Taste Seattle History: Seattle’s Best Steaks At Daniel’s Broiler

Daniels Broiler, situated on the shores of Lake Union, has been a Seattle landmark of fine dining for what seems like forever. With its sweeping views of Lake Union, Queen Anne and Gasworks Park in addition to its incredible menu of USDA prime steaks and chops, all prepared impeccably, Daniel’s has always been the go-to venue for holiday and celebratory meals, fine craft cocktails and some of the best steaks you’ll ever enjoy.

Recently, people have been up in arms as rumors swirled regarding the possible closing of Daniel’s Lake Union location, due to Vulcan Real Estate’s plans to redevelop the pier on which it sits. Those fears were somewhat put to rest this week when the Seattle Times reported that Daniel’s on Lake Union will not close, but will merely move to a nearby location, still along the shores of South Lake Union. It seems fabulous steaks and sweeping Lake Union vistas will remain on Daniel’s menu for years to come, and we’ll drink to that!

Over the years, Daniel’s Broiler has become a local fine dining legend in the Seattle area, synonymous with delicious, high-end meals, superb craft cocktails, incredible views and live music, outstanding service and a seemingly never ending parade of Seattle’s most interesting and beautiful people to be found on any given night, enjoying a bite or a sip. However, many of us who have grown up in the Seattle area, (particularly those of us under a certain age) know very little of the famed steakhouse’s origins.

Daniel’s has been owned and operated by The Schwartz Brothers Restaurant group since 1981, and has changed very little since its beginnings at the Leschi Marina in 1980, but it’s true roots go much deeper than that. Daniel’s Broiler was started by a man named, well, Daniel, believe it or not. Daniel Jack Sandal, to be specific.

Daniel Sandal, a born and bred Seattleite, grew up in The Emerald City’s Wallingford neighborhood, graduated from the now closed Lincoln High School, and got his start in the food industry at the World-Famous Pike Place Market. Daniel’s Grandfather, Dan Zido, founded “Dan’s Better Meats” in Pike Place Market in 1910, and it was there, (in a space at the market that is now known as the home of Italian favorite, Il Bistro) that Daniel began his love affair with meat, as a third-generation butcher.

Eventually the butcher shop moved upstairs in the market, to where you will now find “Don and Joe’s Meats” (unsurprisingly, Don and Joe are related to Dan, and have kept the family tradition of quality cuts alive in Pike Place). Dan took over the family business when his father retired and decided to expand their wholesale business drastically, with their meats soon being featured at Seattle’s finest restaurant, including Canlis, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The Space Needle and plenty more. He also started a daily-delivered, fresh-ground meat patty service for local favorite burger joint, Dick’s Drive-In, helping to make those burgers we all know and love so darn scrumptious.

In the Early 1970’s, Dan began his foray into the restaurant world as a restaurateur himself, co-founding Benjamin’s with partner Arnold Shain. The success of Benjamin’s fueled Dan and Arnold to continue on in the restaurant game, with the opening of The Gasworks Restaurant, but eventually, they parted ways as partners.

In 1980, at the ripe, young age of 40, Daniel decided it was time to start his own place, a place for steaks and chops so terrific, people would fall in love, and that they did. The vision for the original Daniels Broiler was to be Dan’s own take on the fine dining he had grown up with in Seattle, drawing heavy inspiration from places like Canlis, but staying true to the steakhouse theme with top quality steaks and chops consistently available and prepared perfectly.

Daniel’s was a sort of experiment for Dan, as he had only ever opened and operated restaurants with partners prior to Daniel’s Broiler. He was once quoted as saying “I wanted to see if I could do it, I did it on my own so I didn’t have to deal with other’s dreams and problems and wouldn’t be at anyone else’s mercy.” And do it, he did. Daniel’s Broiler became a success from the very beginning, in its original home, located on the glistening shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina.  At the time, this was a convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue residents, until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was built.  Today, the original Daniel’s location serves the Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, Washington Park, Madison Park and Denny Blaine neighborhoods and a slew of long-time customers. 

Since being purchased by the Schwartz Brothers in late 1981, they have made very few changes to Dan Sandal’s original concept for the restaurant. The Schwartz Brothers did expand the Daniel’s brand to include locations in Bellevue (opening in 1989) and the location we all know and love, on the shores of Lake Union (since 1999), where Dan and Arnold’s first venture, Benjamin’s, once lived.

