Issaquah WA

Looking for late lunch: Stan’s BBQ. Hard to find good BBQ in Seattle but thought we’d give this place a try. Located in the old town area, the owner hails...

Seattle

Had an eye on: San Fermo. I noticed this small restaurant when visiting the Ballard Sunday Market and was intrigued by the facade….apparently one of the oldest homes in Seattle…from...

Seattle

A different dinner for 30: Lark. Unique experience at this well known establishment on Capitol Hill. What was unique?…..our choices, although pre determined, were drawn from the current menu…..so, this...

Roslyn WA

A bit of après ski: Roslyn Mexican Grill. Just down I-90 from the snow park and it seemed like a good option after cross country skiing. For those who remember...

Seattle

An homage to all things meat: The Shambles. Maple Leaf butchery and restaurant specializing in house made sausage, meats and charcuterie. The food is about small plates…..think small to medium/large plates….with...

Seattle

Nice spot near Seattle Center on lower Queen Anne for a drink: Solo Bar & Eatery. Eclectic space that feels a bit like having a drink in someone’s living room....

Seattle

Would be even better for dinner and a beer in the summer: White Swan Public House. Located in South Lake Union the views, even in winter, are exceptional…..Lake Union, the...

Seattle

Whiskey anyone? Copperworks. Holiday season party at this downtown distillery of single malt whiskey. Nice tasting room with a bar that is over a hundred years old. Tours of the...

Seattle

More coffee: Caffè Fiore. One of four locations, this one is located in Old Ballard. It’s nice for a quick cup before or after visiting the Ballard Sunday Market……or anytime...

Blaine WA

If you need a stop for sustenance: Bob’s Burgers and Brews. Part of a chain found throughout Washington this one is about 5 miles south of the border. Basic burgers,...

Seattle

Quick bite after a movie: Great State Burger. One of 6 locations in Seattle for this burger outlet. The spin here is local farm to table burgers with cows who...

Seattle

Another coffee shop in Seattle: Ballard Coffee Works. Part of Seattle Coffee Works this is the Ballard location which is one of 4 in Seattle. The space is lively and...

Seattle

In Ballard for the Farmers Market and needed breakfast: Porkchop & Co. Just stumbled on this place after a bit of research and it sounded interesting so it was time...

Seattle

Bikes and beer in Ballard: Peddler Brewing Co. Going away party for one of our staff…returning home to Texas. Small craft beer spot on Leary. The owners are devoted cyclist...

Seattle

Asian fusion: Wild Ginger. We were downtown for an event and stopped in to once again experience this well known and respected spot for Asian food. Not only known for...

Seattle

Like a little slice of Paris in the Pike Place Market area: Le Pichet. The menu is very typical of a small French bistro and the food is all very...

Seattle

Milanese bakery inside: Starbucks Reserve Roastery. First appearance of Princi Bakery in the US and there isn’t any indication to the uninitiated that it is located inside the Capitol Hill...

Seattle

Vietnamese fast food: Sizzle & Crunch. Right off the Ave in the UW District this recently opened restaurant serves Vietnamese food much like Chipotle serves Mexican food……order the dish then add...

Seattle

Doughnuts anyone? Top Pot. Hard to believe I haven’t done a review on this Seattle institution for doughnuts…..I guess it’s because it’s…..so Seattle. They started as a single storefront in downtown...

Sultan WA

Well known spot for baked goods: Sultan Bakery. A small place that is best known for its breakfasts and bakery. This visit was in the late afternoon so we went...

Leavenworth WA

Get your fruit here: Smallwood’s Harvest. Very near Silvara Winery tasting room and it’s worth a stop just to look at all the specialty foods offered. It’s also a great...

Leavenworth WA

Another wine tasting opportunity: Silvara. The wines are good…..and in some cases, quite good….but the venue is what is hard to beat. The fruit is mostly from the Columbia Valley...

Leavenworth WA

Trip over the pass on a beautiful day: Andrea’s Keller. Recent brief visit for a “Bavarian” experience before……wine tasting. This is one of our go to places for Southern German...

Woodinville WA

Wine is food: Guardian Cellars. In Woodinville Wine Country on an errand and thought I should pick up a bit more wine. This is one of our go to places....

