Every city has its hallowed doughnut institutions but this one is a step above any other doughnut shop. The selection of filled doughnuts here is something you must try. Get here early though as they disappear fast!
Large slabs of beef can be spied through the window of this powerhouse of steak awesomeness. Rene did not disappoint when she unleashed Bateau upon Seattle a few years back. Bateau now offers a tasting menu as well which is well worth it. Some of the best craft cocktails in th city can be had here as well. Bar Melusine is quite reminiscent of the Walrus and the Carpenter. Most dishes are raw or served chilled even if cooked. The usual fine craft cocktails found at every Erickson establishment and some subtle stylish decor.
Taylor Shellfish is the largest shellfish producer in North America. Many of the oysters you find in Seattle's finest restaurants are grown by Taylor. Interaction 19 executive producer Bram Wessel buys oyster seed from Taylor during their annual seed sale for his personal oyster farm on Hood Canal. Taylor features an array of upscale local spots where you can try their Totten Virginicas or Fat Bastards, and it you're there on the right day, you might find the elusive Olympia oyster, the only variety native to Puget Sound. Also teriffic clams, and Dungeness crab. Locations in the Melrose Market between Pike and Pine, and lower Queen Anne are the closest to the conferce. This is the true fresh Seattle seafood experience.
Linda Derchang's stylish American eatery is perhaps Seattle's best option for a light lunch. (You know, the French kind, which includes maybe a glass or three of wine?) Oddfellows is right next door to Elliott Bay Books (inside of which you'll find "Little Oddfellows" and offers a variety of seasonal fare & craft drinks to a bustling crowd. Once again, nobody captures that special Seattle flavor of laid-back sophistication quite like Ms. Linda.
When OG Seattle scenester Linda Derschang decided in the early '90's to expand beyond her Basic clothing line, she decided to call her first eating and drinking establishment, well, "Linda's." Featuring local craft brews, comfort food, and backwoods vintage northwest kitschy decor, Linda's quickly became THE preferred habitat for the grungerati. She added a cool enclosed and partially covered patio, and it's become a Seattle intitutionj, serving both late night drinks & hangover-curing brunch.
Emmet Watson, when asked how to make Seattle better, used to say "put it back!" Dicks is a slice of old Seattle that never left. Going strong since the 1950's, your parents used to call it "Ricardo's Club 19" after the 19 cent Dick's Deluxe. You can still get a Deluxe and fries, for cheap, and it makes a delightful fourthmeal after you've been out... carousing and carrying on. The closest one to the Conference Center is in Capitol Hill and was immortalized in Sir Mix-a-lot's hip hop classic "Posse's on Broadway." Others are in Wallingford, lower Queen Anne, and Lake City.
Not content with ruling the comfort bar scene, Linda Derschang brought her flawless theme-driven aesthetic, this time bedecked in tawdry-chic red retro Asian accents to Seattle's already saturated club scene. Linda has since sold her interest in Chop Suey, but it's still going strong, featuring nightly features a diverse lineup of anything from hip-hop to alt-rock and legendary DH sets.
Formerly the legendary 90's rock club Moe, Neumos is the most prolific venue for new and independent music in Seattle. It's right in the epicenter of the Pike/Pine subsection of Capitol Hill, a major Seattle nightlife hub.
Another natural wine bar, this one owned by Matt Dillon with wine curated by sometime sommelier Marc Papineau. Located in one of Seattle's most well-curated food & drink complexes, Capitol Hill's Chophouse Row.
If the IxDA Board likes it, that should be a good steer. Pike/Pine's Terra Plata is one of Seattle's best examples of commitment to sourcing ingredients from the rich culture of local growers & artisan producers who practice organic, sustainable farming. Everything is fresh, in season, and you can feel great about eating it. Also features one of the better lists of organic and sustainably produced wines in town, curated for pairing (Domaine Tempier, yum!)
Cafe Flora is Seattle's original hi-art vegetarian dining experience. Nestled in the leafy Madison Valley on the far slope of Capitol Hill it's a favorite of Interaction 19 Co-Chair Suya Vanka. Chez Panisse like artistry.