You’ve stumbled upon world-class cuisine while seated in what looked like someone’s garage and nearly lost your lunch in the fanciest of dining palaces (fertilized duck egg? No.).
For the ideal combination of can’t-miss dishes and jaw-dropping scenery, visit Le Grand Bistro Américain, chef Scott Emerick’s (Crémant) newest French outpost. Stare out over the water at Kirkland’s Carrillon Point from one of the many plush leather booths (and meander onto one of two patios once the weather gets warmer).
For now, we suggest dunking slices of the wood-fired, oven-baked bread into French onion soup, a deep crock of sweet onions topped with melted Gruyere. Though the traditional beef burger or trout almondine is tempting, the boeuf bourguignon — a succulent, wine-infused dish of fall-off-the-bone meat — is your best bet. End the evening on a sweet note with the nut-studded pistachio ice cream.
These are the kind of delicacies we can get behind.
Le Grand Bistro Américain, 2220 Carillon Point, Kirkland (425-828-7778 or bistrolegrand.com).
Photo: Ted Furst