48 Hour Seattle Food Coma
Ohhh Seattle. I love you, I hate you, I everything you. I love you because your food scene is so ever changing and I hate you because I don’t live there anymore to watch you change into a beautiful food butterfly. Basically Seattle, we have a “Taylor Swift” type of relationship: We’re no longer together, but I just wanna write about you and sing about you all the damn time. My 48 hours begin when I land at SEA at 5:30pm Friday. I take the light rail into town ($3 from the airport to downtown. SERIOUSLY) If you aren’t in a rush and don't mind the hour long jaunt from the airport to town, I’d advise taking the light rail. It will literally save you enough money to get an appetizer and a couple drinks, which leads us to our first spot:
Goldfinch Tavern is the newest edition to the Ethan Stowell Seattle restaurant empire, located on the first floor of the Four Seasons hotel, right where ART used to be. Remember ART?! The restaurant itself is bathed in Four Seasons elegance, as expected, and once you pair Ethan Stowell’s love of fresh local ingredients with Four Seasons service and Chef Joe Ritchie in the kitchen, you’re pretty much set for a night of elegant awesomeness. I kicked things off with:
Literally one of every oyster on the menu. Serious. Not pictured is the Hamachi Crudo, which literally was so delicious that pictures were NOT taken.
Up next, some Beef Tartare
Then for the main course, I went all out and got the Wagyu Eye of Ribeye (Yeah, I went THERE)
Then top all that off with a Sundae...
Note: This meal was a bit extravagant because it was my birthday, and I wanted to do some “adulting”.
After this I headed to one of my favorite night spots: Damn the Weather, a nice casual late night spot with great grub, awesome cocktails, and a damn good name. *wink*
The atmosphere here is always motivating for me. Everyone is always hustling in and out at all points of the night, motivated to capitalize on wherever the Seattle night leads them, and I love that feeling. So go sit at the bar and have some Grappa. I LOVE Grappa. I ended up having some Grappa then a cocktail, then called it a night.
The next morning I wake up and head to one of my favorite cozy coffee shops downtown: Zeitgeist Coffee. I come here because the place is so damn spacious, and the coffee is good. What did I get? Plain latte (the ONLY way to latte) and a croissant. Eat. Drink. Then stare aimlessly up at the ceiling until you clear that writer's block...
After this I head to one of my favorite old haunts: Bravehorse Tavern. I love Bravehorse Tavern because it’s out of the way. It’s located in the South Lake Union area, about a 15 minute walk from Pikes Market, and it has less of a crowd than the normal touristy spots downtown, so I occasionally wander here for a couple (a LOT) of great beer that's on tap. What did I have? I had a Shake Chocolate Porter on nitro from Boulder Brewing and a pretzel with smoked peanut butter and bacon dip. Duh.
Later that night, I take in Tom Douglas’ newest venture: The Carlile Room.
This place reminds me of an old school disco club. The vibe is totally laid back, and it's located across the Paramount Theatre, so it’s a cool place to load up on food and drinks before you head to your show. The eclectic vegetable dishes on the menu is what impressed me the most about this place though. Looks like Chef Dezi has got it locked down. What did I get?
And we CANNOT leave out that delicious Blackberry Mojito and that dashing Blueberry Creme Puff. You should literally walk in there and just order these two things to eat. I'm serious people.
It’s Sunday, and I wake up massively late, presumably from the food coma and/or the alcohol (Hint: It was the alcohol). I hop out of bed and run up to Capitol Hill to get on the waiting list for one my favorite old school brunch spots: Skillet Diner. The food here is just honest modern takes on comfort food. That's it. And, it's worth the wait. Let's kick things off with a Bacon Jam (that's right!) Bloody Mary and wrap it up with a Deconstructed Corned Beef Hash!
After this meal, I pretty much walk around in a food coma daze and think about how much I miss this place. The Seattle food scene is always constantly shifting and changing. The innovation here not only by new up and coming chefs, but by old staples like Tom Douglas & Ethan Stowell always blows my mind. Everyone here, young and old, modern and classic, new school and old school, all take a serious vested effort in the culinary scene here, and I love it all. Keep it up Seattle; Maybe we might get back together someday...