Big list of Seattle Restaurants

2012 NCLC CONFERENCE

RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS

FROM THE HOST COMMITTEE

C Car is the only reasonable option
W Within easy walking distance of the Westin
LW Long walk from the Westin
CAB Inexpensive cab ride from the Westin
CAB-E Expensive cab ride from the Westin
BUS Easily accessible by bus (Online Trip Planner at: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/)
RAIL Light rail (Airport & Stadiums: http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail.xml)
SLUT (really!) South Lake Union Trolley (“Ride The SLUT” T-Shirts available)
MONORAIL Seattle Center Area
FAV David Leen and Sheila O’Sullivan’s highly recommended list
Restaurants – Inexpensive
Comments
5 Point Café  http://the5pointcafe.com/ Belltown.  Bloody Mary Mornings. W
Athenian Inn  http://www.athenianinn.com/ Sleepless in Seattle filmed here; Pike Place Market W
Baguette Box  http://baguettebox.com/ Unique sandwiches – up Pine across I-5 LW
Bakery Nouveau  http://www.bakerynouveau.com/welcome/ West Seattle CAB-E
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese  http://www.beechershandmadecheese.com/ Pike Place Market (sandwiches, mac n cheese) W
Blue Moon Burgers  http://bluemoonburgers.com/ Good burgers on the way to South Lake Union LW
Brave Horse Tavern  http://bravehorsetavern.com/ Tom Douglas in South Lake Union. Hearth baked soft pretzels and good beer. LW, SLUT
Courthouse Federal Café  http://www.uscourthousecafe.com/bbs/default.php Good salad bar, burgers, etc. W
Crawfish King  http://www.seattlecrawfishking.com/ Messy and yummy! International district. RAIL, BUS & FAV
Dick’s Drive-In  http://www.ddir.com/ A Seattle Institution on Capitol Hill CAB
Dragonfish  http://dragonfishcafe.com/ Cheap Sushi, near Nordstrom W
Ezell’s Famous Chicken  http://www.ezellschicken.com/ Great fried chicken in Central Area—Oprah likes. CAB
I Love NY Deli  http://www.ilovenewyorkdeli.net/ W
Il Fornaio Bakery Café  http://www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3916 Great sandwiches and salads – Pacific Place W
Kastoori   http://kastoorigrill.com/ Pike Place Market W
Le Fournil Ltd Bakery  http://www.le-fournil.com/ Great bargain lunch:  sandwich, drink and fabulous French pastry dessert. CAB-E; FAV
Le Panier  http://www.lepanier.com/ Lunch and sweets W & FAV
Lunchbox Laboratory  http://lunchboxlaboratory.com/ Creative and delicious burgers. CAB
Mad Oven BBQ Downtown.  Lunch. RAIL, BUS & FAV
Mae Phim Thai Restaurant  http://www.maephim.com/ Cheap Thai Food, under viaduct entry on Columbia W
Mama’s Mexican Kitchen  http://www.mamas.com/ Belltown Mexican fare. W
Marination Station  http://marinationmobile.com/station Spicy Korean – in QFC complex at Pike & Broadway LW, CAB
Northlake Tavern Pizza  http://northlaketavern.com/ University District—great Pizza CAB-E
Pamela’s Fine Foods http://www.pamelasfinefoods.com/ A little slow but fresh and great lunch (weekdays only) (near Federal Court) W & FAV
Pecos Pit BBQ SODO.  Cash only.  Closed by 4pm. CAB, RAIL
Pintxo  http://www.pintxoseattle.com/ Belltown.  Tapas. W
Piroshky Piroshky  http://www.piroshkybakery.com/ Pike Place Market.  Worth the wait. W
Rock Bottom Brewery  http://www.rockbottom.com/ Multiple large screen TVs for a variety of sports viewing. W
Row House Café  http://rowhousecafe.com/ Great sandwiches. LW
Serious Pie  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=serious-pie Tom Douglas pizza.  Yum!  [David Leen’s is better but he probably won’t have time to make it for you] W
Skillet Diner  http://skilletstreetfood.com/diner.php Fantastic eclectic food—always a crowd. 1st Hill. CAB
Tat’s Deli  http://www.tatsdeli.com/ Across from Smith Tower—East Coast style RAIL, LW, BUS
Thai Tom Great cheap Thai Food (University District) CAB-E, BUS
Three Girls Bakery Pike Place Market – Post Alley. W
Tutta Bella  http://www.tuttabellapizza.com/tuttabellawl/index.php Westlake Center.  Neapolitan Pizza. W
Uwajimaya Food Court  http://www.uwajimaya.com/ International District.  A variety of asian cuisines from Vietnamese and Thai to Chinese baked goods. LW, CAB-E, BUS, RAIL
Wasabi Bistro  http://www.wasabiseattle.com/ Good sushi. W
Zaina’s Cheap Middle Eastern food RAIL, BUS