Woodinville WA

More wine as food: Gorman Winery. Another great option in Woodinville Wine Country in the Hollywood School area. Chris is all about music and the tasting room walls are festooned...

Seattle

One of my favorite espresso shops: Vivace Alley 24. Doing some shopping at REI and decided to have a quick mocha caramel latte. Their claim to fame is that they...

Seattle

If you’re in South Seattle and you need a food fix: Super Six. Part of the Marination group of restaurants this one is in Columbia City and serves brunch, lunch...

Seattle

Third location of this Vietnamese restaurant: Ba Bar. Have been wanting to try this location since it was announced in January that it would be opening this summer and finally...

Seattle

New spot for ramen in the U District: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. Great choice on a night with a bit of fall chill in the air. The space is small so...

Seattle

Haven’t been here in a few years: Steelhead Diner. Had a relative in town for business who wanted seafood and this seemed like a good choice……close to her hotel and...

Anacortes WA

A short drive from the ferry terminal: Adrift. Forgotten we had been here a number of years ago…it hasn’t changed much although they have changed the main dining room to...

Deer Harbor WA

A new place in an old space: Island Pie. Just down the street from where we were staying and it came highly recommended so we decided to give it a...

Mt Constitution WA

Ok it’s not a restaurant but if you hike, cycle or drive up this is a place to look for: Sugar on Top. Espresso and Lopez Island Creamery ice cream...

Eastsound WA

A lunch stop while exploring the island: Madrona Bar & Grill. Not our first choice but on a busy day it fit the bill. Typical bar and food but with...

Eastsound WA

On to Orcas Island: Brown Bear Bakery. Can’t miss…right on Main Street….because of that, it’s very popular and can be busy in the summer. They offer very large examples of...

Everett WA

Quick stop for lunch on our way north to Bellingham for a family event: Pho Mai. In a strip mall and a classic Vietnamese restaurant……all about the food and not...

Seattle

Have noticed this place while in South Lake Union: Cinque Terre. Modern space serving foods from the region and on the streetcar line on Westlake which makes it convenient if...

Ashford WA

Go to place near the Nisqually entrance to Mt Rainier: Copper Creek. Late lunch after hiking up to Panorama Point. We’ve tried the food at Paradise and found it to...

Seattle

It’s been a few years: Lecosho Downtown to see an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum and decided this was the place for dinner…..very convenient since it is across the...

Spokane WA

Road trip: Wild Sage Bistro Highly regarded and best described as new American, the choices were typical…fish, pork and chicken. We had the well received Yukon taquitos and the Thai...

Moses Lake WA

On the road: Michaels on the Lake Located lakeside with outdoor dining and a view…..spoiled a bit by the railroad that runs lakeside as well. The menu runs the gamut...

Seattle

While you shop: Habitant at Nordstrom Ok…ok….you have to have a drink before shopping….right? Even if that isn’t correct, if you’re in a shopping mood and find yourself at the...

Seattle

One more coffee shop in Seattle: Diva Espresso. One of about a half dozen locations in the city. This visit was to the Harborview location. This purveyor of the roasted...

Seattle

Local spot for breakfast: Bryant Corner Cafe Standard breakfast fare at this restaurant north of the UW campus. They also offer lunch and dinner. On a nice weather day the...

Friday Harbor WA

A quick coffee before the trip back to Seattle: Riptide Cafe. Very nice cafe right on the harbor. I had to have the blended salted caramel mocha….another 4 shot experience...

Friday Harbor WA

Early afternoon snack after whale watching: Downriggers Gorgeous space and views so worth a visit just for that reason. That said, the food was good with a varied menu of...

Seattle

Now for some caffeine: Fuel Coffee One of 3 locations in Seattle but their coffee is more broadly available. It was a hot day and I had a bit of...

Seattle

Finally got to the brick and mortar restaurant: Monsoon While my previous post was take away, this was my first visit to this highly regarded Vietnamese restaurant on Capitol Hill....

Seattle

Hot wings without the wings: Ma’ono Fried Chicken. Located inside Rachel’s Ginger Beer at University Village this is a great space to visit on a sunny day with its open...

Seattle

If you are looking for French food with a view, this is the place: Maximilien. We were entertaining guest from out of town and it was a beautiful day so...

