It’s a sad state of affairs, people. You are passionate about shopping for your kids, eating out with your kids, and making sure your kids have the best extracurricular and educational opportunities. But what about you? We’ll level with you: Our Parent Fun category received the fewest number of votes in the competition. While you still gave us some great winners and finalists, it’s clear to us that you parents need to have more fun! Seriously. Think of being on an airplane when the flight attendant tells you to put on your oxygen mask before helping your child. Here’s some oxygen for you.
Date Night Restaurant
Winner: Teatro ZinZanni
Dinner and a show — at the same time. That’s what you, our time-strapped readers, want when you go out. So, of course, Queen Anne’s Teatro ZinZanni is your top pick for date night. Sit down to a seasonal multiple-course dinner designed by Tom Douglas and watch aerialists, acrobats, clowns and others perform what you called a “sexy” show. You’ll drink enough wine that you don’t really mind when you get called up onstage or have a performer sit in your lap. It’s not a cheap night out, but no matter. “Great food, fabulous entertainment you can’t get anywhere else, never a dull moment, so you don’t even get the chance to miss the kids!” You think that hiring the baby-sitter for the whole evening (the experience lasts about four hours) is worth it: “There is nothing like it anywhere.”
You like Maria Hines’ Tilth, located in a sweet Craftsman in Wallingford, for its “delicious” food. The menu changes seasonally, and features wild or certified organic local ingredients.
Le Gourmand, located in an unfashionable part of Ballard, is worth the trip: “Fantastic food made by the original locavore chef (Bruce Naftaly makes his own tomato paste and serves veggies from Le Gourmand’s kitchen garden!), cozy ambience, great wine list and superb attitude-less service.” Dinner in the small, quiet dining room isn’t inexpensive, but Naftaly’s fine ingredients and care in the kitchen add up to a great night out.
For a less spendy night out, you like Bizzarro Italian Café, located in Wallingford. The small dining room looks like it was decorated by someone’s eccentric auntie, which will give you something to talk about while you wait for your meal. “Delicious, romantic, personal and won’t break the bank.”
Other finalists include Carmelita in Greenwood (“Vegetarian, candlelit and fancy”) and Eastlake’s Sitka and Spruce (“Holy cow. A foodie's dream. Wonderful atmosphere, fantastic food. A great place for a double date”).
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