Last week I had the pleasure of going to Seattle for the first time for work to train a new hire! On a personal level the last couple of months have not been so great; turns out leaving Boston for a week was really good for me. Hell, maybe its time to leave Boston all together, something I am highly considering and I think Seattle is where I am headed. Anywho, I was determined to make the most out of this trip, eat at as many different places I could, find all the coolest bakeries, do all the tourist things and just relax and enjoy myself. So if you ever find yourself in Seattle for a week and want a few fun places to visit, here you go…
Fresh off the boat… ok plane, I navigated my way Downtown where I was to meet up with the gal from Airbnb to get keys to my new home away from home for the week. I mismanaged my time and had a couple of hours to kill and started exploring. Downtown Seattle is basically the land of tourists and shopping. I very easily and unintentionally navigated my way to Pike Public Market where I indulged in some mini cinnamon sugar donuts at The Daily Dozen and watched some fishermen dudes toss around fish at the fish market.
After my donut indulgence I stopped by the ORIGINAL starbucks at 1st&Pike which coincidentally gave me the perfect view of the market place.
Props to the people at Starbucks as well for spelling my name correctly on my cup!
That evening I found a cool place called The Lookout, close to where I was staying in Capitol Hill. It’s what I would consider kind of a dive bar (which I love) and it had an amazing patio overlooking Seattle. I grabbed a couple of local beers (absolutely forgot what I drank, but I liked it!) and made the mistake of ordering the brie with french bread. Note to self: You are probably not going to get an amazing cheese plate at a dive bar. Either way, this is an awesome place to grab a view and take in an awesome view.
Started the day off strong and I mean STRONG by visiting Top Pot Doughnuts… which just so happened to be a 2 minute walk away from my home away from home.
I LOVE a good glazed donut and this donut did not dissapoint. It was surprisingly heavier than what I am used. Normally when you rip into a glazed donut its easy to smush it and quite literally flatten the donut. Not the case with these bad boys. They hold their shape well and even though they are rather dense, they are still pretty light and fluffy. I also grabbed a cappuccino and forced myself to sit there, relax and read my book rather than racing straight into the office like I normally would.
After work I decided too explore more of Capitol Hill. It was close to where I was staying and I noticed the night before that Broadway has a really nice variety of restaurants and shops. Recommended to me by a coworker, I ended up at Zhu Dang for a light dinner and lets be honest, I needed a cocktail. If you are looking for traditional American Chinese food, this is not the place to go. Zhu Dang is a bit more gourmet and you are not going to find breaded chicken fingers on the menu. The food was good and the environment was nice, but a bit pricey for what it was.
Less than a block from where I was staying was a really great coffee shop called Analog Cafe. It’s pretty much everything you want in a coffee shop; lots of seats, its quite, solid coffee and pastries. The staff was really friendly and I got my cappuccino very promptly!
Props to the heart in my cappuccino…. I kinda heart you too Seattle!
Coincidentally one of our meetings for the day was at a local bakery that just reopened that day; Sugar Bakery and Cafe. Still slightly under construction, this place was amazing. We were there for about 30 minutes well after morning and lunch rush time and it was busy! This place is clearly a favorite of locals and has been a staple in the community for years. Its reopening was warmly welcomed. Although they do offer pressed sandwiches, their main focus is on their baked goods; brioche cinnamon rolls, homemade cookies, cakes and mini tart-lets. My favorite part? The main wall adjacent to the counter is covered in rolling pins.
Earlier in the day I was reading up on the “Bests of” in Seattle, as I was looking for some solid recommendations for places I must go to. Well… of course I found an article about the best nachos in Seattle. Anyone that knows me knows how much I love Nachos. So what could be better than Nachos? Well…. Totchnos that’s what! Totchnos are tater tot nachos found at Neon Taco in Capitol Hill. I appreciated that they come with either veggies or carnitas on it as an option. They also use real cheese sauce… you know the super neon orange stuff you get in a can? Glorious and exactly what I wanted! Walking by it the last two nights in a row I was slightly hesitant about it. Its rather dark inside, there are Christmas lights strung up everywhere and its not exactly the type of place you think is going to have amazing food. I am so glad I listened to my tater tot craving and went in. True to its name, the lights give off a pink neon hue. You order your food in the back right from the kitchen and your drink directly from the bar. Did I mention they make a frozen Avocado Margarita? Be prepared for the smoothest, creamiest margarita you have ever had. They also do not skimp on the teuqlia!
I was really starting to fall in love with Seattle. My walk to work every day had beautiful views of the ocean and the city that I was starting to get very used to every day.
Today’s morning exploration took me to the most amazing little bakery. If I had known this place existed earlier in the week and was only a 2 minute walk from where I was staying, I surely would have been here EVERY morning. Crumble and Flake is everything I have ever wanted in a bakery of my own. It’s a small little shop with no frills. You walk in and there is a counter, two lovely ladies to greet you, a selection of about 15 different items including several crossiant dough based items, filled to order cream puffs and French Macarons. Behind the counter and very much so in view is the kitchen. These guys are doing it right. They are not making 50 different baked goods in a super small kitchen and trying to offer more then they can. What they do make, they make extremely well. Their cinnamon roll made with danish/crossiant dough was heaven. It’s light in cinnamon sugar flavor and they smear the thinnest layer of cream cheese frosting over the top.
Right next to Crumble and Flake is Torta Condesa.
Only a few weeks old, this place had amazing reviews. People seemed to really appreciate the simple menu which consists of about 5 or 6 Torta’s all full or bold flavors and ingredients. Some of the reviews mentioned that they were disappointed that these were not real Torta’s because they were made on hoagie rolls and not the correct bread. Now, I am not a Torta expert by any means but if I was just judging this based on being a sandwich I would say it was pretty good. I had the Pulled Pork Tortat without the cumin mayo (I HATE mayo). It had pickled jalapenos and a nice crunchy slaw in it. The Pulled Pork itself was lacking a bit of flavor, but combined with all the other ingredients the sandwich itself was full of flavor. I do agree that they could use better bread
I woke up dreading going home. I realized more and more that my week in Seattle was exactly what I needed and the thought of going back to Boston, being close to my problems and issues I was going through was just not something I was ready to do. Seattle is also absolutely beautiful, its easy to get around and the people there are extremely kind.
I had an hour to kill before my flight so I headed downtown to The Crumpet Shop. This place is family owned, super small and specializes in one thing: Crumpets!
They have a really nice selection of both savory and sweet options for your crumpet. I opted for a crumpet with ricotta and homemade lemonade curd dolloped on it. You can also see the guy in the back as he makes the Crumpets and its absolutely insane at how many he makes at one time. That takes some serious coordination.
All in all my week in Seattle was AMAZING! I instantly fell in love with the Seattle and I think its probably the next step for me in this journey called life. Seattle is a beautiful city and I can’t wait to go back and keep eating my way through the city!