1521 Melrose Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Taylor Shellfish is located in the hippest and homiest entertainment and shopping complex in Seattle, just at the bottom of Capitol Hill. Taylor offers up an excellent variety of oysters, crabs, mussels, geoduck and other treasures of the sea which can be enjoyed while dining in the shop or as a tasty takeaway for an impromptu picnic or well-planned dinner. Expect sleek environs, a lively crowd, knowledgeable service and a clam chowder you are sure to be talking about long after you enjoy the last bite. Taylor also sells condiments and a fine variety of award-winning wines to complement your selections.
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2501 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
Lucky for citizens of the Emerald City, Josh Henderson (of Skillet fame) recently opened a hidden gem on north Lake Union named Westward. Expect stunning views of downtown, Queen Anne and Lake Union as well as outdoor dining, adirondack chairs, oyster shell sculptures and an open fire pit along with the warm hospitality you get at all of Josh’s joints. Step inside the whimsically and nautically themed dining room and you’ll find a small but thoughtfully presented selection of dishes including snacks like fried chickpeas, smoked manila clam dip with house made chips and shellfish. Looking for something heartier? Don’t miss the fried Pacific oyster roll, the Mediterranean mussel stew, the perfectly grilled octopus or the pan roasted black cod (pictured). Still hungry? The sweet corn panna cotta and chocolate olive oil cake served with brandied cherries are the perfect way to finish the evening.
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615 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
This hip little eatery has long been the ‘go to’ place for anyone looking for seafood served with a Vietnamese flair. Monsoon set up shop on this little traveled section of Capitol Hill 15 years ago and it didn’t take long for hardcore fans to start lining up to grab a much sought after table. The landscape in the area has changed somewhat as other businesses and restaurants have joined Monsoon along this main section of 19th Avenue. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the savory and soul-warming fare coming from Monsoon’s kitchen. Always fresh and sourced locally, the kusshi and shigoku oysters cannot be beat. Or if you’re in the mood for soup, look no further than the tamarind. This earthy concoction hits all of the right notes with the cherry tomatoes, fresh pineapple, prawns and bạc hà. And if you happen to stop by Monsoon on Sunday or Monday, consider yourself lucky because that’s when it breaks out its crab feast. If you like crab, you really owe this treat to yourself.
2401 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
The once dodgy Denny Regrade now rebranded as Belltown plays hosts to a lot of fine watering holes and restaurants of all kinds, but none shine as bright as Shiro’s Sushi. Shiro, the patriarch and chef owner of Shiro’s, has been making sushi for over 50 years and seems to give each piece of sushi the time and attention as though he were making if for the first time. Expect a wait if you don’t arrive early. If you are lucky enough to grab a seat at the sushi bar, consider yourself very lucky as you’ll have a chance to talk with the master himself as he can still be seen behind the bar rolling to the delight of his regular customers and newcomers alike. Start with a Shiro hand roll and/or ask what’s freshest in the case. For the best possible experience, have the chef make all of the choices for you by ordering omakase style which showcases the chef’s talents, what’s fresh and what might appeal to your personal taste. Shiro’s also features a lovely selection of sake, wine and tea to complement the meal.
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The Whale Wins
3506 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Anyone can tell that Renee Erickson has a super power for gilding things. This longtime force in the local culinary scene turns everything she touches into gold. Seattle fell in love with her first and longest-standing restaurant Boat Street Cafe in the University district. But Seattle has gone on to fall in love with The Walrus & The Carpenter and its pint-sized cocktail lounge, her Narwhal food truck and The Whale Wins, which marked Erickson’s debut in Fremont. This looker serves up great beer, cocktails, salads and vegetables but the stars on the menu are oysters, sardines and other treats from the sea.