Thank you Seattle hounds, as you helped make my brief trip to Seattle full of foodie delights. We went to three bakeries, Bakery Nouveau, Cafe Besalu, and Crumble and Flake. I thought Bakery Nouveau was flat out amazing, a real wonderland of a place. The stollen was the best I have ever had, and the filled croissants were delicious. I had big eyes and wanted to try everything. Cafe Besalu was just as good, although with a smaller selection, and with great coffee too. We had croissants and European style Christmas cookies. Crumble and Flake was solid, but was not on the level of the other two.
Spinasse, Sitka and Spruce, and The Walrus and the Carpenter were all worth the hype. The salads in particular at these places were all done with more care and nuance than I am used to, with unusual and brilliant combinations of flavors.
Every latte I had was pretty delicious. I went to Milstead and Co. because I read it was a real coffee lover's sort of shop, but I suppose above a certain level it's all the same to my taste buds, more or less.
Do many residents of Seattle go to Pike Place Market if they are not taking visitors there? I kept coming back for the crab cocktails and the meat sticks, but most of it looked like a tourist trap, and parking was crazy expensive. Piroshky Piroshky was really good, along with Pike Place Chowder. Having lived in the Midwest I was hoping the cheese curds at Beechers would squeak between your teeth (a sign of an extremely fresh curd), but alas, they did not. I thought because my visit was in late December and early Jan, the crowds would be moderate, but that really wasn't the case. I can only imagine what it is like in high tourist season during the summer.
I'd also like to report that Ray's Boathouse was good, for those visitors looking for the water view seafood restaurant with good food.