Where Sitka & Spruce
started out, then Nettletown
lived, chef Charles Walpole (Anchovies & Olives
, the original Mistral, the lauded 727 Pine, and the underrated Avenue One) has his own, also great, tiny first restaurant. "Blind pig" is a name for a divey speakeasy where they'd charge admission to see a not-all-that-attractive attraction—such as a blind pig—then issue "complimentary" alcohol to all comers. The pig here is on one deep orange-red wall, in the form of a taxidermied boar's head, and on the menu, maybe in the form of pork belly with the fat all bacony-crisp and the meat all rich, plus little, sweet baby turnips, braised red cabbage, and the surprise of horseradish jam. The menu is seasonable, the prices are reasonable (including on good wine), fishes are cooked precisely right, sauces may cause sharing issues, and the music is random but entertainingly so.
Blind Pig Bistro
2238 Eastlake Ave E,
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5–10 pm, Fri–Sat 5–11 pm
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Snacks Available