Seattle Food & Drink Resources
I've included here food & drink resources to help tourists, prospective newcomers, and local residents find where to eat and drink in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
Dining Resources - Drink Resources - Espresso - Specialty Retailers- Fast Foods
Seattle Dining Resources
- Seattle Citysearch: Restaurants. Read user reviews and ratings of restaurants in the Seattle area. Find out what's new on the restaurant scene, read editor's picks, check out their "Best of Citysearch" listings.
- Seattle Dining. Browse their restaurant directory, read reviews and feature articles.
- Seattle's Best Restaurants by KIRO-TV. Read KIRO-TV's picks for best Seattle restaurants, organized by neighborhood, cuisine, and theme.
- Taste of Seattle by NWSource. Read their selections of restaurants with a Seattle and Northwest flavor, including Seafood, Asian, Sushi, and Vegetarian restaurants.
- Guide to the Best Seattle Restaurants, Food, and Dining by NWSource. Read their selections of the best Seattle restaurants, organized by category, including Brunch, Budget Grub, Dining Picks for Visitors, Fine Dining, Mexican Restaurants, Romantic Dining, Steak Houses, Sushi Delights, and more.
- Seattle Weekly: Food. Search their restaurant reviews.
- Waterfront Dining: Waves of Taste by the Seattle Weekly. Seattle abounds in great water views. Read their suggestions for where to find great food with a great water view. Although they don't mention them, while they're not right on the water, a number of the restaurants in the Pike Place Market, including The Athenian, Lowell's, Maximillien's, The Soundview Cafe, and others, feature sweeping views of the Waterfront and Puget Sound (see next link for details).
- Seattle Dining: Pike Place. Lists restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, and bistros in and around Pike Place Market.
- Chowhound's Pacific Northwest Message Board. Message board dedicated to discussing chowing down, Northwest-style. Restaurants in Seattle and Portland, as well as other NW locales, are discussed, frequently in detail (good and bad).
- eGullet Forums: Seattle's Finest Seafood. Forum discussion thread on where the best seafood is to be had in Seattle. Places mentioned include Salumis, Babbo, The Waterfront Seafood Grill, and Matt's in the Market. The previous discussion of the same topic (linked to in the second post) mentions Etta's, Elliott's Oyster House, McCormick's Fish House, Ray's Boathouse, Chinook's, Oceanaire, The Flying Fish, and Maximilien in the Market (for their mussels).
- SeattleTravel.com: Seattle Restaurant Opinions. Currently features reviews of Seattle seafood and Asian restaurants, as well as restaurants with a view.
- Judy's Book. Reviews written by Seattle consumers. Join the Judy's Book network and view the recommendations from your friends and family.
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Seattle Drink Resources
- Seattle Citysearch: Bars & Nightlife. Read user reviews and ratings of bars, pubs, lounges, happy hours, sports bars, wine bars, and other drinking and entertainment establishments in the Seattle area.
- Happening Happy Hours by Seattle Dining. Read reviews and rankings of Seattle happy hour offerings.
- Happy Hours by NW Source. Read their suggestions for where to find the best Happy Hours.
- The Northwest BrewPage. A guide to the Northwest's brewpubs, pubs, and independent/craft breweries.
- Washington Wine Tour: An introduction to the "better" producers in the
Washington State Wine Industry. Includes a reader poll on the best Washington state wine producers.
- MikeL's Guide to Washington State Wineries. Includes an index of wineries, suggestions for planning your Washington winery trip, and other good info.
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Seattle (and Some Non-Seattle) Espresso and Coffee Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions about Coffee. The place to find answers to those nagging coffee questions.
- Fast Facts About Caffeine from About.com.
- Best Coffee Brews: Coffee Grinding, Brewing, and Storage Recommendations.
- Coffee: Resources for home espresso by Dave Bayer. Lots of good advice, particularly for users of the Pavoni espresso machines.
- Double Shot Buzz: A monthly account of a Seattleite's search for coffee in the Land of Tea, along with caffeinated e-mail induced ramblings.
- Coffee Break. Links to coffee/espresso sites, recipes, tips, jokes, and places to buy.
- Caffé D'arte. Popular local espresso roaster and cafe, located on S. Myrtle Street. See the review from Double Shot Buzz.
- Caffé Vita. Another popular local espresso roaster and cafe, with locations on Capitol Hill, Lower Queen Anne, and in Olympia. See the review from Double Shot Buzz. The true local espresso afficionados turn their noses up at Starbucks and other espresso chain stores, much preferring the coffee of local craft roasters, such as Caffé D'arte and Caffé Vita. They're what Starbucks used to be, in other words -- Starbucks is now mostly just for yuppies, brand flashers, and tourists, of which there is no shortage around here.
