Scoop: Dining in the Dark Ages

Restaurants with those "hard to tell" names

By Brangien Davis December 10, 2010


This article originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of Seattle magazine.

When How to Cook a Wolf opened on Queen Anne in 2008, locals couldn’t stop remarking on the restaurant’s obscure name (it’s the title of a book by the legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher). But in the past year, multiple restaurants have opened under names that make it hard to tell whether you’re going out to eat or to forge iron at the village smithy. To make sure you end up in the right place, you may want to quiz yourself on the new old-fangled names. Six of the eating establishments listed below are genuine and six are imaginary—or at least they were at press time. Check your pop-culture acumen with the answers at the bottom of this article. Care to see a menu? Or have your horse shod? At which six of these places can one actually order dinner? 1. Grim 2. The Miller’s Tale 3. Staple & Fancy Mercantile 4. Flintlock Musket 5. Book Bindery 6. Wick & Loom 7. The Walrus and the Carpenter 8. City Jail and Pest House 9. Madison Park Conservatory 10. The Blind Scrimshander 11. Knee High Stocking Co. 12. Log Answers: 1,3,5,7,9 & 11 are real.


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