Monday, July 18, 2011


(includes Ballard, Bellevue & Mercer Island)

Ancient Grounds – 1220 1st Avenue (Downtown); 206-749-0747;; coffeehouse.
Bakery Nouveau – 4737 California Avenue, SW (West Seattle); 206-923-0534;; both pastries and pizza; try twice-baked almond croissant, chocolate praline, and/or phoenix.
Bluebird Microcreamery – 1205 East Pike Street, #1A (Capitol Hill, between 13th & 12th Avenues; 206-588-1079;; ice cream.
Café Besalu – 5909 24th Avenue, NW (Ballard); 206-789-1463;; pain au chocolat, strawberry Danish, and/or hazelnut twist.
Columbia City Bakery – 4865 Rainier Avenue South (Columbia City); 206-723-6023;; good breakfast pastries; try bostok (Eastern European toast with orange and almond cream).
Dahlia Bakery – 2001 4th Avenue (Belltown); 206-441-4540;
Eltana – 1538 12th Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-724-0660;; try zaatar, Middle-Eastern spice blend-type bagel.
Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar – 321 Broadway Avenue East (Capitol Hill); 206-860-5869;; try ristretto shot.
Fonte Coffee & Wine Bar – 1321 1st Avenue (Downtown); 206-777-6193;; Chad & Kurt’s favorite coffee shop in whole world.
Full Tilt Ice Cream – 9629 16th Avenue, SW (Columbia City); 206-767-4811;; try ube; other locations.
General Porpoise – 1020 East Union Street; 206-900-8770;; really good doughnuts (yeast & egg variety) & coffee.
Macrina Bakery – 1943 1st Avenue South (Belltown); 206-623-0919;; try Macrina Casera (“of this house”), made with organic, wild starter (made of grapes) and/or oatmeal bread (good for sandwiches).
Mighty-O Donuts – 2110 North 55th Street (Wallingford); 206-547-0335;; dairy- and egg-free; transfat and cholesterol-free; try lemon poppy seed and spiced cake with maple glaze.
Milstead & Co. – 770 North 34th Street (Fremont); 206-659-4814;; exquisitely crafted coffee.
MistralKitchen – 2020 Westlake Avenue (Belltown); 206-623-1922;; try ultra brownie with peanut butter ice cream.
Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee – 607 South Main Street (International District); 206-515-4000;; Japanese steamed bean paste and rice treats.
Starbucks – 1912 Pike Place (Downtown); 206-448-8762;; 1st Starbucks ever.
Theo Chocolate – 3400 Phinney Avenue North (Fremont); 206-632-5100;; excellent hot chocolate, too.

ART Restaurant & Lounge – 99 Union Street (Downtown); 206-749-7070;; excellent cocktails and innovative décor.
Bar Ferd’nand – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-682-1333;; wine bar and shop at Melrose Market.
Bar Melusine – 1060 East Union Street (Capitol Hill); 206-900-8808;; oyster bar; have dinner next door at Bateau.
Barboza – 925 East Pike Street (Capitol Hill); 206-709-9442;; more intimate, swanky music lounge, downstairs from Neumo’s.
Barnacle – 4743 Ballard Avenue Northwest (Ballard, at Walrus & Carpenter); 206-395-9227;; most people use aperitivo bar to drink while waiting but it is destination in itself.
Brave Horse Tavern – 310 Terry Avenue North (South Lake Union, between Harrison and Thomas Streets); 206-971-0717;; beer hall.
Brimmer & Heeltap – 425 Northwest Market Street (Ballard); 206-420-2534;; neighborhood pub offering inventive bistro fare in Pacific Northwest-themed space.
Fonte Coffee & Wine Bar – 1321 1st Avenue (Downtown); 206-777-6193;; Chad & Kurt’s favorite coffee shop in whole world.
Knee High Stocking Co. – 1356 East Olive Way (Capitol Hill); 206-979-7049;; make reservation by text for this “cocktail culture” experience.
Neumo’s – 925 East Pike Street (Capitol Hill); 206-709-9442;; leading club for indie bands (known as Moe’s in 90s).
Percy’s & Co. – 5233 Ballard Avenue NW (Ballard); 206-420-3750;; apothecary-inspired cocktails & Southern/Creole menu; old-timey feel with brick & wood throughout.
Still Liquor – 1524 Minor Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-467-4075;; cocktails and wine in industrial atmosphere.
Sun Liquor – 514 East Pike Street (Capitol Hill); 206-720-1600;; among few American distilleries offering drink and food; scratch cocktails.
Tavern Law – 1406 12th Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-322-9734;; general area easily accessed; hidden upstairs sanctum by reservation.
Tini Bigs – 100 Denny Way (Queen Anne); 206-284-0931;; low-lit cocktail bar pours well-crafted specialty drinks in generous 10-oz. martini glasses.
Unicorn Bar – 1118 East Pike Street (Capitol Bar); 206-325-6492;; aptly-named carnival-themed bar; features arcade & claw machine, as well as photo booth.
Zig Zag Café – 1501 Western Avenue, #202 (Downtown); 206-625-1146;; excellent drinks; grab booth; secluded lounge behind Pike Place Market; famous for Diablo (tequila, cassis, lime, and ginger ale).

