We are visiting Seattle this week, and have been lucky to stumble on a couple of very nice small restaurants that we had not heard about. On Saturday we took the bus to Seattle Center, planning to visit Bite of Seattle. We were quickly deterred by the mass of people, and wandered a few blocks away to Tilikum Place Cafe at 407 Cedar Street. From the brunch menu my husband ordered a Dutch baby pancake with duck confit and excellent roasted potatoes, and I had the roasted vegetable tart and a cup of lemongrass scented vichysoisse that left me wanting to lick the bowl. Service was friendly but professional. This would be an excellent alternative to fast food nearby for those visiting the Space Needle.
We are staying in Pioneer Square, which is why we had dinner one night at Al Boccalino at the bottom of Yesler. I would have been put off by the tacky Little Italy sign on the sidewalk, but we looked in the window and saw white tablecloths with nice table settings and Italian water jugs (and my husband was charmed by the young female server) so we took a chance and were well rewarded. The server immediately brought an amuse bouche of cold soup made from beets, orange juice, balsamic vinegar and yogurt. I don't ordinarily like beets but there was only a whisper of beet flavor and I liked it. I had a small plate salad with pears and gorgonzola and gnocchi with lamb ragu, and my husband had a starter of flatbread with cheese and pepperoni (like a small crisp pizza) and lasagna of cornmeal crepes, the same lamb ragu and goat crema. Everything was very good and the prices were moderate.
We have had a few other not-so-great meals, but overall our Seattle eating and drinking experience has been very good, with meals at more well known destinations including Etta's, Elliot's, mac & cheese from Beecher's. We were fortunate to find ourselves passing a Macrina bakery yesterday in Queen Anne, and stopped in for dessert and a cookbook. Our plan for today, our last full day, is to stand in the Salumi line early for lunch, as that was the one destination that I planned ahead.
203 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104