As an early adopter of the small plate craze, North City Bistro & Wine Shop offers Shoreline and Lake Forest Park neighbors a delightful mix of Mediterranean-influenced food blended with wine and topped off with live music.
From the cozy bar area oenophiles can explore Washington and international wines by the glass while snacking on cheese ($8-$10); a simple spring salad with Raspberry vinaigrette ($4) or a full out antipasti platter ($15).
The owners of the 15th Ave. NE shopping district institution, Larry and Pat, have created a wine bar that is comfortable, even with the high-top tables and bar-style stools.
Lining the walls is the full “cellar” of offerings North City Bistro has to offer. Buy a bottle ($12 corkage or take the unopened bottle home) from the more than 600 selections, or choose a palate pleaser from the by-the-glass list. That list shifts as Larry discovers and samples through the world of wine himself and often contains some of the latest “hits” in the wine world.
Other decidedly musical hits are performed on Fridays, and sometimes Saturdays and Thursdays. Be sure to check their website or call for the evening’s plan. Local and regional bands play jazz, contemporary and blues (cover $5) that serves either as the spotlight of the evening or as a pleasant back drop for a night out.
One special North City Bistro brings to the community is half-price on those delicious small places 4:30-9:30 Tuesday through Thursday.
The restaurant also has a dining room side with entrees ($11-$15) that range from a Mediterranean Angel hair Pasta dish with sausage or chicken breast, to a Greek-seasoned Pork Medallions and Moroccan Meatballs.
For the more traditional beer enthusiasts, never fear. North City Bistro offers mugs of suds.