Need a little bit of green to help with your holiday detox? Try one of these. Technically, they're healthy, but you'd never know it.
Two things you can count on at Spur: great food and cheap beer. A can of Rainier is usually on the menu during happy hour, but if it's late at night and you're craving a cold brew with your molecular gastronomy, ask for a can or Rainier. The boys always have some on hand, even if it's not on the menu.
They're known for their pizza, but the salads here are outstanding! Always seasonal, always flavorful.
One of my favorite places in the city to sit in the sunken lounge, have a cocktail (barman James MacWilliams is one of Seattle's best) and order from the bar menu. Chef Jason Franey's attention to detail is mind-blowing, creating works of art out of the simplest ingredients. I can't rave about this place enough.
Known more for their gastropub food than their 14 beers on tap, Quinn's takes everything they serve seriously. Great beers, including several made by Trappist monks. Get the burger or the wild boar sloppy joe.
Go-to greens: Kale Caesar with boquerones (cured anchovies), croutons, parmesan, and a creamy dressing. For an extra $7 (double the price), you can have the kitchen add wild salmon.
Go-to greens: Insalata di Tonno, which is a filling combo of cannellini beans, tuna, red onion, and cherry tomatoes with a lemon and olive oil dressing. For an extra $1, they'll throw on some chili oil (warning: it will burn your mouth off!).
Go-to greens (this salad is a crowd favorite!): Marinated lacinato kale, chillies, pine nuts.
Go-to greens: Methow Valley Fall Harvest Salad with farro, apples, kale, white cheddar, and pumpkin seeds.
The corned lamb salad with mizuna, spicy fish sauce and slivered almonds is a nice spin on a Northwest salad. It's a meal in itself. Very hearty.