Dan Sandal passed away in 2012, but left behind a much loved and delicious legacy in Daniel’s Broiler. While many people find success in the Seattle restaurant scene, few reach the iconic status of Daniel’s Broiler, nor do they stand the test of time, untarnished and as beloved as ever the way Daniel’s has.

Daniel’s Broiler has been a Seattle staple for over 35 years, in 3 different locations, and it doesn’t appear that that will be changing anytime soon. While the Lake Union location may be moved slightly to make way for the inevitable growth and changes of a bustling city, it’s good to know it won’t be going far.

Celebrate Girl Power At The 2017 Northwest Women’s Show

Century Link Field is about to get a heavy dose of Girl Power on March 18th and 19th!

The Northwest Women’s Show is coming back and celebrating its 29th year of showcasing the latest and greatest in fashion, health, food and fun!  Enjoy seminars, entertainment, fashion shows, and hundreds of exhibits ranging from food to jewelry to healthcare and beyond.  And don’t forget to grab some tasty snacks and a sip from the Wine & Spirits Lounge, provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

If that doesn’t sound like enough fun, they’ve lined up two full days of fabulous main stage entertainment, plus another stage just for what are sure to be fascinating seminars.

Enjoy live performances including fabulously fun celebrity impersonations from The Wild and Colorful Le Faux Troop, Sexy Northwest Firemen & The Boogie Boot Babes Onstage with KMPS, see what will be hot in 2017 with a Fashion Forecast from Macy’s and more.

The complete list of scheduled seminars is still being updated, so be sure to check the website for more info and to see who you want to hear speak.

Expo Floor Map. Please click here for more details

When you’re not enjoying a great show or seminar, stroll around the exhibition floor and explore booths from lovely companies such as Stella & Dot, Damsel In Defense, Jamberry Nails, LuLaRoe, The Healthy Bra Company, Younique Cosmetics, Pampered Chef, Pure Romance and many, many more.

Be sure to stop by “Celebration Central” for exhibitions from Urban Float, Ideal Image, SubZero Ice Cream, Choukette eclair’art, Mermaid Hair Extensions and more!

This year’s event will run on Saturday March 18th from 9 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday March 19th from 10 AM to 5 PM. Sponsors for this fun and fabulous event include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Virginia Mason Medical, Western Washington Toyota Dealers and BECU Credit Union.

The Northwest Women’s Show is an annual tradition, bringing women from all walks of life together to celebrate the beauty of the feminine, to learn about what’s new and next in fashion, food and health and to just have a good time! With two stages of entertainment and seminars, too many amazing vendors in the exhibition hall to list here, fashion shows and yummy bites and sips abound, The 2017 Northwest Women’s Show is sure to be a splendid good time and a great excuse to celebrate sisterhood!

Tickets are only $17 and are available here.

Buy your tickets before February 28th and save $3!

Taste Seattle’s Best At Arcade Lights 2017!

Round up the crew and head down to the market on Friday, March 24th for a fantastic, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample and savor delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. It’s always a fun and festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Each year, Arcade Lights brings together local favorites and new comers to pedal their wears and get you hooked on their goodness, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Theo Chocolates, DiLaurenti Food & Wine, Hot Lips Soda, Copperworks Distilling, Morning Glory Chai, Woodinville Ciderworks, Diamond Knot Brewing and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud paradise!    

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle Met, DRY Sparkling and DEI Creative and, as always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our market and keep the community thriving.

Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 24th Tickets-

General Admission – $60
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Early Entry – $80
Limited Early Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus early entry at 6:30 pm.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, which includes seating, music, and exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 10 drink tokens and UNLIMITED food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00 pm to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Early Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate – 2016 in Review

Madrona HomeLeschi real estate market was strong in 2016.  Leschi home sales saw a rise in median price ($766,750 vs $732,500), price per square feet was up ($395 vs $366), and the highest sale was over double the previous year ($5,402,500 vs $2,500,000).  The days on market did rise slightly (35 vs 28 days).  Also, the number of sales in 2016 dropped dramatically: 58 sales vs 88 sales in 2015.  This might be explained by the low Seattle real estate inventory discussed later.  The Leschi condo market is hard to compare since there are so few sales.  For 2015-2016, there was an average of one sale per month (25 sales).  There was 9 condominium sales in 2016 versus 16  sales in 2015.  There was only one sale in 2016 over $1 million, in 2015 there were 3 sales over $1 million and 2 sales over $2 million.

