Our vacation this summer revolved very much around food. If you know either of us at all, you know we like to eat good food at fun places. I want to remember all these places because the food was so.amazing. everywhere we went.
Guu – This tiny, hole-in-the-wall izakaya was, believe it or not, a Yelp find. Just a few blocks from our hotel, we went here for dinner our first night. The place was crowded, so we volunteered to sit at a shared table. The food was so good – small plates, good for sharing, and this really Guuu’d Ale (yes, that’s what it’s called)- truly hit the spot after our transcontinental flights. We ended up having a great time with our table-mates, too! Total serendipity.
Salt – Another small restaurant (tasting room, really), and another very good dining experience. Salt prides itself on locally sourced food (along with some great non-local cheeses and wines, too), which was great since as non-locals we sure weren’t going to have a chance to taste some of the food they served! Each night they offer 10 cheeses, 10 meats, and 10 condiments, and from these you arrange yourself a tasting menu. They’ll recommend wines to go with each of your choices, and despite the fact that it’s relatively light fare, it was a very satisfying meal (the hearty chocolate dessert didn’t hurt, either).
Bin 941 – Ok, I don’t think we ate at a large restaurant once! This was probably the smallest of the restaurants we went to for dinner. We went on the advice of the folks we met at Guu, and they didn’t steer us wrong! This pile of fries, drizzled with a balsamic vinegar reduction, was incredibly good. As was the duck breast and the flank steak!
Japadog – My friend Rebecca told me we had to try Japadog while in Vancouver. I didn’t know quite what to expect, but it’s like a really good hot dog with quite the imaginative Japanese toppings.
Walrus and the Carpenter – Totally worth the wait to get into this restaurant in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Once again, it was a small plate kind of place. We had this simple tomato dish with olive oil and vanilla salt – definitely the best tomatoes I had all summer! Oh, and oysters (of course), steak tartare, tuna tartare, (yes, both!) and roasted medjool dates to finish off the meal.
Molly Moon’s Ice Cream and Top Pot Doughnuts Ok, so it turns out Seattle is a great place for things I really love. Coffee (duh), ice cream, and doughnuts. Molly Moon’s is nothing short of incredible. Both K and I love ice cream, and we met up with Rebecca and her adorable little one (aptly named Molly!). I was the first to offer and I chose two scoops of salted caramel. I was expecting your typical Ben & Jerry’s sized scoops – maybe a normal medium sized ice cream – and instead ended up with an ice cream serving the size of my head! Oops. Well, I was nearly up to the task, finishing off most of it. Sooooo good. At Top Pot, you aren’t going to get away without some serious doughnut goodness. I had a raspberry filled one, and Kevin’s was Bavarian Creme. Krispy Kreme is good and all, but I would be a happy camper if Top Pot decided to open a branch here in DC!
Pike Place – Market Grill – When you go to Seattle, you kind of have to stop by Pike PlaceMarket, even if only to see where the first Starbucks is located (ok, or not, but since I’m a coffee girl, I didn’t mind seeing where it all started). Pike Place Market is so much more than the name of a coffee blend, though. The market is full of seafood and produce and flowers and all sorts of local foods and flavor. We’d been tipped off that there was a small stall that serves some mighty fine fish sandwiches, so we stopped by to check it out. Two halibut sandwiches and a shared cup of clam chowder later, we were total converts. Sitting at the counter we had a chance to chat with the super-friendly chief cook and bottle washer (he seemed to be doing it all!). It was a perfect meal to keep us going through the afternoon’s sightseeing.
Ray’s Boathouse – Pia’s sister-in-law and her husband live in Seattle, so we had the chance to meet up with them for dinner while we were there. They picked an awesome place right on the water, Ray’s Boathouse. We got to watch the sun set while we had a lovely last meal in Seattle. One can’t go wrong with seafood at every meal, can one? Well, if it’s wrong I don’t want to be right!