Seattle is considered one of the top 10 cities in the nation for “foodies” because of its artisan bars and restaurants and the numerous types of cuisine served. Foodies seeking the best that Seattle has to offer should consider visiting any of these cafe and bar locations to experience the best combinations of tasty local fare and exquisite drinks.
Oddfellows Cafe And Bar
1525 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
The Oddfellows Cafe and Bar, located between Pike and Pine Streets, offers a full bar plus a gourmet food menu that is served throughout the day. This stylishly decorated bar encompasses 2,500 square feet and features antique furniture such as bar stools, church pews, tables and chairs salvaged from a farmhouse and a marble-top bar. The top eats foodies should try include the mascarpone cheese and pear-stuffed brioche French toast, or the breakfast panini with poached eggs, bacon, tomato and smoked cheddar and gruyere cheeses. For lunch, try the chicken panzanella with bacon, arugula, avocado, tomatoes and blue cheese. Dinner is served after 5 p.m. and its menu includes the braised pork shank with French lentils and creamed cabbage, as well as the steak with braised onion, blue cheese and arugula.
Crow Restaurant And Bar
823 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Conveniently situated in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne district, the Crow Restaurant and Bar features a full bar and wine list, in addition to its signature menu of Asian, French and Americana cuisine. For dinner, the in-house lasagna recipe is a foodie favorite, as is the prosciutto-wrapped chicken and the wild nettle gnocchi with asparagus, parmesan and crimini mushrooms. If you’d prefer to dine and drink during happy hour, consider the $5 plates of organic mixed greens, the duck and pistachio pate with mustard or the smoked salmon carpaccio with raita, paired with a glass of wine or a Manhattan or martini.
Purple Cafe And Wine Bar
1225 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
The Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, located in downtown Seattle, offers daily specials where the kitchen and wine staff expertly pair menu items and drinks. Signature lunch and dinner entrees include the Maine lobster-baked macaroni and cheese, champagne-battered Alaskan true cod or the pan-seared ahi tuna. Foodies may also want to consider the gourmet pizzas such as the shaved asparagus with robiola cheese, or the gorgonzola fig with caramelized onions, toasted almonds and red-wine poached figs.
Bastille Cafe And Bar
5307 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
In Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, the Bastille Cafe and Bar is a popular, high-society hangout for foodies. It not only offers exceptional food and drinks, but a daily happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., as well as another happy hour, Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you’re a burger lover, you’ll find some of the best at Bastille Cafe and Bar. Its lamb burger is served with hot chili aioli, pickled shallots and arugula and then topped with feta cheese. Another favorite is the half-pound filet mignon burger on focaccia bread and served with bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion, cheddar cheese and Thousand Island dressing. If you’re a vegetarian, there is a delectable option for you as well. Try the crunchy falafel wrap that is a foot long and served with chickpea fritters and eggplant and cucumber slices.
113 Blanchard St.
Seattle, WA 98121
Located in the Belltown neighborhood, the Spur Gastropub is an urban-style pub with tantalizing plates of food and enticing cocktails. The pub has not only been called one of Seattle’s top 10 bars, but it has also been recognized by a number of publications including Wine & Spirits, StarChefs, Conde Nast Traveller, Gayot and Food & Wine. Spur Gastropub’s menu changes seasonally, so it is always offering new and different cuisines, paired with chef-selected wines and well drinks. Its current menu items include smoked hamachi with avocado, horseradish and vegetables, black cod with turnips, matsutake mushroom and ciopollini onion and the mad hatcher chicken with hedgehog mushrooms, pears and watercress. Spur Gastropub also offers a five- and eight-course chef’s tasting menu for foodies.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.