Top Pot Doughnuts
Unforgettable, freshly made old fashioned doughnuts. They’ll be the best you’ve had, and if you should find better, email me.
“Savor the nostalgia and taste of a secret 1920s doughnut recipe in a gorgeous vintage environment”
Try a bite of all 40 kinds. Bring friends.
Portage Bay Café
Excellent breakfast menu and an even better weekend brunch. This is the kind of place you’d make a date to meet friends on Sunday mornings. It’s the kind of place I take my mother when she visits Seattle once a year.
There is almost always a wait at the door, but the freshness of food, the commitment to quality ingredients- it’s worth it. Most notable: the challah French toast with full topping bar and a side of crispy peppered bacon.
The 5 Spot
an upscale hipster diner in the Queen Anne neighborhood known for: a menu that rotates every few months to feature a new American region’s cuisine (with a handful of menu staples always available), generous portions, consistently great service from friendly, quirky servers, and a special late night menu. Of all Seattle restaurants, I’ve visited and revisited 5Spot most. I adore the funky atmosphere. The food never disappoints.
Order the Longhorn Burger.
This is perhaps the best sandwich I’ve tasted in twenty seven years. In fact, I’d venture to Seattle simply to have one. Paseo is a small Caribbean restaurant(mostly take out) with locations in Fremont and Ballard, famous for their Cuban sandwiches. Order the Cuban Roast for a taste of all-day-long slowly cooked pork, caramelized onions, cilantro, and garlic aioli on a fresh baguette.
From Food & Wine Magazine: The superb Cuban sandwiches here—made with soft, chewy rolls, fresh cilantro, huge chunks of tender slow-roasted pork, and a secret aioli-esque sauce—could alone keep the place in business. The entrée-size platters that come laden with rice and beans, corn on the cob, and a tangy beet salad are also delicious; the oven-roasted half chicken and the prawns in a piquant rojo sauce are standouts. Expect a line, and expect to settle for takeout; the handful of plastic tables is usually full.
High quality pizzeria from one of Seattle’s highly renowned restaurateurs. Simple, fresh, a bit frou frou.
”a pizzeria with a bread baker’s soul. Serves up pies with blistered crusts, light texture, with just enough structure and bite…Made in a 600 degree F applewood burning oven.”
Try the Roasted Crimini Mushroom with Truffle Cheese pie
Authentic Italian pizza with a focus on the freshest local ingredients. Toppings are simple and pure. This spot is owned and run by Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life and the blogger behind Orangette, and her talented husband, Brandon Pettit.
Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
”creamy dairy from happy, hormone-free Western Washington cows with seasonal, local, and, when available, organic fruits and spices to make combinations that are both familiar and surprising.”
Be sure to get a scoop of the salted caramel in a freshly homemade waffle cone!
This is a favorite food truck of mine, but it’s also now a new diner in Capitol Hill that serves inspired American comfort food made with seasonal ingredients. Definitely order the Skillet Burger: grass fed beef, arugula, bacon jam, cambozola, soft roll. Yes, bacon jam.
La Carta de Oaxaca
Incredibly flavorful upscale Mexican food. It’s a little frou frou for my taste and the portions can be small, but the food never fails to be outstanding. Everything is freshly made, perfectly seasoned and spiced, and stands its ground as one of the best restaurants in Seattle.
Camille and I recommend the Entomatadas and the Mole Negro, but you cannot go wrong with any menu item you choose.