Madrona real estate market, unlike in Leschi, saw an increase in sales in 2016 (81 sales vs 72).  Like Leschi home sales, Madrona home sale saw an increase in most numbers.  Median sales price ($950,000 vs $849,500), price per square foot ($432 vs $381), and highest sale ($3,500,000 vs $2,050,000) all increased in 2016.  The days on market was the same in both 2016 and 2015: 32 days.  Madrona did not have any condo sales in either year.

The overall real estate market in the region (area covered by Northwest Multiple Listing Service which serves 23 counties in Washington) saw an 8.1 increase of sales in 2016 when compared to 2015 with inventory at a record low for most of the year. For the 23 counties, the median sales price increased 8.9 percent from $310,000 in 2015 to $337,500 in 2016. Condos, which make up a smaller share of the market, were actually up 12.6% while single family homes increased 8.7%.

Inventory was tight throughout the year, there was an average of 1.86 months of inventory in 2016, compared to 2.4 months in 2015. King County was the tightest with only 1.1 months of supply. A balanced market is generally considered to be between 4 and 6 months of inventory.

The luxury real estate market was strong in 2016, with over 3,251 home sales over $1 million compared to 2,676 in 2015: over a 21 percent increase. The number of condos over $500,000 also increased with 1,711 sold in 2016 versus 1,459 half-million dollar sales in 2015: also over a 21 percent increase.

2017 seems to be taking over where 2016 left off. Low inventory remains and prices remain strong. As always, to maneuver the market, reach out to your local real estate broker to navigating the Seattle real estate market.

[Pictured: Madrona Home sold by Ewing and Clark in Feb. 2016 for $1,725,000]

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

Leschi & Madrona Real Estate – Oct 2016

Madrona Real EstateLike the rest of Seattle, Leschi and Madrona real estate market continues to be very strong. This past month (October), Madrona had 4 sales and Leschi had 5 sales. While not a lot of sales, the details are interesting. For example, in Madrona on the corner of 35th and Pike, 1430 35th Ave sold for the second time in 16 months. In the summer of 2015, the traditional Seattle home was listed for $1,595,000 and sold above asking price: $1,650,000. In October 2016, it was listed for $1,750,000 and sold again for above list price: $1,895,000. Quite a difference a year makes! Overall, the 4 Madrona homes sold for an average of $1,134,500 and the Leschi homes sold for an average of nearly $1,086,000. Last October, Madrona saw 5 sales at an average of just over $684,000 and Leschi had a whopping 12 sales but at an average of $644,563. A couple sales can change the average quite a bit, for example Leschi had several small condos sell in October 2015, but nonetheless, I will say it again: what a difference a year makes!

We can see the change in prices looking at the greater area. The Central Seattle area (between I-90 and the Montlake Cut and I-5 and Lake Washington) saw the average price of homes up from October 2015 of $882,720 increase to $990,258 in October 2016 while condo prices rose from $507,567 last October to $593,872 in October this year. Inventory is tight, but that might not fully explain the prices changes since the number of sales of area’s homes decreased from 83 in October last year to 64 this year, whereas the number of condos sold rose from 52 to 79.

While prices of real estate in Madrona, Leschi and Central Seattle are significant, they are still dwarfed by other local areas. For example, the average price on Mercer Island this October was just under $1.5 million and the Bellevue area west of 405 was nearly $2 million. Nevertheless, Madrona and Leschi home prices are still higher than most of King County. The average price in King County for a home in October was $653,231 compared to $590,728 in October last year.

If you need help navigating the Seattle real estate market, we always suggest talking to a local Seattle real estate agent.