 

Restaurants – average price
13 Coins   http://www.13coins.com/ A Seattle institution LW, CAB
8 oz. Burger Bar  http://www.8ozburgerbar.com/ Downtown. CAB
Assaggio  http://www.assaggioseattle.com/ Very close to hotel; evening reservations recommended W & FAV
Barolo   http://baroloseattle.com/ Great Happy Hour food menu W
Barrio  http://www.barriorestaurant.com/ 1st Hill CAB
Bastille  http://bastilleseattle.com/ Reservations recommended.  Authentic French bistro fare. CAB-E, C
Boat St. Kitchen  http://www.boatstreetkitchen.com/ Belltown near Denny. CAB, LW
Branzino  http://www.branzinoseattle.com/ Belltown. W
Café Campagne  http://cafecampagne.com/ Their fries cooked in duck fat are the perfect hangover cure! W & FAV
Café Flora (King of Vegetarian)  http://www.cafeflora.com/ Wonderful and creative veggie food—Madison Park CAB-E, C
Café Presse  http://cafepresseseattle.com/home French Café – interesting dishes and authentic French ham & cheese on baguette – near Seattle U BUS, CAB
Chandler’s Crab House  http://www.chandlerscrabhouse.com/ Great view, good variety on menu LW, RAIL, CAB
Fare Start  http://www.farestart.org/index.html Culinary training facility for homeless and displaced individuals.  Awesome food.  Guest Chef dinner on Thursday nights (must reserve ahead).  Lunch daily. W
Fox Sports Grill  http://www.foxsportsgrill.com/html/seattle.html Downtown. W
Gordon Biersch http://www.gordonbiersch.com/locations/seattle-wa Originally from Palo Alto, this brewery’s home brews are fantastic.  Located in the food court of Pacific Place Mall. W
Icon Grill  http://www.icongrill.com/ Try the mac & cheese! W
Il Fornaio’s Risotteriahttp://www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3916 Good Italian lunches. W
Ivar’s Salmon House  http://www.ivars.com/index.php?page=locations_salmonhouse Seattle tradition—good salmon on Lake Union CAB
La Rustica  http://larusticarestaurant.com/ West Seattle. C
La Spiga  http://www.laspiga.com/ Northern Italian cooking on Capitol Hill. CAB & FAV
Le Pichet   http://lepichetseattle.com/ Small venue.  Great paté. W & FAV
Manhattan Drugs  http://www.manhattanseattle.com/ Capitol Hill. CAB
Matt’s in the Market  http://www.mattsinthemarket.com/ Matt’s pork belly bahn mí is not to be missed. W
Momiji Sushi  http://momijiseattle.com/#home_ Capitol Hill Sushi. CAB
Monsoon  http://monsoonrestaurants.com/seattle/ Small but not to be missed! Make reservations CAB & FAV
Petra Mediterranean Bistro  http://www.petrabistro.com/ Belltown. W
Place Pigalle  http://www.placepigalle-seattle.com/ French food with a view of Elliot Bay. W & FAV
Poquitos   http://vivapoquitos.com/Poquitos/VivaPoquitos.html Capitol Hill Mexican fare. CAB
Red Fin Sushi  http://www.redfinseattle.com/ Inside the Hotel Max. W
Restaurant Zoe  http://www.restaurantzoe.com/ Belltown.  Delicious non-alcohol cocktails. CAB
Salumi  http://www.salumicuredmeats.com/ Pioneer Square.  Mario Batali’s family runs this small shop RAIL, CAB, BUS
Seatown Seabar Tom Douglas’ new raw bar and rotisserie in Pike Place.  Best Poke outside of Hawaii. W
Serafina   http://serafinaseattle.com/ South Lake Union CAB & FAV
Shucker’s Oyster Bar  http://www.fairmont.com/seattle/dining/shuckers/ Surprisingly good seafood restaurant in the Fairmont hotel; great oyster selection. W & FAV
Urbane  http://www.urbaneseattle.com/ Inside the Hilton Hotel W
Veraci Pizza  http://veracipizza.com/ Possibly the best pizza in town but it’s not close CAB-E, C, FAV
Via Tribunali   http://www.viatribunali.net/index.php?page=capitol-hill Authentic Neapolitan thin crust pizza CAB, BUS
Volunteer Park Café  http://www.alwaysfreshgoodness.com/ “Heaven on the Hill” – The Stranger CAB & FAV