Marination Mobile –; various locations; try kimchi quesadilla.

Ace Hotel – 2423 1st Avenue (Belltown); 206-448-4721;; party of stylish boutique chain; high fashion if somewhat Spartan.
Hotel Andra – 2000 4th Avenue (Belltown); 206-448-8600 or 877-448-8600;; boutique.
Arctic Club Hotel – 700 3rd Avenue (Financial District, at Cherry Street); 206-340-0340 or 800-600-7775;; National Register of Historic Places structure, designed in 1916 for Arctic Club members (Alaskan gold rush veterans); tiny elevator takes you to lobby; uneven service; check out “Dome Room,” with “northern lights-inspired” ceiling.
Hotel Bellevue – 11200 Southeast 6th Street (Bellevue); 425-454-4424 or 800-579-1110;
Edgewater – 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 (Downtown, Waterfront); 206-728-7000 or 800-624-0670;; among my favorite hotels in world; all rooms have fireplaces; on water; super modern.
Fairmont Olympic Hotel – 411 University Street (Downtown); 206-621-1700 or 888-363-5022;; beautiful.
Inn at El Gaucho – 2505 1st Avenue (Belltown); 206-728-1337;
Hotel 1000 – 1000 1st Avenue (Downtown); 206-957-1000 or 877-315-1088;; futuristic.
Pan Pacific – 2125 Terry Avenue (Belltown); 206-264-8111 or 877-324-4856;; just blocks from Seattle’s retail hub and Experience Music Project, 160-room hotel offers eye-of-space-needle views of city; modern-organic décor; rooms luxurious; Whole Foods right downstairs; book executive king room for balcony facing both Space Needle and Lake Union.

