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Tuesday, April 5

Seattle Series: Seattle Guide for Foodies

Seattle for Foodies, a 24 hour guide

You've landed in the Emerald City. Land of Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks. You're hungry. You only have 24 hours. This will be a journey to delight the foodie in you from a Seattlelite's point of view.

Starting Point: Pike Place Market

As a "Seattlelite", having gone to undergrad and grad school in Seattle, and having entertained clients in restaurants throughout the city in my various corporate posts, the Pike Place Market encapsulates Seattle like no other venue. We will start and end here.

At the Market, have breakfast of French cuisine at Cafe Campagne, at the foot of the Inn At The Market. If your travel isn't on a weekend, head over to Le Panier for French pastries. If snacks are what you need, sample the fresh donut holes yards away from Rachel the Pig at the Daily Dozen Donut Company.

Walking around the market is an awakening of all your senses, and inevitably, you will need coffee. Have a cup from Starbucks from a high altitude and with a fabulous view from the 40th floor of the Columbia Tower.  At the nearby International Market or Chinatown of Seattle, have a quick bite to eat at Kau Kau's for their fabulous BBQ pork and duck.

Second stop: Shilshole Bay

Head towards the water north of the city to Ray's Boathouse on Shilshole Bay for their Happy Hour on the outside patio, where you will see the nautical side and natural beauty of Seattle. A must to order is their Black Cod Sake Kasu which melts in your mouth. Their specialty is seafood, and you may order any entree from their full-service restaurant while sitting at the Cafe.

Third stop: Madison Park

Tucked a few miles from downtown is Madison Park. The Olympian Apolo Ohno loves to have sushi at the aesthetically beautiful display of sushi wonder at Nishino's. The sushi there is so artistic. A feast of the senses indeed. Have a bit of sushi, but, leave some room for dinner back at the Pike Place Market.

Photo courtesy of Alan L. Bauer

Final stop: Pike Place Market
Voted one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, have your last meal or your dessert of the night at Il Bistro. This Italian restaurant consistently delivers delicious food. Choose from their dinner menu or late night happy hour, until midnight Sunday-Thursday or 1am Friday-Saturday. Ciao!

Restaurant Links and Address:

Cafe Campagne: Located at the Market's Post Alley

Le Panier:  Located north of the Public Market sign on 1902 Pike Place

Daily Dozen Donut Company: Located by De Laurenti's & Rachel the pig sculpture

Starbucks at Columbia Tower: Located between 4th & 5th Avenues on Columbia

Kau Kau's: Located on Maynard Ave S. & S. King St.

Ray's Boathouse: Located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle at 6049 Seaview Ave NW

Nishino's: Located on Lake Washington Blvd E. & E. Madison St. on 3130 E. Madison St.

Il Bistro: Down the ramp from Rachel the Pig sculpture on 93 Pike St. #A

(1) Pike Place Market

(2) Seattle Map 
Note: Ray's Boathouse is by Golden Gardens and Nishino's is by the Washington Park and Arboretum

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