If it’s their first time in Seattle, we’ll do the classic things. Pike Place Market (*First Ave and Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org) is a must, and I always encourage a visit to Seattle Art Museum (*1300 First Ave; seattleartmuseum.org).
To get away from the hustle of the city, we’ll motor over to Vashon or Bainbridge Island on the ferry. On Bainbridge, we’ll be sure to stop at one of Brendan McGill’s spots, Hitchcock (133 Winslow Way E; hitchcockrestaurant.com) or Pizzeria Bruciato (236 Winslow Way E; pizzeriabruciato.com). Leavenworth is a great getaway right before winter kicks in—I’ll head out with a few chef friends for a hike to forage for mushrooms, porcini in particular.
We usually go to the University District Farmers Market (5031 University Way NE; seattlefarmersmarkets.org) on Saturdays and like to hang out by the water or play at the indoor bouncy play area at Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE).
In Seattle, we’re extremely mindful of our environment and the people who are producing, fishing, and growing locally. The level of respect for what we do and the product we have available is greater in Washington than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. It’s exciting to be part of a developing culinary scene—Seattle is making moves like any other major city when it comes to food.
If I want a beer in the neighborhood, I’ll go to Toronado (1205 NE 65th St; toronadoseattle.com). Canon (928 12th Ave; canonseattle.com) gets busy, but the crowds are usually gone by the time I might stop in for a drink after the restaurants close. I get the Dealers Choice with gin. For a snack, sit at the bar and order the French fries at Bateau (1040 E Union St; restaurantbateau.com). And Spinasse (1531 14th Ave; spinasse.com) is a go-to on Mondays for chicory salad, when it’s in season, or the tajarin with sage and butter—luckily, they’re open on my day off.
Akil’s Picks: Cornbread at JuneBaby and pasta at Salare
I spend my free time with my son, whether it’s riding bikes on the Burke-Gilman Trail, playing at one of the parks in Ravenna, or going to a game. He hasn’t decided whether he likes the Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks best yet.
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