DList Magazine Summer "Nightlife" Issue 2015 - Page 12

INSIDER’S LOOK Conquistadors Written by Lauren Adam Photos courtesy Daniel Hager There are some similarities between what you’ll find at Pintxo and the Spanish tapas spots around Seattle. The tapas style dining experience and staple menu items like the traditional Spanish tortilla, or an inevitable spin on dates, are all a part of a common denominator. But nestled unassumingly on Belltown’s lively 2nd Ave, Pintxo (pronounced peen-cho) picks up on a true understanding of what an intimate evening in Basque country actually tastes like. Menu items are inspired by Spanish cuisine’s humble origins and then conceptualized with an artfully modern point of view by Executive Chef Clay Kinsey. You might catch him behind the bar in Pintxo’s old-world, home-style 12 kitchen cultivating a hospitable ambiance and creating the type of food that speaks for itself. No matter what you order, Pintxo will transport you straight to San Sebastian. Sit on the pastoral backyard brick patio while the scent of fried herbs and garlic wafts into the air. A friend from upstairs may stop by with fresh pickled eggs and stay for a glass of sangria. Maybe the bartender will divulge some of Seattle’s best-kept foodie secrets. Find something to share and you’ll leave raving about the food and planning your next trip back. 2207 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 • (206) 441-4042 • pintxoseattle.com