Seattle is known for coffee and salmon. And guess what we had a lot of on our recent trip there? You guessed it. Coffee and salmon. Although I could have survived the week (and been happy) on that alone, we did try some other tasty food. Like Indian food, specialty doughnuts, and hipster sandwiches. So, here it is. Our list of Seattle eats.
We had coffee and bagels at Starbucks on top of the Space Needle. Can you get more Seattle than that? I think not. Sure it was just an average cup of coffee and a regular bagel, but it was at the Starbucks with the best view in the entire city. Maybe even the entire Pacific Northwest.
Sometimes you just gotta have an Indian Buffet, so we checked out Daawat Indian Grill & Bar’s lunch buffet. It is cheap, filling, and yummy, but, be warned, you will feel sluggish for the rest of the day. And, when you finally venture down to Pike Place Market, every piece of food you see (which is a lot) will have your stomach churning.
[Lunch Buffet = $12.95]
The Starbucks Roastery serves the best-of-the-best Reserve Starbucks coffee and roasts it right on site. We ordered a Cardamom Latte, and oh my goodness, it was the most delicious coffee drink that I have ever tasted. It was $7.50, but it was worth every penny!
[Cardamom Latte = $7.50]
Many years ago on a business trip to Seattle, I wandered through Pike Place Market and picked up some fruit logs rolled in dried coconut. I’ve been dreaming of them every since. So, we got some. They weren’t quite as good as I had hyped them up to be, but they still make a tasty little snack.
[Fruit logs = 5/$2]
There are so many good places to eat near Pike Place, but this is a must. You absolutely have to eat here if you are in the area. We had the smoked salmon pate piroshky which had a delicious creamy salmon filling wrapped in a flaky-buttery crust. Yum!
[Smoke Salmon Pate = $5.70]
One of the favorite local doughnut chains is Top Pot Doughnuts. They have all the regular treats plus a lot of crazy ones including Eggnog Cake, Peppermint Snowdrift, and Ovaltine Cream Filled. We tried the Bacon Maple Doughnut and it was scrumptious. Sweet, savory, fluffy, and crunchy all in one bite.
[Bacon Maple = $2.99]
A sandwich shop. What’s the big deal? Well… this is an excellent sustainable sandwich shop that uses seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. We split the turkey, bacon, and avocado on wheat bread, and it was one of the best sandwiches I’m had in a long time.
[Turkey, Bacon, & Avocado = $12.95]
Seattle has the tiniest drive-up coffee stands I’ve ever seen, and they are on almost every corner and gas station parking lot. We looked for a highly rated one on Yelp, and Dolce Vita Espresso did not disappoint. I tried a dirty chai for the first time (I know, I must live under a rock), and Nisheet had a gingerbread latte that tasted like melted gingerbread cookies. Mmm mmm.
[Dirty Chai Latte (12oz) = $4.00, Flavored Latte (12oz) = $3.75]
I must admit, we stopped here because of the name. Cow Chip. And, they were delicious. We tried the chocolate chip walnut cookies which were filled with Ghirardelli chocolate chips and California walnuts. They told us it would be the best cookie we ever digested, and besides my own homemade cookies, of course, they might be right.
Our hosts took us to one of their favorite pizza joints for Butter Paneer Masala Veggie Pizza. Say what?!? Yep. That’s right. Indian pizza. It is loaded up with curry sauce, jalapeños, onions, green peppers, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and paneer. I’m told it’s best to order it extra spicy, but for those of you like me, make sure you have a creamy dipping sauce to cool your mouth off.
[Large Paneer Pizza = $16.99]
On our second visit of the trip to Pike Place Market, we finally got to try out Pike Place Chowder. There will be a huge line, but the smoked salmon chowder is worth the wait. It is filled with chunks of smoked salmon, capers, and cream cheese. Paired with the sourdough bread, it is like eating a soup version of a bagel with cream cheese and lox. One of my all-time favorite flavor combinations.
[Medium (12oz) chowder = $7.95]
Buzzfeed went and loved it. So we had to try it too. It is a tiny shop with a counter to order at, 1 tiny table, and a row of stools at a window counter top. (You know these tiny hole-in-the-wall places are the best!) The salmon is fried in a seasoned panko batter that is light and crispy and the fish is fresh and flaky. The best part is the homemade tartar sauce. It is delicious and really pulls the dish together.
[Salmon & Chips (3 pcs) = $10.25]