If you go to SavvySeattle’s homepage, click on the link “Eateries” on the left. I will ocassionally post reputable places to eat I have found for the adventurers. If you visit it now, you can see all the restaurants, eateries, bakeries, etc that I find delicious (unless I mention I haven’t been there yet). And believe me, this summer there will be many new reviews on new places I find for you all to try. So go find it now!
Doubt my taste in food? Of course you should! Read my food reviews with healthy skepticism, but know I am well-traveled and didn’t spend my life eating chicken nuggets and tater-tots. It’s healthy to be skeptical sometimes. To know a little bit about me, I am a bit of a food snob, which can be a healthy habit until you starve yourself because you can’t eat college cafeteria food and have to make your own food in the broken public kitchen in the basement… *cough* which I would never do, haha… yeah right. I have enjoyed food ranging from broiled octopus I had in Japan, stingray-stuffed tacos I enjoyed in Mexico, meat pirozhkis I devoured in Slovakia, amazing duck, beer and potatoes I had in Munich’s beer gardens, the rock cakes and tea I enjoyed daily in England and Wales, and the plentiful platters of fish and rice I often enjoyed in Africa. Travelling too much is also unhealthy because it become an addiction and overtakes your life where everything is revolved around travel distracting you from your studies and makes you have to retake classes… ahem, *cough*, which… I heard… happens… from friend of mine… yeah. Anyways, I’m just being silly now and rambling. Enjoy my reviews, always have a little doubt in my opinions, read other people’s opinions on yelp, and go try it yourself!
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The 5 Spot in Queen Anne has the best french toast you will ever taste, EVER.
New Find: Lunchbox Laboratory
Over Thanksgiving break, I visited this place for my friend’s birthday party, and I have mixed feelings about it. feel free to read the reviews about this place via the link below:
There was a lot of talk that this place had the best burgers in the country; I was beyond skeptical. Nevertheless, I was excited. I left to meet my friends who were late, so I sat down and they were friendly with me and set a table for 7 people. Once my friends arrived, we ordered as our eyebrows ascended at the prices. The milkshakes looked delicious and came in beakers (hence the place’s second word in their name: laboratory), however once one arrived at my friends place is was smaller than my glass of water and costed them $6. I could have made 4 large milkshakes at half the price. We waited, and waited, and waited. Everyone had tickets for a movie afterwards and were slightly late even though we arrived an hour and half earlier. Even though we had run out of conversations and my friends started to bounce balloons in the air after an hour of waiting in a half-empty restaurant, one cheeseburger was missing and my friend couldn’t eat. Everyone had to eat hurriedly to be on time for their movie. Despite the wait, the cheeseburgers were really good and the fries tasted like real potatoes, but some kind of oil was dripping out of my burger. I didn’t want to know what kind of fat or oil was used that helped me gain 2 pounds, but I enjoyed the taste.
Overall, it wasn’t the best burger I’ve ever had, and I am still wondering why my burger was leaking, but it was an interesting environment full of creativity. But you might have a better experience, so try it out if you have the money and time. But beware, the burgers on about $10-15!
Today my family and I ate at Julia’s, On Broadway. Located on Capitol Hill, this restaurant is a little pricey but serves great food. Today was Christmas Day, so I don’t know if the selection was best (maybe a temporary chef took the place of the primary), but there were a couple sandwiches, burgers and salads on the menu, including hot buttery rum($8), beers and wines. The inside reveals a rather vintage themes with brick walls inside, large red curtains and fascinating objects hidden around. This one picture hung above our table looking like a 1950s poster, but was in fact a recent artistic poster of Lady Gaga. The sweet potato fries were fantastic, but my turkey and cranberry sandwich was very basic considering it was $11.
A fun spot for a group because surprisingly it wasn’t very noisy at all even though there were a decent amount of people in an open space. There’s a bar area, but there is seating for those under 21 as well. Very interesting place, but only for those who can spend $10-15 per plate.
Disclaimer - This is only one opinion, you might find it to be better or worse than my experience. In addition, I went on Christmas Day and this affected my experience as well.
Pre-game Dinner and Fun
My brother and I went to Piroshky-Piroshky at Pike Place yesterday before the Sounders game at Qwest Field. I got the Beef and Cheese Piroshky while my brother got the potato and cheese piroshky and an apple cinnamon roll to share for a sweet. Everything was delicious and well worth the ten-minute wait in line. Piroshky-Piroshky is a Russian bakery that was featured in many travel shows such as Anthony Bourdain and other Pacific Northwest television shows. This bakery is thee best.
We then rode the subway train through the underground tunnel to Intl. District Station to walk to the stadium… though if you ride the Downtown Transit Tunnel, remember that the train costs money while the bus is free if you remain in the bus ride-free zone.
After leaving the stadium with the other 36,000 cheering fans, we decided to celebrate the 3-nil win against Toronto FC with green tea and pocky at Uwajimaya in the International District. Uwajimaya is a little expensive, but that’s the price we pay for getting semi-fresh imported goods from East Asia. The world-renown Kinokuniya bookstore is inside the Uwajimaya complex as well as a food court with almost every ethnic food from Asia ranging from Vietnamese to Mongolian, even Thai food and lots of Korean cuisine! There are Asian-style barber shops, noodle restaurants and kitchen supply stores inside Uwajimaya. Uwajimaya is a great place to get nostalgia if you lived in Asia. I’ve only met a couple of people who have never been to Uwajimaya, if you haven’t been… then go! You’ll have a blast!
Italian Cuisine: The Best Pizzerias
Where can you find good pizza in Seattle? Well, there are only two names that I can list that are worthy for mentioning, but I’m sure some of my followers have their favorites as well.
With three locations around Seattle, I went to the one near Wallingford on Stone Way even though there is one in Westlake and Columbia City. This pizzeria was crowded with a large line almost running out into the street, thus making it extremely loud inside. Despite the volume and having to push past people, once we got a seat at a comfortable wood table against the wall in the dim light, about half and hour later we each got a pizza still steaming from the oven. The pizza was great, probably some of the best I’ve had, though I found it to be a little salty compared to the pizzeria I went to in downtown Seattle called Serious Pie.
In Belltown, another crowded but much smaller pizzeria is wedged in-between two brick buildings with a rather hidden entrance (as it took a while for us to find) and dimly lit inside. It has been a long time since I’ve been here, but I remember the inside had old brick walls and was simply jaw-dropping. It was like walking into another world like Narnia, or maybe even the feeling of going back in time to the early twentieth century and witnessing the preservation of fascinating architecture. Well, the pizza was unlike anything you’ll ever taste… and absolutely delicious Each pizza is unique with its blistered crusts and a variety of fantastic toppings, not to mention some are rather zippy/spicy. Though this Tom Douglas restaurant might be a little pricey, it is worth every penny.
Seattle is such a foodie place that you’ll only find tastier food from where that food was originally discovered or ethnically from.
If you know of another great pizzeria in the Greater Seattle region, or just a good eatery or restaurant in general, feel free to reply to this post or submit your own. Seattle is a large and diverse city, I don’t know everything… in fact I’m not even close.