 

 

 

Restaurants – fine dining and/or expensive
35th Street Bistro  www.35bistro.com Located in Fremont.  Consistently good food. CAB
Altura   http://alturarestaurant.com/ Capitol Hill. CAB, BUS & FAV
Anchovies and Olives  http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com/anchoviesandolives Ethan Stowell restaurant. Northwest Italian. CAB, BUS
Anthony’s Pier 66  http://www.anthonys.com/restaurants/detail/anthonys-pier-66 Western Avenue.  Seafood on the bay. W
Barking Frog  http://www.willowslodge.com/barking_frog/ Woodinville. CAB-E, C
Boat Street Café  http://www.boatstreetcafe.com/ Provençal inspired food. CAB, LW & FAV
Blue Acre  http://blueacreseafood.com/ You have to try their crab and shrimp tater tots! W
Campagne Great French food. W & FAV
Canlis   http://canlis.com/ One of the oldest fine dining restaurants in Seattle.  Classic but expensive CAB
Capital Grille  http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/seattle/main.asp Steak house. W
Carmine’s (Il Terrazzo Carmine)   http://ilterrazzocarmine.com/ Pioneer Square. RAIL, BUS & FAV
Coterie Room  http://www.thecoterieroom.com/ Belltown W
Crush  http://chefjasonwilson.com/ Seasonal Northwest.  James Beard award winner. CAB-E, C
Cuoco   http://cuoco-seattle.com/ Unbelievable fresh pasta; South Lake Union CAB, LW FAV
Dahlia Lounge   http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=dahlia-lounge Belltown.  Tom Douglas fine dining.  Everything is good here. W
El Gaucho  http://elgaucho.com/index.html Classic tableside Caesar salad preparation and other touches from fine dining etiquette of yester years. W
Etta’s  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=ettas Tom Douglas’ Pike Place fine dining establishment.
Flying Fish  http://www.flyingfishseattle.com/ Wonderful seafood restaurant. LW, SLUT
Herbfarm  http://theherbfarm.com/dining/index.html Woodinville.  Weekly themed 9 course menu with wine pairings.  Plan on a long evening. CAB
How to Cook a Wolf   http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com/howtocookawolf/ Ethan Stowell restaurant.  Simple, rustic, Italian. CAB
Il Fornaio’s Risorante  http://www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3916 Pacific Place Mall W
La Bete  http://labeteseattle.com/ Capitol Hill. CAB
Lark   http://larkseattle.com/ Capitol Hill.  Delicious French tapas. CAB & FAV
Lola  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=lola Tom Douglas restaurant. Across from the Dahlia Lounge in Belltown.  Mediterranean fare. W
Luc  http://thechefinthehat.com/luc/ Madison Valley.  [same owner as Rovers] CAB-E, C
Mistral Kitchen  http://mistral-kitchen.com/ Recently opened.  French fare. W
Morton’s   http://www.mortons.com/seattle/ Look for the red carpet W
Palace Kitchen  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php/restaurants/palace-kitchen Tom Douglas restaurant.  The Palace acts as the test kitchen for the Dahlia Lounge.  One of the few restaurants in the downtown core open past midnight. W
Palomino   http://www.palomino.com/ 3rd floor of US Bank Center. W
Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge   http://www.pesoskitchen.com/ Lower Queen Anne CAB
Ponti  http://www.pontiseafoodgrill.com/ Great environment and view of the canal CAB
Poppy   http://poppyseattle.com/ The chef was recently awarded the James Beard Award for best new chef. CAB
Portage  http://www.portagerestaurant.com/ Queen Anne
Purple Café and Wine Bar  http://www.thepurplecafe.com/ Vibrant and loud; good wine tasting flights W
Queen City Grill  http://www.queencitygrill.com/ Belltown W
Ray’s Boathouse (best Puget Sound view) Excellent salmon and steaks. CAB, C
RN 74   http://michaelmina.net/restaurants/locations/rnwa.php New wine bar.  Food is good but expensive and environment is loud. W
Rovers  http://thechefinthehat.com/rovers/ Very expensive; long evening of many great courses CAB
Salty’s    http://www.saltys.com/ West Seattle.  On the waterfront. CAB-E
Sea Star  http://www.seastarrestaurant.com/ Above Whole Foods in South Lake Union W
Sitka and Spruce   http://sitkaandspruce.com/ Ethan Stowell restaurant.  Located in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. CAB
Space Needle  http://www.spaceneedle.com/restaurant/ Sit, eat, and spin.  Used to be poor quality tourist trap food but has really come up in quality over the years. MONORAIL
Spinasse  http://www.spinasse.com/ Piedmontese Italian CAB FAV
Taste   http://www.tastesam.com/ Located in the Seattle Art Museum W
Tavolata  http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com/tavolata/ Ethan Stowell restaurant.  Beautiful fresh pasta made daily W
Terra Plata  http://www.terraplata.com/ Located near Melrose Market in Capitol Hill CAB
The Georgian  http://www.fairmont.com/seattle/dining/thegeorgian/ In the Fairmont Hotel.  Also serves High Tea in the afternoon. W
The Hunt Club  http://www.hotelsorrento.com/food-drink/ First Hill CAB
The Metropolitan Grill Restaurant   http://www.themetropolitangrill.com/ Great steakhouse.  They bring the tray of steaks to your table to explain each cut.  Rumored to have fabulous happy hour food too. W
The Pink Door  http://thepinkdoor.net/ Pink Margaritas.  Need we say more?  (okay and the food is good too) W
Tulio’s   http://www.tulio.com/ Near the library.  Good risottos and other Italian dishes. W
Voila! French Bistro  http://www.voilabistrot.com/ Madison Valley CAB-E, C
Trace   http://www.traceseattle.com/ In the W Hotel W
Wild Ginger  http://www.wildginger.net/ Downtown.  Great Thai! W

