Zagat ~ 26/30. Locally grown produce puts the “fresh” in the fare at Amy McCray’s Green Lake American bistro that’s a “foodie oasis” offering “generous portions” plus a wine list that includes a “great selection of half bottles”, all at prices considered “outstanding for the quality”; “relaxed” service in a simple “country French” setting makes for a “classy” but “never stuffy” experience.
Seattle Met Pick ~ One of the enchantments of Seattle’s restaurant scene is finding underheralded gems like Eva scattered deep in the neighborhoods. In this sunny homespun corner of Wallingford, lined with windows and filled with folks who come as they are, pristine seasonal ingredients are whipped into smart, deeply flavorful preparations, crafted with a sly streak: Cabrales flan with pear relish, mussels steamed with garam masala-kissed coconut milk, roasted quail with chorizo bread pudding. Almost nothing misses. An adjoining wine bar and toe-curling desserts enhance the versatile user-friendliness of this find.
Seattle Weekly ~ Critics’ Top Picks ~ Recommended. “Chef’s home cooking” isn’t quite a cuisine category, but it should be. Eva specializes in the kind of food that a really good chef might make at home. Rabbit appears pretty regularly, as do seasonal salads that come to the table like little baroque sculptures. The restaurant’s two dining areas support this idea by offering living room vs. family room seating-one room with white tablecloths and candlelight, the other with big wooden tables and a bar. If there’s a custard on hand (blue-cheese flan, chorizo bread pudding), go for it. Complementing the food is James Hondros’ eclectic wine list, chosen for the wines’ food-friendliness.
Seattle Magazine ~ Editor’s Pick. Chef Amy McCray’s Green Lake hideaway begs for dinner daters, and her menu of seasonally eclectic dishes includes the best lamb burger in town and the utterly delicious Cabrales flan. Wine is a passion at Eva, too.
The Stranger ~ Chef/owner Amy McCray’s menu is worldly in scope and grounded in good, honest cooking—you should not go to the website and read it when you are hungry. Her husband does the wine list, and it is a feat of quality and value, with lots of half-bottles so you can try new things. A mostly-unsung heroine of Seattle dining, Eva is a very good, very comfortable restaurant that Green Lake’s Tangletown is lucky to have.