Dulces Latin Bistro
1430 34th Avenue
206.322.5453 · dulceslatinbistro.com
Take the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, fuse it with the glory of French, Spanish and Italian cooking, and add a dose of Mexican flair and you get the Euro-Latin cuisine of chef/owner Julie Ann Guerrero. Her unique style comes alive in dishes like Paella Valenciana, Cassoulet de Porc et Canard, and Fettucini alla Vongole. Husband/owner Carlos Kainz, whose 32 years in the business have been fueled by his passion for wine, offers a 25% discount on his entire list every Wednesday, encouraging diners—most of whom become regulars—to try something new or extravagant. Dulces has been thriving since 1992, having started as a quaint bakery/café. Today, it is truly a neighborhood spot where customers are known by name and the restaurant's name, which is Spanish for "sweets," sums up the "sweet" experience.
Number of selections: 1,200-plus
Bottles in inventory: 6,000-plus
Number of wines by the glass: 20, including Ports, Sherries and Madeiras
BYO: Yes. Corkage fee: $15
Wine list highlights: Focus on Northwest wines and boutique wines, including Abeja, Basel Cellars and Syncline. International selections include offerings from Spain, France and Italy. California verticals include Grgich Hills back to 1985 and Montelena to 1990.