 

Breakfast
5 Point Café  http://the5pointcafe.com/ Touted as a great breakfast place W
B & O Espresso  http://b-oespresso.com/ Great dessert destination CAB
Boat St. Kitchen  http://www.boatstreetkitchen.com/ Weekend Brunch. CAB, LW
Café Campagne    http://cafecampagne.com/ Try their Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame for breakfast. W
Crumble and Flake    http://www.crumbleandflake.com/ Capitol Hill.  Must get there early, closed Monday and Tuesday CAB
Dahlia Bakery  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=dahlia-bakery Companion to the Dahlia Lounge.   Try their pies as well as their breads and desserts. W
Etta’s  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=ettas Weekend brunch.  Delicious scratch Bloody Mary’s W
Fresh Flours  http://www.freshfloursseattle.com/ Ballard area.  Beautiful croissants. CAB
Grand Central Bakery  http://www.grandcentralbakery.com/locations/seattle/ Pioneer Square LW
Cyclops   http://www.cyclopsseattle.com/ Belltown.  Good French toast W
Hurricane Café Open 24 hours W
Le Panier  http://www.lepanier.com/ Pike Place Market W
Local 360  http://www.local360.org/ Belltown.  Weekend brunch.  Locally sourced menu. W
Macrina Bakery and Café  http://www.macrinabakery.com/ Belltown.  Delicious scones and fresh bread W
Portage Bay Café  http://www.portagebaycafe.com/2012/home.html University District. CAB
Seatown Seabar  http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=seatown Pike Place Market.  Delicious Southern themed breakfasts. W
Specialties  http://www.specialtys.com/2012/?ref=V5 Delicious and very large cookies as well as sandwiches and other baked goods.
The Georgian   http://www.fairmont.com/seattle/dining/thegeorgian/ Located in the Fairmont Hotel W
Top Pot Doughnuts   http://www.toppotdoughnuts.com/ Gourmet Donuts – on 5th north of Westin.  President Obama visited on his last trip to Seattle. W

