If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Today's Groupon lets your mouth play locally: for $25, you get $50 worth of elegant Northwest fare and drinks at Copperleaf Restaurant.
Copperleaf is nestled within the upscale Cedarbrook Lodge, a business-class hotel and meeting spot tucked away on 18 acres of restored wetlands south of Seattle. The eatery offers elegant farm-to-table fare with a focus on quintessential Northwest cuisine for lunch and dinner. Share a midday meal of rich, Dungeness crab bisque loaded with summer truffles and asparagus ($10) and a selection of sandwiches with the coworker golem you've built out of Post-Its and paperclips before meeting with a date for a romantic dinner. An Estrella Family cheese tasting ($8) with spiced jams and toasted country bread will get taste buds to wake up and put their shoes on in time for a small plate of duck-leg confit ($18). Pescophiles, meanwhile, can indulge in large entrees such as the Kodiak Island halibut, with seasonal veggies and a tart lemon vinaigrette ($28), and those who have visions of re-shaped starch can opt for the basil gnocchi, with locally sourced gruyere-style cheese, fava beans, grilled prosciutto, and heirloom tomatoes ($19).
Copperleaf recently underwent an interior redesign, and the intimate 34-seat space is now ornamented with organic bamboo fabrics and hand-blown glass sculptures. A large outdoor terrace boasts a wood-burning fireplace and views of the lush trees, tranquil waters, and bashful dragons that surround the resort, making it a cozy all-seasons arena for playfully sparring over the last spoonful of the chocolate-banana croissant bread pudding ($8) with the man, woman, or snowman of your dreams.
Copperleaf Restaurant received a five-star average from seven OpenTable users: