ASHLEE HUNTER

Description: A newish University District restaurant and lounge with an interior so sprawling, bright, and carefully outfitted, it resembles a furniture showroom.

About the food menu: It's fancy and inventive, with local ingredients and numerous gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

What else: Apples spring up in many dishes, such as the clam plate (steamed in wine with Granny Smiths, shallots, and bacon), the classic two-egg breakfast (served with chicken-apple sausage), ratatouille (a mix of apples, onions, fennel, zucchini, and pumpkin), and the grilled steak salad (served on apple-pumpkin hash).

One more innovative apple recipe: Superstar chef Ferran Adrià's apple caviar (how it's made: A syringe spits an apple juice solution into a bath of calcium chloride, a firming agent that causes the droplets to gel).

Happy hours: Daily 4–6 pm and Sun–Thurs 9–10 pm, Fri–Sat 10–11 pm.

Happy-hour drink specials: $6 wine, $5 select cocktails (cosmopolitan, manhattan), $4 beer (Ninkasi, Laurelwood), $4 wells.

Happy-hour food specials: A list of $5 treats (like Painted Hills beef sliders, served with homemade onion jam). recommended