Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Daily Beast honors Spur as one of the nation's nine Hot New Restaurants

Cheers, indeed! The Daily Beast (former Vanity Fair and The New Yorker editor Tina Brown's news source), has picked the summer's hottest new restaurants and has included Spur on their list of top nine. They write,

"The Buzz: Hot local chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough have managed to open two successful restaurants in Seattle together, and they're not even thirty yet. Located in hip Belltown, Spur is a small gastropub with extreme attention to food and drink preparation, using molecular gastronomy techniques. "We want to create a dining experience, but also a fun place to go out with friends, so there's cohesiveness between food and drink," says Tough, "at an honest price." According to Scott Heimendinger, of, the food is prepared with, "surgical precision, leaving you shocked, impressed, and satiated.""

Thank you Daily Beast, Hungry Beast, and Scott Heimendinger for the wonderful recognition. To read about the eight other Best New Restaurants, please visit:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jessica Voekler queries Spur's bartender Marley in a "5 Questions for the Bartender" piece

Voekler of Seattle Metropolitan mag recently chatted with our own Marley Tomic-Beard about her personal favorites. Jessica asked, "What is the most underrated spirit?" Marley's take?

"Rye is an underutilized spirit not because it isn’t well known in the restaurant industry, but because the public doesn’t seem to understand its historical significance. Many people don’t know that a Manhattan should always be made with rye (or that it’s the Great Grandfather to the vodka martini). Rye whiskey is an American invention and thanks to many bootleggers and their Canadian counterparts, Rye got us through the Great Drought and Prohibition."

photo of Marley at Spur Gastropub by Jim Anderson.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Desserts at Spur in June


Amaretto Sponge Cake.
bing cherry. grilled buttermilk. almond prailine.

Pain Perdu
strawberry. mascarpone. lemon.

Peanut Butter Panna Cotta
chocolate. muscat grape. sea salt.

Ice Cream
playful accompaniments.

playful accompaniments.

Artisanal Cheeses


Coffee Cocktail*
cognac. ruby port. egg.

Navan Flip*
navan vanilla cognac liqueur. lemon. sugar. angostura bitters. egg.

Delicious Sour*
applejack. lime. peach brandy. sugar. egg white.

Spur dessert photo by Kristin Zwiers.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

sips at Spur in June

West Coast Pimm’s
pimm’s no. 1. lemon. cucumber. mint. basil. ginger ale.

jamaican rum. grapefruit. st. germain.

strega. st germain. lemon. sparkling wine.

gin. campari. lemon. cointreau.

Red Rum Daisy
red pepper infused rum. lime. ginger. grenadine.

vodka. elderflower. green chatreuse.

Broken Spur #2
bourbon. cointreau. lemon. amaretto.

Nordic Flower Fizz*
aquavit. gin. lillet. dandelion and orange bitters.

Golden Dawn
calvados. gin. apricot brandy. orange juice.

The Ballad of Anne Bonny
rye. pineau des chaurentes rosé. ramazzotti. dry vermouth.

scotch. dubonet rouge. orange bitters.

Tasmanian Diablo
tasmanian peppercorn spiced tequila. cointreau. ruby port.

photo of Spur drink by StarChefs.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June menu at Spur

Heirloom Lettuces
speck. candied almond. chevre.

Sockeye Salmon Crostini*
mascarpone. caper. pickled shallot.

Wild Watercress
cucumber. smoked yogurt. nigella seed.

Parisian Gnocchi
parmesan.morels. peas.

Amberjack Crudo*
avocado. radish. sorrel.

Pan Seared Trout*
quinoa. carrot. almond milk.

duck egg. oyster mushroom. pine nut.

Fried Oxtail Terrine
fresh garbonzo. chicory. shallot jam.

Veal Sweetbreads
corn. bing cherries. sorrel.

Cattail Creek Lamb Saddle*
morels. yogurt. spring vegetables.

Pork Belly Sliders
nectarine mostarda. marjoram. champagne.

Grass fed Beef Burger
smoked cheddar. grilled onion. mustard. 15
add pork belly. 21

5 Course Chefs’ Tasting Menu Available Upon Request

Saddle photo by Kristin Zwiers for Spur.