Best Places to Eat in Seattle
One thing we immediately observed upon visiting Seattle is that they LOVE food of all types. Unlike here in Boston, Seattle restaurants are open practically around the clock and it isn't unusual to see a group of friends sitting down to dinner at 11pm. In fact, the restaurant culture seems to overtake the need for bars or dance clubs, because, well, everyone loves to eat! Seattle is known for its top notch seafood, Asian fusion, and Scandinavian influences. We tried a bit of everything, so our Seattle Travel guide part 2 delves into our #JUGsApproved Seattle restaurants.
This adorable cafe in was recommended to us by fellow blogger Annie of Live Simply. This Parisian style stop the perfect place to grab coffee and a pastry and flip through a newspaper, or just stare out their incredible 30' windows into picturesque Pioneer Square. For food, enjoy the gruyere kale quiche, smashed avocado toast, rose meringues, orange pistachio tarts, or other small breakfast plates. After eating, take a few minutes to explore the onsite boutique featuring a droolworthy, perfectly curated selection of cookbooks, mugs, jams, fresh flowers and candles. London Plane is peaceful and refreshing, especially after long days of sightseeing!
For a more high energy breakfast or brunch, try Revel in Fremont. This modern, super popular Asian fusion restaurants takes a very creative take on the classic brunch menu by offering things like a kimchi bloody mary, pork katsu with scallion biscuits, fried egg ramen, and bacon mushroom porridge. Revel also has a heated outdoor patio which is perfect for those almost-sunny Seattle mornings.
Pike place is the best place in town to go for street food. In addition to its famous fish market (pictured above), Pike Place also features countless pastry shops, shwarma stands, and fresh fruits and veggies. There are also lots of free samples around if you look hard enough - pear apple cider, local honey, pepper jelly, chocolate and more. This is also where you'll find the original Starbucks, but there is often a line, so try visiting on a weekday if possible.
Don't go to Seattle without trying some of its world famous seafood. For a budget friendly seafood option, try Etta's which is conveniently located right next to the Pike Place market. Their specialty is crab, but their mussels and fried oysters are delicious options as well. They also have a great beer list with local options, making Etta's a great way to ease into Seattle's thriving brewery culture.
Marination Ma Kai
Ok, so Hawaiian cuisine might not immediately come to mind when visiting Washington state, but Marination Ma Kai has the. best. food. ever. It is the perfect spot to visit on a sunny day because Marination is situated on Puget Sound in West Seattle, providing incredible views of the city. Enjoy fish tacos, traditional shaved ice, and ....spam sliders....while watching the sun go down.
Purple Cafe is an upscale wine bar in the city center. It features Italian fare and shareable plates in a huge, modern, dimly lit space. It is a great venue for birthday dinners, dates, or a place to wind down with business colleagues. As the city's most prominent wine bar, Purple Cafe is bustling around dinner time, so it may be good to call ahead and make a reservation if you're traveling with a large party. We recommend the crab cakes and Washington wine flight!
Sick of fried seafood? Head to Black Bottle in Belltown for some lighter fare. Here you'll find dishes like seasonal salads, beet gratin, and fresh scallops. When traveling, it is easy to overeat, so we were quite happy to find this calm,venue with a vegetable oriented menu. It is also a great place to grab wine and gossip with girlfriends - JUGs tested and approved!
Poquitos is a bustling Mexican restaurant in Capitol Hill. Since Seattle isn't really a partying city, Poquitos is where you're more likely to find the young urbanites. The huge, beautifully decorated restaurant features creative Mexican food - think bacon and pickled jalapeno guacamole, and spicy margaritas. YUM.
Rachel's Ginger Beer
This cute spot in Pike Place made us fall in love with Seattle. Rachel's Ginger Beer specializes in creating all types of ginger beer flavors, even super weird ones like mango mate and blood orange. This allows novice cocktail enthusiasts to create their own moscow mules or dark and stormies!
The Pine Box
An old funeral home turned bar? We're in! This creepy, but fun bar in Capital Hill is a must-see. Architectural elements from the old funeral home are kept which gives the whole space a spooky vibe. It is a cross between the Salem Witch Museum and a hipster bar. Grab a beer and talk to ghosts at The Pine Box.
Also in Capital Hill is Rein Haus, lovingly known by locals as Von Trapp's. This is an ideal venue for beer lovers as they have pretty much any type you can think of, with the perfect pretzel pairing. The staff is super friendly and helpful for those of us that don't exactly know what our ideal ratio of hops is - I mean, they don't carry bud light, so you're going to have to know your beers! Bonus: they have das boot!