I first heard about Amélie via Yelp because everyone was raving about their Happy Hour Specials ($10 for a flight of 3 red or white wine and $5 select appetizers). I put it on the list but it wasn’t until months later that we walked by and decided to stop for lunch.
They serve a lot of their dinner appetizers during lunch so we opted to try the Warm Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Ball with honey, caramelized onions and toasts ($7.00). This was so good! The goat cheese was perfect to spread on the toast with some onions. The sweet taste of the red wine onions contrasted with the tartness of the goat cheese very well.
We opted to split two mains. I started with the Smoked Salmon and Arugula Salad with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and leeks tossed in a mustard vinaigrette ($12.00). The smoked salmon was fresh and the salad was packed with veggies. I liked the mustard vinaigrette because it was very light but packed with flavor.
The Boyfriend started with the Amélie Burger on brioche bun with tomato, sweet onion, lettuce and French fries. We opted to add gruyere cheese for an extra $1. I really liked the burger – it was filling and cooked to our desired taste. It was packed with veggies and cheese! The french fries were also quite good – I liked that it was thin and crunchy!
We didn’t stay for dessert since we were both stuffed from the burger and salad. But I can’t wait to be back to try the Happy Hour specials! I really enjoyed the food – but I loved the service even more. We walked in with iced lattes from Stumptown down the block and our waiter didn’t require us to throw them out or finish them outside. He even offered to move our coffee to maison jars so that we could keep them and drink them inside the restaurant. That’s what I call great service!!