 

Great Restaurant Neighborhoods
Ballard Avenue Bastille, the Sexton, Whiskey Kitchen, Voltera, Portalis Wine Shop, etc. CAB
Belltown Dahlia Lounge, Lola, Restaurant Zoe, Pintxo, Assagio, Mama’s Mexican Kitchen, etc. W
Broadway from Pike north to Roy Via Tribunali, Manhattans, Cupcake Royale, etc. CAB, BUS
International District (Chinatown) Uwajimaya, various Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, and other Asian fare. CAB, RAIL
Pike Place Market Place Pigalle, Campagne, Café Campagne, Matt’s in the Market, Etta’s, Seabar, The Pink Door, etc.
South Lake Union Flying Fish, Serafina, Serious Pie, Brave Horse Tavern, etc. SLUT, LW
University District Thai Tom, Portage Bay Café, etc. CAB
Vietnam (12th & Jackson) Numerous Vietnamese restaurants. CAB
Woodinville Wineries (over 50) http://www.woodinvillewinecountry.com/ C

Big (but certainly not complete) List of Seattle coffee shops

2012 NCLC CONFERENCE

COFFEE SUGGESTIONS

FROM THE HOST COMMITTEE

(Because, after all, you are in Seattle.)

C Car is the only reasonable option
W Within easy walking distance of the Westin
LW Long walk from the Westin
CAB Inexpensive cab ride from the Westin
CAB-E Expensive cab ride from the Westin
BUS Easily accessible by bus (Online Trip Planner at: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/)
RAIL Light rail (Airport & Stadiums: http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail.xml)
SLUT (really!) South Lake Union Trolley (“Ride The SLUT” T-Shirts available)
MONORAIL Seattle Center Area
FAV David Leen and Sheila O’Sullivan’s highly recommended list
Restaurants – Inexpensive
Comments
Coffee Shops (It’s Seattle After All!)
B & O Espresso Capitol Hill.  Open until 1 a.m.
Bauhaus Books & Coffee Capitol Hill
Café D’Arte Downtown core near Pike Place Market
Café Fiori Ballard
Café Lladro Downtown core
Café Senso Unico Downtown core
Elliot Bay Book Company Capitol Hill (yes, they moved)
Monorail Espresso Downtown core
Pegasus Coffee Bar Downtown core
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Downtown core
Seattle Coffee Works Downtown core
Starbucks, of course! Pick a corner, any corner.
Top Pot(known for its donuts, so a double good treat) Downtown core
Tully’s Downtown core
Uptown Espresso Downtown core
Victrola Capitol Hill (and other locations)
Vivace Capitol Hill
Zeitgeist Downtown core
For other excellent recommendations see:   http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Best-Coffee-Shops-in-Seattle

