wine braised beef and cheddar fondue,

Local 360 Poutine

continued with a salad of Tender Greens, Farmer’s Veggies and Green Goddess Dressing ($7) and were set to indulge in our meals!

Local 360 Salad

The youngest in our party delighted upon the Mussels with bay leaf, white wine and a crispy baguette ($12).

Local 360 Mussels

Our other house guest indulged in the BBQ Ribs (Half Rack $16), spicy root beer and whiskey glazed pork ribs served alongside a cornbread waffle, sweet potato slaw and brown sugar baked beans.

Local 360 BBQ Ribs

My husband selected the 16-ounce Ribeye with bone marrow butter ($26)

Local 360 16-ounce Ribeye

and a side of Mac & Cheese ($8).

Local 360 Mac & Cheese

I enjoyed the Fried Chicken ($18) with a bacon mousse roulade, cheesy grits and collard greens topped with a sunny-up egg.

Local 360 Fried Chicken Stack

On a return visit, Wednesday, 2 July 2014: We were finally getting together with an old friend who has been working diligently, with no time for play. He had never been to Local 360, so we had to share with him this first experience.

Local 360 Outside

We, too, were especially pleased with the 80-degree weather and the opportunity to sit on their disconnected, outdoor corner patio, where we indulged in all of our favorites!

Local 360 Street

To start, my first Shrub ($4), sour cherry vanilla, made in house with local Pike Place Market cherries.

Local 360 Shrub

Next, the summer called for a Chilled Beet Salad with Rogue Blue, parsley and hazelnuts ($5), [apologies for the blurred photo; our dinner companion was playing with my camera and offered to take some of the food shots.]

Local 360 Chilled Beet Salad

followed by Bacon Deviled Eggs ($3) from the Happy Hour Menu,

Local 360 Bacon Deviled Eggs

and Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze and cream cheese ($6).

Local 360 Chicken Wings

For our main entrees, my husband indulged in the Wednesday special, a full rack of BBQ Ribs ($25), spicy root beer and whiskey glazed pork ribs served alongside a cornbread waffle, sweet potato slaw and brown sugar baked beans,

Local 360 BBQ Ribs Full Rack

while I savored a pan-seared, crisp-edged Marbled Salmon served over wilted kale and baby turnips.

Local 360 Marbled Salmon

Our virgin Local 360 diner went with one of my all-time favorites, the Steak Frites with red wine butter sauce and aioli.

Local 360 Steak Frites

What I loved: The frites of our dish were to die for, crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside with mayo and ketchup on the side. I also very much enjoyed the beet salad with Granny Smith apples, candied walnuts and peppery arugula. The vibrant combination of flavors and textures came together brilliantly.  

The fried chicken, cheesy grits and collard greens: I would eat it again in a heartbeat!

Local 360 Fried Chicken Cut Open

Why I loved it: A cozy space with tall ceilings and locally sourced products.

Cost: Average to high ($18+ per dinner entree)

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