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Brave Horse Tavern



Painted Hills Beef & Cheddar


I realized some time ago that although I visit Brave Horse Tavern on a fairly regular basis I’d never written a blog post about them. Well, it’s time to rectify that!

Over the last couple years Tom Douglas has expanded his bevy restaurants quite substantially. The Brave Horse Tavern is one of three restaurants housed in the historic Terry Building in the South Lake Union area. The two-story building is a warm respite from the modern, but a little cold, glass and steel Amazon buildings that surround it on three sides. In the same building you’ll find Cuoco and Ting Momo.

The Brave Horse is a little different from Tom Douglas’ other locations in that the bar has a much more significant part in the scheme of things. This location is about beers, burgers, pretzels; watching games on the many TVs; gathering after work with friends for a quick game of shuffleboard or darts. Having said that, it’s much more than a standard tavern or standard tavern fare.

The aforementioned burgers are available in three varieties – beef, turkey, or black bean and chile – and are customizable with several options.  A specially designed brick oven roasts the soft, bread-like pretzels which feature gourmet spreads, such as sour cream with crispy onion.  Or the pretzels sometimes play a role in one of the weekly rotating specials.

There are enough tasty appetizers, creative sides and entrees to keep you and everyone in your group happy, no matter what they are looking for.  Menu items often feature produce from Prosser Farm – either fresh from the farm or preserved from the seasonal crops.

One of my favorite times to visit is for weekend brunch.  Baked eggs, smoked brisket hash, cornmeal pancakes…. these are just some of the options you may find on their brunch menu.  And the Bloody Marys aren’t bad either!

But I mostly go for the burgers.  I love burgers and I love being able to create my own masterpiece from the selection of add-ons.  The burger in the photo above is a “simple”100% painted hills chuck house (the beef burger) with a slice of delicious cheddar.  Sometimes simple is the best.

Brave Horse Tavern
310 Terry Avenue North
South Lake Union

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