Big List of Seattle Sightseeing Options

2012 NCLC CONFERENCE

SIDE TRIPS AND SUGGESTED SIGHTSEEING

FROM THE HOST COMMITTEE

C Car is the only reasonable option
W Within easy walking distance of the Westin
LW Long walk from the Westin
CAB Inexpensive cab ride from the Westin
CAB-E Expensive cab ride from the Westin
BUS Easily accessible by bus (Online Trip Planner at: http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/)
RAIL Light rail (Airport & Stadiums: http://www.soundtransit.org/Schedules/Central-Link-light-rail.xml)
SLUT (really!) South Lake Union Trolley (“Ride The SLUT” T-Shirts available)
MONORAIL Seattle Center Area
FAV David Leen and Sheila O’Sullivan’s highly recommended list
Restaurants – Inexpensive
Comments
Side trips and suggested sight seeing
Ballard Locks  http://www.seattle.gov/tour/locks.htm Completed in 1917, the locks link the Puget Sound with Lake Union and Lake Washington. CAB
Center for Wooden Boats  http://www.cwb.org/ Rent a boat and paddle around Lake Washington LW, CAB
Chihuly Sculpture Garden at the Seattle Center  http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com/ Glass art at its finest MONORAIL
Discovery Park  http://www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm Discovery Park is a 534 acre natural area park operated by the Seattle Parks and Recreation. It is the largest city park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. CAB, C
Ride the Ducks Tour  http://www.ridetheducksofseattle.com/ See Seattle from land and water without leaving the vehicle! W
Experience Music Project   http://www.empmuseum.org/ The building design is based on Jimmy Hendrix’ smashed guitar MONORAIL
Ferry ride to Bainbridge  http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ See water fowl, and other marine animals while experiencing the commute of those who live on the islands in Elliot Bay W
Frye Art Museum  http://fryemuseum.org/ Capitol Hill.  Free. LW, CAB, BUS
Gas Works Park  http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=293 Good place to fly a kite CAB, C
Great Wheel of Seattle  http://seattlegreatwheel.com/ Newly opened Ferris Wheel at the waterfront W
Olympic Sculpture Park at Pier 70  http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/OSP/ Free.  The Olympic Sculpture Parkhas transformed a nine-acre industrial site into open and vibrant green space for art. This new waterfront park gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of sculpture in an outdoor setting, while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

W
Pike Place Market  http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/ Seattle’s premier tourist attraction W
Mt. St. Helens  http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted and blew down or scorched 230 square miles of forest…30 years later, recovery at Mount St. Helens continues. C
Mt. Rainier  http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits. C
Port of Seattle Building  http://www.portseattle100.org/properties/pier-66 Pier 66 is just about as old as the Port itself. It was one of the first six properties the Port developed after its formation in 1911; construction began in 1914.  As soon as construction was finished on the main four-story building, it became the first headquarters for the Port of Seattle in 1915. W
Savor Seattle Food Tours  http://www.savorseattletours.com/ Feed your inner foodie W
Seattle Aquarium  http://www.seattleaquarium.org/ “The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you!” W
Seattle Art Museum   http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/ Downtown.  From its early 20th-century roots as the Seattle Fine Arts Society to its growth into an internationally renowned museum, explore how the Seattle Art Museum evolved into a vital Seattle institution. W
Seattle Asian Art Museum  http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/visitSAAM.asp Capitol Hill (Volunteer Park)  Next door to the Lakeview Cemetery where Seattle’s most famous are buried as well as Bruce and Brandon Lee CAB
Seattle Public Library Downtown  http://www.spl.org/ Designed by world famous architect Rem Koolhaas. W
Space Needle  http://www.spaceneedle.com/ Wonderful views on clear days. MONORAIL
Sub Seattle Tour  http://www.subseattletour.com/ “A rollicking and offbeat bus ride through city neighborhoods, peppered with irreverent humor, sightings and stories of Seattle’s vaunted subcultures.”  e.g. Kurt Cobain’s house. RAIL, BUS, CAB
The original Starbucks store (at Pike Place Market) Buy a CD from the a cappella group that usually sings oldies on the sidewalk by the door. W
Underground Seattle Tour (1-2 hours)   http://www.undergroundtour.com/ After Seattle burned down in the 1920’s most of what you see was built on top of the ruins. RAIL
Water taxi to West Seattle, rent bike, tour Alki Beach  http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/WaterTaxi.aspx One of the few sand beaches in the Puget Sound. W
Woodinville winery tours (30 minute drive) Various companies.  Google “Woodinville Winery Tours” C
WTC Seattle  http://www.wtcseattle.com/ Seattle’s World Trade Center Seattle (WTCSE) serves as a tribute to the importance of international trade in our region, providing an environment where business leaders can come together to share ideas and strengthen their connection. W

A Touch of the Exotic: Seattle’s Spice Trade

Visitors to Seattle may not immediately associate exotic spices with this city in the Pacific Northwest, but the confluence of Asian, North African, and European cultures has resulted in the availability of a wide range of exotic flavors, textures, and scents available to anyone willing to search just a little.  Moreover, spices are light, easily packable, and a very welcome gift for the foodies in your life.

