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11 Top-Flight Restaurants in Seattle

Kate Gitman 6 months ago - in Travel&Life

One could be forgiven for thinking Seattleites have a serious kitchen phobia, given the insane amount of diverse restaurants that fill the city. People here consider themselves possessive of a cultured tongue and the city’s chefs are some of the most renowned in the country. From exotic dishes to blue-collar favorites, there is an option for every taste and budget. However, the sheer amount of eating options in Seattle means it helps to have some local knowledge on where to fill your stomach.

1. Ray’s Boathouse


Given the city’s scenic lodging between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, it is no surprise that seafood is a local specialty. The best place in town to sample the day’s fresh catches is Ray’s Boathouse. Overlooking Shilshole Bay in the fashionable Ballard neighborhood, Ray’s Boathouse matches the best seafood in the Northwest with striking views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

2. Dahlia Lounge


The Dahlia Lounge, in Belltown, may not have the same spectacular surroundings but it does boast an amazing array of creative seafood dishes. Its chef, Tom Douglas, is an award-winning legend and his Dungeness crab cannot be recommended highly enough.

3. Matt’s in the Market


Located within the bustling Pike Street Market, Matt’s in the Market is as authentic a seafood restaurant as there can be, with the menu wholly dependent upon what the chefs find among the market fish stalls.

4. The Flying Fish


Also, make sure you quickly acquaint yourself with a Seattle favorite known as taco de pescado, or fish taco. This omnipresent dish mixes Mexican corn tortillas and spicy sauces with grilled local fish, and it is widely regarded that the Flying Fish, in North Seattle, serves it the best.

5. Wild Ginger


When not dining on the abundance of their own waters, Seattle diners love to expand their taste buds at a range of exotic restaurants.A constant favorite is Wild Ginger, in both downtown Seattle and Bellevue, and now in its third decade of perfect Chinese and South-East Asian cuisine. From spicy Malaysian laksa to sticky Indonesian fried chicken wings, there is an Eastern flavor for every food lover.

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6. The Pink Door

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The Pink Door, located in the Pike Place Market, offers hearty Italian meals in a beautiful dining room with chandeliers and a fountain. Its unique ambiance is completed by live jazz and frequent performances by trapeze artists.

7. Café Campagne


Far more reserved in appearance, yet equally splendid is Café Campagne. Also found in the Pike Place Market, it mirrors the style of a classic Parisian café whilst serving authentic French bistro meals.

8. 5 Spot


Seattle is not all trendy locations and foreign flavors: the city has a strong blue-collar workforce that demands cheap, unpretentious eats. 5 Spot, in North Seattle, has made an art form of this ideal by constantly delivering huge portions of good, simple food. Their chefs scour the American regions for new ideas, meaning the menu is perpetually fresh.

9. Red Mill Burgers

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The best burgers in town reside at Red Mill Burgers, in Phinney Ridge and Interbay, where the secret sauce is a constant source of controversy. They have an incredible menu that includes veggie burgers and delicious shakes and malts.

10. Paseo Caribbean Food


An equally guilty pleasure resides at the always crowded Paseo Caribbean Food, in Fremont, where the pork loin sandwiches drip with aioli, jalapenos, and caramelized onions. The menu is impressive overall.

11. Toulouse Petit


The best deal in town is at Toulouse Petit, in North Seattle, where every weekday morning, amazing $6 breakfasts are served to an appreciative crowd. Whether you want to have a really delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, head to the Toulouse Petit. You will not regret you did.

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Of course, this is not all. Seemingly every day, a new restaurant pops up with an ambition to be the Emerald City’s latest and greatest feed spot. To pick up on the newest sensation, just ask around. Seattleites are more than willing to give their extensive opinion on each and every dining experience!