Restaurant News took time to visit with some spots “close by,” as I like to say. Shoreline has great food, and just over our border… a short trip to taste fare.
Santa Fe Mexican Grill & Cantina, 630 N.W. Richmond Beach Road, is open under new ownership. It is one of three locations in the Seattle area, with the others in Kirkland and Redmond.
Fresh chips and house-made salsa arrived as soon as we took our seats. Warm crunchy chips to dip into chunks of vegetables and cilantro, in a nice tomato base, only whetted our appetites for more.
“House-made horchata?” I asked our server, because so many places do not want to go to the trouble of preparing this refreshing and delicious drink from scratch. Horchata is essentially made out of rice, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. This one was a nice blend — not too sweet, creamy and subtle spices that are released on the palate as one swallows.
A benchmark item for Restaurant News taste buds, at any Southwestern-style restaurant, is a chili relleno. I am impressed with the item served up by Santa Fe Mexican Grill and Cantina. A lovely plate presentation with fresh cheese sprinkled on top, tomatoes and lettuce, and a very light breading that covered fork-tender chili filled with creamy fresh cheese.
Burrito al pastor is packed with marinated pork, filled with rice, beans and topped with melted cheese and sauce, avocado, sour cream and pico de gallo. The burrito came with a soft tortilla, which I prefer over deep-fried versions. Tender and tasty, the meat fillings are generous in proportion to rice and bean filling. This entrée could be a meal for two.
My dining companion ordered a beef enchilada and beef taco combo from the lunch menu. Both taco and enchilada contained substantial amounts of shredded beef. Plenty of accompaniments including sour cream and veggies, and not too heavy on the beans or the rice, completed the platter. Yummmmy!
Dessert: You know me… I have to try at least one. I ordered flan and a coffee, and appreciated the fact that since I ordered decaf my server took the time to made a fresh pot. It was lunch time — that’s not a popular choice for most diners.
Flan was perfect texture; the top of caramel had a pleasant nutty flavor. The pudding is presented on a plate flanked by two mounds of fresh whipped cream, a strawberry and decorated with bit of chocolate drizzle, and it stood up well to the spoon.
Bright red umbrellas on the patio invite one to dine outside. As the word cantina in the name implies, there is a full bar with a well stocked supply of liquors, plus local beer like Space Dust IPA on tap.
Lunch specials are priced well — most entrees are less than $10. The dinner menu offers a rich, diverse selection of seafood dishes, along with intriguing beef, chicken and pork specialties. Vegetarians — there’s a full array of dishes to delight your pallets.
Hosoonyi at 23830 Highway 99 in Edmonds, has a new menu with interesting dishes
I adore Asian food of all kinds and this relaxed Korean restaurant is a frequented spot. The service and food are always very good and we love the assortment of the generous banchan – up to 12 of theses side dishes now are included with the meal.
I confess — I am addicted to their seafood pancakes. My go-to comfort food, nice and crispy on outside, filled with an assortment of squid and shellfish plus plenty of green onions. Hosoonyi kimchi pancake is great, too. I recommend it as well, especially to vegetarians.
My hubby and frequent dining partner is hooked on their spicy tofu soups. They are loaded with colorful veggies, including a plentiful variety of mushrooms, and come to table bubbling in stone bowls.
A hot June day dictated a cool dish, so we chose Doo Boo Bi Bim Bap — the completely vegetarian version of the dish. They do offer the sunny side egg on top, for those who only eschew meats. My hubby was happy to feel confident that his “no meat” on the bibimbap would arrive as requested, with the separate vegetarian item now on the menu.
We will be back to try more from their menu! Fresh fish entrees like pan-fried flounder, mackerel, and yellow corvina smelled great and looked tempting as they sizzled on platters on a table nearby.
Ownership at Hosoonyi changed few years ago and the restaurant immediately improved. I am pleased to see they have not stopped, but continue to strive for better menu choices.
Happy 4th of July to all — stay safe and enjoy the parade, the music and fireworks in our cozy community.
— By Kathy Passage
A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds.