Preview night at West Seattle’s newest restaurant, Avalon

If you’ve driven along Avalon tonight, you might have noticed people inside the street’s new namesake restaurant. No, Avalon is not open to the public yet – as reported two days ago, next Monday (January 3) is the big night – but tonight, it’s having what’s known as a “friends and family” night to work the bugs out. Stopping by for a few photos, we got co-owner Mary Palmer to pause for a photo, by the espresso machine:

Caffe Umbria is the coffee chosen by Avalon. Meantime, among the “friends and family” we found giving Avalon’s cuisine a try were two people already well-known in the local food world:

Justin Cline and Ann Magyar, who own White Center-headquartered Full Tilt Ice Cream, pronounced Avalon’s food “good.” Both of the desserts on tonight’s preview menu, by the way, included Full Tilt ice cream – salted caramel in the Chocolate Profiteroles, cinnamon with the Apple Pie Tartlet. (What else was on the menu, you ask? The appetizers offered were Duck Flat Bread with persimmons and fontina cream sauce, Mixed Green Salad with sherry vinaigrette, marinated cheese curds, pears and candied hazelnuts; Salad Trio of marinated winter vegetables; Crab and Cod Cakes. Entrees: Syrah Braised Short Ribs with root-vegetable gratin; Grilled Sturgeon with dandelion pesto, anchovy butter, caramelized cauliflower, fennel bulb and cavalo nero; Marinated Carleton Port Tenderloin with butternut squash, brussel leaves and pancetta; Braised Chicken Gremolata with mashed potatoes, sunchokes and lemon. Other potential menu items are on their website.)

8 Replies to "Preview night at West Seattle's newest restaurant, Avalon"

  • Sarah Mosley December 29, 2010 (9:29 pm)

    Glad to see someone moved into that spot! I was sorry to see Cafe Revo go, but I will plan to try this place out.

  • d December 29, 2010 (10:05 pm)


    FT Salted caramel in the Chocolate Profiteroles? I have NO idea what that is, but it sounds fantastic – just like everything else.

  • ellenater December 29, 2010 (11:01 pm)

    Word. Love the Full Tilt team!! Congrats to Avalon. Mmmmm, cod and crab cakes.

  • coffee December 30, 2010 (7:20 am)

    can’t wait to try it, but glad to know about the coffee choice, I will be skipping that portion of the menu.

  • RTA December 30, 2010 (8:18 am)

    Way to go Avalon! super excited to try it.

  • Mookie December 30, 2010 (8:49 am)

    Looking forward to visiting—and I love the coffee choice!

  • Sara December 30, 2010 (9:09 am)

    it was awesome!!….food very well paired and seasoned…service great and a nice warm atmosphere….check it out!!!

  • Jenni December 30, 2010 (10:34 am)

    We really enjoyed getting a chance to try the new menu at Avalon and to meet the staff. Everyone was warm and friendly and the food was delicious. Favorites at our table were the short ribs, Duck Flat bread, the crab & cod cakes & the apple tartlet. We highly recommend checking this place out!

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