I have been ruined. After the amazing anniversary dinner we had at John Howie Steak, I don't know if I'll ever want to eat "normal" food again. I dream of the delicious food we served that night, and I am a little hesitant to even share it with you, lest you suffer my fate. But, it's kind of my job to share with you, so I will.
When we first started thinking about where to celebrate our 15th Anniversary, many friends suggested iconic Seattle restaurant Canlis. We loved the idea of eating at a premier high-end restaurant, but Canlis is a pretty dressy-uppy place (they actually won't seat you near a window if you aren't wearing a jacket) and while I love to get dolled up, it's not Super-Dad's thing. One of our favorite parts of dining at John Howie was its "come as you are" attitude. I was wearing a causal dress, and SD had on dark jeans and a sweater. We were totally comfortable and didn't feel at all out of place. Looking around we saw many other couples dressed like us, a party really dressed to the nines and one couple who was very casual with the lady in a tank top. Everyone was treated with the same fantastic service. It is hard to enjoy yourself if you feel like everyone is judging you, so John Howie Steak's welcoming atmosphere was definitely a highlight
We were comfortable at John Howie, and it just added to the magnificent experience, but don't get me wrong, John Howie is FANCY. White table cloths, the waiters wear white coats and bow ties. In between courses they cleared the table with a crumb scraper; I didn't even think those were real things any more. When we arrived our awesome waiter brought us a great selection of bread and crackers and an amuse bouche of soup. I had a taste of the creamy crab and smoked salmon chowder, Super-Dad is gluten free, and they accommodated him with a taste of tomato soup. We were each a little jealous, salmon chowder is one of his favorites, and I love tomato soup. I was able to taste his, but thanks to his Celiac Disease, I couldn't share the chowder (Darn, more for me!).
Then it was time for my favorite thing to eat: meat. Look, we know beef. Super-Dad's parents own a cattle ranch in Washington's Skagit Valley. We're not talking a giant, commercial farm here. Hemlock Highlands is a boutique ranch that raises a small herd of Scottish Highland Cattle for beef. Their beef is aged for 21 days, an artisanal process that most big farms that supply restaurants don't have time to devote to. This is why seeing that John Howie offers steaks aged for 28, 35 or an astonishing 42 days blew our minds. Most restaurants are more concerned about getting their product to the customer as quickly as possible, John Howie cares about quality, and it shows.
We left with a few truffles, very full bellies, a wonderful Anniversary memory and plans to return (they have a Sunday Family Dinner that I bet my geeklings would love)! The service was impeccable, we especially appreciated the care with which they accommodated Super-Dad's dietary restriction. The atmosphere was elegant but comfortable, and the food was some of the best we've enjoyed. Thanks, John Howie Steak for hosting our Anniversary dinner!
For more information and reservations: https://www.johnhowiesteak.com/