photo credit: Frank Huster

New Flavors are emerging in Ballard as award-winning Chef and owner of Tilth, Maria Hines introduces her newest venture, Golden Beetle, an innovative restaurant incorporating Mediterranean flavors with Northwest ingredients.

The menu is inspired by her recent travels to the Eastern Mediterranean including a recent trip to Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt. A street -vendor inspired lunch will begin in the Spring.

The dinner menu is composed of mostly small plates with menu items like Flat Bread with Dips of yogurt sauce, muhammara and hummus ($9); Skagit River Ranch Ground Beef Skewers with tamarind glaze, sultana and peanut ($12); Sous Vide Snails in Broth with wild mint, lavender and pomegranate peel ($12); Turkey Doner Kebab with heart of romaine, yogurt mousse and pickled onion ($12). The larger plates include items like Aspen Hollow Lamb Tagine with green olive, cauliflower and cous cous ($27). Golden Beetle will also feature a tasting menu and vegan menu.

The happy hour menu will feature $3 menu items from 5 to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. The late night menu will feature 15-20 small plates and dessert from $2-$12 until midnight on Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The cocktail list includes creative plays on flavor like the Granada Gimlet with Gordon’s Gin, Lillet Blanc, Pomegranate Molasses and Absinthe; Charmoula Cocktail with Cava, Lemon and Charmoula Syrup; Lion’s Milk Swizzle featuring Efe Raki, Lemon, Orange Flower Honey and Orange Flower Water; One Good Conundrum with Old Overholt Rye, Cynar, House Orange Bitters and Scrappy’s Celery Bitters; and Toronto to Cairo made with George Dickel Whiskey, Fernet Branca, House Spice Bitters and Tamarind-Lemon Foam. The wine list will feature glass, quartino (8 oz.) and bottles from Washington, Oregon, Spain, Italy, France and Lebanon.

Golden Beetle is located at 1744 Northwest Market Street. More information at Golden-


Written by franticfoodie

I am Keren Brown (note: Keren with 2 E's). I love living in Seattle, I think the weather here is fabulous and spend my days writing, organizing and planning food events. Read about Seattle food events, recipes or just immerse in the food obsession. Check out my other blog in the Seattle PI


  1. The photo is gorgeous. Who took it? The menu sounds very creative. Especially “Sous Vide Snails in Broth with wild mint, lavender and pomegranate peel”- who would have even thought to go Mediterranean and then add such aroma AND some new culinary technology?


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