One recent Saturday in pursuit of an eatery from which to watch the Second Ascent Twilight Crit, I discovered one of Ballard’s best kept culinary secrets: Portalis Wine Shop’s Three Course Dinner.
Located near the intersection of 20th Ave NW and Ballard Avenue, the bar at Portalis was a perfect vantage point to see the finish line of the classic bike race; add some great wine and an awesome dinner special to the equation and you’ve got the makings of a perfect evening.
The magic of Portalis is twofold. Well, for me it’s threefold as the ability to walk there from my domicile is a big plus, but for the broader audience I’ll focus on the two reasons you should visit.
- Reason one: a phenomenal bottle selection with a reasonable corkage fee. In addition to a robust “by the glass” northwest wine menu, at Portalis you can bring a friend, grab any bottle off the shelf, and the staff will open and pour the wine for just $15 over the retail price. With hundreds of bottles available in the shop, there’s a little something for everyone’s palate.
- Reason two: The rotational menu Saturday Dinner. Three gourmet courses for a fixed price; often at a very cost effective $25.00. We’re not talking burgers and fries, either. The Saturday of my visit I started off with a nice green bean salad, followed by a delicious pork tenderloin course, and finished with the star of the evening, a sweet corn bread and fresh berry dessert. The food was top notch, service great, and wine pairings spot on.
Managing Editor Josh Gana also covers wine for Seattle Pulp, a place to share the things Seattle loves. This article was originally published there.