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No time for a trip to France, but longing for some joie de vivre? Le Pichet nourishes your inner Francophile without the jet lag. Pop in anytime for a café au lait at the elegant tin-topped bar, or arrange a luncheon rendezvous for some creamy sweet garlic soup with asparagus and a poached egg. For dinner, order the country pate and nibble on baguette while waiting for the signature roasted chicken for two (takes 1 hour). Framed blackboards announce daily specials, cheese selections and desserts.
Chinese delicacies combined with good service make for a pleasant eating experience at the Honey Court Seafood Restaurant. The menu includes such dishes as Peking duck and General Tsao's chicken. The honey walnut prawns are a must-try. The platters contain as many as 10 different items including soup and vegetable, seafood, noodle and meat dishes. The only drawback is the lack of downtown parking, so be prepared to walk a bit to your destination.
Tom Douglas operates three of the most popular restaurants in the city, which are Dahlia Lounge, Etta's Seafood and the Palace Kitchen. Locals swarm to this dimly-lit spot with its incredible U-shaped bar. Appetizers include hazelnut-dusted calamari, roasted Manilla clams and a good cheese selection. Delectable preparations of meat, chicken and fish grace the ever-changing entree list. Try the daily applewood grill selections and the locally famous Palace Burger Royale. Tom's desserts are renowned, especially the coconut cream pie and the chocolate torte. Happy hours are from 4:30p to 1a on most days.
Amber is popular with singles and makes the most of its Belltown location. The large bar opens onto the sidewalk, and the venue expands with outside tables in good weather. The food includes roast chicken, grilled halibut and kobe cheeseburgers serve as a backdrop to the real draw here, which are cocktails. With over 100 distinct choices on the drinks menu, including 29 martinis and 8 hot drinks, it's a great place to sip and be seen.
With a mix of urban industrial design that display steel beams and brick walls opposite blue damask wallpaper, Café Presse offers a post-modern take on French dining. Grab your morning coffee and pastry at the street-side counter, then linger at a cafe table over a baguette sandwich and glass of wine for lunch. Join friends in the evening for cocktails and if you planning a late dinner, the kitchen serves its wonderful Steak Frites until closing.
Located on the 2nd floor of the Century Ballroom, the Tin Table is the kind of space that is perfect for a cozy and private dinner date. The room is relatively small but this, along with its open-brick walls and lighting, only enhances the cozy feel of the place. The pasta, burgers, tacos and fish steaks are perfect and a must try. The best part is that the cocktails here are absolutely ravishing and innovative. After you've finished your meal, you can add a dash of flair to your dinner date by taking a spin around the dance floor.
As the name suggests, Umi Sake House specializes in all things sake and provides a comprehensive menu of both hot and cold styles of the Japanese rice wine. The menu primarily consists of numerous sushi rolls, but other Japanese dishes are available as well. The restaurant also does both an afternoon and late night happy hour that leads to double the fun at affordable prices. The restaurant has an intimate ambiance that is great for a romantic evening with loved ones or a peaceful meal alone.
The menu offers breakfast and lunch, but make no mistake about it, as the main attraction is the diner itself, a greasy place that serves as a Mecca for a group of regulars enjoying a night on the town. This cafe dates back to World War II, so it is no surprise that it has acquired a musty character over the years. You may not be able to make out your friends through the smoky air, but half the fun of coming is to try. Typical American pub grub is offered, heavier than usual with grease—burgers, fries, sandwiches and the like. Breakfast is available all day. There is a full bar and the beer selection is broad.
A taste of New Orleans in the heart of Queen Anne, Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge is a refreshing addition to Seattle's culinary scene. The extensive menu features Louisiana Creole cuisine - an eclectic blend of European, Native American and Southern flavors. Generous portions of sumptuous seafood, charcuterie, meat preparations and interesting sides form the centerpiece of your dining experience and are best enjoyed with a drink or two from the well-stocked bar. Boasting one of the best happy hours in the country, creative cocktails like the Toulouse Hurricane or Katie-Mae deserve special mention. Ornate wrought-iron furniture and delightful ceiling-lamps against the floor-to-ceiling glass windows enhance its rustic appeal.
Serafina is famous for bringing in Afro-Cuban and Latin performers to compliment its delicious Italian menu. Large windows allow patrons a view of the street outside and when the weather cooperates, courtyard dining is available. The rustic-chic dining room is small, but its candle-topped tables, rich red walls and dark green ceiling give the space an elegant feel. Entrees include eggplant with a savory mushroom ragout, rabbit stew, and a variety of pasta dishes. It also offers an extensive wine list.
Tuck into fried falafels served with tangy hummus at this casual Middle-Eastern restaurant. Open late, it is a much loved spot for locals who like to grab a bite of this delicacy and satiate their hunger. The staff here is very friendly, putting the guests at ease and making them feel at home. The interior is spacious and good for hanging out with friends. Try the food here and one is guaranteed to return more, as no one whips up Middle-Eastern delights like the way Aladdin Falafel Corner does! The prices are reasonable too.
Come to Matador for a chilled-out vibe and outstanding Tex-Mex cuisine. Frequented mostly by locals, the menu features some of the most tantalizing Latin dishes like bacon-wrapped grilled stuffed jalapenos, braised pork sope and common favorites like tacos and enchiladas. Their Northwestern variants like butternut squash quesadilla and spicy fried calamari are remarkable as well. To drink, tequilas comprise most of the menu, but you can still order a strong house margarita, beer and wine.