Seattle Dinner Places

Capitol Hill:
Quinn’s –

Really good beer selection and the food is great as well! They have beer o’clock from 3-5p which is half off drafts. They don’t take reservations but getting a seat doesn’t usually take too long.

IMG_7631 lightroom Beef Tartare
IMG_2295 Wild Boar Sloppy Joe

IMG_7615 lightroom Foie Gras Frites
IMG_2287 2 Ultimate Burger
IMG_2302 Warm Brownie & Peanut Caramel
IMG_2298 Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Whale Wins –

One of Renee Erickson’s restaurants that features a wood-fired menu and heavy on Pacific Northwest products. Has been on many lists of the best new restaurants, etc. They do take a limited amount of reservations each night.


IMG_6976 Painted Hills Cote De Boeuf
IMG_4024 Painted Hills Marrow Bones

IMG_6972 Lamb Tartare
IMG_4016 Seal Wolf & Columbia City Bakery Bread & Butter
Carlton Farms Roasted Pork Shoulder

Revel –

The second of Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s restaurants. It’s a casual Korean-French fusion restaurant. I like the laid back atmosphere of Revel a little bit more than Joule, which is below.  The food also reflects the casual atmosphere as well. The noodle bowl and rice bowls just have a great combination of flavors and ingredients that creates deliciousness

IMG_2791 Dungeness Crab Noodle
IMG_2793 Short Rib Rice
IMG_2799 Cara Cara Shortcake

Joule –

The first of Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s restaurants. It’s a Korean inspired French restaurant.  The food is still really good but I prefer Revel over Joule. Now if you really want to go all out…there’s nothing wrong with the Whale Wins/Joule Daily Double since the restaurants are next door to each other…

IMG_6986 Duck Pastrami Fried Rice
IMG_6996 Kalbi Burger
IMG_7001 Hazelnut Cake

Radiator Whiskey –

Located in Pike Place Market, across from the clock, this place offers upscale bar food with an emphasis on the pig. Rich and salty, it gives a great balance to all the whiskey you’ll be drinking. For its location and size, your check will be quite affordable at the end of the night (assuming you don’t go overboard on the drinking). Seating is pretty easy to obtain when they open at 4p but wait times can reach into a couple of hours during peak evening hours.

IMG_9111 lightroom Tater Tots
IMG_9114 lightroom Fried Beef Lip Terrine
IMG_9124 lightroom Debris Sandwich

IMG_9119 lightroom Fried Pork Shank
IMG_9128 lightroom Debris Ice Cream Sandwich

International District:

Small, cozy restaurant in the old Nihonmachi.  Difficult to find since there are no signs that indicate it’s there. Reservations are a must. The sushi is delicious however and well worth any wait.

IMG_4464 Sushi
IMG_4462 Spider Roll
IMG_4469 Sashimi
IMG_4457 Fried Oysters

Maneki’s –

It’s been around for over 100 years. Reservations are a must, especially on the weekends. For sushi and Japanese food, the prices are ridiculously cheap. It’s a Seattle institution.

West Seattle:
Ma’ono –

Hawaiian inspired fusion restaurant with great fried chicken. There’s a fusion aspect on many of the menu items.  One of the best and most intriguing items is the popcorn ice cream. Don’t knock it until you try it!

IMG_8116 Spam Musubi
IMG_1303 Garlic Green Beans & Watercress
IMG_1308 copy Fried Chicken
IMG_1871 lightroom-2 Kalua Pig Tacos

IMG_1877 lightroom-2 Portuguese Sausage
IMG_8128 Loco Moco

IMG_8120 Fatty Saimin
IMG_8132 Popcorn Ice Cream


Seattle Lunch Places

Pioneer Square:
Il Corvo –

Some of the best pasta in town. They hand make it all.They offer 3 pastas/day and it always changes.  Gets crowded at lunch and is only open from 11a-3p. There’s always a few people waiting before the doors open. I’m usually one of them.

IMG_5746 Cresti Di Gallo
IMG_8039 Conchiglini in Soffritto
IMG_4414 Casarecce

IMG_4413 Percatelli with Boquerone Salse Verde
IMG_6400 lightroom Percatelli with Goose Egg Carbonara

Pizzeria Gabiano –

Sister restaurant of Il Corvo. Pizza by the kilo….They offer usually around 6-8 different types and you can try as much or as little as you want since they cut slices by what you want.

IMG_4422 4 types of pizza…Mushroom, Peppers, Mortadella, Prosciutto (l-r)
IMG_5749 Mortadella Mozzarella and Italian Sausage

Salumi –

Opened by Mario Batali’s father. Only open 11a-4p but they do run out. Always a line and begins before 11a. However the line is shorter during non-peak touristy (think winter and rainy) season. They always have a few specials and the classics (assuming they haven’t run out). They usually have most Salumi (cured meat) sandwiches but again it’s all based upon availability.

