Just across the street from Tom Douglass flagship Dahlia lounge, Lola is a jewel. The middle-Eastern-cum-cajun inspired breakfast menu features signature made to order beignets, which everyone should experience at least once. Mabye, many times.
In a city with a wealth of excellent and innovative sushi, Shiro Kashiba is a cult figure. His Sushi Kashiba inspires pilgrimages among sushi aficionados. Sushi Kashiba doesn't take reservations, so you'll have to wait in line, but you'll forget all about that once you try it.
Top-shelf hotel bar with expansive Puget Sound views, large-format cocktails & gourmet nibbles. Watch out for their hidden "reservation fees" if you reserve an outdoor table via their Web service. Outdoor heating makes it tolerable in the cold, but you're pretty much hosed if it's raining.
The legendary Crocodile Cafe got remodeled, but it's still the same basic layout where all those shows you've heard or read about happened. Everyone from the 1990's Seattle music scene graced the Croc's stage, from Alice In Chains to Mudhoney to Sleater-Kinney and everything in between. Nirvana would play secret shows here, and it was at the Sub Pop 5th Anniversay Party in April 1994, here at ethe Croc, where Kurt Cobain's bandmates, closest friends, and label mates came to mourn after learning of his death the day before.
Top Pot is Seattle's home-grown doughnut franchise. Yes, it's become a local chain, but each location is unique and the doughnut are still hand forged. There are many locations, but the one on 5th Avenue under the Monorail is the one President Obama went to. It's also the closest location to the Conference Center. These donuts are... decadent. Excellent coffee and other snacks as well. A true Seattle original.