Fresh seafood and a boom of innovative local chefs have made Seattle a foodie destination
Words Tejal Rao | Photographs Kyle Johnson | Illustrations Maya Stepien | June 23, 2015
The spicy, wood-fire-grilled octopus served on a luxurious smear of aioli is tender, a little smoky, and full of flavor. It’s just one reason to check out this casual French- Vietnamese gem in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
127 N. 36th St., 206 632-0135; pomerolrestaurant.com
2. WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER
This unpretentious oyster bar is cozy and bustling, great for smoked fish and lentils and perfectly fried oysters smudged with cilantro aioli.
4743 Ballard Ave. NW, 206 395-9227; thewalrusbar.com
3. PIZZERIA GABBIANO
The fluffy, golden crusts at this pizza shop are so good, you could enjoy them plain. You don’t have to: Top them with mortadella and a sweet drizzle of pistachio pesto, artichoke hearts and tomatoes, or potatoes and bechamel, among other options.
240 2nd Ave. S, 206 209-2231; pizzeriagabbiano.com
4. THE LONDON PLANE
A canelé is a little French pastry with a caramelized shell and a creamy, puddinglike center— the version at the London Plane is a revelation. It’s made with a clever dose of buckwheat flour that adds flavor and texture. And don’t miss the melt-in- your-mouth thumbprint cookies with tangy passion fruit curd.
300 Occidental Ave. S, 206 624-1374; thelondonplaneseattle.com
You need at least four people and a sense of adventure to order Canon’s Fishhouse Punch Deluxe, a massive bowl of mixed rums, cognac, and sparkling wine, sweetened with muscovado sugar. Flying solo? Try a whiskey from the eclectic list.
928 12th Ave., 206 552-9755; canonseattle.com
6. TAYLOR SHELLFISH FARMS OYSTER BAR
Taylor Shellfish Farms provides restaurants all over the city with oysters, and it runs a few eateries of its own. Go for a beer with a side of smoked oyster dip and a taste of the West Coast’s great treasure—giant geoduck clam, sliced and served raw.
124 Republican St., 206 501-4442; tayloroysterbars.com
This restaurant turns out hot, puffy breads at all hours, offering a taste of Lebanon and Syria by way of Puget Sound. You’ll find excellent strong coffee, flatbreads filled with lamb and fresh spices, and a glorious take on kuku, a traditional omelet that’s almost more herb than egg.
1508 Melrose Ave., 206 906-9606; mamnoonrestaurant.com
UP LATE? HEAD TO THESE JOINTS IF YOU’RE HUNGRY OR THIRSTY AFTER MIDNIGHT—ALL ARE OPEN UNTIL 2 A.M.
- Percy’s & Co., an old-school Southern- inspired joint, does exciting cocktails with fresh juices, teas, and tinctures. Or keep it simple and drink the sour.
5233 Ballard Ave. NW 206 420-3750; percysseattle.com
- Visit the bar at Sitka & Spruce for complex spritzes. It’s just across the way from the restaurant, so you can settle in and order from the same food menu while watching the magicians behind the bar.
51531 Melrose Ave. 206 324-0662; sitkaandspruce.com/bar
- Grab a cocktail at Zig Zag Cafe, a cool hideaway near tourist magnet Pike Place Market. The dinner menu’s served until 1 a.m. For a filling evening snack, get a grilled cheese with Cajun tasso ham.
1501 Western Ave. 206 625-1146; zigzagseattle.com
- The hard cider goes down easy at Capitol Cider, a supercasual pub with about 30 varieties on tap. If you land before midnight, split a platter of porchetta and greens.
818 E. Pike St. 206 397-3564; capitolcider.com
- Try the blood sausage sliders and fried chicken skin at Damn the Weather. It’s a great place to ride out a rainy night with pint after pint of sour beer or sharp old fashioneds built with jenever.
116 1st Ave. S 206 946-1283; damntheweather.com