Never mind rascally rabbits, look out for wild boars! This vicious critter greeted me in The Parish’s private dining area, which I hereby dub Wild Boar Room. The rest of my hashcapade posse arrived later, voraciously hungry and unpredictable, just like my boar buddy!
Located on the corner of NW 11th and NW Everett, The Parish is a newcomer to The Pearl and was recommended to me by Lisa Hill. She invited me after Hashcapades and Diane Morgan’s new cookbook, Roots, tag-teamed on a press release. Well, anyone who knows me is probably thinking, “Clark is obsessed with hash and hardly needs and invitation.” That may be so, but I’m always open to new places for hashcapades!
When you first enter The Parish, you simply cannot miss the pulpit where you check in or the massive bar stocked with adult libations and pickled vegetables. How else did you expect them to make a fabulous Bloody Mary? The rest of the space is open and inviting with an abundance of glass letting every available photon of light stream into The Parish on this overcast morning. But wait, it gets better…
Live music? Yep! The Pete Krebs Trio played an infectious mix of early and classic jazz, in keeping with The Parish’s creole roots. Sipping coffee, communing with my peeps, and listening to jazz – can you imaging a more welcoming ambiance?
Did I mention that we were hungry like a pack of wild boars rooting for food? Well, Chef/Co-owner EthanPowell hooked us up with the following dishes (from upper left, clockwise) Rabbit Hash, Veggie Hash, Dungeness Crab Cake and Duck Confit Hash. We also ordered a delicious Fried Green Tomato starter and a Soft Scrambled Egg & Rabbit Sausage with a biscuit, which I’m told was “the best biscuit they’ve had.” Yusss!
On to my Rabbit Hash. Imagine succulent morsels of braised rabbit, roasted fingerling potatoes, fresh earthy Chanterelle mushrooms, spicy rabbit sausage topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Does that not sound epic? Well, it was. My hash included a stewy, rich broth that combined with the egg yolk to make each and every bite a savory, luscious piece of heaven.
Sated, we realized we were, like my boar buddy, stuffed! Thanks to my hashcapade posse: Mark, Suzanne, John, Lisa, Sunny, Kristin, Jeff, Lisa, Cory and Mary; special thanks to Devin, Natalie, Sabrina and Ethan for a fabulous brunch!
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