Jamie’s Guide to Seattle, Part 1: The Food Scene

    Seattle is truly a foodie’s paradise. Long known for its incredible seafood, Seattle’s menu has broadened significantly, in recent years, as wave after wave of culinary pioneers have flocked to the area.  As a testament to that growth, here’s a list of the “38 essential Seattle restaurants,” as determined by Eater.com, only about 6 of which I’ve ever even heard of. You’d have to put a lot of effort into keeping up with all the great food that’s available.

    My wife and I are huge fans of the Tom Douglas restaurants.  We have eaten at Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Brave Horse Tavern and we have a tradition of hitting up Etta’s on our anniversary for their great seafood.

    Recently, famed foodie Anthony Bourdain visited Seattle for an episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown. He also did an episode of his previous show, The Layover, for the Travel Channel, which you can watch here.

    The food itself is only part of the experience. Many of Seattle’s best restaurants are housed in iconic locations. For instance, SkyCity city atop the city’s most famous building, the Space Needle, and offers what has to be one of the best views in the history of human existence. The whole restaurant spins around, offering 360-degree views of the entire city, the Cascades, Mt. Rainier, and more. It spins really slowly, so you don’t need to worry about getting dizzy.  It’s pricey, but definitely a bucket list type of experience.

    Another iconic location, which is home to several fantastic restaurants, is the Pike Place Market. Though known as a tourist destination worldwide, it definitely does not suffer from the mediocrity and cheesiness so common among other tourist areas. There is legit, incredible food here, day and night, that will accommodate a wide range of tastes and budgets. You haven’t lived until you’ve waited in the not-as-bad-as-it-looks line at Piroshki Piroshki and dazzled your senses with a–you guessed it–piroshki. The beef and cheese will change your life. If you’re a vegetarian, the potato and cheese will have a similar effect. Go during the day, preferably during the week. Do not, I repeat DO NOT, go to the Pike Place Market on a weekend unless you’re A: desperate, or B: a masochist.  Another must-try near the Market is Zig Zag. The food is great, but their cocktails are legendary.

    Seattle has long been home to a thriving Asian community, and has the food to prove it. Here, you’ll find world-class sushi, Thai and Vietnamese food, and more. You MUST try the crispy garlic chicken at West Seattle’s Buddha Ruksa. While you’re over there, you should definitely head down the hill to Alki Beach, and enjoy Seattle’s little slice of California. Another must is the egg rolls at the Tamarind Tree, in Seattle’s International District. The rest of the Vietnamese menu is excellent, but those egg rolls are nothing short of a religious experience. The place is a little hard to find. When you get there, you’ll be certain that Google Maps is lying to you, but it isn’t. It’s hidden back in a corner, which is good. If it were any easier to find, you’d never be able to get a table.

    These suggestions represent just a tiny drop in the bucket. If you want more suggestions, feel free to give us a call. We always love to share our favorite spots with newcomers and longtime residents, alike.  And, of course, we’re always happy to talk to you about real estate. Whether you’re buying, selling, relocating or investing–or all of the above–we’re ready to help.

    Jamie McAuley, Designated Broker. (206) 388-7737

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