Foodies, you’ve come to the right place. Do you know how much we ate during our trip in Seattle? Well we ate a lot. There’s so much amazing food in this city — it’ll melt your heart and make your tummy cry. I guarantee we only brushed the surface of this town’s good eats in the short time we were there.
Now this post doesn’t even include the eateries and shops we sampled on our way to Port Townsend, because there are many notable stops there as well, but it does wrap up our time in the city. What are your favorite Seattle eats? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below because I’ll definitely be back for more!
So without further ado, feast your eyes my Top 5 Seattle Eats from this past trip! (Warning: You will get hungry!)
5) Top Pot Doughnuts
I ordered a pumpkin old fashion doughnut for breakfast one morning at a Top Pot Doughnuts in Capitol Hill, and it was so rich. It was like I wanted to keep eating, but the deliciousness was too much for my poor, stuffed stomach. You know you’re eating a good quality doughnut when one is more than enough. Their old fashions are dense and fluffy at the same time, and the most important thing: slathered with glaze.
The Capitol Hill location is a great place to stop for a quick coffee-and-doughnut breakfast to start the day. The walls are lined with books, and it feels like a cozy parlor you can duck into — away from Seattle’s brisk morning cold. Even though Voo Doo Doughnuts in Oregon has a cool, kitschy feel, the doughnuts here are much better quality.
Needless to say, we made a last minute decision to stop by another Top Pot on our way to the airport to pick up a box to go. (To bring home, not for the road!) They sell their boxes by the half-dozen, so be sure to pick one up before you leave and share the goodness!
4) Coconut cream pie from Dahlia Bakery
Our friend Allen said that Dahlia Bakery had the best coconut cream pie we will ever taste. Naturally we had to see if this was true. Even after a filling lunch, we made sure we had room for pie and walked around the corner to the bakery in Belltown (in Seattle’s downtown area).
Whether you go for a whole slice of coconut cream pie, or just a coconut cream pie bite ($2.50), you will not be disappointed. I always judge a pie by its crust, and it sure passed the test with flying colors. They’re just flaky, creamy bites of joy. This is a little pit stop you’ll want to make. It’s also attached to a restaurant, the Dahlia Lounge.
3) Serious Pies
Serious Pie is actually right around the corner from Dahlia Bakery. (Pie for lunch, pie for dessert!) I read about their great happy hour menu and made it my mission to get to Belltown in time. Happy hour is from 3 – 5pm, Monday – Friday, and all the pizzas on the menu are $6 for a half-pie (a little larger than a Pizza Hut personal pan, and much more delicious).
Considering the pizzas here off happy hour range from $15 – $18, this is a steal. Three of us ordered the mushroom and truffle cheese pizza, and one person sampled the truffle cheese pizza. Right off the bat, you could see the ingredients in these pizzas were of the highest quality. These weren’t your typical mushrooms — so tasty — and the crust was thin and crispy.
You an also get $5 pints during happy hour. A great way to sample some local brews.
2) Pike Place Chowder
I am not big on soup, and I’ve never really been big on chowder — the textures have just never been my favorite. So after some prodding from Emily and Ayaka, I decided to give the classic New England Clam Chowder a shot, this time at Pike Place Chowder in their Sourdough bread bowl. When in Rome, right?
Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good: This chowder is amazing. The bad: It’s spoiled clam chowder for me forever because no one could ever top this. The chowder is creamy, the clams are flavorful with a nice tender texture — it’s the perfect meal to warm you up on a cold Seattle day.
Tucked away in Post Alley at Pike Place, you’ll see the daunting line as you walk up to the tiny chowder joint — just remember that this chowder is worth the wait! I would go back in a heartbeat. The staff are also super helpful, and you can sample any of the chowders. There isn’t much seating inside, but it’s augmented with outside tables as well. By the time you get your chowder, there’s bound to be an opening somewhere.
Just remember: Get the bread bowl!
1) Pies & Pints
Seattle continues to impress me with their prices. (Or maybe it’s that living in Hawaii keeps disappointing me with ours?) After finishing our final dinner in the city at Pies & Pints, not only did I leave impressively full, but I also only spent around $20 for a meal and a beer. You order alcohol with your meal in Hawaii, and your bill just skyrocketed.
This hidden gem of a pub can is located in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. We found this place by searching “mashed potatoes” in Yelp, and I am so glad we did. As their name implies, they’re the home of Seattle’s original savory pie — or pot pie.
On their menu you’ll find a variety of specials, including the pie, soup, and mac ‘n’ cheese of the day. I ordered a “pie and side,” which got me my choice of pie (the chicken bacon mushroom Swiss cheese pie in a rich marsala gravy), and a side of mac ‘n’ cheese. (It’s not on the menu, but you can also get tater tots! A struggle to choose.)
Starch on starch on starch — I was so full, and I didn’t care because the food is that good. I would come back to this pub all the time if I lived in this glorious state. I regret being too full to try their three-layer Chocolate Guinness Cake with Baileys Irish Cream filling. But I really was too full. Dinner even filled up my dessert stomach. I’ll just have to make it a point to go back one day.