The greater Seattle area blows me away with the abundance—the profusion of restaurants. Great ones—good ones—okay ones. Truly, only a few where unwashed windows are a turn-off.
Unfortunately I now take our ever-stretching horizon of delightful ethnic, seafood, vegetarian, red-meat, cheese-cake-based adventures for granted, thinking every place in the country has the same selection. Not so. I always return from a trip anywhere grateful for this aspect of the Northwest.
With reservations to all this sumptuousness as close as my cell-phone, where do natives eat? I could name many favorites but you’ll see the Gunns at the following places. As you read you can envision:
Not in Seattle but Seattle and the Gunns go to the old hotel on the northwest side of San Juan Island. Pan-seared scallops stacked on crispy Dungeness crab risotto cakes OR Flame-grilled Meatloaf with rib-eye, veal and pork, combined with braised vegetables and cream reduction w/ Yukon mashed potatoes, snap peas and carrots. Anyone want to go with me?
Several of these vintage-style drive-ins are now scattered around the neighborhoods. Since the early 1950’s this is the week-end place to compare car engines and exhausts and burn a little rubber. Everything you might order at the window comes disguised as a hamburger, fries and shake. Period. And don’t ask for something added or left off!
THE JET DECK
Paine Field pilots hang out here. Week-end warriors do too. Boeing workers hang around to admire their handiwork on the 777 Dreamliners and Dreamlifters. A good place to reminisce or be awestruck by the big, beautiful aircraft of this millennium.
IVAR’S ACRES OF CLAMS
When circling down Seattle’s off-ramps to Alaskan Way you actually can breathe in the salt air and fragrant batter-fried clams, oysters, and salmon from seafood Places. Our family favorite, therefore the Gunn’s favorite place to grab a halibut or mahi taco with pineapple salsa, is Ivar’s on the waterfront. We also go to other Ivars’ around the area but this one is The Covered Bet’s go-to.
THE LAST CAFÉ
Not a Seattle tourist attraction! This empty building could well be the last restaurant the Gunns visit.
~~~~~Photos Courtesy of Wikpedia~~~~~
I hope you’ve had fun restaurant-hopping with the Gunn family and me. Have you been to any of these places? Which one looked interesting to you? Let me know by commenting. Well-prepared food with a view makes for a memorable time with friends. I would love for us all to break bread together while we laugh at stories. Perhaps down the road that will happen! In the meantime try to make it happen with those around you.
Praying with you,
(Winner of the drawing for the last 3 weeks will be announced next week on this blog)