Writing travel blog posts may just be my favorite posts next to giveaways! I am here to share all of the fun foodie details about my recent work trip to Seattle Washington! Let me first get my stereotypes out of the way. I was in Seattle for three days and did not have to pull out my umbrella once! But, I did see fish tossed around at Pike Place market, so there is that. As this was my first trip to Seattle I was fully prepared with the information I learned from Sleepless in Seattle and Real World: Seattle! Alas, with any city, it is more than what is portrayed on television! Here is part one of my short trip to Seattle!
Day One Breakfast/Lunch
I was the genius that booked flights for the day of the conference, so jet lagged and starving we made our way from Sea-Tac into the city. With the conference set to start upon our arrival, I searched the conference hotel for something, ANYTHING to eat to hold me over through dinner. Luckily, the hotel basement housed a cute French cafe, Belle Epicurean (sensing a recent theme here LOL).
I ordered a ham sandwich with gruyere on a baguette and a cinnamon brioche. I had low expectations for both items, but since I was STARVING I did not care. Maybe my hunger impacted my viewpoint, but these two items were some of the best things I had in Seattle! For the sandwich the gruyere really set it off. I soon learned that cheese is appreciated in Seattle and for that I appreciate this city. The sandwich was great, but this brioche?! It reminded me more of a sticky bun than a brioche or cinnamon roll, but it was perfect. Sticky and super sweet. I went back for one of these every day on the trip.
Day One Dinner
I struggled through a few conference sessions and continued to map out dinner near our airbnb. Yes, despite my horrific NYC experience, I decided an Airbnb was the way to go for this trip. My first pick was a spot called No Anchor which was a short distance from where we stayed. They even offered a full menu tasting for $120!! That is a steal! Sadly, the spot was closed for a private event.
We skipped to a Korean spot named Chili & Sesame Korean Kitchen located just next door. As you could imagine Asian food is super popular in Seattle. This seemed like an easy pick. I quickly picked the Korean fried chicken which uses the same method as Dak and Bop in Houston. The chicken was just as good as what I am used to back at home at Dak and Bop so I left satisfied. My co-workers however insisted that Houston Korean restaurants were better.
Day Two Breakfast
With my body still on central time, I popped up early the next morning ready to start the day. While the conference did provide a continental breakfast we decided to skip out for a breakfast at Biscuit Bitch instead. YES, you read the name correctly LOL. Housed inside of coffee shop, Biscuit Bitch offers gravy smothered biscuits and biscuit sandwiches. They also serve gluten free biscuits! I have never been much of a biscuit and gravy fan so I ordered a plan bacon and cheese sandwich. For me, I wanted A LOT more butter on it, to comply with my Southern ideas about how a biscuit should taste. I imagine if you opt for the gravy toppings, the absence of globs of butter goes unnoticed. Nevertheless, the signs and staff alone make Biscuit Bitch worth the stop.
Day Two Dinner
I will cover my lunch at Pike’s place in my next post, so skipping right to dinner. For whatever reason, people were just FULL of food suggestions for Seattle. I have asked folks for suggestions for D.C. and New Orleans, *crickets* , oh but Seattle I got ALL the suggestions! One place that people kept mentioning was Din Tai Fung, a din sum restaurant with several Seattle locations.
We tried to go to the location near the Amazon store, but uber failed me and sent me out to Bellevue, Washington. The scenery heading to Bellevue was worth it though. Plus, Bellevue is the home of Ciara and Bill Gates so the possibility of bumping into them over some din sum was totally worth it.
There was a short wait at Din Tai Fung, which we expected based on the reviews. While waiting, we watched the dumpling factory from a window. The assembly line process included about five people crowded around a table and crafting dumplings for guests. It kinda seemed like a sweat shop to me BUT this process made dinner very quick. We ordered chicken dumplings, wontons and garlic sautéed spinach. The chicken dumplings were blah, but the wontons with the spicy sauce on top were THE best. Ironically, my favorite dish was the sautéed spinach, which tasted just like the kind I make at home!
I have to say out the gate, I was impressed with Seattle food! Even the spread we received at the hotel during a networking happy hour as impressive. Stay tuned for part two, where I tackle all that I ate in and around Pike’s Place Market.