Food & Drink Guide: Seattle

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A good friend of mine is heading to Seattle soon and I bombarded her with texts of what to do, eat, and see in Seattle. Thankfully, she’s super patient and appreciates my quirks, I think 😉 To avoid that next time someone asks me about Seattle, I’ll save them the text rampage and direct them to this blog post.

First off, I love Seattle. Sure, it’s known to be gloomy most of the year and it seems like everyone smokes cigarettes up there, but every trip up there has been magical. On sunny days, the city is alive and it’s actually pretty inspiring. When it’s sunny in San Diego, I just go about my day… not doing anything special. #SanDiegoProblems Basically, I should optimize all sunny days and do something active in the great outdoors. Man… I miss Seattle.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

It’s no mystery that I plan my trips around places to eat. Seattle has so many good spots that my trips there generally take me all over the city. That’s right… there’s more to Seattle than Pike’s Place! Thus, the following list, categorized by neighborhood:

Pioneer Square

  • Biscuit Bitch: Not for the easily offended. There are a few of these around Seattle, and for good reason. Their biscuit sandwiches are soooo satisfying. Plus, who wouldn’t want to try a “Smokin’ Hot Bitch”? And fun observation? Parents totally bring their kids here. Oh, Seattle.
  • Salumi: Ever been to a “salumeria”? Well this is the spot to get your charcuterie on. Grab an Italian sandwich, like their famous Porchetta sandwich. Mm. Meat.
  • Damn the Weather: The name is great, the cocktails are damn good, and the food is great. It’s a perfect place for happy hour. Their website is pretty slick, too. Working in the digital space as a writer, pretty web design gets me every time.
Biscuit Bitch

International District

  • Tsukushinbo: Tiny little Japanese spot. Deliciously fresh sashimi. Make a reservation ahead of time or expect a long, long wait. In fact, most sushi spots in Seattle require a reservation.
Tsukushinbo

Pike Place

  • Pike Place Chowder: Classic chowder and fried delights that ended up actually being delicious for being such a touristy chain. Hack: if you don’t want to wait in a long line, just go to the location inside the Pacific Place Shopping Center.
  • Beecher’s Handmade Cheese: All sorts of cheeses. The mac & cheese was yummmm.
  • Daily Dozen Doughnut Company: Haven’t tried this place, but it’s on my list next time I visit. I friggin’ love donuts.
  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer: Ginger beer… ON TAP. YAAAS. It’s the perfect sip after a long day hiking the nearby mountains. There are a few locations around Seattle, but this one is right in the heart of Pike Place. I also just found out that they ship nationwide. Uh oh.
Beecher’s

Capitol Hill

  • Victrola Coffee Roasters: This is my favorite coffee roaster in Seattle. This location is the original (they have a few locations elsewhere) and it’s where they house their roaster. The space is beautiful, too.
  • Pie Bar: My greatest discovery in Seattle. At midnight. In the middle of Capitol Hill. Fresh sweet (or savory!) pie late at night. Haven’t tried the actual bar inside, but you can order pie a la mode from a tiny sliver of a window. At midnight. WHAT. So good.
  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room: Touristy, but worth the visit. After all, Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks. You lie if you’ve never had a cup from there. The interior design is impressive and you can see some beans being roasted. Their bathroom is epic, too. We typically grab some tea here since our blood stream is 100% coffee by the time we get here.
  • 8oz Burger & Co: Their burgers feature a solid meat to bun ratio. Brioche + quality beef. Order a side of garlic truffle fries and you’re golden.
  • Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream: As soon as you enter this place, you encounter the delicious scent of waffle cones being made right in front of your eyes. The ice cream is dank, too.
  • Bakery Nouveau: Ugh. Their ham and cheese croissants were so good. Everything else looked amazing as well.
  • Jamjuree: Local Thai restaurant suggested by one of our Airbnb hosts. Order the whole rainbow trout. Trust me.
  • Skillet Diner: Excellent breakfast/brunch spot. Maple braised pork belly. YUM. Doesn’t beat San Diego brunch, though 😉

Ballard

  • The Walrus and the Carpenter: Seattle is known for oysters. Fresh, local, BOMB oysters. So do yourself a favor and have a slurp, specifically from this joint. Plus, it’s a beautiful space. #interiordesigngoals
The Walrus & The Carpenter

Wallingford

  • Fainting Goat Gelato: I like the name and loved their ice cream. The neighborhood also features some excellent neon signage to check out as you enjoy the gelato.
Octopus Bar

Fremont

  • Paseo Caribbean Restaurant: Famous for their Caribbean Roast sandwich. Kind of salty for me, but pretty good.
  • Caffe Ladro: Another local roastery. There are a few locations around Seattle. Not a bad cup!

These don’t even list out everywhere I’ve tried, but probably a good start to get you around the entire city. Share your favorite spots in the comments below.

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