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Prefer dining in style? Begin at this acclaimed restaurant in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The open dining room has tall dressed windows, linen-topped tables and high ceilings with sparkling chandeliers. Starters include spiced foie gras and Northwest raw oysters. Signature entrees include smoked salmon with creme fraîche, dungeness crab and apple sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sweet Iron is a small joint which is known for serving Liège waffles. Their Liège waffles are simply amazing and if you have a sweet tooth make sure you order it with nutella or a scoop of ice cream on top. For a savory meal try the waffle with brie and basil or order it with prosciutto, creme faiche and green onions. Sweet Iron also serves Stumptown coffee, which has gained considerable attention among coffee-lovers in Seattle.
While there is no dearth of places in Seattle serving traditional American fare, Lowell's is a great place because of its unparalleled view of the sea. And that too on all three floors! Get fine American burgers, steaks, sandwiches, fish n' chips, soups, chowder and more. The place is so popular that it is almost like an institution in itself, having been around since a hundred years. Enjoy a view of the sea while sipping on their signature Bloody Marys.
Located above Pike Place Market, this cozy and very popular country-style French bistro called Cafe Campagne, sibling of upscale Campagne, serves traditional French fare. Sit at a small wooden table by the large windows that overlook busy Post Alley or at the counter. For breakfast, try the Baked Eggs with tomato and chevre. For lunch, the Pan-roasted Salmon is an excellent choice. Breakfast and brunch is served on weekends from 8a to 4p.
Located in the beautiful Mayflower Park Hotel downtown, this sleek trendy restaurant called Andaluca has dark walls, dim lights and sparkling wood floors that evoke a feeling of romance. The Mediterranean menu features only the freshest ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Full entrees include Italian Benedict, fresh fruit muesli and hazelnut waffles.
Bacco Café is a great place to grab some breakfast or lunch before heading to explore the city. Their organic eggs prepared in the sunny side up style, scrambled or simply made into a great omelet are a must try. Although the menu is quite selective, each dish is a delight as the ingredients used all come from the organic produce stalls at the Pike Place Market. A number of fresh juice options are available to sip on along with the food. On warm summer days, you can sit out in their patio area and people-watch as you enjoy dishes like Brioche French Toast, Salmon Benedict and Chicken Caesar Salad.
Opened in 2004, Lola is yet another successful restaurant belonging to celebrated restaurateur Tom Douglas. The Greek-inspired menu combines local ingredients with Mediterranean freshness and simplicity. Try your hand at the sizzling Ouzo-splashed kebabs, bright-tasting Mezze and Lebanese Seven Spice Duck Breast. The dining area acquires its stylish look from earth colors, hand-painted chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The menu changes daily, and the wine list includes some rare Greek wines and an inventive cocktail menu, so sip on your favorite drink and check out what's on offer for the day. Breakfast is served from 6a onward on weekdays, and 7a onward on weekends.
A classy and elegant venue, this bistro is a favorite of many locals. It serves a healthy brunch comprising of french toasts, crepes and sandwiches, salads and ample gluten-free options. The bar has a popular happy hour menu that one can avail. Dine outdoors in the summer months in the cool patio. A few recommended dishes from the menu include Giant Caper Linguini, Tangy Pepper Seitan and Red Lentil Ravioli. It provides sharing platters too which can be enjoyed by groups. Plum Bistro is a good choice if one is looking for a peaceful meal with plenty of options to choose from.
Macrina Bakery & Cafe is any dessert and bread lovers dream come true. With a series of menus for breakfast, lunch and brunch, this bakery might just be one of the best in Seattle. Try one their delicious and fluffy breads such as the Macrina Baguette or rye, or if you're here for breakfast then the brioche egg sandwich is a must try. Brunch just gets better with amazingly thin buttermilk waffles and the first square of the day. If you want to indulge your sweet tooth, then try a slice of carrot or red velvet cake, or cherry almond scones and morning glory muffins. The lunch menu is quite impressive too with simple yet delicious sandwiches and salads. The staff is friendly and the dishes are plated the way you would find at high end restaurants, along with generous side portions.
The 5 Point Cafe is a neighborhood dive bar and restaurant that offers sumptuous American comfort food, including roast beef sandwich, Cuban marinated pulled pork sandwich, burgers and homemade chili soup. This popular cafe is open day and night and is acclaimed as one of the best dive bars in the city due to its inexpensive prices and down-to-Earth atmosphere. The unpretentious decor has a few unusual twists, such as a moose head that's covered in bras or some risque Polaroids behind the bar. Make sure you check out the great deals during their Happy Hour.
A pink and blue neon sign marks this colorful Capitol Hill spot. Artwork by local artists adorns the walls, and warm afternoon sunlight streams in through the large bay windows. The menu features excellent seafood, steaks, pastas and salads, along with a rotating menu focusing on cuisine from different regions of the world. Recent specialty menus featured food from India and Portugal. Weekend brunch brings hordes of diners from the neighborhood and beyond for the excellent scrambles, omelets and French toast.
This bakery is well received by locals for its beautiful baked creations consisting of cakes, pastries, muffins and plenty of other offerings. Starting at 7a daily, the cafe serves a delightful breakfast of eggs, waffles, salmon and vegetables on toast. The food is delicious and attracts plenty of diners who love to read the morning papers while savoring the fine coffee. The pastries, especially the Italian plum roll, cocoa puff, gluten free biscuits and apple turnovers are great to take back and eat at leisure.