Seattle's Restaurant Scene Makes a Super Bowl Loss a Little Easier to Swallow
Chicken Vermicelli Bowl From Pegasus Vietnamese
Sunday's loss was a huge disappointment for Seattle Seahawk fans. On Monday morning, you couldn't even walk through the grocery store without noticing the sad, long faces. Of course it was rainy which definitely added to the gloom. But in this city, where rainy days are a way of life-that didn't account for the feeling that most people were just trying to get through the day. (And avoid watching the news.)
Thank goodness we Seattleites have a secret weapon to help begin the healing. An incredible, vibrant restaurant scene with some of the top chefs in the country to thrill us with our comfort food of choice.
Seastar's Mahimahi with cucumber macadamia nut relish
Will Work For Food
Granted, I am a self proclaimed "foodie" and living in Seattle has only enhanced that title.
When the year end Visa statement arrives, we are informed that about 70% of our spending falls under the "dining out" category. Thank goodness I am not the type of girl who needs a new designer bag or a pair of Jimmy Choo's to keep me happy. I always remind my husband of this when he begins to suggest fast food might be a better way to go. (Lucky for me, he lives to eat as well.)
Seastar in the east side suburb of Bellevue is one of our favorites. Their Mahimahi with a cucumber relish and a Thai sweet chili sauce will cheer up the most devastated fan.
You Don't Have to Break The Bank
Don't get me wrong-eating in Seattle doesn't have to mean a step toward bankruptcy. A trip down to Pike Place Market is sure to please anyone and fits well into most budgets. Choose a gourmet treat from around the world. Greece, France, Italy, Thailand and Vietnam to name a few.
And you haven't lived until you've tried a Russian delight from Piroshky Piroshky. Tender, flaky, pastry crust wrapped around savory fillings. Smoked salmon, beef, cheese and onion are just some of the offerings. And the sweet ones are equally spectacular with flavors like cinnamon cardamon, apple, rhubarb and chocolate hazelnut.
Chocolate Hazelnut Piroshky
Stateside. A Newcomer Worth a Visit
One of Seattle's newest eateries, Stateside, is well worth the trip to the Capitol Hill neighborhood. French-Vietnamese fusion is how chef/owner Eric Johnson describes his new spot.
We went with three friends which is definitely the best way to try this gem. Small plates with some of the most delicious flavors to ever hit your mouth. Our favorite was the Chili Cumin Pork Ribs and the warm mushroom salad with butter vinaigrette and a fried duck egg.
Stateside's Chili Cumin Pork Ribs
A Seattle Institution That Continues to Get Raves
With as many incredible new "hot spots" opening up weekly around the city, there are still those that have been here for years worthy of recognition. One of my favorites is Il Terrazzo Carmine in Pioneer Square.
Family owned since they first opened their doors in 1984, Il Terrazzo continues to live up to the standard they've always enjoyed. Incredible, mouth-watering handmade pasta, fresh seafood, organic chicken and beef. My last trip there was in November for our Anniversary and it did not disappoint. I would rather forgo gifts every year and just splurge on a fantastic meal at Il Terrazzo.
(We were also happy to hear Al Pacino had dined there the week before us. You know you're on the right track when Pacino chooses the same Italian restaurant you did.)
Il Terrazzo Carmine's Spicy Scallop Linguine
As I mentioned earlier, you don't have to venture into the city to enjoy some of the Jewels of Seattle.
Tucked away in the eastern suburb of Redmond, Washington lies Pomegranate Bistro. The brainchild of chef and caterer Lisa Dupar. Pomegranate is one of the reasons the Seattle suburbs are stepping up their game.
Open for lunch, dinner and a fabulous weekend brunch, Pomegranate Bistro offers up fried chicken, firebreads (homemade, flatbread type pizzas from a built-in brick oven), an amazing fresh ground burger and numerous other comfort foods.
That makes sense, since Lisa was raised in South Carolina. Her southern charm and innovative menu says it all. Pacific Northwest meets the old South. What a lovely combination.
Pomegranate Bistro's Classic Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
All in all, if you have to lose a Super Bowl, Seattle is not a bad city to recover in. A friend of mine frequents a sushi bar where Russell Wilson is often spotted. My guess, however, is that Russ will take his sushi to-go in the next few weeks.