The Classics

IMG_1179 Porchetta
IMG_2257-1 Meatball with Mozzarella

Cured Meats

IMG_0632 Cullatello with Mozzarella
IMG_1630 Muffo
IMG_1632 Coppa
Finnochiona Salami with Mozzarella
IMG_5700 Smoked Paprika and Gorgonzola

IMG_8060 Hot Sopressata with Gorgonzola

Specials (special of the day)

IMG_8044 The Michelangelo
IMG_0623 Cinnamon Pork Butt
IMG_1623 Pancetta, Lettuce and Tomato
IMG_5724 Fennel Sausage and Garlic Greens 

Tat’s Deli –

A very popular lunch spot with a line that is long but moves pretty quickly. The Tat’strami is heavenly. If you like pastrami and if you like cheesesteak this marriage is just what you want. Smokey pastrami made cheesesteak style and topped with slaw and russian dressing. It’s so good you’ll want another!

IMG_6405 lightroomTat’strami

Rain Shadow Meats –

A butcher that also makes sandwiches with their charcuterie and meats! I think their porchetta is one of the best in town. Especially since they top it with some cracklin’


Paseo –

The caribbean roast is the way to go. There’s always a line, especially during peak eating hours. Messy and sloppy but you’ll enjoy every second of it.

IMG_9035Caribbean Roast Sandwich

Seattle Breakfast Places

Toulouse Petite –
Breakfast Happy Hour. Need I say more? Monday thru Friday from 8a-11a.

IMG_2207 Smoked Salmon Omelet with shallots, fine herbes, crème fraiche
IMG_2208 Eggs Charcutieres Benedict with Rustic Duck Terrine and Veal Shallot Pan Sauce

Bakery Nouveau –
Pastries are just delicious. The twice baked almond and twice baked chocolate croissants are pretty divine

IMG_1839 Twice Baked Chocolate Croissant
IMG_9041Twice Baked Almond Croissant
Pear Danish
IMG_1027 Spinach and Feta Croissant
IMG_1029-1Croque Monsieur
IMG_1858 Ham and Cheese Croissant

And they also have desserts….

IMG_3953 Classic Chocolate Cake
IMG_3941Chocolate Mocha Cheesecake
IMG_3940Limoncello Slice

*Disclaimer…this isn’t a comprehensive list nor does it claim to be. Just used as a quick and easy guide*

Seattle RW #3 – Crush

Stop 3 for Restaurant Week was at Jason Wilson’s Crush

Cheese Puffs

Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras “Steak”
Almond Rosemary Financier, Meyer Lemon Compote & Belgian Endiv

Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Tartar
Fresh Horseradish, Roasted Beet Cous Cous & Truffled Crème Fraish

Warm Duck Confit Salad with Chicory Greens
Hazelnut Vinaigrette & Pickled Pears

Stinging Nettle Soup with Creme Fraiche
Spring Onion Noodles & Rosemary Croutons

Hand Rolled Potato Gnocchi with Gruyere Cream
Fiddleheads, Maitake Mushrooms & Savory Apples

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Smokey Cous Cous
Currants, Peppers & Mustard Greens

Crispy Skin Cod with Pee Wee Potatoes
Sherry, Bacon, Watercress & Celery

Chocolate Peanut Brownie Sundae
Salted Caramel

Artisan Cheese Tasting
Seasonal Garnish & House Made Crackers

Lemon Meringue Tart
Orange Blossom Curd, Tarragon & Mint

Seattle RW #2 – The Corson Building

The Corson Building was stop #2 for Seattle Restaurant Week. Located in an small unassuming house in Georgetown, this place puts out some quality food. They like to focus on family style seating and meals as well.

Sourdough with lovage butter, graisseron

Pork and chili rillettes with rye crackers, pickles and a six minute egg

Lamb shoulder braised with dried limes and cumin, yogurt, lentil pilaf, flatbread and condiments

Gateau Basque with hazelnut carmel and chocolate

Seattle RW #1 – Dahlia Lounge

Seattle Restaurant Week just happened again from April 10-21, 2011.  Dahlia Lounge was the first stop for this series…

Chilled Astoria bay shrimp, grilled asparagus, buttermilk dressing, ficelle toast

Duck consomme, duck-green garlic meatball, spring onion, sesame

Hand-carved snake rivers farms pork leg, corn grits, mustard greens, wild ramps

Alaskan halibut, sour cream ‘n’ chives potatoes, snap peas, charred tomato vinaigrette, potato crisp

Tom’s world famous creme caramel

Coconut Cream Pie