Friday, February 21, 2014

Seattle: My Recommendations


I met a sweet girl not too long ago who was planning a trip to Seattle. I immediately got a little too excited, and began rattling off my must-sees. Seattle is one of my favorite cities - it will always hold a special piece of my heart. Here are some of my favorites if you find yourself visiting Seattle...

Downtown 
The Pink Door - Head here on a Monday night for dinner - they have cabaret and it is as cool as it sounds. Order the beet salad as an appetizer. If you are visiting Seattle during the summer, go here again the next day for lunch on the deck. Once again, order the beet salad.

Matt's in the Market - Go here for dinner. Fresh, delicious seafood, great wine and awesome views if you go before the sun sets (like 4 during Seattle winter).

Michou - It is right across from Pikes Place, awesome for grabbing a quick breakfast or lunch and before heading to walk the market. If they have lemon cookies, GET THEM ALL. The best cookie ever. 

Bathub Gin - near Belltown, its a back alley speakeasy with the best drinks of my life. There are a lot of places to go out if you venture down into Belltown, some of them (a lot of them) are shitty - BUT VENTURE DOWN THERE FOR THE STREET  HOT DOGS. Get a Seattle dog - hot dog with cream cheese and grilled onions, it will be the best thing you eat your whole trip. 

Capitol Hill 
Knee High Stocking Company - Fun pre dinner cocktail, call ahead to make reservations and get directions. Awesome food here if you'd like to stay for dinner as well! 

Von Trapp's - Bocce ball and good beer - I don't really know what more you could want. Skip the food, it's not the best, even for bar food. 

Grim's - Awesome for after dinner drinks, relaxed and very Seattle.

Ballard
Whatever you do while in Seattle, GO GET A SANDWICH AT PASEOS. Insanely good Caribbean sandwiches. You will die. Bring cash they don't take cards. They have two locations - Fremont or Ballard, both are awesome areas to explore - if it is a sunny day head to the Ballard Locks for exploring. 

West Seattle
This is where Preston and I spent our time in Seattle living. I love this sweet neighborhood. It is a short 10-15 minute drive from downtown, but because there is a bridge involved traffic can be horrible - plan your drive here during off hours.

If you have time, go walk Alki and then stop at Marination Mai Kai for the kimchi rice bowl aka best lunch of my life. 

Mashiko - This place has, in my humble opinion, the best sushi in Seattle. The chef is known to 

Bakery Noveau - The best macaroons in town. But if you are like me and think that macaroons are overrated (gasp) I would spring for a chocolate croissant. So good. 

Circa - My favorite casual neighborhood restaurant for a solid steak. Get a side of sweet potato fries.

Last but not least, La Rustica for solid Italian food in the cutest little place right across from the water. Not the best service, but really when you can stare out at the Puget Sound and drink a delicious glass of wine does it really matter?

Woodinville
Chateau St Michelle winery and Redhook brewing company. Perfect day. 

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