Anything Chow Worthy near Theo Chocolates (SEA)
I want to take the chocolate tour at Theo chocolates (when I visit) and I will be taking the bus - It is apprx. a 30min bus ride from downtown (even longer if I ride out from my B&B on 18th) ... So I was wondering if there was any other place near by to make it worth my while (AS IF free chocolate wasn't worth it anyway!! LOL!)
I LOVE the Theo tour. I've taken it four times. Hee hee. I just think it's such a great spot to bring people visiting Seattle. Definitely make a reservation. The tour costs $6, but you can eat as much chocolate as you can stand. The tour guides are always lively, sweet and informed. The little ganache truffles are amazing. The earl gray flavor is my favorite, hands down.
As for nearby places, I also highly recommend Paseo - but you'll have to hike up a hill. Get the Midnight Cuban Press.
Brouwers has a great atmosphere and amazing beers - but I wouldn't say its a food destination. The food is fine, but Paseo is far more exciting on the taste buds.
My favorite Thai is in Fremont - Kwanjai Thai.
I also recommend hanging out at the Fremont Sunday Market. Lots of cool local, vintage and new stuff. Lots of vintage cowboy boots!
Some further clarification on the suggestions you've received here:
Brouwer's: next door to Theo, excellent beer selection, very good food (my fav's are the croque monsieur and the fish n chips), fabulous hand cut fries BUT be aware that they play very loud music even during their slow time at a weekend lunch. However, I took my 70 yr old parents there after a recent Theo tour and despite the obnoxious music, they adored the food so much they asked to go again the following weekend. It's a very dark, cave-like atmosphere, as if you're underground in a true Belgian watering hole.
El Camino: The Mexican food here is pretty good but they don't serve chips and salsa at this restaurant. For me, that's a deal breaker. I want chips and salsa when I go out for Mexican. It has a nice sit-down restaurant atmosphere.
Baguette Box: also has fantastic hand cut fries (you can add truffle oil to your order) and destination-worthy sandwiches. Drunken chicken is most people's favorite (me too). But it's a sandwich shop that's very popular and seating can get crowded. That said, I think the deliciousness of the sandwiches/fries are worth squeezing in for.
I'll stop there as I think those are three excellent options in very close walking distance to Theo. By the way, bread and butter is my favorite Theo chocolate flavor. So unique. So good!
Thanks frygirl,(and everyone who has responded so far)
I have been to Belgium and it is one of my favorite countries and miss it terribly. Brouwer's sounds perfect. Just hope I can get my required cherry or raspberry beer!
As for Baguette Box, it does sound quite good ... but I see that they have a location in Capital Hill quite close to the B&B where I will be staying on 18th (Foxglove)
Tell me more about the Theo tour. Was it as good as I imagine it to be?
Now I have a dilemma because I absolutely without a doubt want to eat at Paseo but I also want to try Brouwer's. Is there anything near Paseo (theater etc.) that I could enjoy while there? I guess I could make a trip out just for the food if I had to (It sounds that good!)
The Fremont neighborhood (where Theo and all these restaurants are) is no longer home to a theater (it closed in 2006) but they do have a year-round Sunday flea market that would make for an excuse to visit the neighborhood again. http://www.fremontmarket.com/fremont_...
Then you could walk the few blocks from the flea market (up a steep-ish hill, be aware) for lunch at Paseo.
And regarding the Theo tour, if you can go on a weekday that would be best. They don't operate the factory on the weekends and it's less interesting when they aren't actively making chocolate. But it's still worth it because they do a nice job with the tour.
Just a heads up - if you are going to Seattle soon, call ahead to make sure Paseo is open. I really wanted to eat there but they were closed last weekend, and I think they're closed most of January.
Also, do make an advance reservation for the Theo tour. I tried to take a tour on Saturday -- I met a Theo employee at DiLaurenti's market on Friday, and she encouraged us to do it -- and it turns out the tour was fully booked. Apparently weekend tours fill up about a week in advace.
Fremont is a fun neighborhood with some interesting little shops and lots of public art. You could easily kill a couple of hours there just wandering around. I've seen a kiosk with brochures showing a walking tour route--I think it's on Fremont Avenue, on the west side of the street, in the block just north of the Fremont Bridge. I tried to find a version online, but didn't succeed. This is another walking tour that might give you some ideas:
If "near" extends as far as 8 blocks, Paseo is at 43rd & Fremont.
More or less due East about 6 blocks, at 3501 Stone Way, is Pacific Inn Pub, which has Fish and Chips we enjoy.
Norms has apps and cooks their own potato chips and may still have a a $6 beer and burger deal.
Hales Ales, 4301 Leary Way NW (about 7th and Leary) has a good happy hour menu - Pizza or a good burger for $3 or $4.
The Baguette Box and Brouwer's are good suggestions- both on the casual side- Brouwer's beer list is one of my favorite- I wouldn't go there to be wowed by food though
I would add-
35th Street Bistro (French food- CHOW worthy)
Chiso or Kappo (two of the best sushi places in Seattle- one is mostly for omasake- both CHOW places)
Brad's Swingside Cafe( Itailan- highly thought of in Seattle- hole in the wall- medium walkup fremont ave- right along the bus lines)
Roxy's Diner (for atmosphere and fun)
Flying Apron Bakery (on Fremont Ave- organic bakery- try the apricot cookie)
Pontevecchio Italian Bistro (for a romantic truly Italia experience)
PASEO! if it is open! (Cuban sandwiches- famous in this city- on Fremont Ave less than a ten minute walk north- order the Midnight Cuban or the Scallop Sandwich)