This is the most exciting news all year for us Ravenna foodies. Vios’ second location just opened tonight, and the neighborhood welcomed them in full force: it was already packed with kids and adults alike. Vios has taken over the Ravenna Honey Bear Bakery and remodeled Third Place Books to accommodate more seating and upgrade the kitchen. Modeled as a family-friendly place just like their Capitol Hill location, they even have the kids play pit, with ample toys and a three-foot-high door so there are no worries about anyone wandering off while you’re eating.
Our impression of Vios in Capitol Hill has been that they have great food, but it’s pricey. Either they’ve adjusted things with the new economy, or updated the prices for the new location, but everything seemed quite reasonably priced to us tonight: sandwiches for about $7, flat bread pizza for $9, salads for $5, and dinner specials for $10-14. It was especially a good deal given how tasty the food was.
My favorite tonight was the warm pita with Kopanisti spread, which is a sheep’s milk feta with roasted red pepper and a kick. I sopped up the extra spread with the crust of my flat bread pizza. The flat bread came out piping hot with salty pancetta, roasted fennel, and mushrooms. Eric enjoyed his lamb Giouvetsi with orzo pasta, and we both split a Brussels sprouts salad with walnuts. We saved some for lunch leftovers tomorrow so that we could try the desserts. During the entire meal, Eric was eyeing the carrot cake sitting on the counter, and the waitress told him he was the first to order it. Not surprising, since it wasn’t listed on the menu, but people are missing out! It was moist, not too sweet, and yuummmmy. I stole bites of that while eating my cinnamon gelato. That was my only (slight) disappointment of the meal: the cinnamon seemed grainy and chalky, although the gelato was intense and cinnamony.
The Pub at Third Place downstairs is serving a special Vios pub menu that’s different from upstairs, plus you can get the full restaurant menu, too. That seems like a good option for getting together with friends over a beer, or the place to head when the restaurant is full.
Open daily, Vios Ravenna starts serving breakfast at 8am. They have a small morning menu with baked goods, frittata, an egg sandwich, french toast, and oatmeal, along with the Illy espresso that they serve all day long. I can visualize a weekend morning there in my future.
Vios Café at Third Place
6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle