With strong culinary ties to both France and China, the fresh flavors of Vietnam make perfect sense to Chef/Owner Eric Johnson. Eric recently returned to the States after more than a decade working and living abroad in Paris, Shanghai and Hong Kong. With family roots in the Pacific Northwest, his goal was to open a casual restaurant in Seattle that reflects his culinary experience abroad.
"Both geographically and culinarily, Vietnam is a good central point for all of my experiences. It's the natural meeting point of French and Chinese food. I feel like Vietnamese food borrows some of the best aspects of both cuisines, the fresh herbs and the acidity. And, of course, Vietnam has its own spectacular dishes. So we're going to concentrate on Vietnamese food borrowing a bit from the natural partners of French and Chinese cuisine."
General Manager/Owner Seth Hammond is no stranger to managing restaurants given his 20+ years of experience. With an exceptional team of seasoned servers and bartenders, Seth creates a comfortable yet upbeat environment that keeps guests coming back. Seth's partnership with Adam Fortuna, one of Seattle's best bartenders, has resulted in a delicious cocktail menu that complements the unique flavors of the food.
Designed by Callie Meyer, Stateside's dining room feels tucked away despite its location in the heart of the Pike/Pine corridor. Drawing inspiration from the distressed beauty of Vietnamese cities, the breezy interior environment feels both familiar and foreign, old and new.