#sEATtle: Cow By Bear

September 15, 2017

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!

Cow By Bear




A few weeks ago I was sent an email, that simply read....

"A Dinner Party Experience Experiment
1 table. 14 seats.
Every Friday and Saturday (and some Thursdays).
Address emailed one day before dinner.
5 courses. Paired fine wines.

%#$@ YEAH I'M INTERESTED!  Even wore a fancy shirt and some fancy shoes.  This, my friends, is Cow By Bear.  The experience is as important to discuss as is the food. So let's do this!


Gazpacho- So the night before your dinner, you get an email with an address. The address is not to a restaurant. It's to some random place in Seattle.  For us, it was a loft in SODO. After being escorted to our dining room, we were greeted by our hostess and Bear himself! That's right, the first thing you see when you show up to this dinner is your chef....a giant teddy bear.  Amazing. We sat down to a delicious mezcal cocktail and a nice gazpacho. Creamy and heavy on the cucumber. I'm not the biggest cold soup fan, but this was refreshing, to say the least. 

Ceviche- Listen, I lived in the desert for over a decade and completely fell in love with this dish while I was down there. This really packed a punch on the back end, and by that, I mean right as you were thinking "hmm, I thought this would be spicier" the chili peppers punched you right in the face..in a good way, of course. Quite possibly the star of the meal.  

Zucchini, Squash, and Radish, in Pesto with Goat Cheese- I almost licked my plate, which is pretty crazy because I don't even like pesto. The cheese was great and I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the wine pairing to this was rad. Speaking of rad, the playlist of music during the dinner was sick. Lots of The National, TV on the Radio, and DCFC.  That damn bear sure has some good taste! 

Lamb Shank Ravioli in Balsamic with Peaches-  We were served a really great Malbec with this, again a perfect pairing for the lamb. I'm not a big fruit on hot food fan so I had reservations with this...ironic because this ended up being my favorite bite of the entire meal. And that's saying a lot, because THIS MEAL FINISHED WITH A GIGANTIC RIB EYE AND YOU KNOW MY THOUGHTS GIGANTIC RIB EYES!  Oh, and in case you don't, bone-in rib eye is the king cut in my opinion and the only steak you should ever order at a restaurant. Medium rare or you've played yourself. Boom. Enjoy.

50 Day Dry Aged Rib Eye- Well hello there, beautiful! Before we got to the main course, we were served some of Bear's favorite rum along with a handful of diced chicharrones (bacon, basically, you gringos!) I'd be lying if I said I didn't pour myself a little too much and by the time the steak arrived, I was feeling pretty loose.  This was a HUGE cut of meat to finish off the meal, and it was cooked to perfection.  I mean look at it, almost looks more like prime rib right?  Tasted as good as it looked. Perfect main course.  It was also interesting in that most of the meal were playful takes on great food and then the ending was a fastball straight down the middle. No surprises, nothing fancy, just a bomb cut of meat, with some potatoes on the side.  Basic AF in the best way. 

We were also served dessert, but to be honest, I was so full and at this point and pretty buzzed up so I forgot to take a picture. It was good. I remember a sorbet, some crumble, honey comb..and maybe one more shot of that rum.

Cow By Bear is hands down one of the strangest, random, and most fun dinners I have ever been a part of.  I mean, a dude in a bear costume cooked it!  That said, bells and whistles don't impress me so if the food doesn't match the atmosphere who cares, right? Happy to say, this dang bear can cook!!! I've struggled for words to properly describe the experience, so I HIGHLY suggest you see it for yourself.

From waiting to find out exactly where you are going, to taking shots with a damn furry, this is a meal you will never forget.  Seriously worth every penny. 

Go Here If...you want a kick ass meal that is only made better by the even more kick ass experience. 

Don't go here if...you don't have a sense of adventure, or have a fear of furries or bears. 

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