ON THE PLATE Le Pichet Everybody's favorite local Parisian bistro is now open seven days a week for breakfast, d骥uner, and diner: If you've never


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ON THE PLATE Le Pichet Everybody's favorite local Parisian bistro is now open seven days a week for breakfast, d骥uner, and diner: If you've never tried the eggs broiled with ham and Gruy貥 ($7), it's time you did. Watch for the salted almonds toasted in olive oil ($3); once they get you started, you may eat your way right through the appetizer menu. At dinner, the venison sausage in a mushroom-tomato ragout ($16) is a knockout, and remember the house's signature roast chicken for two ($30) requires at least an hour's notice. 1933 First, 256-1499. Fernando's Hideaway An ambitious new contender in the Spanish department, Mercedes Jornada's restaurant in the Regrade offers classics like brandada, a kind of potato-salt cod dip ($6.25); caldo gallego (a clear bean, potato, and kale soup, $4.75); lamb shank braised in wine, tomatoes, and peppers ($15.50); and a full-bore special-order paella ($22 per diner, minimum two). 521 Wall, 441-0606. Cassis Breast of veal with walnut-artichoke stuffing ($24) and gnocchi in Roquefort cream ($17) are featured specials for January, but the big news is pastry chef Ted Mathesius, down from the hills (well, Snoqualmie's Salish Lodge) with specialties like poached Seckel pear sundae ($8), crispy apple rolls ࠬa mode ($8), and a blood-orange bread pudding ($7). 2359 10th E., 329-0580. IN THE GLASS Fish Brewing Poseidon Imperial Stout Aged six months in French oak cabernet barrels, the 2001 is full-bodied, smoky, nutty, and dry. Coming in at a solid 10 percent alcohol, the brew is available only in 750 ml. (wine bottle-size) containers. About $10 in specialty beverage shops. New Arbor Crest releases The Spokane winery is issuing its '99 cabernet sauvignon ($26), '00 sauvignon blanc ($9), and '01 riesling ($8) this month. Look for them in serious wine departments around town. AT THE MARKET Next time you visit Pike Place, check out Sesto's, a new cafe facing the Market Parking Garage on Western serving bistro-style breakfast and lunch weekdays. Panini-type sandwiches include the Parisian (brie and green apple, $5.95) and the Seattle Special (G鲡rd & Dominique's smoked salmon, onion, cucumber, and cream cheese, $6.25). To go orders a specialty. 1518 Western, 652-5809. THIS WEEK Jan. 25 Kaspar Donier puts on his Paul Prudhomme hat with Jazz and Jambalaya, a special Gulf Coast dinner menu available the last Friday of every month. Tuck into duck and rock-prawn gumbo ($6), cornmeal-fried frog legs ($8), an oyster poorboy with slaw and shoestring sweet potatoes on the side ($12), blackened catfish with hush puppies ($18), or slow-braised short ribs with Southern greens and mashed potatoes ($20). All this and live music! Kaspar's, 19 W. Harrison, 298-0123. COMING UP Feb. 8 Tickets go on sale for Taste Washington 2002—this year's expanded edition in the Stadium Exhibition Center features over 100 wineries and 60 restaurants. 1000 First S. in SoDo. $85 through Ticketmaster; www.washingtonwine.org. Food and/or beverage news? Anything about cheese? We love cheese. E-mail the Hot Sheet at food@seattleweekly.com.

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