Anchovies & Olives – 1550 15th Avenue (Capitol Hill, between Madison Street & Pine Street); 206-838-8080;; Seattle’s best seafood restaurant.
Aqua – 2801 Alaskan Way, Pier 70 (Belltown); 206-956-9171;; stunning waterfront location.
ART Restaurant & Lounge – 99 Union Street (Downtown); 206-749-7070;; excellent cocktails and innovative décor.
Ba Bar – 550 12th Ave (Capitol Hill); 206-328-2030;; comfort Vietnamese food and icy cocktails; order lemongrass chicken and/or oxtail pho; also, great croissants & macarons.
Bar Sajor – 323 Occidental Avenue South (Pioneer Square, between Jackson & Main Streets); 206- 682-1117;; windows vault skyward, amid punky-rococo wall hangings; wood-burning oven where rib eyes burnished to perfection; great cocktails.
Bastille Café & Bar – 5307 Ballard Avenue, NW (Ballard); 206-453-5014;; grows much of own produce.
Bateau – 1060 East Union Street (Capitol Hill, between 11th & 10th Avenues); 206-900-8699;; steakhouse; worth special trip.
Book Bindery – 198 Nickerson Street (Queen Anne); 206-283-2665;; modern American restaurant located by Ship Canal in former book binding factory; try Oregon lamb rack with ricotta gnocchi.
Brave Horse Tavern – 310 Terry Avenue North (South Lake Union, between Harrison and Thomas Streets); 206-971-0717;; try brick-oven pretzels.
Café Juanita – 9702 NE 120th Place (Kirkland): 425-823-1505;; northern Italian cuisine.
Café Presse – 1117 12th Avenue (1st Hill); 206-709-7674;; approximates Parisian sidewalk café, complete with chalkboard listing of week’s soccer matches.
Canlis – 2576 Aurora Avenue North (Queen Anne); 206-283-3313;; 180-degree Cascade Mountains, city, and Lake Union views; Seattle institution since 1950; next generation Canlis sons makes sure that everything’s perfect; chef Jason Franey (ex of NYC’s Eleven Madison Park) reinterprets Pacific Northwest classics, turning out outstanding, perfectly executed meals.
Corson Building – 5609 Corson Avenue (Georgetown); 206-762-3330;; fresh, seasonal, tasty fare; communal tables; reservations essential; check website for feel.
Il Corvo Pasta – 217 James Street (Pioneer Square); 206-538-0999;; handmade pastas; rich meat ragus and bright pestos.
Dahlia Lounge – 2001 4th Avenue (Belltown); 206-682-4142;; fantastic, locally-sourced menu.
Dai Tai Fung – 2621 Northeast 46th Street (University Village); 206-525-0958;; Chinese dumpling house.
Damn the Weather – 116 1st Avenue South; 206-946-1283;; for Caesar Salad sandwich; upscale gastropub doles out gourmet bar menu.
Delancey – 1415 Northwest 70th Street (Ballard); 206-838-1960;; wood-fire pizza project.
Dinette – 1514 East Olive Way (Capitol Hill); 206-328-2282;; quintessential neighborhood restaurant; European comfort food.
El Gaucho – 2505 1st Avenue (Belltown); 206-728-1337;; steakhouse with open grill; live piano music.
Heidelberg Haus – 2122 Northeast 65th Street; 206-466-5369;; virtually everything homemade.
Joule – 3506 Stone Way North (Wallingford); 206-632-5685;; wildly good, radically original food; entire menu section devoted to steaks (best of which is tenderloin with funky preserved tofu & fried shallots on top); short rib with grilled kimchi is good choice, as are several vegetable dishes, such as gai lan with walnut pesto & potatoes roasted in miso brown butter.
Lark – 926 12th Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-323-5275;
Little Uncle – 1509 East Madison Street (Downtown); 206-329-1503;; Thai; tiny; get take out and eat at nearby Cal Anderson Park.
London Plane – 300 Occidental Avenue South (Pioneer Square); 206-624-1374;; wine bar with small plates; also, wine store.
Lunchbox Laboratory – 989 112th Avenue, NE (Bellevue); 425-505-2676;; tiny burger-shake joint; try Dork burger with Boston cream shake.
Madison Park Conservatory – 1927 43rd Avenue East (Madison Park); 206-324-9701;; Lake Washington views; expensive but worth it; New American food.
Mamnoon – 1508 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-906-9606;; seasonal Middle Eastern cuisine.
Maneki – 304 6th Avenue South (International District); 206-622-2631;; city’s oldest Japanese restaurant; excellent sushi; order silvery aji sashimi, tako-yaki (savory octopus-filled doughnut holes), black cod collar miso, and matsutake-mushroom hot pot.
Marination Ma Kai – 1660 Harbor Avenue Southwest (West Seattle); 206-328-8226;; Hawaiian-Korean; raucous; unbelievable views.
Marination Mobile – 1660 Harbor Avenue Southwest (West Seattle); 206-328-8226;; Korean-Latino fusion food truck; locations vary.
Matt’s in Market – 94 Pike Street, Suite 32 (Downtown); 206-467-7909;; cozy bistro that builds menu around daily plenty; postcard views at tables under arched windows overlooking iconic “Public Market” sign.
MistralKitchen – 2020 Westlake Avenue (Belltown); 206-623-1922;; try ultra brownie with peanut butter ice cream.
Miyabi Forty Fifth – 2208 North 45th Street (Wallingford); 206-632-4545;; traditional Japanese teuchi soba; chef makes each batch buckwheat noodles by hand; try seiro style, cold with hot dipping sauce on side.
Monsoon – 615 19th Avenue East (Capitol Hill); 206-325-2111;; swanky Vietnamese.
Poppy – 622 Broadway East (Capitol Hill); 206-324-1108;; Indian-inspired elegant food.
Quinn’s Pub – 1001 East Pike Street (Capitol Hill); 206-325-7711;; dim gastropub that serves hearty dishes like braised oxtail and wild boar sloppy joes; obscure beers.
Rain Shadow Meats – 1531 Melrose Avenue (Pioneer Square); 206-467-6328;; butcher shop that serves lunch; sandwiches.
Revel – 403 North 36th Street (Fremont); 206-547-2040;; Korean food; make sure to try trademark ice cream sandwich.
RockCreek Seafood & Spirits – 4300 Fremont Avenue North (Fremont); 206-557-7532;; airy, bi-level, cabinlike; sustainable seafood from worldwide sources; open for dinner 7 days weekly (4 p.m., serving food until midnight) and brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays; check out mural, huge photo-mural of wooded river with rocks.
Salumi – 309 3rd Avenue South (Pioneer Square); 206-223-0817;; owned by Mario Batali’s dad; try culatello.
Seatown – 2010 Western Avenue (Downtown, near Pike Market); 206-436-0390;; oysters, rotisserie meats, and seafood.
Sitka & Spruce – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-324-0662;; perfect for people-watching; popular Melrose Market spot; often long wait.
Six Seven – 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 (Downtown, Waterfront, at Edgewater Hotel); 206-269-4575;; beautiful views and outdoor seating; local seafood.
Skillet Diner – 1400 East Union Street (Capitol Hill); 206-420-7297;; try cornmeal waffles with maple-braised pork belly.
Spinasse – 1531 14th Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-251-7673;; family-style, hand-cut egg pasta.
Stopsky’s Delicatessen – 3016 78th Avenue, SE (Mercer Island); 206-236-4564;; try Latkes Benedict.
Sun Liquor – 514 East Pike Street (Capitol Hill); 206-720-1600;; among few American distilleries offering drink and food; burgers.
13 Coins Restaurant – 125 Boren Avenue North (Downtown); 206-382-1313;; great breakfasts.
Tilikum Place Café – 407 Cedar Street (Belltown); 206-282-4830;; try butternut squash soup.
Tilth – 1411 North 45th Street (Wallingford); 206-633-0801;; perfect Seattle restaurant: in little cottage with well-sourced ingredients; everything available in half-portions.
Urban Enoteca – 4130 1st Avenue South (SODO); 206-467-9463;; 20K' square warehouse dedicated to boutique Washington wines.
Volunteer Park Café & Marketplace – 1501 17th Avenue East (Capitol Hill); 206-328-3155;; once considered Seattle’s best kept secret; breakfast, lunch, dinner; great cookies.
Walrus & Carpenter – 4743 Ballard Avenue Northwest (Ballard); 206-395-9227;; although bills itself as oyster bar, is much more.
Westward & Little Gull – 2501 North Northlake Way (Wallingford); 206-552-8215;; food & drinks on water.
Whale Wins – 3506 Stone Way North (Wallingford); 206-632-9425;; vegetable-focused, wood-oven eatery.

