THE SHOP AGORA
CAPITOL HILL AND PHINNEY RIDGE
A vast array of Spanish, Greek and Italian olive oils in squat metal cans or tall glass bottles (many available to taste) line the overflowing shelves at this inviting Mediterranean specialty food and wine shop, wine bar and eatery on Capitol Hill. (There’s a second location on Phinney Ridge, too, but without a wine bar.) No counter (or floor) space is left bare at Alexis Saloutos and Nikos Spiliopoulos’ shop, where they stock everything from Tunisian chocolates to fresh Greek dolmades to goat cheeses and artichoke hummus, as well as an extensive selection of imported Italian dry pastas, drinking vinegars, specialty salts and wild Italian pine nuts. In the evening, neighbors stop in for a glass of wine—there’s often a bottle from Greece, Spain, Italy and Washington on offer. Barstools and two snug booths await those who’d rather let someone else do the cooking; the menu is a mix of Mediterranean plates, including Greek salads and falafel.
Capitol Hill, 346 15th Ave. E, 206.322.1103; Phinney Ridge, 6417-A Phinney Ave. N; 206.782.5551; theshopagora.com