On our first night we ended up at a not very Chowhoundy place, The Pike Pub & Restaurant. I was nervous, it had a T.G.I. Friday’s kind of vibe, it’s ginormous and there weren’t many people eating there. However, I was so happy with their Mediterranean Hummus Plate (homemade hummus) that I ordered the salmon sandwich and was not disappointed. Our server was friendly and gave good advice on the food.
The bar at Hotel Sorrento was lovely. My boyfriend had a really nice cocktail (Hemingway’s Daiquiri) and I ordered a crostini with beautifully minted English peas. The bartenders were engaged, professional and fun. We talked about Game of Thrones for a while.
I took a advice from Chowhound and had a fish sandwich at Market Grill in Pike Place Market. I went with the halibut sandwich, in season and perfectly cooked! The people working there were kind to tourists, despite being located in a loud and crazy part of the Market (maybe they all are?). I could have eaten a fish sandwich from here every day of my trip.
The line at Beecher’s Cheese was a mile long. We headed over to DeLaurenti, which was a short walk away. The women working the cheese counter helped us select a nice variety of local cheeses. Nikki in the wine section next gave us excellent advice on what Washington wines would pair well (she used to work over at the cheese counter, knowledgeable).
I liked Fonte Cafe so much I went there twice. I enjoyed their steel cut oats with fresh fruit, dried fruit, brown sugar, soy. The place gets crowded on weekdays in the morning (cut to: gaggle of young people doing FaceTime while waiting for their Sage Lattes).
Worth noting: Lost Lake Cafe has a Happy Hour food menu from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays. Grilled cheese from diners is a guilty pleasure of mine. I ordered one for $2.99 and did my best to only eat half of it.