Seattle has been establishing itself as a culinary destination for some time now, and many thanks are given to award winning chef Tom Douglas for playing a large hand in making that happen. A three-time James Beard award winner, Tom is possibly the most perfect local guide to introduce travelers to the diverse and exciting cuisine of the city that Utrip calls home, and we are honored to have him as our Local Culinary Expert.
He’s crafted a few itineraries to help you get the best taste of Seattle, and we are excited to share with you his 1 day trip, an excellent introduction to Seattle’s culinary scene and his 3 day trip, an exploration of the incredible international flavors that have cultivated here!
1 DAY TO TASTE SEATTLE
Start your morning off right. If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss out on Seattle’s favorite doughnut shop. Grab one, or a dozen. Seattle Seahawk Golden Tate recommends the Maple bar.
Over Elliott Bay, this century-old market is a maze of shops featuring local seafood, produce and artisans as well as a collection of international imports and culinary delights that not many Seattleites can claim to have fully explored. A staple in the city, it’s known for the fish throwing merchants, the fruit and vegetable stands, the local artists and artisans, the astoundingly big and beautiful $5-$15 flower bouquets, quirky hobby shops, the appalling gum wall, and street musicians… among many other things!
Pike Place Market is a trove of specialty shops, and for those who love to delight their culinary senses, it is heaven. Whether you like to cook, or just enjoy browsing everything from cheese, to wine, and spices, or you simply like to eat high quality food, Pike Place Market has some stores that you will likely fall in love with.
Right by Pike Place Market, Tom Douglas has created a unique space that serves up exquisite seafood in a relaxed brasserie atmosphere. After the excitement of getting through the market, this is a wonderful spot to relax and enjoy a meal.
Get your Italian fix at Cuoco by Tom Douglas. They feature classics like homemade lasagna to pasta made with chanterelles and arugula, to dry-aged Washington steak.
The Brave Horse is always buzzing. A casual nightlife spot, the Brave Horse is classy and comfortable, without being pretentious. Come to drink a beer, eat a handmade pretzel and try your hand at a game of shuffleboard.
A massive shop for Asian foods, products, and gifts, Uwajimaya is well-loved by locals. You can browse the aisles for speciality items and ingredients, peek into the Kinokuniya bookstore, sample some delicious Asian fast food, or purchase fresh seafood to cook. Tom Douglas recommends trying something different from their snack section.
A small family run Japanese restaurant hidden in the International District, Tsukushinbo has become a favorite for locals who want the freshest sushi and excellent cooked Japanese dishes. If you dare wait up to an hour on a Friday, you may get a bowl of their famous ramen. Tom Douglas recommends trying their fried eggplant.
A Tom Douglas restaurant, Lola uses bold flavors from North Africa and the Mediterranean to create exquisitely presented dishes.
Among an array of lively activity and a multitude of choices, Rob Roy and Bathtub Gin come highly recommended by Tom Douglas for their incredible cocktails.
From baked-in-house goodies, to some exemplary espresso, to a spectacular brunch), you’re sure to be immersed in a place of enjoyment, relaxation, and delight at Arabica Lounge.
A full bar and patio right off Alki Beach + an incredible fusion of Korean and Hawaiian food = Awesome.
Tom Douglas and one of his top chefs, Erica Tanaka have paired up to deliver an innovative, and scrumptious Asian fusion restaurant that uses only the highest quality ingredients.
A truly amazing collection of cookbooks, Book Larder also hosts authors and chefs giving cooking classes. Come find a really cool cookbook to add to your collection.
On top of being a beautiful restaurant with a wide offering of authentic Asian dishes, Wild Ginger only uses homemade ingredients from egg noodles to coconut milk to oyster sauce. Tom Douglas recommends the crispy duck.