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Poutine, baby. Pou-friggin'-tine. It's the answer to almost every question mankind asks, the cure to damn near anything that ails us. And you know where you can get some fine poutine? At chef Kevin Davis' Steelhead Diner. Made with Beecher's cheese curds from right around the corner, a trained chef's version of cheap diner gravy, and perfect french fries, Steelhead's poutine is a lowbrow dish served in a very high-tone setting. True, Steelhead's the kind of place that often fills up with suits and swells and beautiful people out flexing their new haircuts and business cards at each other, but sometimes you have to look past the crowds and the surface details to find the really good stuff. And at the Steelhead, that really good stuff includes Davis' idea of the American diner "evolved"—buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, fish and chips, meatloaf served with juniper sauce and parsnip puree rather than mashed potatoes, and slices of pie filled with caviar.
Steelhead has a lot of "Pro's" but also a lot of "Con's" that make more of a three star than anything else. The food is good and the menu changes often enough that you can't get bored but sometimes the offerings aren't as delectable as described. The place is noisier than some places, it is a 'Diner' afterall, but in large groups you find yourself almost on top of one another. Too crowded! The wine list is decent too but ask on quantity and availability. When I ordered a particular red for my group I was informed that they had one bottle remaining. Not bad considering there are others to select from but when being pressed to have the first bottle and 'move on from there' I wasn't impressed. The bar is nice however and if you're in for a drink before heading elsewhere it's a good place to stop. A peek-a-boo view of Puget Sound helps with that. If you're early and the weather is nice you can also get out on their patio. Price is comparable to most for what you get so there's no complaint there. Though the service? Flip a coin...
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