Seattle

Out of town guest wanted Indian: Taste of India Haven’t been here recently but this is my go to place for Indian food and has been for a number of...

Seattle

Quintessential Seattle: Ivar’s. This visit was to the Salmon House which is one of 3 locations on the water in the metro area. A visit to one of the locations...

Kirkland WA

Looking for Thai and a new experience: Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen Have heard great things about this place so we decided to visit on a cold rainy Junuary Seattle day....

Seattle

Not really a commercial concern: Dean Wines Those of you who have read my home page and my posts know of my enjoyment of good wine and my hobby of...

Seattle

Vietnamese on lower Capitol Hill: Ba Bar One of two restaurants, and soon to be a 3rd at U Village, this is the original location. It’s part of the Monsoon...

Bellevue WA

Dinner for thirty: Seastar Another group dinner at this well known and highly regarded seafood restaurant in the metro area. Fixed menu this night with the typical choices…salmon, a chicken...

Seattle

A Seattle institution: The Pink Door It has been a few years since we’ve been here but a recent brief visit prompted us to return for a more prolonged experience....

Seattle

It’s all about the view: Aqua. Entertaining a visiting faculty member at this waterside spot on Puget Sound. There are a couple of places like this in Seattle but this...

Chelan WA

Hit a few wineries for tastings while cycling (off the bike) in Chelan: Nefarious Cellars, Benson Estate Winery,Mellisoni Vineyards, Hard Row to Hoe and Radiance Most had free tastings which is unusual...

Seattle

High end Indian: Nirmal’s. The space is beautiful and located in the historic Pioneer Square area. It has received multiple accolades including Zagat’s top 15 hottest new restaurants in the...

Chelan WA

Classic small town diner: Apple Cup Cafe. This place is legendary and I’ve had breakfast and dinner during here. Portions are huge and are primarily comfort food with a bit...

Chelan WA

Another post ride feed: Local Myth Pizza A go to place for pizza while in Chelan. It’s very small so expect a wait. Nice bar type tables outside so on...

Chelan WA

Post ride feed: Marcela’s Cocina Mexicana I’ve been here once before and we were post ride so it was a good choice for abundant calories. It did not disappoint. The...

Seattle

James Beard chef: JuneBaby. The second offering from the highly regarded chef/owner of Salare. The food has a more Southern focus than Salare starting with the bread….biscuits and cornbread as...

Seattle

Third option for lunch: Gracia. We didn’t start out to try this place in Ballard but wound up here when our other choices weren’t open for lunch. The space is...

Seattle

End of the indoor cycling class season meetup: The Pub at 3rd Place. Always been an interesting place in the basement of 3rd Place Books…almost like entering a cave. Typical...

Maltby WA

Got the job to pick up our cats today so this was lunch: Maltby Cafe. I’ve passed this place numerous times when we cycle north of Seattle but have never...

Bellingham WA

Great place on a cold day: Firehouse Café Nice little coffee and pastry shop in the Fairhaven neighborhood of Bellingham. Located in an old firehouse with a performing arts center...

Bellingham WA

Quick trip to check out: Back East BBQ. We have a wedding coming up in August so we did a bit of a secret shopper trip to the area to...

Seattle

On my list for some time: Mkt. One of a long lineup of Ethan Stowell restaurants in Seattle this one is in the Tangletown area and hence its name….Meridian…the older...

Seattle

Another business dinner downtown: Capital Grille. Classic high end steak place, with the usual decor, that does a great job of what they do well……steak. They also have the usual...

Seattle

Long time coffee spot on south Capitol Hill: Café Presse. A sister to Le Pichet with a focus on coffee. Located very near Seattle University, it’s a spot to consider...

Woodinville WA

In the core of Woodinville wine tasting: Purple Cafe. On the way to taste Darby’s release of Purple Haze and stopped by for a quick bite at the original restaurant. Comfort...

Seattle

Another Seattle restaurant by Renee Erickson: Bar Melusine. Described as an oyster bar with small plates and focused on the cuisine of Normandy and Brittany; it’s located on lower Capitol Hill...

Seattle

Another coffee spot in Seattle: Seattle Sunshine Coffee. Off to a bit of a slow start this morning with the time change and thought we’d start the day with some...

