Queen Anne’s Family Restaurant: Emmer & Rye

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Searching for a good place to eat among the many Seattle kid friendly restaurants? Well, look no further. Emmer & Rye is one of Queen Anne Hill’s finest family dining venues. Moms know how hard it can be to break away from the usual kid favorites. Mac-and-cheese, pizza or chicken tenders seem to be what all kid friendly restaurants think children want to eat. Taking a trip to Emmer & Rye Restaurant in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood, however, will give your children the opportunity to try new, delicious types of food. The family restaurant’s regular menu offers small plates and half portions that make it easy to let your kids try something different.

Chef-owner, Seth Caswell, describes his cooking as “seasonally inspired, locally derived” cuisine. You can often see Caswell at various Seattle farmers markets, including Queen Anne’s Farmers Market. He always shops for ingredients that he uses the same day. Hence, Caswell stays committed to consistently providing fresh food for his adult and kid customers. In addition, the highly revered chef not only serves the Seattle community with outstanding food made from excellent ingredients, but he also devotes any available free time to supporting causes such as Chefs Collaborative, Farestart and Beecher’s Pure Food Kids program.

Emmer & Rye is located at the top of Queen Anne Hill in the century-old Victorian house that was formerly occupied by Julia’s. The kid friendly restaurant serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu’s selections are largely dictated by seasonal ingredients, and, thus, some items change often. The sample menu, which you can find online, features such dishes as chilled asparagus soup with morels and mint cream, wild king salmon with fava beans and morels, and cider-braised pork shoulder with spring vegetables and rosemary-bacon potatoes. The Seattle restaurant’s signature item is farro fries with a spicy peanut-yogurt sauce.

Queen Anne is a family-dense neighborhood. Consequently, Emmer & Rye strongly emphasizes catering to its younger guests. All kid customers receive crayons and an activity page/childs menu.

– Hsiao-Ching Chou

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