CITY GUIDES | Seattle

CITY GUIDES | Seattle

Want to fall in love with Seattle? Here's how to do it, according to two very respectable chefs.

February 14, 2019
CITY GUIDES | Seattle

CITY GUIDES | Seattle

Want to fall in love with Seattle? Here's how to do it, according to two very respectable chefs.

February 14, 2019
By Cassandra Landry | illustration iStock/beastfromeast

Ah, Seattle. Land of incredible seafood, occasional crushing grayness, and artfully-honed ~Spheres~ side-eye. Also: intense natural beauty and enough caffeine to keep our hearts fluttering forever. Hungry? Here's where to go and who to see. 

Late Night

Melissa: Loretta’s has the best $4 burger with a toasted bun, delicious meat, secret sauce, and onions. If I want fried chicken and karaoke at the same time, there’s a place called Marco Polo. They do pressure-fried chicken and karaoke on Fridays and Saturdays. I’ve called before to be like “We’re coming. Fry some chicken!” If I’m winding down and I want bar snacks and a good atmosphere, there’s a bar called East Trading Co. It’s pretty new, but Domingo, the chef there is really doing well. It’s a great atmosphere. If I’ve just finished work and maybe I’m going to run into some friends, that’s the spot.

Jeffrey: Seattle’s not really known for this, but there are hot dog vendors on the street in little pockets where people go out drinking. It’s not exactly my thing, but the Seattle hot dog is cream cheese, sauerkraut, and griddled onions. There’s one in particular called Monster Dogs that has a lot of different options for the frankfurters—there are vegan ones, too.  

The other quintessential Seattle spot is Dick’s Drive-In. There was recently a photo of Bill Gates waiting outside a Dick’s Drive-In to buy hamburgers. The burgers are perfect late-night greasy food. The fries are trash, but the burgers are great. 

A legacy cocktail bar is Rob Roy. It feels like your rich uncle’s basement, there’s an old reel-to-reel that’s playing, it’s dark. It’s exactly what you want when you’re out and want a night-cap.

Rob Roy
Hot Spot
Belltown, Seattle
$$, Modern, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Happy Hour, Cocktail, Lounge
2 Recommendations

No, Really: Go To Pike Place Market

Melissa: There’s a woman in Pike Place Market named Leila that owns Oriental Mart. It’s old-school point-and-pick what you want to eat Filipino food. She’s been there for 40 years. Her and my dad used to go dancing. It’s just five seats at a counter and specials that change every day and is a good place to be quiet and escape for a minute. She does this tamarind soup called sinigang with salmon collars. Because she’s in the market, she gets to use the scraps from the vendors, so there’s this beautiful cycle to what she does.

Jeffrey: Pike Place Market is definitely worth it if it’s not a mid-summer weekend. The coolest thing about the market is not them throwing fish, or the iconic picture with the big sign—it’s the levels underneath it. There are lots of quirky little shops, used bookstores, and antiques. Recently, a really cool discovery that I made was a shop with a bunch of Japanese cutlery in the window. Obviously, as a chef, I was intrigued so I went inside; the owner and his wife have a bunch of Japanese candy and kitchen things you might not find anywhere else. 

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