?How to Cook a Wolf? more aptly named ?How NOT to run a Restaurant?.
My wife and I were immediately drawn to How to Cook a Wolf because of its reputation, its pedigree and of course its name from the moment we began seeing its restaurant reviews. We had our first dining experience at this Queen Anne, Seattle, WA establishment on a Saturday in October and arrived at 7:30 pm with the expectation of a lengthy wait (no reservations taken). Upon our arrival, we learned the wait would be between 1.5 and 2 hours. While surprised at the length of the wait, we arrived committed to experience this restaurant so gladly accepted the host's recommendation that we have drinks at Opal (next door) . One and one half hours later we received a call that it would be another half hour. After two hours of patient waiting we arrived promptly at 9:30 pm only to learn that our table was still not available. A total of three hours later, at 10:30 pm, our patience was finally rewarded as we were shown to our table. As expected, we were treated to the culinary experience and service that many have shared in their reviews of this establishment.
Having eaten at many top restaurants around the globe, and readily acknowledging this menu was in the top third in terms of quality, creativity and tastefulness, no dining experience is worth waiting this long for. There is something to be said about treating your patrons with respect and that includes providing them not only with a first class menu, but a dining experience that is worthy of the food. So in conclusion, I wish How to Cook a Wolf the best, however I value my appetite (and liver for that matter) more than you and will patronize those establishments that do so too.