The Remedy Wine Bar in the North Park Blocks is just what the doctor ordered. Or, at least the one in my head. Maybe I am self-prescribing here.
Located in the North Park blocks on NW Everett, Remedy is swanky inside, including chandeliers made with bottles and with its plush leather seating and huge windows overlooking the park that makes you want to linger over many glasses of wine. Ah hah. I see what you did there.
Inside, the atmosphere is very modern and stylish, yet relaxing and welcoming thanks to the personable warm service. It’s a delicate balance in making the atmosphere swanky yet approachable and comfortable, but Remedy does it. I think it would be a fabulous date night stop before or after a movie at the Living Room Theater or show at the Armory, or after browsing boutiques and/or art galleries in the Pearl District- on Fridays and Saturdays they open starting at 3pm to get your prescription on.
The name Remedy comes from the history of the location, which used to be a pharmacy and apothecary dating back to 1909. On the buildings’ six floors Blumauer Frank Whole Drug Co. had chemists concocting all sorts of lotions, potions, tonics and tinctures, varying from Laird’s Bloom of Youth, Davidson’s Headache Powder, Hanford’s Balsam of Myrrh, Cel-So celery soda, and more. Remedy now takes up the former lobby of the historical pharmaceutical space.
Now, there are different kinds of potions being offered- but I believe with the same intention of attempting to heal any ills you may have. The wine list is solid, with lots of small family owned wineries on the menu both local and imported that they are happy to chat and introduce you to.
Besides the 20 wines by the glass, as well as bottles – and you can also get 375 ml pours of any bottle for half price plus $5- they also offer a few flights. I had a champagne flight, and was tempted to also get a sherry flight but resisted for a future date. In addition, every week there is a new theme to offer wine flights which are debuted on their Wine Flight Night Tuesdays.
My champagne flight I had during my December visit was delightful:
- Denois Brut Tradition Reserve NV France
- Breze Cremant de Loire Rose NV France
- Chauvet Brut NV France
They also have several snacks, including spiced almonds, warm olives, cheezy bits, white bean puree, warm brie with honey and baguette, and a cheese or charcuterie plate, with an impressive selection of possible cheeses and meats options (you choose how much).
Perhaps one of the reasons I went was for those Cheezy Bits. After reading about them on Urban Bliss Life‘s Remedy Wine Bar Review, she described them as
“grown-up version of homemade Cheez-Its… Made with pie dough, cheddar cheese, butter, and dusted with Rogue Creamery blue cheese powder… These beauties are gloriously, insanely addictive.”
Sold! So I totally agree, I couldn’t stop eating them. Addictive little buttery cheese bites that go with any wine (I tried them with each champagne, and then a glass of red I also tried, a Clos de Gamot 2005 Cahors Malbec). By the time F arrived to meet me (we were “pre-gaming” before our dinner date), I had already finished them. Oops.
Well, at least he got the white bean dip. And then he wanted to continue our pre-game at a location of his choice (Bailey’s Taproom), so we moved on, even though I wanted to linger much much longer.
I’ll be back to Remedy. There was more I wanted to try- both in terms of food and wine.
For a bit more for your appetite, they also have Bocadillo de Jamon and Tarte Flambe, as well as a ever changing special 3 course dinner option. Every Monday Chef Ingrid reveals a new plat du jour just for the week that can be ordered as part of the 3 course dinner option or À la carte, your call. This week the plat du jour was Boeuf Bourguigon- and next week features Coq Au Vin, and the week after that Tortilla Espanola. You can always check the lineup here at the Remedy website, Events page.
Remedy also hosts winery dinners- in fact there is one next week on January 28th with Maddalena di Pasqua, winemaker at Musella, a winery in the Veneto region of Italy near Lake Garda. Chef Ingrid is cooking up quite a menu to go with the special wine flight that evening that includes a dish of Broccoli rabe, prosciutto, anchovy aioli, and pecorino sardo, or a Smoked pork coppa with radicchio, fennel puree, and grape mostarda- contact Remedy for reservations if you are interested.
If you fall in love with a wine, Remedy is just around the corner and affiliated with CorksCru, a wine bottle shop (as pointed out by bloggers Talk. Eat. Drink. Portland who also reviewed Remedy favorably), so you can try several and then visit CorksCru to buy a bottle home for future home remedies, as needed.
What do you think of those Cheezy Bits- have you had them?