Review By: Andrea Gohlke -
There is no shame in my game admitting Brave Horse Tavern is one of my favorite Seattle joints. Restauranteer Tom Douglas is someone who I unabashedly have a major food crush on. He has done a great job of cultivating various concepts in the downtown corridor of Seattle and continues to expand his culinary empire. BHT is one of my favorite go-to spots on any given day. Frothy beers’, two shuffleboard tables, fresh pretzels with a multitude of dipping sauces, and a menu where nothing disappoints is a win in my book.
Aging and hunger seem to go hand in hand. My appetite is not diminishing as I continue to add life hash marks. I was in town for a half marathon, and being that I didn’t train (whoops!) it was slightly more painful than previous runs. So, it only made sense post run to want to grab some hearty grub, and BHT was a natural homerun hit. Four of us descended upon BHT and immediately glommed onto an order of the Pretzels and Pretzel Chips. The pretzel chips were something new that I had never sank my teeth into before. I can tell you this, never can I go back to eating plain French Onion dip in the future. The caramelized onions made me just want to jab my entire finger in the ramekin and not stop until there was nothing left. Yes, it’s that good.
I can only think of a handful of times when I have been at Brave Horse that the group I am with doesn’t automatically order the trio of pretzel dipping sauces. It’s perfect for sharing and occasionally they change up the formulation of the dips, so it doesn’t become too boring.
Sunday Night BHT offers a 3-piece pickle brined fried chicken supper platter with cornbread and braised greens. It sounded quite appealing but I teamed up with my friend R and we split the BHT burger, which quite simply is amazing. The price point might initially appeal to some diners but the flavors make this seemingly ordinary burger a big winner. We also dove into the meatball sliders and an order of the hot wings. I think the wings were the most pleasant surprise. They had a bit of kick, and the accompanying sauce was quite tasty. Our other dining partner in crime decided to fly solo and order what we call the hamwich. The menu lists it as the House Cured Ham and Cheddar Sandwich, but hamwich just rolls off the tongue easier. Tom D’s team utilizes that pretzel dough and makes a bun that is too die for! This ham delight is a never failing comfort food item.
Altogether a lovely, not too heavy, not too light, just right Sunday supper. I’m not joking when I say I would be perfectly content to eat all three meals at Brave Horse, and moreover if it were possible to bring my sleeping bag to start and end my day there I wouldn’t hesitate. A definite must visit if you happen to be in the Seattle area.