Seattle: Where to Stay, Eat and Sip
As a first time visitor to Seattle and the surrounding area, there were several observations about the Pacific Northwest as a whole. The culture and scenery are closely aligned to Portland as well as San Francisco. More specifically, people embrace the outdoors, locally sourced products/goods and technology. It’s definitely clear that technology has taken over Seattle well beyond Microsoft. Disposable income continues to rise, which is evident by the sheer number of new expensive coffee shops, cocktail bars and fine dining options.
I decided to stay at Pan Pacific Hotel, which is centrally located between Capitol Hill and Pike Place. This is the only location domestically, but my inclination says there will be several more within 2-3 years.
The exceptionally warm welcome started this stay off perfectly. A hand written was thoughtful and very much appreciated. Locally sourced wine was a nice touch as well.
Probably the most surprising part of the stay here was their food and cocktail selections. There’s an extensive menu and super knowledgeable staff to assist. They rotate the homemade popcorn flavors, which in the past included bacon, pumpkin spice and truffle (pictured below).
A visit to the Pacific Northwest once locally sourced fish surfaces. Here’s the avocado toast topped with smoked fish. This was the first of two orders in one evening.
Dessert definitely wasn’t necessary, but no one can refuse truffles.
One of the most notable observations was how empowered the staff is. Both of the wood boards above and below were crafted manually by a in-house bartender. The pride from working here is apparent and that made my experience even better.
The smile on my face when this whiskey flight came out was similar to a kid’s first Disney World adventure. A stunning presentation and even better play on a classic Manhattan.
A short walk nearby is Pike Place. This is for sure the most foot traffic area because of an original Starbucks, which is truthfully not the initial location, but people pretend or simply don’t know better. The open Pike Place Market has an incredible selection of handcrafted goods, fresh local fish and a number of eclectic shops that are worth a visit.
If you’re a craft coffee drink, skip the SBux and check out Slate Coffee Roasters. This is how Seattle should be known for their delicious pick me up.
There 3 locations and every avid coffee drinker should stop here. This is one of the most memorable cups of coffee that I’ve had.
In the opposite direction from Pike Place is The Whiskey Library. Their seemingly endless supply of Whiskey here is perfect. Also, there’s a diverse selection of beer. Probably the most surprising part is their staple menu item.
Reuben Mac N’ Cheese completed shattered my mind. The genius who created this dish needs a medal right now! Hardly a dish that someone would expect from an unassuming whiskey bar.
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