Located in quaint Madison Park, Cactus is bright and busy cantina. The tapas bar offers delectable small dishes including grilled portobello mushrooms and green chile soup. The extensive menu includes dishes like chimichangas and blue corn tamales. For a real treat try the ripe bananas in Meyer's Rum, a delicious end to your meal. The restaurant is smoke free with a full bar.
Red Robin isn't the only place to get gourmet burgers in the Pacific Northwest. This similarly named burger joint has been voted "Best Burger" by the readers of the Seattle Weekly. The reasons are obvious, big juicy patties, fresh buns and crisp lettuce, not to mention fair prices. At this chic Red Mill Burgers joint, try the rich Bacon Deluxe with Cheese, the Veggie Burger or the Chicken Burger. The thick milkshakes and malts are nothing to sneer at either.
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.
Coffee lovers may want to check out this branch of the ubiquitous coffee shop chain; it happens to be the first Starbucks that was ever opened. The building has retained the same facade over the years, and is still busy with folks on the go looking for their coffee fix. This first Starbucks opened in downtown Seattle in 1971. It was originally housed at 2000 Western Avenue, where it stayed until 1977 when it moved to its current location one block south, at Pike Place near Stewart Street. Today, the Starbucks global empire has shops in 55 different countries, where they sell an assortment of gourmet drip-brewed coffees, teas, sandwiches and other snacks, as well as coffee beans.
If you're looking for a plain cup of coffee, look elsewhere. The staff at Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar pride themselves on their espresso and espresso drinks. Without the spacious seating that the other two locations have, this location still offers the great espresso drinks Espresso Vivace is known for. Stop by for a quick drink while walking around Capitol Hill.
The Fainting Goat offers creative and unique gelato, which is Italian ice cream, as well as sorbetto. Whether you want a traditional or an unusual flavor, the Fainting Goat has it all. There is a wide selection of gelato which are often rotated so you can come back another day and try another flavor. In the past flavors have included nutella, vanilla, avocado, honey rose and salted caramel. The Fainting Goat also has a drink menu with options such as teas and coffee.
If you want to grab a quick bite while sightseeing in downtown Seattle or just happen to be a fan of hearty sandwiches, step into the Potbelly Sandwich Shop where you will be spoilt for choice. Along with their meaty options, the restaurant offers a variety of vegan options as well. The restaurant is also host to live music gigs which draw in quite the crowd. The overall cozy ambiance makes this a great place to hang out with friends or come in for a family meal.
Far down the dim central hallway of the Dexter Horton Building lies this spacious coffee bar filled with the aroma of coffee beans. This family-owned shop roasts its own beans and comes up with such fabulous beverages as a mocha made with ephemere sauce from dilettante chocolates. The baristas are friendly, patient and happy to let you linger and chat over a cup.
Established in 2008, MOD Pizza is known for its artisan pizzas which are made-to-order. Customers can build their own pizzas and choose whichever toppings, sauces and cheeses they want on their pizzas. If you are unsure as to which toppings you want, you can always go with one of the classic pizzas on their menu. Craft beer and wine are available to sip on along with your meal as well as refreshing iced tea and milkshakes.
Slate Coffee Roasters has carved a niche for itself in town for the rich taste of its coffee. Enjoy steaming mugs of freshly brewed coffee at the cafe in Pioneer Square. A casual ambience and friendly staff welcomes patrons. Free wifi is also offered. There is an outdoor patio as well where you can enjoy the fresh sunshine.
Not many nightclubs double as elegant lunch spots, but this tiny, art-filled place does. Space-age tubular lighting, glitzy statues and large-scale paintings are not your typical nightclub decor. Large windows along the front allow for open-air seating on hot summer nights, and for a refreshingly cool dance floor. Weekday lunch specials are a great bargain, and the Happy Hour from 4p-7p features spicy snacks and cheap well drinks. Nightly live music ranges from reggae to funk to industrial.
Von’s Gustobistro is a cozy hangout spot nestled in the downtown region of Seattle. This family-owned bar is known for offering an extensive list of beverages in a casual ambiance. You can choose from the unique concoctions or chilled beers or other spirits of your choice that are offered on their menu. In case you feel hungry, Von’s Gustobistro pampers your palate with some enticing American flavors. Its cozy interiors and warm hospitality make Von’s Gustobistro just ideal for catching up with your friends on a relaxed evening.