A long, long time ago, Wes and I were talking about things that would be really cool. I mentioned to him that the most amazing thing I could imagine would be to be a published author. Like, for reals and stuff. With a publisher and an editor and all that jazz.
Wes made me a deal. He said if I ever got published, he’d take me out to the nicest restaurant in Seattle to celebrate. The nicest restaurant in Seattle, he said, was Canlis.
I’d never been there but I shrugged and said sure because when you’re making pie in the sky promises to each other that’s just what you say.
Then, something amazing happened. I got published. Wes, being a man of his word, made us reservations and we arranged childcare and then suited up for a night on the town.
I have to say, Canlis exceeded all my expectations. I’ve had some lovely dinners before, but this was a meal of a different caliber entirely. I’ll give you a rundown of some of the highlights, because they bear sharing.
- We were greeted at the door by a very friendly hostess, who took my coat and asked all sorts of questions about my book. She was excited for me, which I feel was above and beyond her call of duty because, let’s be frank, no one is obliged to be excited about a book they’ve never read by an author they’ve never heard of.
- We were seated at the best table in the restaurant, with windows on every side and the comfiest seating I’ve ever experienced in a restaurant. The views on every side were astounding.
- Our waiter was one step short of a sommelier, and knew all kinds of tasty beverages to go with each course we ordered.
- Our water glasses were never empty. Not even half empty. And the waitstaff were all super friendly and stealthy.
- There was a live piano player who was playing jazzed-up versions of popular songs. We requested The Darkness’s “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and Journey’s “Any Way You Want It (That’s The Way You Need It)” and he obliged in high style. Wes and I were delighted (and thoroughly impressed).
- I ordered the lobster. I’ve never ordered the lobster. Wes is in trouble because now I know that I LOVE lobster.
- They wrote, “Congratulations” in chocolate on my dessert plate. It made me feel super special.
- When we got up to leave, the friendly hostess who’d seated us was holding my coat in front of the fireplace so it was nice and cozy when I put it on. I mean, I’ve never even heard of service like that. A. MAZ. ING.
- Outside, out car was already pulled up in front, waiting for us with the engine running so it, too, was nice and cozy.
Aside from the excellent care they took of us, the food was everything I’d hoped it would be. The whole experience was so incredible that I didn’t to leave. We were there for almost three hours and I wished my stomach could accommodate even more food because I was having such a lovely time.
Last night was one of the best nights of my life. If you ever find yourself in Seattle with something to celebrate, you’d be crazy to miss out on Canlis.