8 days to fall in love with Seattle (with a day in Portland & Vancouver)
I'll be in Seattle (from Oz) between 17 and 26 January for a conference
I'm looking for help with a list of essential/must do food/wine experiences that define the Northwest, its local produce, wine drinks etc. I'm a specialist culinary bookseller
Budget is not really an issue although it doesn't need to be expensive & I'm a complete omnivore (as long as its good!). I'd love to learn more about local Pinot, Seattle Coffee seafood etc & books
So far my list consists of:
Walrus & Carpenter
Pike St Market
Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium
Is the Seattle Food & Culture tour worthwhile?
Barbara Jo's Cookbooks
Any tips, ideas gratefully received!
Honore is small and not a "fancy" atmosphere at all. Maybe a touch hip. I find the coffee to be delicious, but I'm not that big a connoisseur. It's just good at what it does and comfortable (though a bit cramped). I hope you enjoy your trip the Pacific Northwest. California Street in West Seattle has good places to eat as well.
I've also enjoyed Tilth and Mario Batali's dad's place (can't think of the name, but it's essentially a Salumeria). Both are in Seattle, proper.
I think the star at Honore is the cannele. I stopped by for a cannele yesterday and also had a kouign amann. Was very disappointed in the kouign amann, the salt should have been a nice touch, but there was zero sweetness to balance it. I like Bakery Nouveau's k.a., but that can be over the top sugary and gooey. Somewhere in between would be prefect for me.
While you're at Book Larder, visit Dot's for lunch. Staff chefs give Dot's charcuterie and quality meats good attention. This is a Fremont culinary hot-spot, with Paseo, Via Tribunale and Caffe Vita across the street, Uneeda Burger at the corner, and Brad's Swingside Cafe down the block. Just blocks further gets you locovore gourmand Art of the Table. Of course after that you'll be in no shape to actually eat at the many highly chowish places you'll encounter between Fremont and Ballard Avenues. Save room for Peaks Frozen Custard &/or Full Tilt Ice Cream, though. >>>oh, yes, locals observe Pike Place Market, not Pike Street Market. You'll understand when you're there. Unlike the ubiquitous Rouse food courts, the Pike Place Market is maintained as a historic district and hosts chain stores only if they started here (sur la table, Starbuck's). These are striving and thriving local shops with local owners and it really is a community proudly built on local produce and effort over a hundred years. See also the burgeoning food-truck scene, neighborhood Farmer's markets, stellar neighborhood restaurants, meat markets, and holes-in-the wall. Two weeks in the lap of luxury. Ahh... Please let us know what you find out there.
Vivace is good, but if you're looking for more coffee options, Herkimer is great for espresso drinks; Seattle Coffee Works has several methods to choose from, and does them all well. Both are roasters as well. Milstead and Trabant don't roast, but they are also good coffee shops. There's also a new place called Vif that seems promising. (There are a whole bunch of other local roasters and/or coffee shops, but this seems like a good start.)
As for food, Taylor Shellfish is a good place for oysters and such. Probably don't need both that and Walrus & Carpenter, though.