Sunday, February 1, 2015

Heavy Metal French

Le Zinc brings Gallic charm and a big, big bar


Rover's, probably Seattle's most famous French restaurant, closed its doors over the weekend.

But they say Nature abhors a vacuum, so meet Seattle's newest French restaurant: Le Zinc.

Named after the massive zinc bar that anchors the space, this Cap Hill bistro is located on the ground floor of the newly-built VOX condos at 15th and Pike.

It's the brainchild of Maximilien owners Axel Macé and Willy Boutillier, and it's huge, with half of the house-sized space devoted to the bar and lounge area.

The menu is classic fare, with flavorful Penn Cove mussels served four different ways, paired with frites (of course), pork belly served over white beans, and a truly exceptional foie gras torchon.

You'll find a focus on locally-produced beers and wines, as well as liquors from Sound Spirits at the bar. Oh, and there's also an absinthe fountain.

The biggest treat here? Nothing on the menu clocks in north of $22. That's in stark contrast to Maximilien's lofty prices.

Great French on an austerity budget? How very European.

Le Zinc
1449 E. Pine St, Capitol Hill
(206) 257-4151

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Best bets: Penn Cove mussels; steak frites; frog legs
Nearby: Capitol Cider; Lost Lake; Totokaelo Man

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