REVIEWS OF ST. CLOUDS
This fantastic Madrona American has evolved into a home away from home for those who appreciate that it manages to be both family-friendly and sophisticated, offering an imaginative menu of meals that range from down-home to uptown in style and price, with a wonderful staff to serve them.
Pacific Northwest - the Seattle Times Magazine Nov 14, 2004
In John Irving's literary world, St. Clouds restaurant is "a place where the orphans come to find a sense of home and family." In our world, St. Clouds is a place where we can come to find the best kind of bistro imaginable. One where families find an open-arm welcome, solo diners find friends at the kitchen counter, Metro drivers pull over for a bowl of soup and everyone is certain to find something they're hankering for (weekend breakfasts include Imperial Mix-up, a rise 'n' shiner's rice-dish royale). Treat yourself to "Home for Dinner" favorites like herb-roasted chicken and succulent, slow-roasted ribs with cornbread and collards. Or "Out for Dinner" delights including a Frenchified flank steak or harissa-sportin' hoppin' John masala, a Subcontinental rendition of the Southern-food favorite. Those in search of adult pursuits will find excellent cocktails, fine wine and live jazz in the softly lit bar and lounge where a late-night menu is available.
Seattle P-I - Nov 17, 2000
“It was sensational, a great collection of flavors and textures.”
Seattle Weekly - Nov 9 2000
“a friendly, family-oriented home away from home “
“uncommonly welcoming and genuinely warm”
“We positively adored a plate of pan-roasted halibut ($16) with peanut-soy-ginger sauce over lemon grass noodles and sautéed spinach, in which the fish was perfectly cooked and the sauce was substantive and intriguing”
“quickly becoming a neighborhood hangout”
“start with the near-nirvana-inducing Portabella pizza “
Seattle Times - Nov 24, 2000
“St. Clouds, tucked away in Madrona, is close to heaven”
“On a crackling cold night, the tiny lapis-painted lounge - with its mosaic-topped bar curving toward a wall of wood stained the color of 12-year-old scotch - seems the perfect refuge.”
“Memo to orphans everywhere: There's no place like home, but St. Clouds may be the next best thing. “
thrive! Winter 2007
In our quest for healthy eateries and recipes, thrive! Found a restaurant with not only great taste but a wonderful sense of community-right here in our own backyard.
Seattle Weekly - Nov. 16, 2000
Keep writing about this great place [St. Clouds, "Safe haven," 11/9]. One of the owners, John Platt, has a love of people and love of food. He wants everyone to enjoy life and the fine art of enjoying breaking bread together. You will never meet a more sincere and caring person about people and the meaning of life. Caring about one another and sharing the warmth: how much we need this in this seemingly callous world. The fact that he is my son has nothing to do with this letter, and his partner, Paul, recognizes this and is in full support of his endeavors and has the same principles. We will be there next week from the East Coast to enjoy the ambiance and the food. Thanks for your wonderful article.
BEST ECLECTIC RESTAURANT
“winner” Seattle Magazine
2006 Humanitarian of the Year - Restaurant Neighbor Award
The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) recently awarded them the 2006 Humanitarian of the Year - Restaurant Neighbor Award. The WRA gives this award because it believes that restaurants are a huge part of their respective communities and they have a duty to feed people in need, which can also foster goodwill.
National Restaurant Association, September 16, 2007
Restaurant Neighbor Award 2006 Finalist
Beacon Hill News & South District Journal, November 8, 2006
Restaurateurs open up their upsdcale kitchen to feen Seattle's homeless http://www.zwire.com/site/index.cfm?newsid=17442633&BRD=855&PAG=461&dept-id=517901&rfi=8
Seattle Times, March 18, 2004
Never too many cooks in kitchen when St. Clouds serves the homeless.
CATERING AT ST. CLOUDS
Seattle Times, June 18, 2003
Catering is a no-fuss option for summer parties.
KIDS AT ST. CLOUDS
Eat. Shop. Seattle by Kaie Wellman
If you've got kids, going out for an adult meal with them in tow seems absurd. Many beaten-down parents give into meals of gummy pizza for sanity's sake. But don't give up because there is St. Clouds, where parents can eat with their kids, and drink martinis too. Each time I stepped foot in this place there were families eating highly civilized meals, kids quietly wolfing down made-from-scratch spaghetti or the coveted chocolate chip waffles, and parents blissed out by eating delicious food in peace.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Fri Nov 17, 2000
And St. Clouds is a kid-friendly place. Seattle restaurants aren't always. There are kids' menus with stuff like chocolate chippancakes, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, and burgers. The prices are moderate enough that you can bring a family or eat here often.
A Resource Link: Is Culinary School a Necessary Step to Becomng a Chef