Well I shared Matt's 40th birthday staycation weekend with you, and now I thought I'd give you a map of exactly where that weekend led us. If you are a Seattleite looking for new places to go or heading here on vacation I would highly recommend checking these places out.
So here it is:
Beer Junction in West Seattle: This is one of our favorite beer places in town, so we hit a beer tasting event here and were introduced to some fine beers from Base Camp Brewery in Portland. They always have an incredible rotating Draught selection along with a full bottle shop in back with the best and latest brews out there.
Salumi in Pioneer Square: Matt loves himself a good sandwich, and this place is supposed to be one of the best. I knew he had never been there before, so we hopped on the line that was through the door and around the corner and grabbed a couple of sandwiches to take to the park for lunch.
Japonessa in Downtown Seattle: Matt loves sushi and me being a non-meat/fish eater, sushi doesn't really work out for me. However Japonessa has a few veggie rolls with soy paper that I dream about. We used to go there all the time for happy hour before we had London but haven't been there since. It was a lovely nostalgic sake induced way to begin our Saturday.
Paddy Coyne's in Downtown Seattle: This is an Irish pub and restaurant on the water by the Sculpture Park at Elliot Bay. I happen to stroll in there one day with London in tow for a vege burger and a porter. Much to my surprise it was pretty phenomenal. The burger was an original recipe that will definitely keep me coming back and the view of the water at sunset is quite spectacular.
The Great Wheel in Downtown Seattle: It's quite tourist pricey to take a ride on the ferris wheel so I would save it for a special occasion, but it was totally worth it. Make sure it's a sunny day or a great sunset to get the most of your money.
Bathtub Gin & Co in Belltown: This is a hidden little speakeasy in an alleyway in Belltown. It's quiet, quaint, and adorable. With brick walls, small rooms, and dimly lit table settings it felt like what I imagine real speakeasy's back in the day were like.
Restaurant Zoe in Capitol Hill: First off I must point out that we somehow scored the best table in the house, and it made the ambience of the meal that much nicer. The food was fantastic, specifically the appetizers. We could've eaten the maple glazed brussels, marcona almonds with orange zest, and balsamic soaked olives repeatedly and called it a night.
Stumbling Monk in Capitol Hill: This quaint little joint never disappoints with its Belgian Beer selection on tap. It reminds me of being in one of the small pubs we frequented in Bruges. It's one of the first places we went when we came to Seattle and holds a special place in our heart that we try to go to any chance we get.
Brouwers in Fremont: This is another one of our favorite beer spots. Their selection of beer and whiskey is top notch, and it has a killer atmosphere. It's pretty big and can get quite crowded, so going on the off times is best. This may have been the best part of the weekend because Matt got to have the last of Schooner's Evil Tendencies that he thought was all tapped out of in Seattle. He got two pints, and if we didn't have dinner plans we probably would have ended up staying there till he tapped the kegs and I trucked him home in a wheelbarrow.
Revel in Fremont: This is urban-style Korean comfort food. Enough said.
Uber Tavern on Aurora: This is a small, out of the way beer bar that never disappoints. We hadn't been there since they remodeled, and now it's even better than it was before with game boards like scrabble, tavoli, and checkers shellacked into their new bar tables. It's the kind of place where you are surrounded by like-minded beer enthusiasts excited about the new taps.
Hiroki in Tangletown: This is a Japanese bakery where we specifically went to get the green tea tiramisu. Worth it? Yes.
Burgundian in Tangletown: This is another great beer bar. They are owned by the same as Brouwers that I just fawned over above (are you seeing the beer fanatic theme yet?) Something that we noticed was that a large number of their taps had some kind of coffee blend in it. I wonder if that is the next 'liquor-aged' trend coming up. Along with our caffeinated beer we also shared a spaetzel mac-n-cheese that was kinda out of control.
Tacos El Asadero in Rainier Valley: Authentic mexican food is something of a myth here in the Pacific Northwest, and after living in Southern California for ten years that's a hard pill to swallow, especially for Matt who would no joke eat burritos day and night for the rest of his life without blinking an eye. Hence, I am always on the lookout for good Mexican for him try. Years ago I introduced him to his favorite food truck El Camion and have never been able to top it, but I keep trying. So following stellar reviews we began his birthday by heading to a food truck in Rainier Valley. Verdict - he said it was really good but still not better than the reigning champion.