Ferry to Victoria – 2701 Alaskan Way, Pier 69 (Waterfront, Administration); 206-448-5000 or 800-888-2535;; 3 hours; then 2 hours by bus (partly on ferry) to Vancouver; magnificent journey.
Harnn Natural Home Spa – 115A Bellevue Square (Bellevue); 425-467-6300;; spa; ask for Himalaya Magnolia body scrub; try to buy black rice soap (often sold out).

Andaluz – 4908 Rainier Avenue South (Columbia City); 206-760-1900;; eccentric bric-a-brac, like cashmere wristwarmers.
Calf & Kid – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-467-5447;; tiny cheese shop at Melrose Market.
Elliott Bay Book Co. – 101 South Main Street (Columbia City); 206-624-6660;; worn wooden shelves filled with new and used books.
Kedai Makan – 1510 East Olive Way (Capitol Hill, between Denny Way & Summit Avenue); 206-422-4647;; Malaysian; in former brick-&-mortar store; take-out to enjoy in nearby Volunteer Park.
Ketch – 5317 Ballard Avenue (Ballard, between Vernon Place and 22nd Avenue); 206-402-4589;; women’s clothing boutique.
Greg Kucera Gallery – 212 3rd Avenue (Pioneer Square); 206-624-0770;; modern sculpture and mixed media works.
London Plane – 300 Occidental Avenue South (Pioneer Square); 206-624-1374;; wine store; also, wine bar with small plates.
Marx Foods – 144 Western Avenue West (Queen Anne); 206-447-1818;; chefs from around world shop here for rare ingredients.
Marigold & Mint – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-682-3111;; fragrance-focused establishment, selling flowers, Japanese garden tools, fresh herbs, artisanal chocolate bars, and vegetable seedlings (from family farm).
Melrose Market – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill);; features some of city’s best independent food purveyors, as well as shops and bar-restaurant.
Nube Green – 921 East Pine Street (Capitol Hill); 206-402-4515;; clothing, gifts & homewares.
Pete’s Wine Shop – 58 East Lynn Street (Eastlake); 206-322-2660;
Picnic – 6801 Greenwood Avenue North (Phinney Ridge); 206-453-5867;; wine shop, cafe & food market; offers wine by bottle & glass and diverse charcuterie & cheese items; get take-out and go to Seattle Zoo or Woodland Park.
Rain Shadow Meats – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-467-6382;; great butcher at Melrose Market.
Salumi Artisan Cured Meats – 309 3rd Avenue South (Pioneer Square); 206-223-0817;
Sonic Boom Records – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-568-2666;; Northwest and independent releases; at Melrose Market.
Sugarpill – 900 East Pine Street (Capitol Hill); 206-322-7455;; modern-day apothecary.
Sun Liquor – 514 East Pike Street (Capitol Hill); 206-720-1600;; among few American distilleries offering drink and food; herbs, spices & teas.
Totokaelo – 1523 10th Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-623-3582;; men’s and women’s accessories and clothing.
Velouria – 1501-1535 Melrose Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-623-1130;; fashion boutique at Melrose Market that carries indie and young labels.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop – 1001 Alaskan Way; 206-682-5844;; taxidermy.

