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The PicNic Table in Woodinville is a hidden gem that exceeded expectations.
Tom and I had a wonderful weekend in Woodinville, Washington. We planned our trip months in advance to go to a summer concert at Chateau Ste Michelle, a beautiful winery that also doubles as an outdoor music venue in the summer months. Imagine the most beautiful setting, insert a stage in the middle of a sprawling lawn in front of a winery and there you have it! If I had, had my blogger goggles on instead of my fangirl pair, I might have remembered to take pictures and notes. But, I was too busy drinking wine in the sunshine with the handsome hunk to do anything but listen to music, chat and dance.
But, I did do a little better at our lunch spot.
Back to the point of this story, on our way down to the concert we had been warned of major construction and decided to leave early. Turns out, construction wasn’t all that bad and we left a little too early. So, we decided to stop for lunch along the way.
Not knowing the area, we pulled up Yelp and searched for something with good reviews that was close by. This lead us to The PicNic Table, a rustic tapas restaurant and picnic basket creators nestled in a warehouse district between tasting rooms and distilleries. They call themselves, “A weekend picnic, with mediterranean flair. Relaxed, friendly and informal with a ‘Casual Weekend’ concept.” It didn’t disappoint.
Walking into The PicNic Table feels like walking into a hip eatery I would expect to find on a happening street in a busy metropolitan city. It’s warm and inviting, with deep rich wood tables, casual benches and iron works of art. It somehow fits its setting surrounded by warehouses.
The menu is changed weekly and etched on a blackboard above the register. You can check out their Facebook page, to see the newest menu. Half displaying the options to create your own picnic basket to take with you and go, including imported cured meats, cheeses, and nuts, among other options. The other half is the rotating menu that caiters to those who wish to stay and dine, or add something unique to their picnic basket.
Tom and I both narrowed down our choices to sandwiches. My traditional caprese sandwich had wonderful bread, thick slices of mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes and an absolutely divine pesto sauce. Tom indulged in a steak sandwich that was utter perfection. The steak was expertly cooked to medium rare, doused in caramelized onions. It was quickly eaten up.
Next time we are in the area, we will definitely be stopping by again, either to dine in again or take a basket for a picnic of our own!