Wine and Dine at Purple

by Allen Cox  | Photo © Allen Cox

With hundreds of excellent dining choices in the greater Seattle area, people tend to gravitate toward their tried and true favorites, only occasionally venturing into uncharted territory. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar—with restaurants in Seattle, Kirkland, Woodinville and Bellevue—has been around a while. But their kitchen staffs are anything but complacent. If Purple is new to you, you owe it to yourself to drop in (hungry) at one of their locations.

It’s dishes like the Woodinville location’s hearty version of Pasta Bolognese (pappardelle topped with a meat-lover’s sauce of braised beef brisket and pork shoulder, topped with a substantial crown of fresh burrata cheese), that makes this a go-to dining establishment. For a different twist on the dish, made with wild boar and parmesan, try the Bellevue location.

Each location offers a different menu, which, when viewed side by side, confounds the decision beyond what to order and adds where to go, a sound justification for making the rounds to all four Purple locations. Besides pasta creations, pizza, gourmet sandwiches, seafood and meat dishes guarantee everyone will find a dish they love.

Purple is all about offering elevated comfort foods made with Northwest ingredients and dash of panache—foods that pair well with wines. Each location has an extensive wine cellar and an approachable wine team willing to share their knowledge. Every day the kitchen and wine teams collaborate at each restaurant to develop special recipe and drink pairings. You never know what culinary delight you might discover. Tip: Check out half-price wine Monday at the Woodinville location and Sunday at the Kirkland location.