My family and I have eaten at L.C.'s Kitchen in Lake City/Roosevelt now 6 times. We can't believe more people haven't discovered it! The chef used to work at Maple Leaf Grill, and the food is of the same style, but at half the price and twice the quality. While at Maple Leaf Grill the food can really be hit or miss, at L.C's the dishes have never been less than stellar. The chef is happy to take requests if you have a hankering for something not on the menu, or would like a meat dish prepared vegetarian, or whatever. In fact, she seems to welcome personalization. And when I wondered if I would like the apple-horseradish slaw that comes with several of the meals, the waitress brought me out a dish of it for all of us to sample.
We went there for my birthday tonight - 4 adults and 2 kids. I had one of the daily specials, grilled flank steak with bleu cheese butter, roasted beets, grilled potatoes, braised seasoned greens, and house salad with homemade croutons and a mustardy vinaigrette. My vegetarian friend had the same dish but with portobello mushroom in place of the steak. Each for only $11.95! We couldn't finish it all. One friend got the Grilled Italian Sandwich with olive relish, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes and grilled foccacia - $8.50. The last friend got the Blackened Pork Loin Sandwich with remoulade and apple horseradish slaw on grilled foccaccia- $7.50. I can also recommend the burgers, the Grilled Portobello sandwich and the Turkey Club with fruit chutney. The daily specials are really the jewels in the crown, though, and at unbelievable prices. There's always a daily fresh fish (prepared several ways)and seafood choice and some pasta or a meat dish.
The kids always start out with the Onion Crispins appetizer, a huge order of delicately thin onion rings drizzled with lemon garlic sauce and served with honey mustard dipping sauce (homemade, not out of a jar). It was big enough for our table of 6 for only $3.95.
They have a few kid-friendly dishes such as quesadillas and burgers, but no children's menu yet; they said they're planning it now. That said, they are happy to make anything the children ask for, which makes the kids feel very special indeed. The chef filled our kids' request for pasta with garlic, butter and parmesan (they've tried the "fancy" dishes but prefer the pasta).
We never have room for dessert, but the chef sent out a birthday treat, a three-layered cappucino-brownie/cheesecake/chocolate glaze/chocolate sauce confection that was worth a trip all on its own.
They received a weird review in the P-I back when they first opened last spring, and I think that might have something to do with the fact that people aren't beating down the doors as is deserved. Actually, the review was favorable, but the headline someone tacked on was negative, and so that's the impression you were left with. Please try it for yourself, but not on Nov. 11 of next year so it won't be too crowded for my 2005 birthday dinner.
LC's is at Lake City Way between the stoplights at 80th and 15th NE, and there's a parking lot behind it.
8007 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115