Milagro Cantina features sophisticated Mexican fare in downtown Kirkland

Kirkland is eagerly awaiting the opening of Milagro Cantina, a new 300-plus-seat restaurant in downtown Kirkland set to open December 9. Milagro, taken from the Spanish word for “miracle,” is a stunning 8,000 square foot space offering sophisticated Mexican fare, one-of-a-kind art installations and comfortable, hand-selected design elements in an approachable setting.

The menu at Milagro draws upon foods, cultures and cooking techniques from across Mexico, encompassing the molés of Oaxaca, seafood from Baja, street foods of Mexico City, barbacoa from Central Mexico and the grilled foods found across Sonora. Milagro’s authentic cuisine will incorporate sustainable ingredients from Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Executive Chef Chris Peterson’s menu is based on his extensive travel and research throughout Mexico, further enhanced by his 15 years of culinary experience as a private chef, sous chef at Café Campagne and most recently as the executive chef at the illustrious Bis on Main.

The menu will include such dishes as: Sopes de Milagro crisp corn masa cakes filled with tequila, bacon and chipotle black beans, queso fresco, key lime crema ($8);Tamal de Puerco con Chile Guajillo braised pork and guajillo chile sauce steamed in a banana leaf, cilantro, pickled onion salad ($8); Salpicon de Langosta y Pulpolobster, octopus, serrano chiles, mango and avocado on a tostada ($15); Torta Ahogada braised pork and chorizo in tomato sauce on bolillo bread dipped in red chile sauce with cabbage and cilantro ($12); Mole Rojo con Pollo Oaxacan red mole with braised chicken and white rice ($17); and Lubina a la Veracruzana fresh wild striped bass, tomatoes, serrano chiles, capers and olives with green rice ($21).

Milagro’s cocktail menu features unique, seasonal ingredients that pair well with Milagro’s Mexican cuisine. Signature cocktails, ranging from $8 to $13, include: White Peach-Serrano Margarita white peach puree, serrano tincture, Espolon Reposado tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, agave; Washington Margarita house-infused Green Apple blanco tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, agave; Malta Punch Malta, Appleton VS rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, cane syrup; and Chino Moreno tradicional 100% Agave Reposado tequila, Benedictine, Liquore Strega, lemon juice, red wine float.

Milagro’s exceptional offerings go well past its culinary fare. The main feature of Milagro’s 60-plus-seat bar is a 24-foot wide and 7-foot tall forged steel “tequila tree”inspired by windblown Cypress trees and adorned with Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) steel skeletons and platforms for Milagro’s top shelf tequilas. The bar features an indoor fire pit with seating and the expansive dining room is embellished with a petrified wood art-piece that incorporates movement of both fire and water. Other carefully selected details include radiant heated floors, heating elements built into the awnings of the 100-plus-seat patio and many unique recycled elements that the Milagro team meticulously chose, including the black walnut bar top and the rusted steel candle backdrop. Mexican inspired lanterns provide gentle lighting throughout the restaurant and the Chef’s Table features a playful, mirrored glass piñata of a donkey made by an artist in Guadalajara.

In addition to Peterson, Director of Operations Jason Harris will lead the Milagro team. Harris’ former positions include food and beverage director at Hotel 1000 and owner-operator of PF Chang’s in Bellevue. “We’ve created a setting where every detail has been reviewed again and again. We set out to create a comfortable environment that will raise the bar for Mexican restaurants in the Northwest. From the quality of the food to the attentive service, the stylishly appointed dining rooms to the unique art features, we hope that Milagro Cantina will be a destination for Seattle and Eastside diners alike,” said Harris.

Milagro’s 8,000 square-foot space will seat 300-plus, including an opulent dining room, comfortable 60-plus-seat bar, private dining with full audio/visual capabilities for 40 to 50 people, a 10-seat private Chef’s Table and a 100-plus-seat heated patio that begs for long lunches and late night diners seven months out of the year.

Milagro Cantina is located in downtown Kirkland at 148 Lake Street South. Soon to be considered the “crown jewel” of the Lake Street Place project, its food and drink offerings cover the northern and southern regions of Mexico with approachable sophistication. The 300-plus-seat restaurant includes original art installations and custom furnishings in a uniquely designed setting.

Milagro Sun. through Thurs. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight

Milagro offers self-parking at its private, 90-stall monitored lot throughout the day and complimentary valet (with validation) in the evenings.

Learn more at www.MilagroCantina.com, or call (425) 952-6270.