This past weekend, I headed to Seattle for the first time. Instead of planning out the weekend, the goal was to be spontaneous and talk to as many locals as possible for their ultimate recommendations. After much eating, walking, and then even more eating, here is a list of some of my favorite Seattle spots:
I knew we were onto something good when we followed the smell of sweet waffle cones down Pine Street and straight to Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. I can’t even begin to describe the creamy deliciousness of Molly Moon’s Ice Cream. Committed to using hormone-free dairy, you can choose from a selection of classic favors like Theo Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, and Strawberry, as well as creative flavors like Salted Caramel, Balsamic Strawberry, and Honey Lavender. Based on another customer’s recommendation, we went for the Affogato – a scoop of ice cream swimming in a shot of espresso. Can anyone say “yuuuuuuuum?” And now, you can take a bit of this ice cream home with you with their new cookbook. Check for upcoming book signings here. Here’s to hoping that they’ll have samples at the book signings.
Located in the Queen Anne neighborhood, Toulouse Petit’s menu is expansive, with a very generous selection of daytime cocktails. We started off with warm and fluffy beignets sprinkled with powdered sugar and chicory anglaise sauce. Based on the waitresses recommendations, we also had the Forestiere’ with Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms Omelet and Crème Caramel French Toast. And the side of potatoes was just as delicious as the main entrée. For such a decadent breakfast, we felt satiated, but light and ready to take on a day of exploration.
After hours of walking, Macrina Bakery & Café was the perfect spot for a quick pick-me up. Offering up a variety of breads, pastries, cakes and cookies, we had a hard time deciding what to order. We finally went with cappuccinos and a Roly Poly — cinnamon roll, enhanced with coconut, raisins and walnuts.
It’s not very often that I crave pizza, but when the craving struck on Saturday night, you could imagine how happy I was that Serious Pie was around the corner from our hotel. Don’t be fooled by the concise menu. What they lack in options, they make up in flavor.
When we walked by this next place, I vaguely remembered seeing an episode of CNBC’s How I Made My Millions featuring a doughnut shop with a cool neon sign. The story went something like this – the founders had purchased a neon sign that used to belong to a Chinese restaurant called Topspot. At some point the center “S” fell off, leaving the words “Top Pot” behind, which then became the name of this very successful doughnut and coffee shop. I confirmed my suspicions with the man behind the counter that this was in fact the shop I had seen on TV. Although I don’t eat doughnuts, I thought this one would be well worth it. I went the classic route and indulged in a glazed doughnut and cup of coffee. Light, fluffy, perfectly glazed. Mmmm.
For an upscale Mexican feast and some of the best cocktails, head to Barrio in Capitol Hill. Barrio’s 300 +lit candles, and the large, retractable windows opening onto the street set the scene for a very romantic, yet cool urban vibe. Oh and let’s not forget the food! We had the grilled flank steak and Tecate battered cod tacos, guacamole, and a bevy of creative cocktail concoctions prepared by our bartender. I’m getting hungry just writing about it.
Committed to using local sourced and whole, natural foods, Local 360 was the perfect brunch spot for catching up with an old college friend now living in Seattle. The Scramble of the Day and the buttermilk pancakes I picked off of my friend’s plate tasted so clean and fresh. And as a coffee lover, I was impressed by the rich and flavorful house coffee and kept asking for mroe.
Tucked away on a side street on the serene Bainbridge Island, walk into Bon Bon Confections for a free sample of one of their over 20 varieties of gluten-free fudge, all made freshdaily in-store. You can indulge in flavors like dark chocolate with caramel and sea-salt, amaretto, or vanilla fudge with walnuts. If you prefer other sweets, Bon Bon has a charming array of chocolates, truffles, caramels, taffy, licorice, and other nostalgic candies.
Ok. Fireworks is not a restaurant, but I couldn’t blog about my favorite Seattle spots without mentioning this gift shop full of unique, playful, and fun knick-knacks. I could have spent hours in this store, exploring all the offbeat and unusual items from jewelry to books to home goods.