Just a quick review of our 3 fun days in Seattle with our 2 little ones (6 yr old and 2 yr old) earlier this month in case it may be helpful to others traveling with kids:
Saturday: Breakfast Top Pot Donuts on 5th (Downtown). 2 blocks from our hotel. Kids were in heaven – they love donuts and for the rest of the trip every morning the first thing they asked for was to go back to Top Pot. My favorites were the apple fritter, maple bar; and blueberry cake donut with cinnamon sugar. DH loved all the variations on chocolate and the kids were very into the frosted ones.
Lunch: snacking through Pikes Market. Excellent crumpet with orange marmalade and blue cheese from the Crumpet Shop for me; DH had a sausage piroshky from Piroshky Piroshky – it was average - and crab cocktail from one of the fish sellers that he really enjoyed and some oysters at Elliott Bay on our way to the ferry; a random smoothie, bagels and apples for the kids (no need to travel from NY to Seattle to have bagels but it made them happy so I am ok with that) and various other samples along the way
Dinner: BBQ at a friends house on Bainbridge. We brought cheese from Beechers and sausages from Ulis (merguez, linguica, Spanish chorizo and a pork and apple breakfast sausage) from the market to contribute to the fare. Both very well received and enjoyed.
Sunday: Breakfast: Dahlia Bakery. The warm donut bites in a bag. Kids thought they were great although they are not a good value. DH had a pretty good blueberry corn muffin and I went with yummy apple brioche.
Lunch. Big fail here. We were reasonably near and decided to walk and try Toulouse Petit. After we trudged over, we discovered a 30-40 min wait for a table. Older kid getting cranky, younger guy asleep in Daddy’s arms, we just ducked across the street to the first thing we saw where we could sit – Pagliacci’s Pizza. Edible but the sauce was sweet and crust too doughy. Later, looking at my list of potential places to eat, I noted we were near a Serious Pie. GRRR
Dinner: Long Provincial Vietnamese. Total recovery from lunch and more. We loved our meal here and it worked well for the kids. Our reaction may be colored by the fact that we don’t have good Vietnamese near where we live. Started with 2 satays (squid and shitake mushroom) and cinnamon pork rice balls. Squid was very tender; mushrooms a little sweet and great with the dipping sauce. The pork balls are a little dry but really good flavor. Kids shares a pork and egg roll noodle bowl. DH and I shared braised coconut and browned pork and a bowl of pho with beef (well done – I know its wrong but that is what I like). Both had wonderful, deep, rich flavors. Also enjoyed a tangerine martini. The bill was very reasonable from our perspective.
Monday: Breakfast: Back to Top Pot. Many smiles.
Lunch: Lecosho. DH very much enjoyed his tuna melt. I did not like the porchetta sandwich as much as I anticipated– I think it was a matter of expectation as the texture of the pork just did not work for me. The atmosphere was fine for the kids (good view of the ferris wheel we had just ridden before lunch) but they were not overwhelming accommodating (not willing to make off menu pasta with butter, though they do have a pasta on the menu) so the kids had side of spaetzle and a cheese plate app. Overall, good and no regrets going here but I would not add it to my return list.
Dinner: Lola. Shared appetizer of warm feta. Good salty cheese. I had the non-meat kebabs (haloumi and figs, mushroom) served over ouzo fired onions; DH had a salmon special and the kids had chicken kebabs and couscous (older son really wanted couscous – it is served with some mains but not separately on the menu. They were happy to bring him a bowl in lieu of the fries that come with the kebab). Chocolate custard , triple coconut pie and yes, more donuts bites in a bag for dessert. Everyone was happy. They have a kids menu and gave them crayons and a placemat to color – kid friendly with very solid food for grownups. A nice way to end the trip.
Many thanks to others who have posted on kid-firendly places in Seattle before more - great resource for advance prep! And my 6 year oold wants to move to Seattle for the donuts alone....