Last updated on February 1st, 2020 at 09:09 pm

Happy but a bit sad: Bistro Shirlee.

Recently acquired by Renee Erickson, Saint Helens has been remade into Bistro Shirlee. While I’m sad to see the loss of Saint Helens, Shirlee is a great remake of the former. The space is the same, including the deck area and fire pit. It remains a great space for a quick drink, a stop for refreshments on your bicycle ride down the Burke Gilman or, the full monty….dinner.

The menu is not extensive but includes typical bistro fare…including a burger…which we shared. Before the meat we sampled a couple of entrees. The lettucises were good and slightly tart and the black cod was subtle and with the beets, a perfect add to the dish.

The burger…where to start? How about delicious. Perfectly cook; juicy and on a brioche bun. The onion jam was unbelievable. The frites….perfect. The beef is sourced from Bateau which probably explains its excellence. One of the best burgers in Seattle. 

They haven’t been opened long and have a few kinks to work out….food a bit slow to arrive and all of it ultimately arrived at the same time.

The wine list is old world and French.

Service was friendly.

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