Seattle for Babymoon
Coming to Seattle for a little weekend geaway before we have our first baby. We've been many times, love the city. Havent been in while so I'm wondering where might be good to go for a nice dinner. Don't want anything to outrageous in price. like bustling places that are fun. Normally we stick around Belltown, maybe a trip to Ballard. This time we are in Capitoal Hill at a B&B and are looking for some more interesting areas of the city to explore.
Thinking on Sitka and Spruce, Walrus and Carpenter, Book Bindery, Boat Street Cafe, Whale Wins, Staple and Fancy, Nook for brunch, Canon for a good whiskey.Obviously don't have time for all that, so help me filter.
Also thinking about new areas of the city to go. Wallingford? Greenwood? Lake CIty? West Seattle? One thing I love about Portland is the variety of the neighbourhoods outside of downtown, whatchu got Seattle?
Unfortunately I'm going to add to your list of choices instead of take away from it!
On Capitol Hill I heartily recommend ginger beer-based cocktails at Montana. Rachel's ginger beer is FANTASTIC (whether mixed with alcohol or not) and I consider it a Seattle "must have." And if "bustling" is what you're looking for, you'll probably find it there.
Skillet seems to get a lot of "love it or hate it;" I think their breakfasts are really good, their burgers very tasty (be quite firm with them about how you want it cooked). Upscale diner food served by hipsters and therefore sort of quintessentially Capitol Hill. Another good place for drinks & bustle.
If you want something with a little less bustle on Cap Hill, I also recommend Arabica Lounge (http://www.arabicalounge.com/ ). I haven't had food other than pastries but I hear it's good (the baked goods definitely are). Nice ambiance. Coffee, wine, beer, food. An often over-looked gem.
Of the places you've mentioned I ADORE Walrus & Carpenter and it's one of the few "MUSTS" when I'm back for a visit this weekend. I'm considering Whale Wins and/or Boat Street and Canon as well (haven't been to any of them...yet). I went to Nook once and it was good but not great. I enjoyed it but am not sure I'd go out of my way for it.
I just realized that it's Seattle Restaurant Week. Looks like a lot of things are booked!
Here's what I',m thinking so far
HH Saturday - ??
Dinner Sat - Quinns Gastropub
Brunch Sunday- Boat Street Cafe
HH Sunday - Walrus and Carpenter
Dinner - Somewhere in Ballard? Golden Beetle? Bastille? or head over to Freemont for Revel or Whale Wins?
Monday Breakfast - Skillet Diner
If you've already done Ballard, consider West Seattle for an afternoon, particularly if the sun peeks out. Alki and Lincoln Park are both great for walks along the water, and Bakery Nouveau is worth a visit. Ma'ono is very good for dinner, and their Restaurant Week menu actually looks really interesting - hearts of palm salad and kalua pork lettuce wraps. I dined there a few days ago and had the grilled trout with herbs from the regular menu, delicious!
re: babette feasts
+1 with Babette on coming to West Seattle (we both live over here, and are a bit, um, biased).
Nice view back to the city from over here, and the 'Junction' neighborhood is a nice stroll with a few interesting shops. One of Seattle's only independent record stores left is here also - Easy Street Records. You might run into Dave Grohl there - he lives in West Seattle as well.:)
The last time I went to Ma'Ono, we got the fried chicken (1 whole, cut into 10 pieces), added oysters to our kimchi, and added a vegetable side and it was amazing. We also had leftovers for days (there was only two of us). I would go back and order the same thing alone if only to have the fried chicken to munch on for breakfast for a week.
I would suggest to stay away from Lake City if you're wanting to wander. West Seattle, Queen Anne, South Lake Union are much better areas. All three areas would be great if the sun came out. All have fun places to pop in and have a meal. Queen Anne and West Seattle both have great bakeries.
Have you visited Fremont? It just adjoins Ballard to the Southeast. You mentioned Whale Wins which is in Fremont and also Bookbindery, which is just south of Fremont across the ship canal.
In Fremont Renee Erickson's Whale Wins has been getting great reviews (you are obviously a fan since you also mention Boat Street and Walrus and the Carpenter). We have been twice but only for drinks and a bite or two before dinner elsewhere. We really intend to get in and eat a proper dinner since we also love her other restaurants.
Right next door in the Fremont Collective is Joule -- Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang's modern Korean restaurant. They worked at some top restaurants in NYC and do some exciting food.
