I consider myself a Foodie, but I’m by no means a fantastic cook; I just love food. Practice makes perfect, and someday I may be confident in my ability to throw anything together and create a tasty dish. Until then, I often find myself in various restaurants and hot spots in and around Seattle. If you’re looking for culinary variety, you won’t be disappointed! Trust me.
When I first moved to Seattle in 2006, my friends joked that Teriyaki was everywhere and I’d be eating it every night. They weren’t entirely wrong, but it’s a common misconception that the only food you’ll find here is Teriyaki (and seafood).
But honestly, I’m not a huge seafood fan (even though Seattle does have some of the freshest, tastiest seafood available), and I can only take so much Teriyaki (I do love sweet and sour pork). I enjoy a huge variety; Italian, BBQ, Mexican, Greek, and so much more. And Seattle has something for everyone. You just have to know where to look!
Serious Pie (Seattle, WA) – “pizzeria with a bread baker’s soul”
This is one of Tom Douglas’ restaurants, so it’s no surprise how great it is. I’ve been here many times, and the food is always fantastic. I’ve tried their pizza, biscuits, salads and desserts: coconut cream pie, be still my heart. You can’t go wrong with any of it!
Tropea (Redmond, WA) - Italian
I live on the eastside, in Redmond (aka Microsoft country), and this is one of my favorite Italian spots. It’s been around for years, has won numerous awards, and has the loveliest charming atmosphere. The owner is from the city of Tropea, a resort town on the southwest coast of Italy. I once met someone who drives from LA routinely and always stops to eat here. It’s just that good.
La Isla Cuisine (Seattle & Redmond, WA) – Puerto Rican
This bright and lively Puerto Rican hotspot has stellar empanadas! Their sandwiches are great too, and every time I’ve eaten here, I’ve enjoyed it. Join their Rum Club to expand your knowledge and discover awesome food pairings.
George’s (Kirkland, WA) – Greek
Kirkland’s longest family owned restaurant, George’s serves a plethora of traditional Greek and American dishes. And bonus, if you love breakfast food, you can order it all day, every day (they won Best Breakfast in Kirkland 5 years in a row).
Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA) - Anything and everything
Can't decide what you're hungry for? Take a trip to Pike Place Market and explore its 30-plus restaurants. Whether it's an authentic Parisian bistro, flying fish, a hearty breakfast, or ethnic cuisine you want to experience, you can get it all with a fabulous view of Elliott Bay. Don't forget to take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel!