Tom Douglas was nominated for on Oustanding Restaurateur James Beard Award this year as he completed the opening of his three new restaurants in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. Tom, already a Seattle legend, has been at the heart of the Seattle food scene for as long as I can remember. As South Lake Union, booms with new corporate offices and condos near the recently renovated waterfront, the restaurant scene is also picking up. I was afraid that he might be stretching himself thin with this triple opening endeavor, but I should not have been worried. My parents were in town and, as is true in any family, it is hard to find a place that will suite everyone's dinner preferences. The Bravehorse Tavern was a winner.
Tom Douglas always has a theme, and The Bravehorse Tavern whips up some mean pretzels, burgers bar snacks and other dressed up cowboy fare. Handmade pretzels came be served with a diverse variety of spreads or you can get a plain one and slather it with the custom mustards on your table. The apple-honey, super hot and porter mustard were all great, but the porter was our hands-down favorite. My mom will always choose seafood over a burger. She loved her seared albacore tuna burger and was particularly impressed that it was not even slightly over cooked. I stuck with the classic 100% chuck burger with caramelized onions and bacon. My dad chose the smokehouse pastrami. Three mustards to slather, three beers, three sandwiches, and three satisfied stomachs.
The bar is complete with an immense spread of local brews on tap and a wide variety of bottled beverages as well. The Bravehorse Tavern has impeccable food, and as always Tom has created a unique, tasteful and just thematic enough atmosphere. This is one of Tom's most causal restaurants, complete with some great shuffle board tables for some after dinner competition. So see what is new on tap, challenge someone to a shuffleboard battle, satisfy your stomach with a burger and get adventurous with something new from this new tavern.