Enjoyed lunch with two friends at Higgins on Thursday. We arrived about 10 minutes shy of their 2:00 lunch conclusion but they were gracious about seating us and service from hostess to waitress was outstanding.
I had a wonderful beef stew in brioche that was a mixture of sweet and savory from large chucks of tender beef and a sweet mix of winter root vegetables. The sauce from the stew flavored the brioche without making it soggy. It was served with a nice side salad of mixed greens with some excellent roasted hazelnuts and a large assortment of olives. The only thing I would do differently is add another dash of their viniagrette to the salad, I like a light touch but this was too light.
A companion had their mushroom and truffle stew/ragout served on risotto. This was a very flavorful combination of mushrooms and winter vegetables, with a wonderful addition of dried fruits, such as cherries, that had plumped up due to long-simmering in a savory sauce. This was a very rich entree and was one of the best treatments of local mushrooms I've seen in some time.
Another companion had their crabcakes, which were served with a pilaf flavored with citrus and a wonderful cole slaw. The crab cakes were very good and surprisingly generous for a lunch portion.
Drinks included a sparkling wine, and I had a glass of California Merlot that was excellent.
All entrees were between $8.50 and $11, with the crabcakes being the most expensive and my stew being the least. The drinks were in the $8 area.
This is the best experience I've had at Higgins, and it was a very reasonable way to enjoy their creative NW cuisine.