Ballard Locks – 3015 Northwest 54th Street (between North 32nd Avenue & Market Street); 206-783-7059 or 206-684-2489;; full name is Hiram M. Chittenden Locks; built in 1911, providing link for boats between Puget Sound (salt water) & Ship Canal (fresh water), which connects eastward to Lakes Union and Washington; watch watercraft pass as lock water levels adjust; also popular is fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between fresh and salt water, and to navigate locks; glass panels below water-line make possible to watch fish as they swim through ladder; just north of locks is Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden.
Brandes House – 2202 212th Avenue Southeast (Sammamish);; Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home; not open to public.
Cal Anderson Park – 1635 11th Avenue (Capitol Hill); 206-684-4075;; wading pool.
Center for Wooden Boats – 1010 Valley Street (South Lake Union); 206-382-2628;; rent rowboats to float along Lake Union; can stop at mosaic-dotted park halfway up eastern shore.
Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle – East Marion Street & 12th Avenue East (Capitol Hill, at Seattle University); 206/296-6075;; Architect Steven Holl chose “Gathering of Different Lights” as guiding concept for chapel design; metaphor describes Seattle University’s mission and also refers St. Ignatius’ vision of spiritual life as comprising many interior lights and darknesses, which he called consolations and desolations; Holl conceived of chapel as “7 bottles of light in stone box,” with each bottle or vessel of light corresponding to focal aspect of Catholic worship; light passes through each bottle in specific building area to define physical and spiritual spaces with pools of clear and colored light.
Chihuly Garden & Glass – 303 Harrison Street (Queen Anne, at 1962 World’s Fair site); 206-753-4940;; indoor/outdoor exhibition space.
Columbia City Gallery – 4864 Rainier Avenue South (Columbia City); 206-760-9843;; mixed-media cooperative that offers works by local artists, including glassworkers.
EMP – 325 5th Avenue North (Queen Anne); 206-770-2700;; Frank Gehry-designed, abstract representation of electric guitars; museum dedicated to rock & roll and science fiction.
Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden – 3015 Northwest 54th Street (between North 32nd Avenue & Market Street); 206-783-7059;; located on Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks grounds; after locks built in 1911, landscape architect US Army Engineer Corps member Carl English transformed construction site into English landscape-style garden; spent 43 years planting and tending gardens; today they contain more than 500 species and 1.5K varieties of plants from around world, including fan palms, oaks, Mexican pines, rhododendrons, and roses.
Olympic Sculpture Park – 2901 Western Avenue (Belltown); 206-654-3100;; 9-acre gallery along Elliott Bay.
Seattle Asian Art Museum – 1400 East Prospect Street (Capitol Hill); 206-654-3100;; Isamu Noguchi’s doughnut-shaped, onyx sculpture is work on which Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun based; also, climb nearby water tower for city views.
Seattle Central Library – 1000 4th Avenue (Downtown); 206-386-4636;; designed by Rem Koolhaas; stunning glass and steel exterior.
Seattle Symphony – 200 University Street (Downtown); 206-215-4700;
Volunteer Park Conservatory – 1400 East Galer Street (Capitol Hill); 206-684-4743;; city’s stateliest park; glistening greenhouse fashioned after London’s Crystal Palace; cactus room and 4 other houses; each month features different flower.
Woodland Park Zoo – 601 North 59th Street (Phinney Ridge); 206-548-2500;

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