Seattle

We had been eying this place for a few months: Terra Plata. Another option on the option filled Capitol Hill area of Seattle the restaurant is described as Spanish in...

Seattle

An old favorite for Vietnamese cuisine: Green Leaf. This place has been a stalwart of Vietnamese food for many years. It’s in a small space in the International District and...

Snoqualmie WA

Late afternoon lunch after a morning of cross country skiing: Salish Lodge Attic. Great location and it’s on the way back from the pass which makes it an ideal stop....

Renton WA

On a run to pick up wine south of Seattle and needed a lunch stop: Berliner Pub. The online wine store, Garagiste, moved from the Sodo area to Renton about...

Seattle

Liquid food: Garagiste. If you live in Seattle and enjoy wine, check out this offering. It’s not a wine club so buy what interest you. It’s all done online although...

Seattle

Sushi outlet north of downtown: Wataru. Have seen this place for a few years when driving by and finally decided to visit after a recommendation from the chef of the...

Seattle

Quick lunch at this Puget Sound institution: Taylor Shellfish Farms. Had business downtown near the Capitol Hill location. The space is small and is the definition of an oyster bar....

Seattle

Always a good stop for breakfast: Portage Bay Cafe. One of four restaurants in the Seattle metro area that all offer local, organic food which is always good with excellent...

Seattle

Ok…so it’s not a restaurant but you gotta try The Cookie: Metropolitan Market. One of a half dozen stores in Seattle known for higher end groceries, The Cookie has attracted...

Seattle

One of my go to places for comfort food after a long day: Toshi’s. Reminds me of the one located near Greenlake 30 years ago. Always fast and consistently good....

Seattle

Finally got to experience this place after a false start a few months ago: Heartwood Provisions. Not sure how to describe the cuisine but let’s just say it’s varied……classic raw...

Seattle

All I got was take away: Monsoon. However this has got to be some of the best Vietnamese fusion food in the city. My love thought of me while having...

Seattle

Looking for dim sum: Chiang’s Gourmet. While they don’t serve dim sum on weekdays…..it is available on weekends as breakfast only (10 am to 3 pm) in the true Chinese...

Seattle

On everyone’s list and mine too: Stateside. French Vietnamese with a flare on Capitol Hill. Had brunch which was a bit of fusion with more classic French fare but the...

Seattle

In the restaurant core at University Village: Joey Kitchen. This is a chain of restaurants out of Vancouver BC that serves a mix of Asian fusion, PNW, burgers, and steaks...

North Bend WA

Second location of this coffee bar: Pioneer Coffee Roasters Didn’t know about this one but it is almost a reproduction of the one in Cle Elum but is perhaps a...

Ferndale WA

Multiple locations from BC to Bellevue but try this one within a few miles of crossing the border: Woods Coffee. When you need your coffee fix after the border crossing...

Seattle

Recommendation from a local chef: Pestle Rock. Bit of a small place from the outside but inside the space goes back at an angle making it bigger than it looks....

Winthrop WA

Mexican food abounds in Eastern Washington and this another example with a bit of a Mayan touch: Carlos 1800 Mexican Grill & Cantina. Couldn’t get a table at our first...

Winthrop WA

New place just outside of town: Methow Valley Ciderhouse Stopped by to try this place because it looked interesting. Basically a sausage place with local ciders. The meat is from...

Winthrop WA

Great way to start the ski day: Rocking Horse Bakery Funky space…boat on the ceiling and bikes on the wall….that is always busy. Great coffee and pastries right on the...

Leavenworth WA

Very touristy German themed town but check out: Schocolat Lots of places to spend your money here but this is a local artisan producer of Belgian style truffles that does...

Cle Elum WA

Nice place for a quick coffee break just off I5: Pioneer Coffee Roasting Co. Right in downtown and just past Snoqualmie Pass makes it a perfect stop to refuel. The...

Seattle

Highly regarded restaurant for dinner: Salare. The chef is from St Petersburg and the food has a certain Southern touch. Had pickled vegetables, corn bread (sweet) as well as whole...

Bellevue WA

Asian fusion: Wild Ginger. Recently had the opportunity to visit the Bellevue location of this Seattle based restaurant long known for its Asian Fusion menu and highly rated wine cellar....