A series of brewers have tried their luck with this West Seattle Junction location. This latest opened here in 1997 and attempts to broaden its appeal by catering to families and hip urbanites. The decor favors brass, and the smoking section's location upstairs with the pool tables keeps the air fresher downstairs. The pub has 10 beers on tap, six brewed onsite. There's also root beer on tap for the kids. Burgers and sandwiches dominate the menu. Hear live folk and jazz music most Saturdays. Call ahead for hours.
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 in Pioneer Square, this elegant, romantic restaurant features a very impressive menu of Italian classics. The antipasti are favorite starters, and customers return again and again for popular pasta, seafood, veal, beef and lamb entrees, such as the Osso Buco and New York steak with truffle oil. Leave room for the Tiramisu, which some call Seattle's best. The wine list focuses on wines from Italy, California and the Northwest. Guests can dine in a simple yet elegant dining room or through the French doors on the courtyard terrace.
You'll usually find the Roasted Corn Stand at the Kent farmer's market, the owners tending to a crowd of customers, all getting restless while waiting for their desired corn on the cob. Get your choice of toppings sprinkled abundantly and devour your little piece of heaven. With a spray of lemon or a dip in the spicy sauce, or flavored with Mexican cheese and mayonnaise, resisting a cob from Roasted Corn Stand is a rare phenomenon. If you find yourself in the market, then the smell of roasted corns will probably lead you to this stand anyway.
The Crumpet Shop has operated from its Pike Place-adjacent location since 1976, a dedicated family operation that still produces some of Seattle's best crumpets day after day. Robin Lasater has taken over for his parents at this Seattle institution, still making the shop's signature crumpets by hand every day. These tasty morsels are offered either plain or topped with a number of gourmet creations that make them into a more substantial snack. A limited lunch menu is available in the afternoons, offering the shop's lauded tomato soup and a French lentil stew. Fresh, high-quality crumpets from a family run business is The Crumpet Shop's specialty, making it a must stop in the area.
The word "jhanjay" in Thai means 'vegetarian dishes,' which is exactly what you'll find at this Wallingford area Thai restaurant. With no meat on the menu whatsoever, Jhanjay serves up delicious vegetarian and vegan-styled Thai staples such as pad thai, green curry and basil fried rice. But don't think only herbivores enjoy this place – meat-eating patrons frequently comment that the food at Jahnjay is so good, they don't even miss the meat!
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.
Want to read while you eat? Introduce yourself to books and good food at the Library Bistro. Contemporary American food and a bookstore contribute to the comfortable feel at this restaurant. High backed booths, ten-foot high bookcases, and oiled oak floors will take you back to the 1940's. The drinks list consists of literary-named cocktails and an extensive wine list. The Bookstore Bar features a wide variety of microbrews, imports, wines from the Northwest, and coffee. You can actually buy the books of your choice as you wait for your order to arrive. Visit this place on a beautiful summer day and enjoy the outdoor seating.
La Vaca Burrito Express, as the name says, is a great option for burrito-lovers. The inexpensive options maintain great quality standards and an unmatchable taste. The simple joint is great for take-away, and their service is prompt and fast. Along with chicken and beef, La Vaca also serves vegetarian options. This is definitely a must-visit place for those who like Mexican food.
After a day at Pike Place Market, you'll want something to eat in calm surroundings safely from the fishmongers and hordes of tourists. This restaurant provides both a charming old-world decor and some of the best French food in the city. The menu changes often, in accordance to what is fresh in the market, but you will likely find appetizers such as Montrachet souffle, yearling oysters, steamed mussels and twice baked goat cheese souffle. Tempting entrees include Roasted Rabbit Roulade, Duck Aromatique, Seared Alaska Weathervane Scallops or Lamb with Curried Eggplant. The bar delights patrons with its creative concoctions and everything is always carefully prepared. Additionally, the dining room boasts stunning views of the market and Elliott Bay, so come here and watch the sunset or simply sit out at the patio if you're dining with someone special.
Rachel's Ginger Beer provides original and organic soda to the lucky folk of Seattle and those who happily saunter inside. Some of the flavors include Passionfruit x Vanilla, Caramelized Pineapple, White Peach, Blood Orange and Pink Guava. Each one is unique, healthy and refreshing, but they can be expensive. In addition to soda, the bar happily mixes drinks of the alcoholic variety as well as some amazing cream floats. Try the Montana Mule made with RGB or the Boozy Float made with soft-serve, soda and rum, it is perfect any time of the week.