Josh Henderson is a man on a mission.
The Huxley & Wallace mastermind is opening restaurants almost faster than we can cover them, and not just in Seattle proper but in the 'burbs as well.
His latest, Hollywood Tavern, is lodged firmly on the Eastside in Woodinville wine country. It's well worth braving the 405 — a gastropub named after Tinseltown can do that.
Don't be surprised if you don't recognize the old Mabel's Tavern space. Like a starlet going under the knife, this rowdy 1940s-era dive bar has been transformed into an airy, homey place with a gorgeous wall mural courtesy of designers Electric Coffin.
And don't worry, the menu here hasn't gone to juice cleanses and vegan plates. Instead, every dish is solidly satisfying, from the fried chicken sandwich on a biscuit with gravy, eggs and cheese sauce, to zesty black truffle pappardelle.
It wouldn't be a tavern in the 2K14 without craft cocktails, and here they source liquors from Woodinville Whiskey next door and use them to make robust, flavorful drinks.
It ain't Hollywood without some stiff drinking.
Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Best bets: Hollywood burger; Rich Boy; Orlin's drunken clams
Nearby: Willows Lodge; The Herbfarm; Sora