Seattle has no shortage of incredible culinary experiences. Here are some local hot spots to try while you’re in town. Breakfast: Located in South Lake Union, on the edge of Downtown, Serious Pie & Biscuit is a restaurant brimming with the best buttery biscuits you will ever have. With toppings ranging from fried chicken and gravy to seasonal jams, your taste buds will be overjoyed. Lunch: Matt’s in The Market is tucked away at the top of Pike Place Market and offers spectacular views of Elliot Bay. The seasonal menu is based on the best ingredients the Market currently has to offer, which gives diners an unforgettable and authentic Pacific Northwest experience.
Cocktails: For pre-dinner appetizers and hand-crafted cocktails, visit Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, on the 5th floor of Motif Seattle. With the largest outdoor rooftop deck in downtown, Frolik boasts a beautiful and playful setting amidst the shimmering Seattle skyline.
Dinner: Walk through the Pike Place Market and you’ll find Post Alley, an alleyway filled with a few little boutiques and bars. Half-way through Post Alley, you’ll find an unmarked light pink colored door on the alley’s wall that you might miss if you’re not looking for it. Open it up and find The Pink Door, an Italian-American restaurant & cabaret lounge. Perfect for a romantic date or a family dinner, The Pink Door offers a comfortable setting and delicious food. On occasion, you will even find a few trapeze artists hanging from the ceiling.
For a great view of the Olympic Mountains and a healthy (but not strenuous) dose of the great outdoors, check out Sunset Hill Park. If you want to stay in the city, you really should do a walk-through at Pike Place Market and the Waterfront neighborhood. Yes, the famous fish throwers really do throw fish back and forth (Instagram video potential?), but more importantly, the food is good- really good. Check out Ye Old Curiosity Shop for a mummified mermaid and be sure to bring some chewing gum to make your mark on the Seattle Gum Wall.
Immerse yourself the rich arts culture that Seattle has to offer. Residing in the Downtown Seattle core are The Paramount Theater, The Fifth Avenue Theater, the ACT Theater Benaroya Hall, and the Seattle Art Museum. See a Broadway performance and take a stroll through the many art galleries at the museum.
OFF THE BEATEN PATH: KIRKLAND
First of all, Kirkland is really close to Seattle – 15 minutes east of it, to be exact. Close though you may be, it feels like you’ve stumbled upon a quiet little oasis on the shores of Lake Washington. From a true Kirkland native straight to you, here are my recommendations for a restorative excursion to the Greater East side of Lake Washington.
Kirkland is home to many independent restaurants with a variety of flavors and locally grown regional specialties. bin on the lake offers diners a hand-selected wine menu consisting of 40 wines (many of them local), plus fresh seasonal menu items that come with a view. If you’re going on a Wednesday, look out for ½ priced wine by the glass, which is a great way to sample the local wine offerings. Lucia is another locally owned restaurant in downtown Kirkland that features high quality Italian food plus an expansive wine and beer list. They host a monthly video series, Cheflebrity, with special guests like Seahawks player Luke Willson and former player Nate Burleson.
Kirkland’s local art scene is booming. There are countless galleries around the city with the goal of showcasing the creativity in the locals. A personal favorite is Ryan James Fine Arts located in “the Alley” of Kirkland. The art around here isn’t just paintings, it also expands to performances. The Kirkland Performance Center hosts productions every weekend spanning from local plays to a reproduction of a Queen concert!
Kirkland’s prime location on Lake Washington makes it a perfect spot for paddle boarding, kayaking, and jet skiing, which are all available at the beaches along the lake. Woodmark Waterfront Adventures also rents out 12 passenger boats to explore the lake or to try your hand at wakeboarding. Houghton Beach is a perfect spot to just simply dive in.
To savor the depth and complexity of good wine, take part in a wine tasting at Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars and Waving Tree Winery. The art around here isn’t just paintings, it also expands to performances. The Kirkland Performance center hosts productions every weekend spanning from local plays to a reproduction of a Queen concert!
For a more under-the-radar experience, check out Flatstick Pub on Lake Street. It may look like your average pub, but step inside and you’ll discover a nine-hole mini golf course and an impressive selection of beers and ciders. If you’re up for making new friends, look out for trivia nights and golf tournaments each week.