Seattle’s spice route starts, of course, with a visit to Pike Place market.  In the main gallery next to Don & Joe’s Meats is Market Spice.  Open since 1911, this little shop smells of orange, cinnamon and cloves from their own special mix of tea – free samples available.  Huge glass jugs house just about any spice you can think of sold in bulk, including various peppers and chili powders from chipotle or ghost chilies.

Next door is DeLaurenti’s, which is the place to go for exotic vinegars and oils.  If in stock, pick up some porcini powder.  This magic dust adds richness to any dish.

For whole dried chilies, head to El Mercado Latino at the Sanitary Market where you can find New Mexico chilies, Chile Negro, Arbol, and Chipotle chilies – among others.  It also carries hard to find spices such as wormwood and annatto.  A block or so further, near the original Starbucks, is the Souk.  This little store specializes in middle eastern spices and foods.  Pick up some hot curry powder that will blow your mind, and if you’re lucky, their harissa powder will be in stock.

Tom Douglas, Seattle’s super-chef, recently opened Seatown in the Pike Place market area.  Next door is a rotisserie where his famous Rub With Love spice mixes and sauces for salmon, pork, and all manner of protein may be purchased.

Take the stairs down to Western Avenue and you will find hidden treasure at World Spice.  This shop not only has awesome spice mixes, but will also blend spices to order.  Pick up some alder smoked salt to add the taste of a summer barbeque to your winter fare.  One block down the street is the Spanish Table, where you can pick up paprika and saffron to make your best paella.

Penzey’s Spices is located just a block east of the market on Pine.  This outlet of the national chain has wonderful ginger and vanilla powders, as well as special spice blends for different occasions.

Finally, if you get to the International District, a visit to Uwajimaya is a must.  This store carries at least 50 different types of dried shitake mushrooms, not to mention hard to find ingredients such as dried black fungus, yellow rock candy, orange peel, and lotus blossom to name a few.

Only a little exploration and a push in the right direction are needed to rustle up a touch of the exotic to take home with you as a reminder of your visit to the Emerald City.

Mary B. Reiten poses as an attorney by day and plays with food at all other times.  She can frequently be found at one of Seattle’s fabulous Farmer’s Markets .

Seattle’s Craft Cocktail Renaissance

In addition to having one of the richest regional food scenes in the country, Seattle is also at the vanguard of the craft cocktail movement. Bartenders across the city are mixing the finest classic cocktails in the traditional style and finding inspiration in local culinary movements, infusing their drinks with flavor from the farm and garden alike.

Quality imbibing is so prevalent in Seattle that whichever neighborhood you find yourself in, a cocktail crawl can start just a few doors down. In Belltown, start your night at Spur Gastropub  with a Whiskey Crusta, the Sidecar’s granddaddy: bourbon, Cointreau, lemon, and a crusty rim of sugar. Then head down to Pike Place Market and take the stairs—down, down, down—until you come to the Zig Zag Cafe , an intimate hidden bistro with a cocktail menu as long as your arm. For years, Murray Stenson, one of the founding fathers of the modern cocktail renaissance, helmed the bar program at Zig Zag. Ask anyone who’s had a drink there and they’ll have a story about Stenson, whether it was the masterful way he made them feel right at home on a jumping Saturday night, or his skill with a bar spoon and shaker. Murray is internationally-renowned for his rediscovery of the classic Last Word cocktail—a potent combination of gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and fresh lime juice—which he unearthed from the pages of Ted Saucier’s forgotten classic, Bottom’s Up!

Last year Stenson left Zig Zag in the capable hands of Erik Hakkinen, and these days he can be found behind the stick at Jamie Boudreau’s cocktail atelier, Canon , the centerpiece of any Capitol Hill cocktail tour. Boudreau—formerly of Vessel, which recently relocated to Olive Way—is fond of cooking up cocktail “experiments,” in which three variations on a classic are served in miniature (think rye and bourbon Manhattans presented together for side-by-side comparison). Also recommended at Canon is the “shrouded roulette,” wherein a guest names their spirit of choice and leaves everything else to the whim of the bartender.

