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Chanterelle keeps its iconic charm and adds fresh twists

 

October 10, 2019

Chanterelle's Tiffany Tran has worked hard to maintain the quality reputation the restaurant earned over two decades under previous ownership, while offering new twists on its menu.

Since changing owners last October, the always-bustling Chanterelle continues to be a thriving gathering spot for the community, offering quality food and a welcoming atmosphere, with a few new twists. 

Chanterelle owner Hoa Tran took over the restaurant, with his daughter, Tiffany Tran, and has continued to offer a delightful menu and a cozy ambience for customers. 

Hoa Tran visits each of his restaurants every day, said Tiffany, manager of Chanterelle. Currently, he owns five restaurants in the surrounding area.

After living in California for 11 years, Tiffany moved back to Seattle to help her father run his restaurants. After four months, she decided that it was the right time for her to manage Chanterelle. 

"It's gone by so fast," Tiffany said. "Things have just been going wonderfully, and I'm super happy."

Tiffany credits a lot of Chanterelle's success to her team, and is grateful for the hard work put into making Chanterelle a great community spot. 

"Everybody works really well together, and the customers are so happy," she said. "We have received really good feedback since we took over."

When he opened his first restaurant, her father's main goal was to offer good food and bring families together, Tiffany said. 

Those visions are reflected in the way Tiffany runs Chanterelle, offering a welcoming place where anyone can gather for a great experience. 

"That's why the aesthetic here is so wonderful," Tiffany said. "Happy hour is offered not just in the bar, but in the whole restaurant so we can offer happy hour prices to everyone."

With the colder weather on its way, Chanterelle offers a few menu items that are perfect for the fall and winter season, Tiffany said.

Chanterelle's cioppino with tomato and garlic broth is a great example, and is "really delicious," Tiffany said.

For heartier options, Tiffany said to try the meatloaf, chicken dijon or the pork loin sauté, their three most popular items.

For appetizers, the black and blue yellowfin tuna has been the number one item receiving positive feedback, Tiffany said. 

"It's not usually something people try because they're not a big fan of raw fish, and then they try it, and the plating for it is just beautiful," she added. "They really like that one."

Chanterelle is putting together their fall drinks menu, as well as the monthly special menu that longtime head chef Hector Morales creates. 

"Hector continues to create wonderful monthly special items," she said. "He keeps them traditional, while incorporating new items that you don't get to see often." 

For other new additions, Chanterelle is installing a deep fryer in order to offer more items like calamari and typical bar food, like wings and french fries, Tiffany said. 

Chanterelle also now offers closed party events on Sundays.

Groups ranging from a 50th wedding anniversary to the Edmonds Driftwood Players' cast have enjoyed the intimate setting that Chanterelle offers, right in the heart of Edmonds. 

"It's nice to have people here to celebrate, and for them to choose our restaurant to have it," Tiffany said. "It means a lot to us."

Since the transition to new ownership, Randy and Brooke Baker, Chanterelle's original owners for 21 years, have visited the restaurant a few times, Tiffany said. 

Tiffany has worked hard to keep their legacy strong by keeping everything the same for them, while also incorporating new items and adding a few twists. 

"They put in 21 years' worth of hard work," Tiffany said. "It just didn't make sense to have them build such a staple, and then to just diminish it and change it into something else."

Through her time running the restaurant this past year, Tiffany has become a welcoming presence to everyone who walks in, and it's not a rare sight to see her giving customers big hugs when they visit. 

"I get really excited when I see people come in, and it's very special to me," she said. 

"I love Edmonds so much," Tiffany said. "This year has been a big change for me moving back here, taking over this restaurant, so being able to be with my family and meeting all of the community members here has been wonderful.

"I'm really fortunate," she added. "I can't believe it's been a year already. I just want to continue doing a good job, and continue keeping Chanterelle an American bistro staple in Edmonds."

Visit chanterellewa.com for more information. Open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. (with a break from 3-4) and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun. For reservations, or to reserve a closed party event, call (425) 774-0650.

 

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