Dine Out: Habitant at Bellevue Nordstrom

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So you know I like to eat, drink and sing. I like to shop, too.

Someone at Nordstrom should get a big fat bonus for coming up with the idea of sticking an adults-only casual bar smack in the middle of the store. In all the hours I have spent here something like this has never occurred to me, and now that it’s there, it’s just pure fucking genius.

The concept is well thought-out. Put a lounge on the second floor, where women’s clothing dominates the scene. Make it 21-and-over only (no crayons and butcher paper, booyeah!), serve small bites (because who wants to eat a huge entrée when clothes shopping?), and of course, have a fine selection of cocktails and wine, plus a full bar.

The first time I went was for a late lunch with my husband. Kids were in school, so no worries about having their teacher see me boozing at 1:30 in the afternoon. We had cocktails (him, a Billionaire; me, a Smoke and Heat), and shared a few small bites (Grilled Mushroom Salad, Cauliflower Hummus and Chicken Saltimbocca Skewers).

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No, it wasn’t five-star dining. But it was not bad at all, considering we were in the middle of a department store in the middle of the day in the middle of a giant suburb. I enjoyed my cocktail, which was like a tart margarita with a bit of a kick, and the food was definitely tasty and was just enough to perk us up for an afternoon of errands.

IMG_2396I’ve been once more, with a friend, and we had cocktails and shared the Neopolitan Toast. Something about being with a favorite gal pal at a favorite store having drinks and an appie in the middle of the day that is just so fun.

I hope this place does well and stays. It seems busy every time I’ve walked by, so that’s a good sign. I mean, I wouldn’t come here at night for Happy Hour (HH) or a date night, but if I was here already and needing a little rest and some sustenance, then it’s the way to go.

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