WHERE: Gorgeous George’s | 7719 Greenwood Aveneue North | (206) 783-0116
THE BUZZ:One unofficial (and unproven) law of restaurants seems to consistently support this correlation to be true: The smaller the dining room, the greater the experience. There’s likely no scientific evidence that could support such a theory, but if anyone ever decided to investigate, Greenwood Avenue’s Gorgeous George’s would be an appropriate place to begin the experiment.
The cramped corner spot — bumping elbows is almost a fact of life here — delivers incredible Mediterranean fare to lucky diners who manage to nab a highly-coveted table. It’s an intensely personal experience, as half the room seems to be on a first-name basis with the wait staff; and if you arrive at 6:30, even on a Wednesday, a lengthy wait, or at least some clever table maneuvering, is likely in order.
Start with a plate of glorious hummus and a Greek salad, a giant mound of greens, punctuated by red onion, basil and a healthy drizzling of vinaigrette dressing. Two signature appetizers, fried cauliflower (served drenched in Tahini sauce) and stuffed grape leaves with yogurt dipping sauce, almost demand to be shared.
Moving on from the starters, the two chef’s specials are rivaled by few establishments around town. Char-broiled filet mignon is served atop a grilled half onion, accompanied by a mound of rice and mushroom sauce, while the spring lamb ribs are served with a generous side of potatoes and asparagus. For those with small stomachs, the rack of lamb is easily shareable, especially if it follows earlier courses. But if you want one to yourself, the kitchen is prepared: George himself said it’s one of the most popular entrées, with up to 40 racks served per week. It’s the crown jewel of the menu, and worth the trip alone.