Short Trip Report - Seattle Downtown
On Sunday I flew up to Seattle from Los Angeles for a job interview, and thanks to the Chow boards I had some great food.
I walked from my hotel up the hill to scout around, and bought a bag of bean coffee at Victrola to take home, then crossed over to Crumble and Flake, and bought some pastries - a butter croissant, chocolate croissant, coffee 'oreo' and salted peanut butter cookie. Of these, the cookie was the best, nice and salty/sweet.
I thought about going to Quinn's Pub for lunch, but it wasn't open til 3, so I decided to go to Pike St. Fish Fry instead, got the true cod and chips, harissa dipping sauce and a cold Olympia. Very good, freshly fried fish and good chips - the sauce was delicious and spicy.
Seeing the healthy sized line, I went next to Caffe Vita and bought some whole bean coffee there too, and had an iced coffee to go - good coffee, friendly people, and they have a Kyoto drip! The counterman there told me they were opening in Los Angeles soon, in Silverlake, which is where the hipsters are.
Dropped off my spoils at the hotel and walked down the hill to Pike Place, which was in full swing on a Sunday afternoon. I bought some Beecher's cheese, a nice selection including their house made stuff and lots of Pacific Northwest producers. Last stop was the little nut roasting stand near the end of the market and bought some of their just-roasted cashews, which I remember being good from the last time I was in Seattle some years ago, and did not disappoint this time either.
I walked back up the hill a while later to go to Quinn's for dinner, and had a good one there, tried the bacon and peanut caramel corn along with an Odin's Gift red ale, both very good, and then had the wild boar sloppy joe for my entree. I liked the sloppy joe well enough, especially the fried onions and pickled, blackened pepper that came with it. I asked for a beer to go with that, something sour, and got a beer whose name I didn't catch, it was super sour but went pretty well with the rich porky sloppy joe.
Though I was tempted by the mix-and-match dessert option at Quinn's, I figured since it was still pretty warm out I'd go for ice cream instead. Went over to Molly Moon's which was fairly crowded, and got a small Snack Attack sundae, which was two scoops of ice cream (one salted caramel, one melting chocolate), fudge, marshmallow fluff and pretzels. The sundae was very good, especially the interplay of the salted caramel ice cream and the fudge. I'd go back to try more of those interesting flavors. The ice cream was not very cold-feeling in the mouth, which I like, but also not too fatty as some high-butterfat ice creams can seem.
The next day I had my interview, so early on I walked over to Lola for breakfast - very good stuff. Had the pancakes with vanilla mascarpone and sausage, and though simple the pancakes were very delicious, nicely crispy and the mascarpone was a great addition.
After my interview, I was feeling hungry and had a while before I needed to get to the airport, so I stopped off at Blueacre Seafood for a late lunch. They were running a nice lunch special for $15 with a choice of three different appetizers, a fish entree and dessert, and I went for that.
I was very pleasantly surprised at how good that lunch at Blueacre was - I chose the farro fritters for a starter, this was about 5 golf-ball sized fritters, crispy and tasty with celery root and tomato sauce, kind of a play on arancini or felafel. I was very happy with my sockeye salmon entree, it was a generous serving with a spicy glaze nicely grilled on a bed of corn and andouille topped with a cabbage slaw. There was also a side of simply grilled fresh vegetables.
Dessert was similarly great, I chose what they called a 'black velvet cake' which was a chocolate almond cake with a coconut glaze and shredded coconut on the outside, topped with coconut almond ice cream. Absolutely delicious, good interplay of the chocolate, almond and coconut flavors. This may have been my favorite meal in the short visit.