Scoping Out the Seattle Foodie Scene

seattle food scene sobelThere is no doubt that Seattle is one of the best foodie cities in the country. Whether you’re craving brunch menus with every item you could possibly want, ethnically inspired food trucks, or dining with views that will take your breath away, Seattle foodie spots can be found on every corner. Here are some of our personal favorites for the best eats in Seattle!

The Best Part of Waking Up

One of the staples in any food-loving town is brunch, and Seattle is a veritable goldmine of options. One place we can always count on for a delicious brunch is Ma’ono Fried Chicken and Whisky. They blend American traditions with Hawaiian family recipes for a mouth-watering experience that will leave you utterly satisfied.  

Why We Love It: This hot spot is especially known for the Fuller-Ishida family’s own Hawaiian-style fried chicken. They serve up local chicken that is spiced with umami and twice fried for extra crispiness. It’s so good that if you’re planning on indulging in this popular dish, you’ll need to call in ahead of time! Other items to check out include bottomless mimosas, Mac N’ Kimcheese, Hawaiian-style donuts, and tostadas. The blend of flavors they offer is sure to wow your tastebuds and inspire many return visits!

Keeping the Tradition Alive

For those who want a real, traditional breakfast—we’re talking bacon, eggs, and coffee—head to Geraldine’s Counter, a favorite that boasts the title of “Seattle’s Best Breakfast,” and rightfully so. This diner specializes in Americana comfort food and never disappoints.

Why We Love It: Their menu consists of classics like French toast, biscuits & gravy, homemade granola, and omelettes galore. Our personal favorite is Geraldine’s Casserole (though you may want to skip it if you’re counting calories!). You get a little bit of everything: eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, and loads of layered cheeses baked to perfection and topped with house made pico de gallo.

Light & Healthy

Sometimes, we want big flavor without all of the calories. Whether you’re a meat-lover, vegetarian, vegan, or something in between, you can enjoy healthy foods that leave you feeling full and nourished without animal protein. Our pick for a light dinner that doesn’t compromise on flavor is Cafe Flora.

Why We Love It: The menu is diverse and unexpected, with favorites like lasagna, tacos, burgers, and pizza. The best part is that they use meat and butter substitutes that dramatically lower your calorie intake, meaning you can indulge without the guilt! To start, order the crispy wontons stuffed with a butternut squash pâté, cilantro rice, arugula, avocado, and drizzled with two types of aioli. It’s incredible, and we promise you won’t miss the meat!

A Meal on Wheels

Trying to choose the top Seattle food truck seems like an impossible task with all of the great options popping up all the time. But if we have to mention just one, El Camion is our pick. This mobile restaurant brings Mexico to the streets of Seattle with delicious, authentic offerings like gorditas, huevos rancheros, fresh ceviche, tortas, and, of course, authentic tacos.

Why We Love It: Not only are their offerings delicious, they are also affordable: plates are no more than $10.00, and you’ll most likely have leftovers. If you like spice, order up the “Camarones a la Diablo.” This spicy, sauteed shrimp marinates in an authentic, handmade sauce and is served with peppers, rice, and grilled vegetables. If spice isn’t your style, try their homemade tamales, made fresh each and every day for only $2.50 a piece.

The Best Burger

Most people think that a burger is just a burger, but that’s just not true! A great burger is much more than just the perfect beef; the ingredients you put inside and on top give you an endless amount of burger options, and Lil Woody’s proves that point. Burgers and shakes are all that they do, and they’ve perfected their trade. In case you get tired of the regular menu, (hint: you never will) they offer a unique specialty burger that changes every week.

Why We Love It: If you like sweet and savory, try the “Fig and the Pig Burger.” It’s a grass-fed beef patty topped with fresh figs, bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and mayo. To indulge even more, add the crack fries for a side. These hand-cut fries are served with a homemade vanilla milkshake dip, a winning combination that shouldn’t work but will have you coming back for more.

A Room with a View

One of Seattle’s most iconic places is the Pike Place Public Market. Nestled in between the hustle and bustle of Seattle and the beautiful views of Elliott Bay, this landmark has been connecting the city’s citizen to local farmers for over a century. The historic farmers market is what makes Matt’s in the Market one of the best restaurants in the city.

Why We Love It: They serve up some of the best seafood the city has to offer, and the menu changes seasonally. With views of the Public Market’s neon sign, a cozy ambiance, and fresh catch menu items daily, Matt’s offers a one-of-a-kind experience! Currently, our favorites include the chef’s choice deviled eggs appetizer and the fried oyster “Po Boy,” served with kimchi cocktail sauce, arugula, lemon aioli, and cilantro on a soft baguette.

1 Comment Posted to "Scoping Out the Seattle Foodie Scene"

  • December 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm • Posted by Justine |

    Thank you, it was great to meet you too! I’m so happy that you enjoyed your time at Thirsty Girl, and that you liked the Katherine’s Vineyard! I loved my time in Seattle. It’s such a pretty city, and people were so friendly. And the Washington wines that I tried were delicious! I just wish we had more access to some of the smaller producers here in California.

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