Damn The Weather is exactly what it sounds like - an exposed brick and alcohol-filled respite from Seattle’s heinous rain patterns. It’s a bar first and foremost, but with killer food like spaghetti bolognese covered in parm, super-fresh crudo, an excellent burger, and addictive shishito peppers. Which isn’t to say that you can’t also get a cold beer and a paper cone stuffed with French fries - it’s just that they’re cooked in chicken fat and dusted with crushed fennel seed (get these). Damn The Weather is always pretty crowded, but worth doing some vulture-like hovering to get a seat.
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Zocálo is an upscale Mexican spot in Pioneer Square that works for tacos and cocktails at the bar, but the entrees are a bit of a crap shoot.
If you’re needing a sports bar with a classy aesthetic and bar food your parents might want to eat, check out Quality Athletics in Pioneer Square.
Nirmal’s is an upscale spot in Pioneer Square with modern Indian food and creative cocktails.
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Delicatus Benaroya Hall
Delicatus is a downtown sandwich shop with big, messy, delicious creations. Get the Mud Honey.
Bounty Kitchen is a great brunch spot in Queen Anne that serves avocado toast, grain bowls, tacos, and griddle cakes.
Hot Cakes is a dessert bar in Capitol Hill specializing in molten chocolate cake and soft serve ice cream.
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San Fermo is a charming Italian restaurant in an old house where an indie rom-com would take place. Use it for a first date in Ballard.
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
Taylor Shellfish in Pioneer Square is one of the best oyster bars in Seattle.
Good Bar is a great spot in Pioneer Square for charcuterie and some cocktails. And the happy hour goes until 7pm.
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