- Caffe Ladro. Has one store located on top of Queen Anne Hill at the juncture of Queen Anne Avenue and Boston, where three out of the four corners are occupied by coffee joints, the other two a Starbucks and a Tully's, a clear sign of Seattle's excessive devotion to the bean. Not only does Caffe Ladro create much more expertly crafted espresso drinks than Starbucks and Tully's, but they also use beans roasted by Caffé Vita, considered by some to be the best coffee roaster in Seattle. So, next time you're up on top of Queen Anne, try resisting the subliminal pull of brand advertising and float over to the unbranded coffee corner, where the real thing is being served. Other locations include Lower Queen Anne, West Seattle, Fremont, Capitol Hill, and Downtown. See the review from Double Shot Buzz. The true local espresso
- Starbucks Case Study. Read about how Starbucks got started. Very interesting read.
- Coffees.com: Your Coffee Information Site. Sections on coffee cultivation, history, and tips.
- Coffee Universe. Includes the Coffee Review, Virtual Coffee, the World of Coffee, Coffee Tips, Coffee Resources, Coffee Universe-ity, and the Coffee Quiz.
- Coffee Shop Start up: How to open a Coffee House by Alex Fisenko.
- CoffeeCrew.com: Canada's Coffee Resource. Excellent source for coffee and espresso factoids, as well as first-hand reviews of espresso machines, roasts and blends, and Canadian coffee and espresso cafes. They even have an espresso video you can watch.
- Koffee Korner: Home for the Coffee Connoisseurs. Lots of good info on coffee history, culture, recipes, trivia, and more.
- The Soy Latté Appreciation Page -- All about soy lattés, including a comparison of the soy latté to God, or the Holy Trinity (really).
- Not sure which espresso machine would be best for you?
Compare prices and read the reviews of espresso machines at Epinions.com!
- Ohana Java. Located at Pike Place Market, offers "shade-grown coffees and related products that help to save the rain-forests and provide better distribution control between farmer and consumer." Fresh roasted in small lots, Ohana Java Coffee Beans are available, online and at the store, in a variety of blends.
- Seattle Gourmet Coffee. Coffee roaster that specializes in Jamaican Blue Mountain, Kona Fancy, fine espresso blends, and other high quality 100% Arabica beans.
- Espresso and Cappuccino Gallery. A large selection of espresso and cappuccino makers, burr grinders, electric and hand cheese graters, rechargeable graters, and other gourmet housewares.
- The Coffee Directory. Pointers to all things coffee, espresso, brewing gear, etc. -- everything from bean to machine.
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Specialty Food Retailers
- Borracchini's Bakery. Profile from the Seattle Times.
- Remo Borracchini's Bakery from Seattle Citysearch.
- DeLaurenti Specialty Food Market from Seattle Citysearch.
- Uwajimaya. Seattle's premier asian food market.
- Trader Joe's. The Seattle area's alternative grocer, featuring "vegetarian, Kosher, organic or just plain decadent products," all using minimally processed ingredients.
- Pike Place Market. Shop for fish, meat, fruits & vegetables, nuts & berries, honey, cheese, juice, breads, baked goods, ice cream & yogurt, and more.
- PCC Natural Markets. Puget Consumers Co-op (PCC) began as a food-buying club of 15 families in 1953. Today, it's the largest natural food cooperative in the United States. Markets located in Fremont, Greenlake, View Ridge, West Seattle, Seward Park, Kirkland, and Issaquah. One-time lifetime membership is $60, for which you will receive over $150 in savings. PCC members also receive 1/2 ($12.50) off their first year's membership fee when joining Seattle Metro Flexcar, with a rate of $7.50/hour and 10 free miles per hour. Flexcar has placed a number of cars and pickup trucks at PCC Natural Markets that you can drive like they are your own.
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- Seattle Citysearch: Fast Food. Read editorial and user reviews.
- Seattle Citysearch: Best Hamburger. Read editorial and user reviews.
- AOL CityGuide: Seattle Fast Food. Read editorial and user reviews.
- Good burgers, fries and employee benefits from Microsoft bCentral. Article on how Dick's Drive-In's formula for success includes providing employees with above industry-average wages, college-tuition benefits, and health insurance.
- Seattle Citysearch: Pizza. Read editorial and user reviews.
- Epinions: Seattle Seafood Restaurants (Fish & Chips reviews). Includes customer reviews of Seattle's classic Fish & Chips joints: Salty's on Alki, Ivar's Acres of Clams (Waterfront), Ivar's Salmon House (Lake Union), and Spud Fish & Chips.
- eGullet Forums: Best Fish and Chips (SEA). Forum discussion thread on which is the best fish and chips in Seattle, with places discussed including Pacific Inn, Spud Fish & Chips, The Lockspot, Zesto's, Sunfish, Chinook's, Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse, and the place on the dock in Port Townsend.
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