When I worked downtown the Palomino was a standard when it came to business lunches. You could always count on the menu, creative specials and good service. Plus the location in the heart of downtown was pretty perfect. Then they added their little Cafe Express section – more casual fare ready to pick up to go or to eat at the bistro tables overlooking the escalators in the City Centre building, and it became a great place for an everyday lunch, too. On top of that, they had a fun Happy Hour menu and so it became a place friends and I would meet after the work day.
But I haven’t worked downtown for years and with it’s location on the third floor of City Centre it has been a case of out-of-sight/out-of-mind for me. Luckily that’s not the case for everyone!
After our dinner on the deck at The Pink Door, my friends and I stopped by Zig Zag for a quick cocktail. Then, while one had to get home to prepare for a busy work day the following morning, the other suggested dessert at Palomino and I was game!
We made our way through the night time Seattle streets which is always a little interesting but soon found ourselves in the warmth of the City Centre building. All the shops were closed but up on the third floor Palomino’s second Happy Hour of the day was being enjoyed by several tables of folks.
We found a seat at the bar, ordered drinks and the dessert my friend had been craving – Caramel Pear Bread Pudding. When the giant piece arrived, with a side of ice-cream, drizzled in caramel and a little bowl of rich butter sauce to finish it off my eyes nearly popped out of my head. It was huge! And, apparently, larger than normal.
We happily dug in to it, enjoying every piece of pear, cinnamon-infused bread and the sauces. What a pleasant way to end a lovely evening.
There are several Palominos across the country. Check the site for one near you.
In City Centre
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 350