OK, replying to myself again… Wahine & I finally made it to Goldfinch Tavern for their vaunted Happy Hour burger.
Let me say at the outset that Goldfinch Tavern isn’t a tavern. It’s not a bar, either. It’s basically the captive, in-house restaurant inside the small lobby of sparse, plain, understated, modern, cold, boring, confusing new Olympic Hotel (not to be confused with their former grand location).
There is a bar area–except when there’s not. Confused? We were. Turns out that, whenever management decides they’re “busy”, the bar area magically transmorphs into “restaurant”, and the whole thing becomes reservation-only. Even at the small, low tables set among couches in the obvious “bar” area.
But never fear, walk-in service is available out in the lobby. There, you’ll find yourself in the way of hotel guests checking in/out and accessing the elevators with their strollers and luggage. You can try sitting on some bizarre serpentine leather banquets, or roast your buttocks on a 6" hearth bench. But wait, there are already hotel guests drying their rainwear there! But if you wait long enough (so that the servers can’t avoid getting stinkeye), you might get waited on.
We ordered two well cocktails, the vaunted burger, a HH hanger steak. Both plates came with a tiny serving of cold fries. The steak was overly fatty, cold, and oversalted. The burger was small, dry, dense and laden with some form of pickled cocktail garnish. We could discern none of the cheese that was advertised, but there was a token chuck of onion jam. Bun was semi-stale brioche. The aoli that came with the fries and steak was strongly artificial tasting.
Totally meh. I’ve had better food in airport concourses.
What makes it all worthwhile? Well, for two meh Happy Hour bites and two well drinks, try $60!
Not. Going. Back.
Still looking for #1. So far, it’s Sand Point Grill. Goldfinch Tavern shouldn’t make the top 25.