“You could say we’re a little obsessed with our food,” says food contributor Fiona Van Alstyne.
1. Seattle is known for its gourmet food trucks like Skillet and Marination Mobile. But my favourite street food is always in the same place—a little pink surf shack on the way to Shilshole Beach in Ballard called Paseo. Stop in for their addictive Cuban/Caribbean food like the legendary Pork Sandwich, recognised by Esquire and Food+Wine magazine.
2. At Sitka and Spruce you’ll find real Northwest food whipped up in a huge open kitchen. Shop, sip and sample local food and wine at the Melrose Market while you wait for your table.
3. The Book Bindery’s chef Shaun McCrain is a graduate of Thomas Keller’s PerSe—and it shows. Ask for a table by the window and watch the boats on the Fremont Canal. Stop at the winery and micro-distillery next door for pre-dinner tasting.
4. At Poppy, chef Jerry Traunfeld creates seasonally-inspired thalis (tasting trays) including herbs grown in the restaurant’s urban garden. Don’t miss the dessert thalis—a little taste of everything on the dessert menu.
5. Tired after a long day of sightseeing? Order the four-course chef’s tasting menu at Staple and Fancy Mercantile in Ballard and let renowned Seattle chef, Ethan Stowell, make your dinner decisions for you in his casual yet romantic modern Italian restaurant.