Lunchtime goodness at 190 Sunset in Edmonds | Art & Appetite

Jun 26, 2017
Courtesy of: James Spangler The bacon cheeseburger is just one of the many entrees available for lunch at 190 Sunset at Salish Crossing in Edmonds, by the ferry. The Tom Budinick restaurant, which opened in September, recently added weekday lunch.
190 Sunset
Rating 4.8 out of 5
Where: 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds
Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; brunch 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; happy hour, 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 p.m.-close daily
Entrees: $8-28 (lunch); check menu for other times
Information: 425-329-3669,


Take a look at the menu of any fine dining establishment and you'll see a document that has been meticulously crafted.

Every detail will have been carefully studied, considered, and possibly even fought over. Ultimately, the finished product will be a thing of beauty – and for good reason. The menu communicates to the customer more than just what items are available. It also expresses the personality of the restaurant. It represents the brand, and it’s an important tool that tells us exactly what we can look forward to.

190 Sunset is now serving weekday lunch, and they've got a beautiful new lunch menu to prove it.

About five days into the restaurant’s new lunch service, we dropped in to check it out. It was an overcast and slightly chilly Tuesday, a light rain was falling – reports of 125-degree temperatures in Phoenix didn't change the fact that 190’s gorgeous, enormous outdoor patio was closed.

I’ll have to wait for another opportunity to enjoy that experience.

We ask our hostess for some insider tips. Her favorite? The halibut and chips. Best seller? The turkey and brie sandwich. Also notable? A “killer” Reuben sandwich. We went to work examining a menu with a couple of dozen very credible entrées. There really isn't anything that doesn't look good to me.

When our server, Morgan, arrives, I order the halibut – the Bodizafa IPA (Georgetown) beer batter sounded too good to pass up. I pray that one of my kids will order the Reuben so I can sneak a bite.

My prayer goes unanswered, as my son orders the bacon burger. I can't argue with his choice; 190 has one of the best burgers in town.

My daughter has recently decided to try a Piscatarian diet – essentially vegetarian and fish (I call her a Presbyterian - this does not amuse her). I've had to reach pretty deep into my fish repertoire at home. But 190 happens to be an ideal place to eat if you’re a piscatarian – she has well over a dozen fish or vegetarian options from which to choose.

She orders the prawns, and in a deft move reminiscent of a woman three times her age, substitutes in truffle fries. Jack and I look on in “admiration” – we can count the number of times we've made menu substitutions on one hand by putting our fingers together with our thumb to form a giant zero.

Not that we’d judge someone else for potentially causing a lot of unnecessary confusion, not at all. And, as it turned out, the truffle fries were worth fighting for. I guess I just wish I'd thought of it.

Lunch was great. The service was top-notch, the presentation very attractive. The hamburger, ordered medium, arrived medium. Things like that are much appreciated. Unfortunately, you can't take them for granted.

One more menu appeared and, based on Morgan's recommendation, we ordered beignets and chocolate hazelnut mousse cake, although it wasn't at all clear how we were going to eat them. I violated the rule to eat only until you're full, not until you're tired. It was worth it, though.

A steaming cup of Cafe D’arte’s finest coffee was the perfect complement to the gorgeous and delicious mousse cake.

I managed to rise from the table without assistance. The leftover truffle fries came home with us.

The verdict? We loved it. One more awesome place to grab lunch. Edmonds wins.

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