"Burroughs, the beverage director, has put his fingerprint on each Derschang project, from the California eat-veggies mantra of Tallulah’s, where he makes fruit liqueurs and started an organic wine menu, to Smith, where he has built a solid, all-around craft-beer, whiskey and cocktail program."
"The next time some fine young Eastern European backpacker asks you to direct him to a hip area of town, steer him up Capitol Hill to Linda’s. Twenty- and thirtysomethings hang out under the stuffed buffalo head at the bar, out on the back deck, or near the jukebox where they queue up Johnny Cash songs."
"Close to one of the most beautiful parks of Seattle, Volunteer Park, Tallulah’s has a European and mid-century sophistication in contrast to the other Derschang restaurants. The food is also vegetable- and season-driven, with many gluten-free menu items."
King’s Hardware is a dive bar. It’s owned by Linda Derschang, so of course there’s wall-to-wall taxidermy. She, more than anyone else, is responsible for that “wilderness chic” décor that’s so popular here.
"You have a fridge like a lot of the rappers on MTV Cribs: so many beverages. Ten bottles of champagne, three SodaStream bottles, two bottles of lemonade, Rachel's Ginger Beer, a six-pack of Tecate, a gallon of milk, almond milk..."
"Oddfellows is another one of Linda Derschang’s restaurants on this list (Tallulah’s is the other one). Located in the Oddfellows building next to Elliott Bay Bookstore and Totokaelo, it serves rustic food all day long. It is where the Capitol Hill’s quirk and art crowd gather."
"You wonder where it came from; Derschang’s sixth sense about what it takes to make a bar stand out and stay up, when so many have fired up and burned out."
"The gin and tonic is the most interesting and complex drink you can get for under $10. At Smith on Capitol Hill, the tonic is made with 11 herbs and fruits to pair with Batch 206 gin. The gin’s cucumber and tarragon flavors meld well with the floral and citrus notes in the mixer."
In Seattle’s dynamic neighborhood of Capitol Hill, you’ll find the Oddfellows Café + Bar, nestled inside the historic Oddfellows building. Built in 1908, Oddfellows still has many of the details from the buildings original construction—old wooden floors, original brick and windows—and it is nothing short of charming.