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By Lara Alexander
In addition to their normal menu, owner Tim Morris and executive chef Jeff Cruse keep things interesting with frequent specials including happy hour, tasting menus and an upcoming Winemakers Dinner.
A glance at the happy hour will tell you why it has become a favorite of Edmonds neighbors. Little bites and house wines for $4 and plates for only $8 that sound like a full meal – Short Rib Pappardelle, Rigatoni Gorgonzola, and their full selection of wood-fired pizzas. The best part may be the schedule – happy hour is offered twice daily, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to close. The bar staff are personable and on a recent weekend afternoon, men enjoying a beer and a game on the TV seemed as much at home at the bar as the couple leaning into each other and sipping wine.
Chef Cruse lived and cooked in Denver before taking off traveling as chef with the Kooza show of Cirque de Soleil. When the circus landed him in the Northwest, he decided to stay, and he became Epulo’s executive chef last December. Epulo’s menu is a Mediterranean spin on Northwest flavors, including numerous pasta dishes, a few meat and potato offerings, and drizzles of truffle oil here and there. Prices range from $13 to $26. They also offer wood-fired pizza for $11-$12 each. The chef’s favorite plate on the new menu? The Dungeness Crab Carbonara.
Weekly Tuesday Tasting Menus offer four courses for $22, beginning with soup and salad, a different entrée every week and a dessert to finish. Wine paring is available for $15. The Tuesday Tasting menu changes every week and is usually posted on Facebook the day before. Chef Cruse occasionally changes the menu at the last minute if he is offered some great local produce to work with in the 11th hour.
On Wednesday, March 30, Epulo will host a Winemakers Dinner with wine marker Charlie Hoppes. His wines will be paired with a five-course dinner for $75 per person. If you enjoy the wines, they will be available for purchase through local Arista Wine Cellars. RSVP is required and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.
Epulo is open for dinner from 4-11 p.m. on weeknights and they stay open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays. On weekends, brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
526 Main St., Edmonds
A culinary adventurer, Lara Alexander grows, cooks and writes about food from her home in Edmonds. You can read about her garden and kitchen fun on the blog Food-Soil-Thread.