I might be obsessed with food. Maybe it’s the act of eating in a visually stimulating place or the company with which you hold that makes it so wonderful. But I find myself sitting in my sun-drenched apartment (yes, San Diego, I’m talking about you) musing over the snapshots of rain-pattered Seattle, noticing a food photo trend. Oh, all the places to eat in Seattle. If only I could write a book about them.
Food pictures of local Seattle eateries overwhelm my iPhone. Not in the overwhelming, I have three million things to do and five minutes to do them, sort of way. But overwhelming in the, my senses cannot get enough and I must have more, sort of way. Despite the daily rainfalls and cool temperatures of the Northwest, I managed to both start and end my trip by way of my mouth.
Creamy cheeses, crafty cocktails, pearly oysters shucked in front of you fresh from the Pacific, trout so tender it melts in your already watering mouth. We encountered some of the best places to eat in Seattle. There is such a wholesome feeling of escaping from your already great city to a mutual city that has its own great food movement to discover, again and again, why you love food so much in the first place. This was a lesson in food appreciation.
The newest of chef Matt Dillion’s restaurants, bar Sajor is amazing. Located in Pioneer Square, this quaint bar/restaurant is a gem of a place to eat in Seattle. White walls, marble counter tops, high ceilings. And drinks, cheeses, oysters that will leave you wanting to order more. Of the places to eat in Seattle, this restaurant has stellar architecture and decor.
If you want French food that will drive your mouth bananas, then please go here. Bastille is in Ballard, which is a great little sub-clave of Seattle. Hipsterish, great shops, and good eats. They have a bread cutting station where they serve up the yummiest French bread. At dinner, we ordered the shaved Brussels sprout salad and their Poisson Du Jour, which seriously, was the most tender trout. Bastille has a great happy hour, dinner, and brunch.
We hung out in Capital Hill and downtown. We explored, ate, read, and looked at art in the Seattle Art Museum. You know that commercial with Tony the Tiger when he says, it’s grrrreat? Well, that’s how I felt about Oddfellows. Oh, it was certainly one of my favorite great places to eat in Seattle! Lovely inside, with open concept restaurant seating and first come first serve bar seating. We tried the beignets and The Blanche, a cocktail with brovo rose geranium, bubbles, and grapefruit and it was a crafty treat!
Not too long ago, chef and writer, Molly Wisenberg opened up a restaurant in Ballard, called delancey. It’s a small little “wood-fired pizza joint” that has the one of the most comfortable homey feels of the places to eat in Seattle. And great pizza to boot. Directly next door, to the right, you will find that if you have to wait for a table or just want to grab a cocktail, you can grab a delightful craft served up by a friendly tender to the bar, who might just set your drink on fire!
On the same street as Delancey is the cute French bakery, Honoré. Some of the great places to eat in Seattle are all clustered around in the same little area. They have some of the most amazing macarons in the city. Hands down. Order the Salted Caramel and Lemon.
Another stop back in the same area of Seattle, Ballard, we visited a lovely oyster house called, Ballard Annex. Grab the Oyster plate and have at it. They are worth it, very delicious, and it comes with a plethora of side sauces to add on your own whim. This is a great place to eat in Seattle if you’re a seafood lover and want to snack mid-day on some oysters.
Great places to eat in Seattle takes us on another stop for mid-day drinks. Where to try? The Sexton is a great little bar with fabulous decor that is simple, clean, and neat. I found this place while checking out a Seattle food blog, Eater Seattle.
THE WHALE WINS
Our last stop making it on the list of great places to eat in Seattle was on our way back from a busy day. The Whale Wins, what a fabulous place to eat! We couldn’t have had a more wonderful “last meal.” The table next to us gabbed and gabbed like they had known each other for years, but had just met that evening in fact. And we were sandwiched between them and a wall. But for some reason, that had a great effect on us and our mood. They exuded happiness and so did we. We had great fish, whole, with skin, great wine, Rose, and GREAT dessert.
One last stop before the airport was to one of Washington and Oregon’s infamous coffee brands, Stumptown Coffee Roasters. One cannot miss Stumptown when in Seattle. It’s a great coffee institution with great roasted coffee (take some whole beans to go). What they do, they do well. There are a few locations all around the city, one no more or less wonderful than the other, so choose one closest to where you are staying.
If you’re in the Seattle area, have recommendations, or just want to let me know what you’ve tried, leave a comment! I read them all and respond and love the feedback! If you’re headed on your next vacation to Napa, San Diego, Austin, or L.A., I’ve got some great food guides for you there too!