Clover, the cozy hit restaurant in the Gonzaga District has been getting its share of press as of late.
Food & Wine Magazine chose only three bars in Washington to list in its top 100 new American bars. Two were bars in Seattle and one was Clover restaurant. Co-owner Scott McCandless says Clover, which opened in the Gonzaga District last year, was given the honor because of the expertise of those working at the restaurant. Paul Harrington, another owner of Clover who oversees the bar and also authored and published a cocktail "bible." Also, Southwest Airlines's December issue of Spirit Magazine featured a cocktail created by Kristi Gamble, Clover's bar manager.
In addition to the recognition, Clover recently unveiled a new menu.
"We took a look at our dishes and we decided to lighten them up for spring and summer," McCandless says.
One dish, the wild Alaskan king salmon, got summer-fied with house-made orange and lime marmalade, served with lemon basil orzo salad. A few new desserts also debuted on the menu such as the tiramisu with espresso, spiced rum and Franglico-soaked ladyfingers.
The warm season also means Clover's herb garden is in full swing. Near the front door of the restaurant oregano, sage, rhubarb and much more are growing. The garden is part of Clover's philosophy of bringing food straight from the farm to the table. Their eggs and chicken even come from a farm belonging to one of the restaurant's servers.
"As much as possible we are trying to grow, or know who grows, every single item in the restaurant," McCandless say.
— JO MILLER
SWEET FROSTINGS TO OPEN NEW LOCATION
Northside, get ready for a sugar rush. Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop, the pastel-colored bakery on the east side of downtown, will open a second location in the Wandermere area, across the street from Village Centre Cinemas, later this summer. Jessica Carter, a Sweet Frostings wedding consultant, says the new location will sell the same goods as the main store: cookies, iced cakes, gelato and, of course, cupcakes. The shop will rotate cupcake flavors — such as lemon smoothie, chai tea and salted caramel — as the downtown shop does. But the new Sweet Frostings will have one thing its original location doesn't. A party room will be available for customers to use for tea parties, birthday parties and other sugary celebrations. The new location is expected to open near the end of August if all goes well, Carter says. You can keep an eye on the Sweet Frostings Facebook page for updates on a more precise opening date.
— JO MILLER