Seattle Restaurant Week Spring 2016

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Restaurant week is back for its spring 2016 run with over 165 Seattle eateries plating $30.00 three-course dinners.  This year these local Madrona – Madison Park restaurants are participating:

Beach House Bar + Grill– Madison Beach

1927 43rd Ave. East
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone: (206) 294-3842

http://beachhouserestaurants.com/contact/

Dinner  – 3 courses for $30

APPETIZERS

Wild Spicy Prawns- Chili Cajun cream, chives + baguette

Poached Pear + Arugula Salad- Pomegranate vinaigrette, goat cheese + cayenne candied almond

Crispy Artichoke Hearts-  Sriracha Aioli

ENTREES

Blackened Mahi Mahi- Served with saffron rice, seasonal vegetables + citrus cream

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon- Grilled broccolini, hollandaise + fingerling potatoes

Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon- Miso butter + seasonal vegetables

DESSERTS

House Made Doughnuts- Cinnamon, sugar + jam

Chocolate mousse- Kahlua, Frangelico + vanilla bean whip cream

Crème Brulee- Fresh berries

LUC

2800 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone: (206) 328-6645

http://www.thechefinthehat.com/luc-restaurant-seattle/

Dinner  – 3 courses for $30

APPETIZERS

English Pea Soup, Fromage Blanc, Lemon Oil

Gem Lettuce Salad, Tarragon vinaigrette, Walnuts, Parmesan

Pickled Apple & Pear, Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts, Balsamic, Crostini

ENTREES

Confit Chicken Leg, Cannelini Beans, Lardon, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, Dijon Demi Sauce

Pan Seared Halibut, Spring Radishes, Smoked Oyster Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Tarragon Beurre Blanc

Parisian Gnocchi, Foraged Mushrooms, Baby Carrot, Pearl Onions, Lemon Confit, Brown Butter Caper Sauce

DESSERTS

Pot de Creme, Hazelnut Cookie

Creme Brulee, Lemon Sable

Orange Chocolate Madeline, Poached Pear, Vanilla Ice Cream

The Harvest Vine

2701 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone: (206) 320-9711

http://www.harvestvine.com/

Dinner – 3 courses for $30.00

APPETIZERS

Remolachas- Red & Golden Beet Salad w/ Sherry Vinegar & Olive Oil (V) (GF)

Tortilla Espanola- Warm Potato Onion Omelette w/ Frisee & Aioli (VEG)

Salmoreio- Chilled Tomato & Bread Soup w/ Hard Boiled Eggs & JAmon Serrano

ENTREES

Huevos Flamenco: Baked Eggs w/ Asparagus, Peas, Pepper, Tomato Frito & Bechamel

Almejas con Arroz- Txakoli Steamed Clams w/ Saffron Bomba Rice

Cordero Chilindron- Grilled Lamb w/ Roasted Peppers

DESSERT

Flan De Vianilla- Creamy Spanish Style Vanilla Bean Custard

Arroz Con Leche- Lemon Saffron Rice Pudding

Tarta Valencia- Orange Chocolate Torte

Vendemmia

1126 34th AVE
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206.466.2533

http://www.vendemmiaseattle.com

Dinner – 3 courses for $30.00

APPETIZER (FOR THE TABLE)-

Beef Tartare, Shallot, Champagne Vinegar

Charred Asparagus, Meyer Lemon, Parmesan

Housemade Mozzarella, Treviso, Grilled Bread

Hamachi Crudo, Pickled Beets, Crispy Farro, Avocado

ENTREES

Tagliatelle, Fava Bean Sugo, Pecorino Toscano, Walnut

Pork Chop, Wild Nettles, Maitake Mushroom, Smashed Potato

Halibut, English Pea,Pea Vine, Cured Anchovy

DESSERTS

Rice Pudding, Strawberry, Vanilla Bean

Chocolate Tart, Caramel, Hazelnut

La Tur Cheese, Honey Comb, Rosemary Cracker

Voila! French Bistro

2805 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
Phone: (206) 322- 5460

http://www.voilabistrot.com/

Dinner – 3 courses for $30.00

APPETIZER

Zucchini Pappardelle Salad- Roasted Walnuts, Shaved Parmesan

Soup of the Day

Rillettes De Porc w/ Pickled Vegetables

ENTREES

Lemon Mint Ravioli- Three Cheese Ravioli w/ a Mint Lemon Sauce

Grilled Steak & Frites- Grilled Hanger Steak w/ Blue Cheese Cream Sauce

Turbot Fish Fillet- Vermouth Fresh Herbs Cream w/ Steamed Yukon Potatoes

DESSERT

Poire Belle Helene- Pear, Vanilla Ice Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce

Tarte Tiramisu Citron- Tart Lemon Tiramisu

Chef Choice Dessert

 

 

Madrona & Leschi Real Estate Recap: November

Featured Leschi listing - 832 31st Ave. S - $1,250,000

Featured Leschi listing – 832 31st Ave. S – $1,250,000

November was a slow month for home sales in Madrona and Leschi with only 11 completed sales, down from 17 in October, but the median sales price for both neighborhoods combined was up an impressive 22 percent over the month, from $619,950 in October to $760,000 in November. On a yearly basis, median sales price was up nearly 10 percent.

