During the last night of IFBC, Urbanspoon treated us to a Secret Saturday night of dining around Seattle. Seriously, Urbanspoon shelled out a ton to get the 300 bloggers to 8 restaurants across Seattle for free meals at some of the most amazing joints in the city.
They gathered the “freaks at the table” – 7 gluten-free people and took us to Stumbling Goat in Greenwood. You can find their website here. I had my own special menu because I told them I wanted a dairy-free meal on top of a gluten-free meal. Seriously, this is MY OWN PRINTED MENU. That alone is impressive before we even got to the meal.
Stumbling Goat International Food Bloggers Conference Urbanspoon Secret Saturday
Stumbling Goat is this adorable little joint with two rooms and a bar area. I’m not gonna lie to you, the entrees are about $30, but as you can tell, they put a lot of love into their food. You’re not going to be able to leave here without tasting an appetizer, an entree, and their awesome dessert – maybe even a few glasses of wine – so prepare to spend $100 a person. But again, super yum and I think it’s totally worth it. I think this would be a great anniversary or special meal place. Not sure I could handle all of this every day.
Everyone else got this amazing looking (and tasting, I cheated a little) cream soup. My substitute was a butter lettuce salad with figs. It was very good, but I probably would have preferred the soup. I mean, who wouldn’t choose a cream soup over salad?
This black cod was awesome! Everyone else got FRESH chickpeas (not roasted – so they were green, super funky looking), but I got spinach. We’re still not sure why, but I know that they had to change the sauce on mine too. This was sprinkled with curry – such an amazing flavor combo. I was very impressed with the fish, even with Charissa told me to eat the skin.
You know it’s a fancy restaurant when they give you palette cleansers between meals. Booyeah.
So I didn’t know I was going to eat rabbit. I didn’t specify that I didn’t eat strange animals – I just told them that I can’t eat beef. They server came to ask me “can you eat rabbit?” and I questioned him because I didn’t know if he was telling me that there was beef in the rabbit. If it was a cow-stuffed bunny I certainly couldn’t eat it. But it wasn’t. I think at this point in the meal he was just afraid of me. So the bunny was just a bunny – no other meat. It was rolled and corn/sauce was in-between the layers of Thumper.
The taste I can only describe as a mix between chicken and pork. Same with the texture. It was just strange. I know, I should be a big girl and just eat it and be happy that i’m getting free expensive meat. However, it was kind of creepy. Half-way through I had an Instagram notice from Annie’s G-Free Grub about eating a rabbit. Then I was out. No thanks. Didn’t finish it. I’m not sure I would eat it again.
One of the best things from the night was using apps to see what other celiacs said about the restaurant. I had read a review that they make these amazing gluten-free crackers from scratch. Oddly enough our table didn’t have any when we sat down so I asked about them. I’m glad I did because these rock. They taste very similar to what Jewel’s Cupcakes makes for her GF triscuits. These were one of the highlights of my meal.
They also did a great job with their wine pairings, but I was so wine’d out from the two – yes two – hours-long tasting I did the afternoon before we went out. I simply could not physically handle any more wine. Except a taste. Or 10.
Overall, I had a great experience at the restaurant. I would recommend Stumbling Goat to anyone in Seattle. It’s about a $30 cab ride from downtown unfortunately, as it is definitely off the beaten path for travelers that want to stay by Pike Place Market and absorb downtown. However, it’s a hidden gem in Seattle for sure.
MAJOR THANKS to Urbanspoon for sponsoring this dinner for all of the bloggers. You guys rock. Thanks Laura and team!