While the first thing that catches your eye when you walk into Specialty's is the very attractive sweets in the display counter, their primary business is lunch for the surrounding office buildings. Many of the offerings here are soups and salads, and they have a reputation of being very good.
This is a rather unique concept, as they can be very busy during the lunch rush they have self-service kiosks set up at the entrance to the restaurant where it is possible to place your order as well as walking up to the counter.
How quickly the industrial past of Lake Union has been forgotten, and yet Specialty's has, in this location on the south side of Lake Union, decided to place large photographs of the history of this area so that anyone can see what once existed here.
The south side of the restaurant is mostly tables and extends pretty far back from the street. The north side of the restaurant is more of a coffee house type arrangement with a few sofas and cushioned chairs, and a fireplace.
This location is open Monday - Friday 6am to 6pm.
WiFi is available, as well as a number of power outlets.
Favorite Dish: Beef & Bleu sandwich for $6.79 (comes to $7.44 after tax) seemed pretty good, and I've heard the soups are wonderful but I haven't had a chance to get one yet.
It should be expected that the dishes put out by the restaurant inside the Seattle Art Museum would be very artistically pleasing, and they are. You could hope they would be creative and taste great, and in my experience they are.
You could hope they use local ingredients as much as possible, and based on what their menu claims this has been done as well.
However, they are also quite expensive for the quantity of food that is provided, with the soups being the best value.
At the same time, this is also an extremely popular restaurant and frequently has few spare seats or tables.
There is a reasonably complete bar along the north wall, which seems to be quite capable of producing a variety of decent drinks, but I have never sampled their output as I have always been too cheap to try any of them.
The menus do change with the season so don't expect what is available at one time during the year to be available all year.
The restaurant is closed on Mondays, but has a happy hour ending at 6pm Wednesday through Saturday.
Favorite Dish: Delicata Squash Galette for $12
The soup for $7 was pretty good, but unfortunately I do not have a record as to what type of soup it was.
In Pike's Market - a cheese maker/restaurant where you can watch cheese being made and enjoy some of the fresh dishes made with this local delicacy.
Favorite Dish: Must try the Mac and Cheese and their Grilled panini with homemade cheese, tomato and basil.
Fried cheese curds are also delicious.
I think I had something to eat at the aquarium (like lunch or early dinner). I have photographs which indicate that I did, but not anything about what I ate.
Their website says:
We have something to please everyone and serve sustainable seafood as well as burgers, pizza by the slice, handcrafted sandwiches, salads and soups. Enjoy a coffee drink and bakery treat at the coffee bar. The Café is located on the second floor with a stunning view of the New Puget Sound Great Hall and Window on Washington Waters exhibit. An outdoor balcony with a view of Elliott Bay will is the perfect place to relax on nice days. Open weekdays from 9:30am to 4:00pm and weekends from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Favorite Dish: Try the Mushroom/Swiss Cheeseburger with a cup of New England Clam Chowder or the Patty Melt (hamburger with sauteed mushrooms and onions on buttered bread) with a salad and a side of fries. Instead of dipping your fries in the regular condiment of ketchup, try mixing the ketchup with tabasco sauce for a spicy treat.
Named in honor of the Kingdome, a sports venue that no longer exists, you can still find some memorabilia to Seahawks past in this little restaurant. This includes a photograph of the old Kingdome in happier days. It's a horribly ugly concrete building, but then so are almost all sports stadiums.
I found that there were a number of really good sounding entrees which stopped being served at 11 am, as that is when the breakfast hour is considered over.
The reason that I went here is that the lunch hour line was the shortest of the various places I looked into in the surrounding area, and the food seemed reasonably good. It turns out that there are many who feel the same way, and there were quite a number of people who wandered in to get lunch to take back to their office or wherever they were going.
There is a self-service area for some coffee and water.
Favorite Dish: Their taco salad is a fairly good lunch, and at $6.49 its a very good deal. They've got a reasonably good selection of tropical fruit juices as well, though no recycling facilities for the aluminum can it comes in.
Beth's is an experience not to be missed. Especially at 3 a.m. when the bar/club crowd descends for their Beth's food orgies. A great mix of college kids, punks, drunks, and other assorted locals and tourists, it's all about the atmosphere as well as the great food. Try their 12-egg omelettes if you dare. Or go for the scrambles or the huge breakfast burrito. They also have great burgers, sandwiches, and some pretty cool shakes. They're open 24 hours, but I've never been there during the day time.
Beth's is located on Aurora near Green Lake, so if you're downtown, it's relatively easy to get to by heading north on Aurora. Go ahead, venture out into the neighborhoods. Beth's is worth the visit.
Favorite Dish: The Eastsider. $7.25, a total deal.
The first full day we were in Seattle we decided to have breakfast in our hotel. Pike Place Cafe in the Sheraton Hotel and Towers was a nice, upper-class sort of place with good service and the prices reflected this. I think I had pancakes and the rest of the family a breakfast which surely included eggs in some form. Everybody enjoyed their meal. Coffee cups were refilled without asking.
