Three Impressions of 190 Sunset

Our thoughts on the latest addition to Salish Crossing

By AJ Rathbun


October 20, 2016

Edmonds’ new Salish Crossing retail marketplace—a sprawling 20,000 plus square foot multi-tenant complex housed in a former Safeway—is exploding. There’s Scratch Distillery, Bridgid’s Bottleshop, and the Cascadia Art Museum, not to mention 190 Sunset, the site’s latest restaurant that opened in early September. Just blocks off downtown, the venue is already drawing loads of locals. We stopped by recently to try out the food and drinks to bring you three impressions of the visit.

The Drinks: Patrons pack the bar area, including a communal table and the custom wood bar itself, crafted from Whidbey Island lumber. The bustle is no surprise, when you see the drink list put together by bar manager Niles Peacock (also a metal and leather artist, and formerly of Artusi and Aqua). There are nine options on the “Classic Cocktails” list, and seven more liquid options on the “Modern Drinks” side. For classic libations, the Bees Knees is a perfect choice, made with neighboring Scratch Distillery gin, lemon juice, and honey. The honey tones are nicely balanced by the botanicals in the gin and the fresh citrus. For something more modern, the Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita has been a hit thanks to its refreshing nature, with a little heat from house-infused jalapeno tequila mingling with orange curaçao, house sour, cilantro, and sea salt on the rim. There’s also a solid wine list by the glass and bottle, including selections from local wineries as well as international choices.

The Food: As you might expect from a spot so close to the water, and one with an emphasis on local, seasonal fare, you’ll see tempting seafood options on the menu from Chef Clive Gomez (formerly of The Metropolitan Grill, Toulouse Petit, and others), including pan seared scallops with an onion soubise already drawing raves. Salads, highlighted by a Caprese with a balsamic reduction, olive oil and basil, fill out the “To Start” section. For larger dishes, check out a “Signature Seafood” item like the seafood linguini with prawns, salmon and halibut, served over delicious handmade pasta, and for the truly hearty, try the pasture-raised, grain fed, hand-cut Nebraska steak. But don’t miss the “Classics” section nestled at the bottom of the menu, especially the bone-in pork chop, topped with a wild mushroom cream and Granny Smith apples. The menu is also expanding, with more veggie options, and in general promises regular changes. For something sweet, get the beignets, served with a rich bourbon praline sauce, for dessert.


The Space: 190 Sunset can accomodate a lot of folks, with capacity for 230 including the outdoor deck kept cozy with fire pits, but it doesn’t feel impersonal. Instead, thanks to president Tom Budinick—who has worked at too many good Seattle restaurants to mention—and other staff, it has a friendly, welcoming feel. Tom’s always working the room, talking to customers, and checking to make sure all guests are having a great time. Beyond the bar and deck, there’s a good sized room that can be used for more dining or private events, and the main dining area, separated from the bar by a rail, that allows children. A couple TVs sit above the bar along with one outside, but even bustling the restaurant doesn’t have a sports bar vibe. Instead, it seems designed to offer food and drinks a step above other spots nearby to all kinds of locals, as well as those making the worthwhile drive up from Seattle.

Photography by Peachy Juban-Notter

Pastry: An Affair to Remember

Chef Ewald Notter of Dote Coffee Bar makes it easy to fall in love with pastry and chocolate

Most romances unfold in predictable ways. An invitation for lunch, where you share sandwiches in a loud café, silently wishing your bread was crisper, but never giving up on the idea that one day it might be. An awkward laugh as your fingers touch while you both reach across the table for sugar in that…

TRU2814675 homepage-min

Mix It Up. Try old-school cocktails this holiday season

These 10 drinks may not be on the menu at your local bar, but all pack a punch as well as some colorful history

Editor’s note: A version of this story previously appeared in “Seattle” magazine. Impress your guests this holiday season with these 10 concoctions from a vintage bar guide from Glenn Shaw Creations – supposedly from the 1950s – found in an antique shop in Olympia a few years back. Keep in mind that these drinks may…

image0 square-min

Sip, Slurp, Celebrate at Frank’s Oyster House

Let’s be Frank about Champagne

The best bubbles in Washington state may very well be found at an East Coast-style restaurant in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. That, at least, is the opinion of The Champagne Bureau, USA, which has named Frank’s Oyster House and Champagne Parlor as one of the top 10 bars and restaurants in the nation for the quality…

The apiary at The Lodge at St. Edward State Park.

Seattle Buildings Just Let It Bee

There’s a buzz happening throughout the region

You know the Smith Tower as Seattle’s original skyscraper. You know that the 108-year-old, 38-floor tower was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi.   You may not be aware that the 22nd floor is now home to an apiary containing a thriving colony of thousands of honeybees. It is one of several apiaries located…