This month we round up a few of our favorite unique dining spots. These eateries stand out due to their cuisine, location or concept. Read on to learn about these memorable restaurants; you may recognize an old favorite or perhaps find a new spot to try.
Portland, OR: Ray celebrates Israel’s diverse cultures and culinary traditions with a modern, seasonal menu imbued with a straightforward, full-flavored style. Chef Jenn Louis has competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs,” and her simple, sophisticated cooking style, utilizing seasonal Pacific Northwest ingredients, has earned her two nominations for the James Beard Foundation Award of Best Chef: Northwest.
San Diego, CA: 77 Social Club is your go-to for a glass of fireside wine with a friend, or a beer while watching your favorite team. Set with casual comfort and warm charm, 77 Social Club is located in The Bay Club, a high-end country club. At 77 Social Club you can enjoy date night as a couple, meet a friend for a quick bite to eat, or anything in between. The menu features small plates and bar bites, perfect for sharing or a casual, yet elegant meal.
Menlo Park, CA: Shiok! Singapore Kitchen offers a selection of authentic Singaporean food in a casual and friendly environment. Singapore is a multi-ethnic society made up of Chinese, Malay, and Indian, whose immigrant forefathers brought with them rich food traditions from across Asia. This combination creates a unique and dynamic flavor that is lively and rich.
Seattle, OR: Poppy, Jerry Traunfeld’s Capitol Hill restaurant, brings a new style of dining to the Northwest. Jerry’s inspiration comes from the “Thali,” a platter served to each guest holding a variety of small dishes. Poppy’s menu borrows the idea of the Thali to present Jerry’s own style of Northwest cooking, highlighting seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs, and spices. It’s a modern Northwest tasting menu served all at once.
Scottsdale, AZ: Sushi Roku combines the finest, freshest fish from pristine waters around the globe with the artistry of a mature sushi chef, together with a splash of California innovation. Sushi Roku is a pioneer of contemporary sushi, incorporating diverse, non-traditional ingredients from Latin America (e.g. jalapeños) and Europe (e.g. olive oil) into its edible works of art. Sushi Roku’s bold and diverse menu also offers an array of hot and cold specialty appetizers and an extensive selection of exotic entrées.