Spring has definitely sprung in Seattle, and there’s a whole lot to do, so let’s get to it. Here’s the latest round-up of things we’ve visited, places we’ve dined at (who am I kidding, having a beer counts), and so forth.
- Terra Plata – we managed to hit this place 2x in a week, and with good reason. The food is unique and flavorful, the location is grand, and the roof deck. Oh, the roof deck. Brunch here will certainly need to move into the “rotation” of things. Try the green chile pork, Moroccan steak sandwich or the Greek style baked eggs.
- Cure – You had me at $12 bottle of Cava on a Sunday afternoon. People watching at Cal Anderson Park, some meats and cheeses and enthusiastic service and a decent happy hour? Sign me up.
- Hilliard’s – Celebrating Zipcar and Uber on a sunny day with solid brews, a fun crowd, tacos and Jen Joyce? How could we miss it? Anyway, this spot in Ballard should provide a fun place to visit and meet with the fine folks behind Hilliard’s beer. Try the barrel aged saison. Or as it was described to me, “It’s $4 and comes in a belgian, but’ll knock you on your ass.”
- Ocho – A well-priced menu – happy hour or not – outside seating for those beautiful days, and a pretty darn good bloody mary. Try the patatas bravas and deviled eggs.
- Bar Ferd’nand – Stopping in Melrose Market is an experience on its own, but popping into this “bar” and bottle shop is refreshing. Always with a healthy mix of glass pours and a bit of knowledge as to what you’re imbibing (or viewing on the shelves), and an opportunity to taste some of the fancy morsels from the surrounding shops in the market.
- Frolik – Really dig the location, as having a glass of wine or a beer on a downtown Seattle rooftop is fun, but the service is challenging at best, whether you’re waiting outside or spooling up at the bar. So there’s that. Certainly won’t stop us from going back (shuffleboard! ping pong!), but you should keep an eye on that sort of thing if you’re planning on popping by for a Friday happy hour. Thankfully, happy hour is 4-10p.
- Essence Wine Shop – If wandering up Capitol Hill has taught me anything, it’s that I’m going to stumble (maybe not literally) into a few things that are super intriguing. Essence Wine Shop falls into that category, and I definitely want to revisit it. Warm staff, a nice mix of wine offerings, and a great local vibe. Did I mention board / card games?
- Flywheel – Anyone who tells you that spin class is stupid has no idea what they’re talking about. Riding a bike is easy. Riding a stationary bike while attempting to keep up with the pace of your spin instructor is not. You can so see why people become virtually addicted to going to this, and when multiple people (Brittany Tracy included) have said they see a real impact on how they feel, there’s gotta be something to it. Now, if only I could make it through the full class next time.
Until next time!