The Walrus + the Carpenter

• 09 February 2011




































































We recently experienced one of the most enjoyable dining experiences of our marriage at a local restaurant called The Walrus & the Carpenter. Random name, great restaurant. The location is slightly off-the-beaten path and not an eatery you'd discover just wandering around--rather, it's more of a destination. The ambiance at the Walrus is a mix of Pacific Northwest and French industrial, which we found most appealing. The music was rockin' and I found myself "shazaming" every other song (next time I'll ask what Pandora station is on rotation).

Then there was the food...none of it was anything I'd ever made, or would likely ever make in my home kitchen...yet it was all amazing. You never knew sardines or kale could taste so good. Oh, and did I mention I tasted my first raw oyster? In fact, all 4 of us at the table took the plunge together and all agreed they were quite good (we tried the kumamoto). I'll definitely order them again. As if all of those redeeming qualities weren't enough, The Walrus is not an expensive restaurant. And when you're shelling out for a sitter, it's so nice not to break the bank eating out. Can't wait to go back...

all images by Stephanie Brubaker

18 comments:

Claudia Cifuentes said...

Sounds like a great place. Aren't oysters amazing? my favorite!

Brittany said...

Did they get the name from Alice in Wonderland? There is a story about a walrus and a carpenter and oysters.

Jaime said...

This looks like a really cool place, and I'm proud of you for eating the oysters. I still haven't had a chance to try them, but my Bohemian brother loves them.

I think Brittany might be right, there used to be a shop in Old Colorado Springs called "Cabbages and Kings," another Alice in Wonderland reference.

Em said...

It's definitely a Lewis Carol Nod -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walrus_and_the_Carpenter

The poem is all about eating.... and sneaking.

stephmodo said...

Yes, I believe the name of the restaurant is based on a poem...and then Alice in Wonderland picked it up too. I think it's a very comical name actually! Seattle is full of restaurants with funky names...the most interesting being "How to Cook a Wolf"...which is a delicious place to eat. Gotta love it!

Jessica said...

I read that and immediately thoght "alice in wonderland!" how fun! It looks like everyone had the same thought. :) looks like a great place.

Uncle Beefy said...

I've been *dying* to try this place!!! But, I gots to take a boat to get to your side of the water so...y'know. Now? I'm SOLD! The whole shebang looks and sounds amazing! Yay!

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said...

this restaurant looks like it has a wonderful ambiance. raw oysters are one of my favorites - so glad you liked them!

Martha said...

yay can't wait to try it!

Alison B said...

Thanks for the find! Boat Street Café was always wonderful, so it's great to find out that chef Renee Erickson is now doing an oyster bar! And welcome to the oyster world of the Northwest. Kumamotos are still my preference, and the safest bet for a novice.

Alison B said...

Thanks for the find! Boat Street Café was always wonderful, so it's great to find out that chef Renee Erickson is now doing an oyster bar! And welcome to the oyster world of the Northwest. Kumamotos are still my preference, and the safest bet for a novice.

{lovely little things} said...

I've been there, great happy hour!

Kimberly Moore said...

This little find looks right up my alley! I'm in serious need of a visit to where my roots are (Seattle!) Utah is great and all but....

A favorite of mine is Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream in the Wallingford area.

Thanks for the suggestion! I can't wait to check it out.

rachel @ blackeiffel said...

You've got to take me there when I come visit, k? Looks lovely!

Sweets and choclates said...

cool! I like... Hehe

melindapedia said...

I finally got to try this place a few weeks ago and it was wonderful! Every dish we tried, from oysters to sardines, was outstanding. We were curious about the restaurant we could see through the window to the right of the bar, "Staple and Fancy," so we went back a few days later. It was incredible, too! Wish I could afford to eat there every week, but alas, it's only a "special occasion" restaurant for me. :) Anyway, if you go, I highly recommend the chef's tasting menu. Some of the best food I've had. ever.

kimberly said...

I don't know how it took me this long to find you, and the fact that you are in the same city as I, have four small people as well, or love food and France for that matter. On top of that, you are a part of the food photography workshop that I will beg, borrow, and bribe whomever I have to for a spot... I am thoroughly enjoying going back over old posts~
Enjoy the rest of your week, and stay dry!
xx

Sonja.Barrett said...

Thank you for posting about Walrus + Carpenter? I'm visiting my hometown of Seattle in a couple of weeks and now know what I'll be doing for my birthday lunch!

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