Sellers continue to get good returns on their properties, with eight of the 11 homes sold selling for at or above listing price, and the highest list-to-sales-price ratio at 116 percent. It should be noted that three of the properties sold for asking price in Leschi were new-construction townhomes in the same development. Of the three properties that sold for below asking, the seller with the lowest list-to-sales price return still received 95 percent of their asking price. The most expensive sale of the month was a renovated 1909 home in Madrona that sold for $1,011,000; and the lowest sales price was $619,950 for one of the new construction town homes mentioned previously.

Currently there are 11 homes for sale in the two neighborhoods, with prices ranging from $735,000 for a classic Craftsman in Leschi to $2,880,000 for a “villa” style estate in Madrona.

If you are considering buying or selling a home in Madrona or Leschi, or if you would like more information about Seattle’s real estate market in general, please contact me!

Kristine Losh  |  206.953.6786  |  klosh@ewingandclark.com

Save The Date: Epiphany School Open House In Madrona 12/3

Epiphany School LogoMadrona’s Epiphany School will be holding its annual open house on Thursday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn about the school, meet staff, hear from students and alumni, and take a tour of the campus. Epiphany School actively cultivates an awareness and respect for diversity in all forms, and strives to be an inclusive community by embracing the values of ‘respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.’ For more information about the school, contact Greg Jones at gjones@epiphanyschool.org, or visit their website.

Ginny Conrow’s Holiday Show November 13th-15th

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Mark your calendars!

Ginny Conrow’s Holiday Show is November 13th-15th

Opening Night:  

Friday, November 13th, 4pm-9pm

The Weekend: 

Saturday and Sunday, November 14th & 15th, 10am-5pm

1429 34th Ave | Seattle, WA 98122

Come by and see the studio all dressed up for the holidays! 

The show will include gorgeous gemstone and pearl jewelry by Susan Goodwin. She’ll be introducing new vintage crystal as well as some exquisite grouped opal pieces.

Kate Beck adds texture and melodic color with her luxurious shibori silk scarves and accessories.

And Barbi Lock Lee is back from Australia with a small collection of her colorful pieces, often accented by hand formed birds.

Ginny Conrow is a passionate sweet soul, a celebrated ceramic potter and artist, and a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. Her pieces are elegant, graceful and the unique glazes showcase the delicate carnal beauty of it all.

Ginny will be showing a collection of new pieces and glazes, some of which were thrown in Mexico and many more that were made this summer and autumn in Seattle.

Ginny will be leaving in late November to spend four months in Mexico making pottery, followed by two months in Australia, visiting friends and teaching a few workshops. The Studio will reopen by appointment in July. So this is your chance to grab a few wonderful pieces to hold you over until she is back. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Ginny Conrow’s Holiday Show | November 13th-15th

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Mark your calendars!

Ginny Conrow’s Holiday Show is November 13th-15th

Opening Night:  

Friday, November 13th, 4pm-9pm

The Weekend: 

Saturday and Sunday, November 14th & 15th, 10am-5pm

1429 34th Ave | Seattle, WA 98122

Come by and see the studio all dressed up for the holidays! 

The show will include gorgeous gemstone and pearl jewelry by Susan Goodwin. She’ll be introducing new vintage crystal as well as some exquisite grouped opal pieces.

Kate Beck adds texture and melodic color with her luxurious shibori silk scarves and accessories.

And Barbi Lock Lee is back from Australia with a small collection of her colorful pieces, often accented by hand formed birds.

Ginny Conrow is a passionate sweet soul, a celebrated ceramic potter and artist, and a knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. Her pieces are elegant, graceful and the unique glazes showcase the delicate carnal beauty of it all.

Ginny will be showing a collection of new pieces and glazes, some of which were thrown in Mexico and many more that were made this summer and autumn in Seattle.

Ginny will be leaving in late November to spend four months in Mexico making pottery, followed by two months in Australia, visiting friends and teaching a few workshops. The Studio will reopen by appointment in July. So this is your chance to grab a few wonderful pieces to hold you over until she is back. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!