Summer is cruise ship season in Seattle, with passengers coming from all over the world to travel to Alaska. While here, hit up these must-see spots.
Even if you're not a beer drinker, you've gotta like The Pike. The massive watering hole has got a ever-changing cast of characters who frequent the place at Pike Place Market, folks drawn by the tasty, local-focused pub fare and the award-winning ales, stout, even Barleywine. Try the charcuterie plate with a house sampler of brews and you're bound to find a few faves. And guess what? The Washington-centric wine list is impressive, too.
This is one of those dream spots where you want to order one of everything. At lunch that includes a dynamite oyster po'boy, the sloppy good barbecue pork sammie and a pork belly banh mi. Evenings should involve seafood, letting the kitchen showcase whatever is fresh and in season. All meals should be prefaced by the crab-topped deviled eggs and an expertly crafted cocktail.
Tony Bourdain might not be a fan -- he said so on the Seattle episode of The Layover -- but there's nothing that says Seattle quite like this iconic structure. Zoom to the top for an incredible view, but be sure and read about its fascinating history. It's on the pricey side, but well worth it. Expect long lines in the busy summer months, though you can dodge the crowds if you hit it early or late.
One of my very favorite places to dine in Seattle! No, really. The past few years, Safeco Field has been transformed to a dining destination featuring locally sourced foods. High fives to chef Ethan Stowell for helping to make that happen. As a consultant, he has connected the awesome crew from Centerplate with purveyors including Taylor Shellfish, Carlton Farms and Painted Hills. Mariners fans can now get oyster po-boys, smoky barbecue, even tongue tacos! Those are available at the super-chill new Edgar's Cantina and Home Run Porch, named in honor of the team's most-beloved player, Edgar Martinez. Sure, there are still popcorn, peanuts and Crackerjack -- as well as the stinky garlic fries -- but hip, hip hooray for so many amazing options. Plus, the Moose! Love the Mariners Moose, yes I do!!
Not surprisingly, the food is truly gorgeous, thoughtfully sourced and presented well... artistically. The seafood is especially good. The chef team takes great care with veggies, too. Don't miss the cheese and charcuterie buffet served in the lounge, a screaming deal when the clock hits 9, it's half price.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Pike Place Market neighborhood. Great food and prices and the location is terrific, too. Standouts include the daily specials, the crack-your-own crab and amazing meat from the rotisserie. You cannot make a bad choice on the dessert menu. It's all good.
When greeted at this stylish shop by an offer of chocolate, there's only one correct answer. YES please! The salted caramels are Fran's most famous treat, but you'd be a fool not to order a hot cocoa, and drink it there. (Where it's served in large bowls for sipping, along with a dish of whipped cream on the side.)
Spectacular collection of amazing work at the foot of the Space Needle. Love the outdoor garden and the beautiful piece in the greenhouse. A real treasure. Be sure and leave time for a meal at the Collections Cafe.
What opened as a retail spot has become a slamming busy oyster bar, seafood lovers drawn by the incredibly fresh selection of bivalves, as well as dynamite geoduck chowder from Xinh's in Shelton. This is a must-try place for out-of-towners.