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Claim to Fame

Frans Chocolate | Sara DEugenio

Frans Chocolate | Sara DEugenio

Marshawn Lynch’s love of Skittles isn’t the only tasty celebrity endorsement around. These Seattle bites have earned raves from famous figures around the world.

 

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Fran’s Chocolates

This homegrown chocolatier got the ultimate endorsement when President Obama tried some and gave Fran’s his vote. Obama favors the salted caramels, but Fran’s offers a variety of other sweet treats, including the Bobby Flay–approved coconut gold bars. *1325 First Ave and 2626 NE University Village St; franschocolates.com

 

 

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese

Nestled in Pike Place Market, and often sporting a line out the door, Beecher’s “World’s Best” mac and cheese has been touted as one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorites. Order up a cup, served fresh and gooey, and sample some squeaky curds—or ship some home as a tasty souvenir. *1600 Pike Pl; beechershandmadecheese.com

 

 

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Ezell’s Famous Chicken

This fried-chicken joint is another Seattle fave for talk-show queen Oprah. In fact, she had Ezell’s flown to Chicago for her birthday party. Jazz legend Quincy Jones also had some specially delivered—to Switzerland. Get a side of the beloved rolls to go with your perfectly cooked chicken. 501 23rd Ave and 4436 Rainier Ave S; ezellschicken.com

 

 

Dick’s Drive-In

When tech guru Bill Gates lived in Seattle, he frequented this local burger chainlet, known for its good old-fashioned burgers and hand-cut fries. Esquire magazine shared the love, too, declaring Dick’s as America’s most life-changing burger in a 2012 poll. *Multiple locations, including 111 NE 45th St; ddir.com

 

 

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Than Brothers

To get a true taste of Seattle flavor, don’t miss the pho—a classic Vietnamese noodle soup. The dish is local hip-hop hero Macklemore’s comfort food, and he gave a shout out to this Seattle eatery as serving up one of his faves. Even better: every meal comes with a complimentary cream puff. Multiple locations, including 527 Broadway Ave E; thanbrothers.com

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