Friday, February 22, 2019

Delicious stone hearth-fired pizzas and veggie plates at Kenmore’s Seaplane Kitchen & Bar

Seaplane Kitchen & Bar opened in mid-November about 20 minutes northeast from Seattle and strikes a balance between trendy and casual, ideal for young professionals and families alike. 

The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Jason Stoneburner, the bar program by Erik Carlson and the wine program by Master Sommelier James Lechner. Seaplane Kitchen & Bar is a neighborhood restaurant featuring an approachable menu inspired by the Northwest and its bounty of fresh ingredients. 

Roasted delicata squash. Photo by Jennifer Liu. 

The restaurant features high ceilings and a vibrant atmosphere. On a recent visit on a Saturday night, the restaurant and bar were both full, with patrons waiting. The dining section was quieter, providing a welcoming space for families, including a full-sized floor to ceiling chalkboard. Further in, the bar area was lively with high top tables and a TV featuring that night’s NBA game. 

The menu is centered around stone hearth pizzas, shareable roasted veggies, and utilizing ingredients from Northwest fisheries and farms. To start, you can order sliced-to-order cured meats and an array of small snacks, like the Smoked Tuna Dip, an elevated tuna salad with house-smoked tuna and crunchy housemade sweet potato chips. 

Commuter pizza. Photo by Jennifer Liu.

Pizza seemed to be the main attraction as it sits in the middle of the menu and there are ten pizzas to choose from, including a daily “Elevator” special. We opted for the Commuter, a classic with red sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil. It was excellent: on the order of the likes of Tutta Bella (which makes sense given Executive Chef Jason owns Stoneburner, which specializes in pizzas). 

Other pizzas offer a variety of interesting toppings, including the Flying Wires with potato, sunny egg, smoked bacon and parmesan and the Drift with sofrito, shaved Brussel sprouts, mama’s lil peppers, fennel sausage, and fresh mozzarella.

The veggies all sounded delicious, from Brussel sprouts with kung pow sauce to roasted broccoli with lemon tahini and sumac. We ordered the Delicata Squash with aleppo pepper and it was maybe the favorite dish of the night. The squash was perfectly roasted and the sauce was addictive, with a hint of spice. The Charred Cauliflower with smoked pimento, garlic, and herbs was also roasted to perfection and came in a close second. 

Charred cauliflower roasted in the wood-fired oven. Photo by Jennifer Liu.

Save room for one of their large and rich housemade cookies: chocolate chip & sea salt or pretzel butterscotch potato chip. Service was friendly and the food was delicious. It’s a bit of a trek from Seattle, but it’s worth checking out, especially if you’re an Eastsider (Kenmore, Kirkland, Bothell, Shoreline—we see you!). 

Happy hour runs daily from 3:00 to 5:30 pm. Happy features many of their dinner menu items, including the pizzas and small plates for $3 to $7 off regular prices. 

Winter hours:
Monday through Thursday 3:00 to 9:00 pm
Friday 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Seaplane Kitchen & Bar      |    6704 NE 181st Street, Kenmore    |     (425) 408 – 1646

About Jennifer Liu

Despite the rain, Jennifer loves Seattle and is a rare native. From the gorgeous summer weather to the drizzle the other 9 months, this may be her forever home. She graduated from the University of Washington and has a master's degree in counseling psychology. She loves to travel, volunteer, and host themed dinner parties. You can find her eating, hiking, hanging out with her awesome dog, or napping. Ice cream, burgers, and sushi are some of her favorite things.
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