My Edmonds Restaurant News: And the 1st place Best of Edmonds winners are…

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best of edmondsThe first-place winners have been announced in the Best of Edmonds 2013 contest, co-sponsored by My Edmonds News and EdmondsDeals.com. Here they are, and thanks for voting! (2nd and 3rd place winners will be revealed next week.)

Best place to take out-of town guests:
Anthony’s HomePort

Best full breakfasts
Chanterelle

Best place to take kids
Revelations Yogurt and Dessert Bar

Best place for a date night
Epulo Bistro

Best place for a business lunch
Chanterelle

Best frozen desserts
Revelations Yogurt and Dessert Bar

Best appetizers
Girardi’s Osteria

Best comfort food
Claire’s Pantry

Best lattes
Walnut Street Coffee

Best cup of tea
Baicha Tea Room

Best pastries
Edmonds Bakery

Best cupcakes
Red Petal

Best grilled cheese sandwiches
The Cheesmonger’s Table

Best tacos
Las Brisas

Best steaks
Scott’s Bar and Grill

Best teriyaki
5 Corners Teriyaki

Best place for late-night drinks
The Loft

Best BBQ
Celtic Cowboy BBQ

Best pho
Than Brothers

Best Asian
Thai Cottage

Best pizza
Pagliacci Pizza

Best vegetarian
Thai Cottage

Best seafood
Anthony’s HomePort

Best martinis
Scott’s Bar and Grill

Best wine list
Epulo Bistro

Best beers on tap
American Brewing Company

Randy and Brooke Baker of Chanterelle.
Randy and Brooke Baker of Chanterelle.

Chanterelle — not just for breakfast: Brooke Baker, who owns Chanterelle along with her husband, Randy, really wants you to picture her restaurant as something other than simply a place for a wonderful breakfast. That might be tough, as readers voted it No. 1 for Best Full Breakfast – as well as Best Business Lunch – in the Best of Edmonds 2013 readers’ poll.

But Brooke is going to try, anyway. And she’s carrying some heavy artillery. Consider:

Chanterelle has seasonal three-course dinner specials that change by the month (coupons welcome!). “It’s really fun for us,” Brooke says. “We do four or five a month that are reflective of the season. One will be random, but we’ll always have steak and seafood specials, and chicken, pasta, pork, and vegetarian are thrown into the mix.”

Because of this year’s record rains in September, diners feasted on mushrooms in October. The steak special, for example, featured a smothering medley of mushrooms, many of which Chanterelle purchased from regular suppliers. “Because of our name, people come knocking on our door,” Brooke says. “People hunt for them, and hikers have secret spots that they don’t tell anyone about.”

Chanterelle also has a happy hour, which debuted Sept. 1. You can get some sweet deals from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. That’s right, even on Fridays and Saturdays. And the popular early-dinner specials are part of the package.

Chanterelle doesn’t have a full bar or separate lounge, so it’s leaving money on the table by serving only beer, wine and hard cider. But that’s OK by the Bakers – they’d rather tout their wines, where for under $30 you can have your pick of more than 40. Tuesday is half-price wine night, as Chanterelle’s Facebook friends and those in the know (and that includes you now) are hip to.

It was back in 1997 that Brooke and Randy began ownership of Chanterelle’s, which opened in 1986. They’ve lived here since 1991, and moved from Southern California, where they met at a restaurant. “We decided we were not going to raise our kids in LA,” Brooke said. Those kids are Troy and Grant – Troy is a server three or four times a week, and Grant buses tables on Sundays.

Chanterelle’s chef? He’s Hector Morales, who Brooke says has been cooking up meals for years. Let’s hope for years to come.

The Loft update: You’ll recall that The Loft closed its doors in September. Owner Niko Raptis said this week that he met with the City of Edmonds’ engineering and building departments to finalize plans for permits. The next step is to evaluate the cost with the constructor since Raptis says he had to make some new changes to The Loft’s structure. “We really want to open soon since we lost lots of time on the process.” When pressed for more information, Raptis said, “We are evaluating our plans. That’s all I can say.”

Beach Café update: Anthony’s Beach Café closed on Oct. 13 for a kitchen renovation. It’s expected to reopen by Saturday, Nov. 8, or maybe a day or two earlier. Call 425-771-4400 if you plan to take in the café’s delights around that time. If there’s anything we know about renovations in Edmonds, it’s that they often take more time than originally thought.

— By Brian Soergel

Brian Soergel

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