Their hot second restaurant Revel is just a few blocks away. Revel focuses on takes on Korean street food -- savory pancakes, dumplings, rice and noodle bowls, etc. It is one of regular haunts. They have a great open dining room with a counter overlooking the kitchen (in fact every south facing seat in the dining room affords a view of the kitchen action), contemporary art on the walls and a lively crowd. They typically play hip hop although it is not obtrusive.
Right around the corner from Whale Wins and Joule at 34th and Woodland is Fremont Brewing Company, one of my favorite breweries in town. They used to run an "urban beer garden" inside the brewery which was one of the coolest experiences in town with bearded guys on bikes getting growler fills, people having pints sitting with their dogs, etc. They enlarged the brewery space but opened a great bar/tasting room which has much the same atmosphere. The bleacher seating when you enter cracks me up.
Right around the corner from Revel is Brouwer's, one of Seattle's top bars. They have just under 70 taps and 300+ plus bottle selections with special events year round. It is Belgian focused but has a substantial emphasis on top domestic beers with a strong NW focus. They also do reasonable pub food for soakage and have a fairly substantial bar with a notable Scotch selection.
By the way Seattle beer week this year will be Seattle 9th to 19th. There will be events all over town.
Maria Hines just opened Agrodolce in Fremont as well. We ate their once and had a great meal. It is Italian made to her exacting standards with a focus on organic ingredients.
Fremont is a great neighborhood with a lot happening. There are a couple notable music venues, a few big festivals every year (you didn't say when you are coming but the Solstice Parade and Fremont Fair is coming up in June), outdoor movies in the Summer. It has some quirky and memorable public art like the huge concrete troll under the Aurora bridge, a massive bronze statue of Lenin and the Waiting for the Interurban.
There are some good boutiques there and a small canal side park. Gasworks Park is close by as well. Other fun things in Fremont include a small theater company, a distillery (Fremont Mischief) and a well loved chocolate factory (Theo Chocolate). Oh ... Milstead and Co. coffee shop has been getting some national attention. It is a multiroaster cafe featuring small batch coffee from top local and national roasters and they offer top espresso as well as a variety of techniques for brewed coffee.
Thanks for the tips everyone, we just got back and had a great weekend in Seattle.
We stayed in Capitol Hill at a great B&B called Foxglove, really really nice.
On Saturday we had lunch at Boom Noodle. Both of our dishes were great, but a little overpriced. I had Tokyo Ramen and my wife had Pad Thai. This place seemed never be full every time we walked by there all weekend. The atmosphere could use some work.
Saturday night we ventured into new territory in West Seattle. Nice little neighbourhood. Dinner at Ma'ono was excellent! Thanks for the recs Chowhounds! What a great restaurant, nice atmosphere, great service and to food and mixed drinks were top notch. Being a beer nerd, we went over to Beer Junction for bottle shopping and for e to have a pint. Really fun, definitely something that you'd never see north of the border. We had dessert at Shoofly Pie Co., which was OK, the coconut cream pie seemed a little stale and had far too much whip cream on top.
Sunday we were of for more new areas, in Queen Anne Hill. We spent all morning window and store shopping, really nice and relaxing. We planned to go to Toulouse Petit for brunch, but it looked like half of Seattle was waiting for a table out front so we abandoned that plan. We went over to Ballard for the Farmer's Market, ended up having sandwiches at Other Coast Cafe, super awesome, and just what we were in the mood for.
After a respite at Chuck 85th bottle shop (again very Seattle) we got in a crazy long line up before opening at Walrus and Carpenter. We waited and hour to get seated, but it was well worth it. AMAZING food and atmosphere, I can see what all the hype is about. The staff were calm, gracious despite the insane amount of volume. This was the highlight of the weekend for me.
We went back to Capitol Hill after this and spent the remainder of the evening nibbling and trying cocktails in various bars and restaurants in the neighbourhood. Smith, Tavern Law, Canon, Quinns. There sure we a lot of interesting looking places, if only we had more time!!
Before we left on Monday we ventured over to Toulouse again. They had a 3 course lunch for $15 for Seattle Restaurant Week. Whoa... What a lot of food! Although I wasn't too impressed with the presentation, nor the decor, it was a solid dining experience, great flavours, my lamb burger was awesome.
Thanks for all the feedback Chowhounds!