Seattle Survey

View of downtown from Kerry Park

Some of our favorite places in Seattle, by neighborhood

Also, if you’re near the Convention Center or only here for a day or two, please see my {magnum opus on things to do here}.



  • Buckley’s – Where the Seattle Dukies get together to watch the Game
  • Local 360 – cute atmosphere just out of reach of the touristy Market. Delicious lovcavore food and moonshine flight.
  • Tavolata – housemade Italian pasta that warms your soul and stomach. Our favorite pre-Opera place

Capitol Hill

  • Barrio – Fancy Mexican food of the high quality, delicious Capitol Hill variety.
  • La Spiga – Italian food that will make you want to learn Italian. Restaurant Week F’12.
  • Molly Moon’s – delicious ice cream; try the Earl Grey. Also in Wallingford.
  • Neumos – Saw Mayer Hawthorne play here. The balcony is good if you can find a spot not blocked by the speakers
  • Poppy – Delicious Northwest inspired thalis (very small plates served Indian style)
  • Oddfellows Cafe – good food, very Capitol Hill-esque
  • Tavern Law – fun and creative drinks with the quirky reservations-only speakeasy, Needle and Thread, upstairs

Central District/International District

  • Ezell’s Chicken: fried chicken good enough for Oprah (and to make me miss home)
  • Saigon Deli – best bahn mi (Vietnamese) sandwiches – even the NYT thinks so! Whenever I work at Odessa Brown Children’s Dental Clinic I make it a priority to eat here.


  • Cicchetti – sister restaurant to Serafina. Casual and a great place to meet up for dinner.
  • Serafina – their pork belly will forever remain one of the best foods I’ve ever eaten.


  • Agrodolce – snuck down to here to lunch with Jeff once in between some meetings. I would happily swim in their green onion soup forever. Maria Hines the chef also owns Tilth in Wallingford
  • Blue C Sushi – Not amazing, blow your mind sushi, but it comes on a conveyor belt which is all we really care about. Also in U Village.
  • Fremont Brewing Company – some of our favorite microbrews in what can weirdly be described as a family friendly tasting room
  • Fremont Dock: When you need breakfast during football because it starts at 10am out here.
  • Fremont Fair – mark your calendars for next year, it was a fun introduction to our new city.
  • Fremont Troll
  • Paseo – Omg, stop reading this and go get one of their sandwiches. Seriously, now. You’re so welcome. Also in Ballard.
  • Roux – good French brunch
  • Via Tribunali – Neapolitan style pizza; a little over priced and small portions; cute atmosphere.


  • Burgundian – delicious Chicken & Waffles and great $5 small plates before 7pm
  • Elysian Brewing Company – amazing food and some of the best beers I’ve ever had
  • Greenlake itself – 2.8 mile path around with water sport rentals and sailboats
  • Greenlake Bar and Grill – eh, we weren’t too impressed, but love the old brick building
  • Kisaku – sushi. It’s okay, it bills itself as super romantic, but we didn’t catch that vibe. Decent sushi, but better sake menu
  • Mighty O donuts – vegan donuts which sounds weird, but actually means super delicious
  • Turnpike Pizza – Best New York Style/NJ style pizza we’ve found in Seattle.
  • Zoka – great coffee and and where I’ve birthed the majority of my thesis so far.

Queen Anne

  • Canlis – The best restaurant in the Seattle and the best meal I’ve ever eaten, for a very special night out
  • Kerry Park – tiny, little strip of a park, but phenomenal views of downtown (picture above taken was there)

Pike Market

  • Elliott’s Oyster House – its okay, kind of pricey and touristy, but good views of Puget Sound
  • Pike Place Market – obviously. Watch the flying fish. Get some great views of Elliot Bay. Try not to touch the gum wall, ew.
  • Pike Place Chowder – In Post Alley. Great for some touristy chowder and a break from walking around
  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer – We normally buy ours at the U-district Farmer’s Market, but the original shop in the Market is so Seattle-y and adorable, it’s a better stop than the original Starbucks.
  • Seattle Antiques Market – we got Jeff’s desk and chair here and its such a fun place to explore – nicest owner too.
  • Starbucks – the original, mermaid boobs and all


South Lake Union 


  • Aqua Verde – the food smelled delicious and its a great place to rent kayaks. Update: they’re not so much for large groups, but decent Latin food
  • Din Tai Fung – amazing dumplings, but always super crowded unless you go on an off time. Or don’t.. it’s worth the wait.
  • Lucid – pretty good happy hour food and drinks; heard they have good live jazz in the evenings.
  • Morsel – grab a huge biscuit on your way to the farmer’s market – so good!
  • Portage Bay Cafe – delicious French toast and generously sized coffee mugs
  • Ruzhen Mongolian Grill – when you want to eat for three days for $10.


  • Blue Star Cafe – good little breakfast place. One order of “those potatoes” is enough to share!
  • Cantinetta – off the main 45th street drag, lovely up scale Italian restaurant with delicately delicious food
  • Dick’s Drive In: Seattle’s version of fast food. Cash only, walk up. Decent burger and shake for cheap and quick. Original location in Wallingford, but also in Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, and Ballard.
  • Fainting Goat – gelato, try the salted caramel and you’ll never get anything else
  • Gas Works Park – awesome views of the Seattle skyline and fun outdoors space
  • Grizzled Wizard – fresh squeezed juice for my drink? yes please
  • Ivar’s Salmon House – go for the great views, stay for the delicious happy hour that starts at 3 and goes all night
  • Julia’s – delicious breakfast! the Southern pancakes contain apples, brie, candied walnuts and tons of syrup, so basically my perfect meal
  • Kozue – excellent, reasonably priced sushi
  • May – spot hitting Thai food in a century old teak house (get the pad thai or green curry)
  • Molly Moon’s – see Capitol Hill
  • Moon Temple – delicious Chinese food meets dive bar strong drinks. Johnny and Lisa are the best.
  • Murphy’s – our local watering hole. Good chicken wings, fish tacos and all you could want on draught
  • Northlake Tavern & Pizza – A slice is a meal
  • Pinky’s BBQ (food truck): Mac and Cheese bowl and the Maker’s Mark sauce will make you homesick for the South
  • Silver Tray – Great Thai restaurant! An older, not so great, one used to be where they are but since they’ve totally rebranded, cleaned up and changed management, they can’t be beat for eat in or take out. Impeccable customer service.
  • Tilth – gourmet food from Maria Hines (yep, becoming a Seattle foodie dropping chef’s names and such). Great Bloody Marys.
  • TNT Taqueria – Delicious take out (or eat in) taco truck food from a brick and mortar place.
  • Trophy cupcakes – delicious with daily changing creations
  • Westward – Go for the food, stay for the scenery. Attached is a great little grocery, Little Gull, where you can stock up on champagne and charcuterie for the boat.


  • Grateful Bread – I swear they’ve made me wait longer for my greens salad with creamy pesto just so I’ll cave and order the delectable lemon square. Their bread is like dessert.
  • Top Pot Doughnuts– Doughnuts of the cakey variety. Delicious with their coffee and a local favorite spot. Also in Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, Downtown, Bellevue and elsewhere.

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Space Needle, Elliot Bay and Olympic Mountains from Capitol Hill

Space Needle, Elliot Bay and Olympic Mountains from Capitol Hill

One thought on “Seattle Survey

  1. I am continually entertained, educated and thrilled that you are producing this blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your life with the rest of us. It makes the distance bearable.

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