Stock Soars in Stumbletown with Stock Farm to Table Café
The house specialty is pho, which is available with either chicken or veggie stock
Annabelle and Evangeleen tackle Stock’s menu with spoons and chopsticks at the ready.
PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON
“My parents were really boring cooks,” says chef Chris Blanco with a smile on his face. “Don’t worry, they’ll laugh at that.” Blanco grew up in Federal Way and developed a craving for the Asian flavors he experienced when eating at friends’ houses: they “were a revelation to me.”
Blanco’s Stock Farm to Table Café opened in January amidst the restaurants, cafés and boutiques collectively known as Stumbletown — an area that borders Phinney Ridge and Ballard. The neighborhood is full of young families (including Blanco and his wife, who live two blocks away) who now have the kid-friendly restaurant they never knew they were missing.
Trained under celebrity chef Anne Burrell in New York, Blanco eventually found himself pulled home to Seattle. After a number of years working private chef gigs and developing a culinary program for a local startup, Blanco was given the chance to open his own restaurant, and jumped at it.
The atmosphere inside Stock is calm and welcoming, offering games and puzzles for the younger diners, and including a wall that promises to display every piece of art created at the tables. Blanco describes the food as “my soul food, my comfort food growing up.”
The house specialty is pho, which is available with either chicken or veggie stock, and infused with ginger and aromatic spices. A selection of toppings are available, or you can choose the simple, small noodle soup for the kids. A number of sandwiches are offered on Tall Grass Bakery rolls, including the popular slow-roasted Muscovy duck, topped with cilantro and house-pickled beets, served with a salad big enough for two to share.
PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON
The congee is another house specialty, made with stock simmered for eight hours and topped with a boiled egg and scallions; a favorite for both kids and adults alike. For smaller appetites, the sliced turkey meatballs are a big hit, and the sandwiches are available in slider form. As Blanco says, Stock’s mission is simple: “To serve delicious, affordable food our neighbors and families love and return to week after week.”
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