While on Capitol Hill, be sure to visit nearby Tavern Law, Seattle’s entry in the field of neo- speakeasies. If you’re there on a weekend, pick up the phone by the unmarked door and wait for a voice to invite you into the upstairs bar. Down Pike Street is Sun Liquor, one of Seattle’s many new micro-distilleries. At their Capitol Hill location, try a cocktail with their own Hedge Trimmer gin, a great example of the new trend of American dry gins (and with lime juice squeezed fresh to order and a little sugar, it makes one hell of a gimlet).

If you’ve got the time, make your way to Ballard, head over to the Sexton and try a Double Bind, a combination of bourbon, spicy ginger beer, and house-made sage and cider shrub. Then visit Sambar, a hidden gem buried on Market and 6th, where you can order a Pomme Rose—made with rosehip-infused tequila, apple syrup, and lime—and, if the weather’s nice, sip it on the patio while listening to Spanish guitar. For more information on the local and national cocktail scenes, check out Seattle-based journalist Paul Clarke’s blog, The Cocktail Chronicles.

By Devin Hahn, author of Tales of the Periodista and maker of films.

What the heck is a Waterfall Park??

Waterfall Garden Park

 

The Waterfall Garden Park (219 2nd Ave, South, Seattle – Pioneer Square) is a gorgeous little hidden treasure. The park itself is small, shaded, and is enclosed behind an iron fence at the corner of 2nd Ave South and South Main St. As the name suggests, there is a fountain installed that gives the illusion of a natural waterfall over a rocky cliff, and there are plenty of tables and benches located in the small space. This is a great place to come for a cool drink on a warm summer day, or just to get a break from the frantic day with lunch or a cup of coffee. If you need a quiet place to smoke without getting caught by your co-workers, this is the place. But the real interesting thing about this spot is that it was the original location of United Parcel Service (UPS), founded on this spot in 1907. There is a plaque there commemorating the event but I don’t think many people read it and are not aware of the historical significance of the location when they are enjoying the peace of this urban oasis.   

3 Mid-week Walkabouts in Seattle – Part III

Downtown / Pike Place Market

If you haven’t seen the Market yet, you must go. Yes, wander it during the day when the fish and fruit are being flung, but don’t avoid it in the evening. Do this maybe:

Go to the Athenian right in the Market on the first floor. Walk through the doors, past the first bar and back to the “other” bar. Here you will get a cocktail, or a cold, frosty beer (mugs from the deep-freeze make one hale and happy even in October). Then turn around from the bar and drink up (a) if it’s clear, the superb view of Elliot Bay with ferries sliding in front of West Seattle in the distance, and (b) if it’s drizzly, the same view, but with a through a silver veil encouraging the introspective mode. Contemplate this celebrated market.  Pike Place would have been bulldozed in the ’60s, were it not for the vision and efforts of this man and many other humane Friends of the Market– another civic victory against the bland and bloodless structures that might have risen here in its place.

For dinner, if it’s walking weather, meander through the Market at your own pace… but end up in Post Alley. Walk northwest across Pine and then Stewart.
Here, you will find these gems to choose from:

White Horse Trading Co.:  lovingly crafted 18th c. style late night antiquated collectible bookstore: “Treat this place like it’s your living room, and we’ll keep it clean and stocked with good ale & wine.”

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub: Corned Beef Pasties, Pototo Farl Wraps, Steak & Kidney Pies, and so forth.

Pink Door: Italian-American cooking that “simply kindles conviviality.”

Or from the Athenian, you can go the other way, south and down the stairs to the other side of Post Alley, where you will witness the most amazing collection of already-been-chewed gum in your life.

From there, turn around and enter the Alibi Room to share a Grapes and Bleu Cheese pizza.  Here in the dark, you can enjoy the never-bad tunes and wonder about the meaning of the gum wall.

Daniel Ediger helps make legal educational videosat the Northwest Justice Project.  He enjoys walking all over Seattle.