Quinn’s Pub has been the go-to place for classy comfort food before restaurants called themselves “gastropubs”. They’ve been consistently making really damn tasty food for years. On weekend nights, there are 20- and 30-somethings getting a bite before a show or hitting the bars as well as savoring a sit-down dinner. Located on the corner of the Pike and 10th, it’s a vibrant and bustling spot. It’s hip and casual. Weeknights and happy hour are more laid back if that’s more your scene.
The Painted Hills Burger, with a juicy, hand-formed patty is one of the best in the city, but their Wild Boar Sloppy Joe is unmatched. The meat packs a little heat and is bursting with flavor. If you’re into fried eggs on your burgers (or if you’ve never tried it), order it with a sunny-side up duck egg. The fried sage and grilled fresno peppers are a nice touch. Why have I never had sage prepared this way? This dish alone is already worth a visit.
Scotch Egg is another must-order. I haven’t had many good ones—often the egg has been accidentally cooked too long and turns hard boiled. It’s a labor-intensive dish and Quinn’s has perfected this delicate recipe. A soft-boiled egg is wrapped in housemade sausage rolled in panko and baked. The execution must be done with finesse and care in order for it to turn out correctly. It’s no small feat.
You really should come with a few friends so you can enjoy all the different plates. Like scotch eggs, I’ve been disappointed with the cod fritters I’ve had in the past. These do not disappoint. Quinn’s Salt Cod Fritter with salted cod and whipped potato is flavorful and the fish flavor is present, but not overwhelming. They aren’t breaded—for those who are gluten free—and are crispy and light.
Utilizing local vegetables and produce, the fresh and quality ingredients speak volumes, even in simple preparations. Braised Red Beets with pickled shallots and pistachio crumble is a great starter or the Daily Market Vegetables lightly sautéed in a pan.
If you haven’t been, you need to come by soon. If you have been, but not in a while, whether it’s all the construction the past couple of years (which is now mostly subsided) or because it’s fallen off your radar, here’s a friendly reminder.
Open daily from 3:00 pm to 1:00 am. Happy Hour is 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
Quinn’s Pub | 1001 E Pike St., Seattle | (206) 325-7711