My friend Katie and I went to visit some dear friends in Seattle a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share the fun trip photos! The most important one, at the top, was the best breakfast sandwich I've ever eaten and it was from Dahlia Bakery. Sooo as you may or may not know, Lauren and I are kind of obsessed with breakfast sandwiches. Like a lot. Top 5. Easy. This one takes the cake. The english muffins (the best carb a breakfast sandwich could ever be nestled in), are baked fresh in house and everything's made to order. The one pictured was fried egg, sausage, melty cheddar and dijon, all for about $5 and welllll worth it.
We also shared the doughnuts (not pictured because we gobbled them up in the car within 3 seconds right outside the bakery driving on our way to Vancouver). Um, if you're ever in Seattle, please get these. I don't even like doughnuts but they were 6 little mini bites, again made fresh to order, in a bag, tossed in cinnamon and sugar and with a vanilla marscapone dip that's exactly what heaven would taste like if it were a desserty condiment. I mean, stop it.
We were lucky enough to have two handsome Seattle tour guides, and my friend Chris, (a Seattle Met Mag and Nosh Pit blog editor) was verrrrry well versed in directing us to the best eats in their lovely city. Here are some highlights:
- the Walrus and the Carpenter - An oyster bar in Ballard and my favorite restaurant that we went to for dinner: gorgeous wood and white interior, champagne, fresh, local and amazing food. Including the best asparagus dish (with anchovies and bread crumbs) that I've ever had. As Chris put it perfectly, "just special."
- Sitka & Spruce - I heard and read a lot about this place so it was admittedly a bit hyped up for me. It was in a really cool space and I loved the open kitchen set up - we sat on the same counter/table as the chefs preparing our food. But the food fell a little short of the bold flavor profiles I tend to like. Very pacific-northwest-local-freshy all over the place, though. Think lighter dishes.
- Hazlewood - Lounge in Ballard. We went here for drinks before the Walrus and the Carpenter, and I just loooved it. My friend Nick got the Hazlewood cocktail and it comes with a truffle and a Nat Sherman clove on a gorgeous porcelain dish. I don't care if it's a gimmick, I bought into it and wish we had something like it in Chicago.