Two years ago I discovered 'Kingfish Cafe' at 19th and Mercer on Capitol Hill. I was invited and didn't know what to expect. Not only was the atmosphere elegant, large old black and white photographs of relatives, and simple but the food was out of this world and brought back memories of my southern upbringing. First off expect to wait! People start lining up outside at 5:30 pm to make sure and get a table when the doors open at 6 pm. Otherwise you will be waiting. But this gives you time to enjoy an ice cold India Pale Ale, look over the menu and meet new people.
All of the food is good and you can tell the owners are from the south. For starters I always get the crab cakes served with a creamy dill sauce. They are gone before you know it. For the main course I always get the catfish. Lightly breaded with a dill sauce on it and served with fried grits and collards. A friend of mine ordered chicken stew and it was incredible as well. It was served in a bowl surrounded by mashed sweet potatoes. Though I never have had it I hear the fried chicken is very good but expect to wait longer for that(just have another India Pale or wine). At other times I have had smothered steak or pork chops.
There are about 10-15 items to choose from and they are all resonably priced. Make sure you save room for desert...they serve large portions.
The cakes are to die for. I have had the lemon cake as well as chocolate cake. Both homemade including the frosting. If they have Red Velvet Cake make sure to tell the waitress to put one aside for you! The only and I mean only drawback is that the collards were almost to spicy hot to eat the last time I was there. Otherwsie everytime I am in Seattle I eat at Kingfish at least once. The restaurant does not advertise and has made it on just word of mouth. No reservations are taken and they take the last customers at nine.
A positive note to this is the staff is truly delightful and you can tell they enjoy working there!