I spent the weekend in Seattle soaking in autumn colors, a little rain, and plenty of hot coffee. It was a very Seattle-y Seattle weekend. We hit a few new spots on this trip, so I thought I’d share my top five favorites:
Shelter Lounge, Green Lake: This new restaurant is bright, airy, modern, looks over Green Lake, and has a fun menu. If you’re looking for a cool spot to grab a drink after a walk around the water, this is it.
45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar: You have to be able to look past the discomfort of eating raw fish in a convenience store. Taken care of that? Good. Now, this place is amazing. It’s tiny (there are only about four seats total), but the poke rice bowls are loaded with good stuff and the staff is exceptionally friendly. Go just for the experience.
The Butcher’s Table: It’s not cheap. At all. But I suppose a place with something called “steak flights” isn’t really designed for budget dining. Honestly, if I had it to do over again, I’d just snag a seat at the bar, order a cocktail and the ridiculously decadent beef fat fries, and be perfectly happy. But if you’re looking for a sophisticated, special occasion dinner and hanging out with a serious carnivore, make reservations.
Smith Tower: This iconic tower was completed in 1914, and at the time it was one of the tallest in the world (and the tallest in the West). Today, at 38 stories it’s still pretty high. You can buy tickets to take you on a quick tour of its history complete with an authentic elevator ride to the top where you’ll find 360-degree views and a swanky bar. And I know this is like Seattle blasphemy, but honestly I’d suggest it over the Space Needle.
Nue: This Capitol Hill hole-in-the-wall restaurant was so perfectly quirky. You dine at communal tables while listening to international rap music. The menu is a global fusion of basically all street foods. My appetizer was Latin American, entree was South African/Indian, and dessert was Mexican Street Corn ice cream. I loved it, but consider this a stop for your more adventurous eater friends.