Listen. Do not walk past Cafe Presse without going inside and ordering a croque madame alongside a bowl of salted fries (with lemony mayo) and a hazelnut butter lettuce salad. Do not leave without eating these things and subsequently feeling like you’re the protagonist in some kind of sophisticated French movie. We’re glad we had this talk.
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Our favorite places in the city to eat French food, which means a lot of excellent steak frites.
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We avoid superlatives, but Vivace probably makes the best espresso in the city. Hit the Capitol Hill location for its proximity to Sunrise Tacos.
Skillet Diner is a modern diner in Capitol Hill serving updated versions of classic dishes.
The Lookout is a dive bar in Capitol Hill with surprisingly good fish and chips and a great view.
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Bar Melusine is a French restaurant and oyster bar in Capitol Hill that’s perfect for a low-key night out.
Bastille Café & Bar
Bastille is a French spot in Ballard that’s romantic enough for a date, but also works for a solo meal at the bar or group dinner.
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Bateau in Capitol Hill is the most unique steakhouse in Seattle - if not the entire West Coast.
The Walrus And The Carpenter
There are a lot of oysters in Seattle, and Walrus And The Carpenter has some of the very best. Hit the Ballard spot for excellent seafood and drinks.
Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
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