Chasing a 13-month-old around the house all day invariably leads to several thoughts repeating themselves in the midst of all the chaos. While we won’t talk about some of the more desperate thoughts, like, “Gee, I wonder how they’re coming along on creating a household robot to follow you around and clean up as you go,” one of these thoughts is invariably, “Boy, I used to scoff at the notion of Date Night for couples with kids…now, I see what all the fuss is about!”
We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing tribe to support us with our little one. So, recently we chose a random weeknight and headed out for a quick Date Night dinner. No movie, just dinner, but it was a start. Since this was an initial foray, we stayed close to home.
Because mac and cheese ALWAYS sounds good to me, we looked for a local place that served it. We landed at Gainsbourg, a small place on Greenwood that has an inviting patio during the warmer months. We’d both passed it many times and had wanted to try it, but prior to tonight hadn’t made it there. Since it was a lovely balmy evening, we sat on the patio in front of the restaurant.
Since the hubs doesn’t think one can live on mac and cheese alone (blasphemy!), we ordered several items: French onion soup with a gruyere crouton; sauteed mushrooms with tarragon, shallot, garlic and truffle oil; poisson du jour, which was a nice piece of salmon, and the macaronis et fromage, which featured penne, brie, gruyere and roasted garlic with a house salad.
While I will definitely admit to checking my phone often for updates and issues, it was wonderful to relax and sit outside, watching everyone wander along Greenwood. But back to the mac and cheese.
Did you get a good look? At the nicely browned cheese bits on top, and the crunchy, buttery breadcrumbs and the yummy creaminess beneath?
Delicieux, merveilleux, incroyable! Gainsbourg wins for having the most creamy mac and cheese, especially because the creaminess lasted through the last bite! Most times, your mac and cheese will congeal a bit on you as you head toward the finish, but this one stayed luscious and creamy all the way through. Perhaps it was the addition of the Brie, I will need to tinker with this in the mac and cheese lab soon. Four enthousiaste elbows up for this one.
If you’re in Seattle and especially if you’re near the Greenwood neighborhood, you really need to do your taste buds a favor and get them over to Gainsbourg soon to savor the lovely bowl of lusciousness that is their macaronis et fromage. And their house salad was a terrific complement.
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