If you don't mind spending extra for convenience and nice atmosphere, try this place. Also, right outside of the Sheraton was a really classy coffee bar that we never got to try, but definitely will go there if we're ever there again. The Dilatante Coffee Bar has all types of coffees, pastries, other delights. Just loved the decor which one could see through the floor to ceiling windows!
NOTE: During our visit in July, 2006, the hotel was undergoing additional construction and the Dilatante Coffee Bar was closed. I hope that it will re-open post-construction because it was quite special in design and very convenient to the hotel.
Zeitgeist Cafe, Pioneer Square
Although there are more Starbucks in Seattle than you can shake a stick at (and granted they do serve a consistently good cuppa) I miss the old 'coffeehouse' days, before some places got a little too franchise-happy. You won't get that feeling at Zeitgeist-- their name even means 'time ghost,' so don't rush.Feel free to grab a comfy chair, let time slip by, and savor the flavor...
Favorite Dish: caffeine
Ok, if your looking for an Internet cafe, look no further. The Online Coffe Co is the place. From memory you get your first half hour free when purchasing a beverage, and then charged there after. I must say the beverages here are really delicious, and its a great atmophere. Very comfortable and homely. You do have to hand over ID, which you get back at the end of your session. Also outlets for those looking to use their laptops.
While strolling down Broadway in Seattle's Capital Hill neighbourhood, we decided to go for coffee at Cafe Septieme. Our reasoning was that it didn't have loud, almost-obnoxious jazz music like Julian's did around the corner, but that it offered a nice patio so the boys could smoke.
We also chose Cafe Septieme because of its elegant ambience. The richness of the walls and artwork inside were very appealing.
As soon as we sat down, we were given menus. I eyed a few dishes that sounded good - the ahi tuna - however, since we just ate dinner, we were just going to order dessert. We informed the waiter of this and then promptly went inside to have a peek at the scrumptious dessert display.
I noticed that the prices here were very reasonable. After gourging ourselves at the touristy Fisherman's restaurant on the pier where an average entree was $25, it was nice to see a restaurant where the prices for an entree were below $15.
The funniest part about our time spent at Cafe Septieme was that we were sitting outside because in Vancouver, it's illegal to smoke inside restaurants. It has become second nature to smoke outside. This is funny because in Seattle and the rest of Washington state, it's still completely legal to smoke inside restaurants. We noticed this after we finished our dessert. Oh well... there's always next time!
Favorite Dish: I had their cafe latte served in a bowl, which was a treat. You know the milk is foamed appropriately when you pour rock sugar on top, and it sits there for a while before sinking in.
I also tasted their mocha which was made from authentic cocoa, not too sweet but rich and flavourful.
My favourite, however, was the German chocolate cake - a chocolate and caramel concoction that was dense, gooey, and tasty!
It was so big, I couldn't even finish it.
This place is the best! I think there's some history, about disgruntled waitresses who lost their jobs/quit a landmark Seattle restaurant, but the story's not coming to me right now. All you need to know is that the wait is long to get into this tiny place with about 15 tables, but sooo incredibly worth it! There's usually latin, island, or surf music playing. Everyone's happy to be there, despite feeling a bit too crowded. The portions are quite generous, and once they've taken you're order, the wait isn't that long.
Favorite Dish: Sausage Benedict - the best Hollandaise Sauce I've ever tasted, they accidentally put someone's Sausage Benedict down in front of me when I had ordered ham. One bite, and I refused to surrender it back. It's a very big patty sliced into two, placed over the halves of an english muffin and smothered with that creamy yumminess: Hollandaise!
If you're feeling adventurous or just want a good deli style international eatery, go to the best Russian deli in the market (Pike Street that is). They have incredible piroshki's, borscht soup, and other Russian delicacies that are good eaten there at the counter or out wandering all the market.
Favorite Dish: My absolute favorite dish on the menu is the potato, mushroom and cheese piroshki! So yummy! And so cheap too!! You can buy a piroshky for between $1.95 and $2.95, or a combination including borscht, piroshki, and soda for $5.95! Also good for dessert are her cookies, or a dessert piroshki!
While there is lots of great fresh seafood and asian food, I found the best food was Brazilian. It is located in the University District, on the "Ave".
Favorite Dish: They have lots of fish dishs in spicy coconut milk sauces, the authentic feijoada and caipirinha. Everyone there speaks Portuguese and late there is wonderful live music.
This is a very Retro Cafe, with great american fare and wonderful staff. They even have the original table jukeboxes and they work still! There used to be an amusement park called Luna Park at the turn of the century, but it is long gone now, and it is kind of the breaking point between 3 neighborhoods, Admiral District, Alki Beach, and West Seattle, I live in West Seattle so its very easy to get to.
Favorite Dish: Bleu Burger