My trip to Seattle in January has been my 3rd trip to this lovely city fondly nicknamed “Emerald City”. I have always said that if I have to move outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, it will be Seattle.
PIKE PLACE CASUAL NIGHT EATS
Well, let us start our Seattle foodie tour with coffee. And the best place to start is the Original Starbucks which is located at the Pike Place Market. Touted as the first Starbucks that opened in 1971, this Starbucks oozes old school charm and so different from the sleek and modern city Starbucks that we are used to. This one at the Pike Place Market is a historic although it is not really the first Starbucks. It is the second one. The very first Starbucks was located on a different address from 1971-76 then it moved to its present location. Regardless, tourists do not care. The place was packed at close to 9:00 pm. I walked just for a looksie and take a couple of pictures. There were vintage looking mugs and bags of coffee beans that are available for purchase. Of course, you can grab your Americano here but I do not get it, the coffee will taste no different from other Starbucks, no? I did not stick around to find out. Maybe it is the thrill of getting your “venti no foam latte” from the very first Starbucks ever in the world.
PIROSHKY PIROSHKY BAKERY
TIPS: The line can get really long at Pirosky Pirosky but it is all worth the wait! Pastries are discounted at 7:00 pm but many pastries will be sold out.
MEE SUM PASTRY
Two words: Hom Bow. I thought that I was pretty well-versed in dim sum talk until I encountered hom bow at Mee Sum. Mee Sum is a walk up Chinese bakery at Pike Place Market. Hom bow is pretty much a baked bun by any other name. I am a lover of dim sum but was going to pass up this place because dim sum is plentiful in the Bay Area. The hom bow got me intrigued and I just had to try the pork bbq one. I am so glad that I did! For just about $3 and some change I was rewarded with plump and piping hot meat bun. I took it to the waterfront behind the Pike Place Market. I cannot believe that there were plenty of seats. I ate my bun while enjoying a million dollar view of this side of Seattle.
PIKE PLACE CHINESE CUISINE
Pike Place Chinese Cuisine is your generic no-frills Chinese restaurant WITH A VIEW! That is pretty much the draw here. On my first night in Seattle, after being discouraged by the hotel concierge to check out Pike Place because it was already dark and most stores are already closed at 5 pm, I had my first dinner at this restaurant. (By the way, Pike Place has its own charm after dark. Some places are still open and the place was serene.) After walking around, checking out Starbucks and buying a pastry at Pirosky Pirosky, I saw this cute tiny restaurant with an awesome view of the Seattle waterfront. I walked in, ordered a fish with bokchoy rice plate and tea. It came with a side of soup. Service was fast and actually very kind. I was the only person there and I really enjoyed the quiet ambiance. Pricey for my humble little plate — $20 with tip! Regardless, I really enjoyed my quiet dinner and it was a great way to have my first meal on my first night in Seattle. (My friend Russell accompanied me on the phone for a little bit while I was waiting for my food.)
BEECHER’S HANDMADE CHEESES
When it comes to food, follow the crowd. It is not 100 percent fool-proof but it does make me wonder what people line up for. I walked by this store about a dozen times in my 3 days here in Seattle. I saw grilled cheese sandwiches and mac and cheese on the menu that is supposed to be super-famous. You can also watch cheese being made at Beecher’s while you are getting your lunch. Very fun and educational. Luckily (or unluckily) for me, I have totally given up eating cheese this year. I am allergic and my life is just so much better as I am no longer suffering. So I resisted until I was at the airport and I gave in with what I thought my tummy could somehow tolerate. I got a cheese bread and it was great!
Cafe Yumm! is not at the Pike Place Market but it is right next to the Grand Hyatt where I stayed at. (Grand Hyatt was about a 15 minute walk from Pike Place.) I was drawn to this place due to the proximity and convenience, and because the menu offered healthy options such as brown rice, tofu, etc. Wine was also a big plus! It was not great but at least it was reduced guilt meal.
PURPLE CAFE AND WINE BAR
I had a super-lovely evening here with friends both old and newly met! We met up for a glass of very nice Washington red wine (that sounded like fiesta! Ha! Ha!) It was recommended by someone in our party but she could not remember the name. Our server steered us to the right one. Since I have not eaten I ordered a bread basket and devoured it with my wine. Purple Cafe and Wine Bar is definitely a place I would return to next time. I love the bar (just look at the floor to ceiling wine collection!), the vibe and the wine!
MORE EATS FOR NEXT TIME!
Daily Dozen Doughnut Company
WHERE TO EAT THESE LITTLE BITES
j a n u a r y | 2019