Top 5 Best Spots to Dine in West Seattle
The sunshine is out! Summer has come early and the social buzz is in the air. Here in West Seattle, we’ve got a wonderful community of small businesses and top notch restaurants. The outdoor patios are in full swing and the appetites are too! Let’s dive into the Top 5 Best Spots to Dine in West Seattle.
On the top of the list at No.1 I want to salute Lady Jaye! This smoke house restaurant has Applewood smoked meats, a selection of refreshingly unique craft cocktails, a menu to inspire a curious palate and a butcher shop, where you can actually get a monthly meat box subscription! I mean, hell ya!! I’m a fan! Happy hour is Wed-Sun from 4-5pm with indoor and outdoor seating.
I recommend starting with the Smoked Jalapeño Kale Caesar while sipping on a Bang Mango cocktail. Then move onto the Smoked Pork New York, a side of Shoe String Fries and wash it down with an Aztec Manhattan.
No. 2 is Phoenecia! Like stepping into an underground New York City speakeasy, the ambient decor is just warming you up for the delicious experience about to be served. The Lebanese-inspired restaurant serves a variety of small plates, pizza and fresh craft cocktails. There are so many amazing options on the menu which makes it a great place to entertain friends! Here’s what my friends and I enjoyed on our evening out.
We started with the Labanese Flatbread, Burrata and the 39 Spice Beef which is marinated beef bites sautéed with arugula and crimini mushrooms. Then we moved onto sharing a Fig Salad with walnuts, goat cheese and a berry vinaigrette along with an artisan style Prosciutto de Parma pizza.
For our main courses we got swept away Balsamic Braised Lamb Shank, Wild Mushroom Gnocchi and The Jewel of the Ocean.
For dessert we couldn’t resist Mom’s Baklava. We left happy, full and buzzing!
At No. 3 we’ve got Harry’s Beach House. On the waterfront of Alki Beach, this rustic spot with indoor and outdoor seating feels like a home away from home. Cozy, warm energy and a spot on menu! The weekend brunch is off the hook! Start with the Grilled Albacore Salad and Salt Cod Croquettes. Then enjoy the Duck Confit Hash or a stack of the Cornmeal Pancakes and wash it down with Harry’s Mary – their own delicious take on a classic cocktail. At this popular spot, reservations are recommended but you can also order takeout and enjoy a classy picnic on the beach!
Bonus: Harry’s got a bottle shop with an extensive selection of wine by the bottle!
No. 4 Marination Mai Kai! The location, the menu, the view…everything here is perfection! It’s one of those spots where you order your food and enjoy the meal so much, you go back and order seconds! Kid friendly with a large outdoor patio looking out at downtown Seattle and the busy waters, the breeze is just right! I’ve tried just about everything on the menu, but some of my staple favorites are the Kalbi Beef Tacos, Aloha Sliders, Miso Ginger Chicken Fried Rice, the Spicy Pork Taco Salad, Katsu and most definitely the Fish-n-Chips. They might have the best Fish-N-Chips in the city!
Coming in at No. 5 is La Rustica. Serving up old Italian recipes, this gorgeous little restaurant rests along the western shore of Alki. A perfect spot to watch the sunset, the menu and wine selection delivers the true taste of Italy.
For appetizers I started with the Ostriche al forno (baked oysters with spinach, mascarpone and cream) and the Bruschetta con Porchetta (roasted pork belly with garlic, white wine and rosemary). For the entree I went with the Risotto Gambery which was rice tossed with prawns, asparagus, cream, cherry tomatoes and basil pesto. Rich, well balanced flavor that lingers deliciously on the lips.
For dessert I sipped on an earthy Barolo and peacefully watched the sun escape below the sea.
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