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Greenwood's Cozy Nut
Business/Location: The Cozy Nut Tavern
Address: 123 N 85th St
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98103
Phone: 206-784-2240

Posted by:  Jessica Baxter
Photo:  Jessica Baxter
   The Cozy Nut Tavern
Greenwood's aptly named joint delightfully evokes Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Thanks to the reclaimed wood interior and soft lamplight you'll feel like you are enjoying your cocktails or streamlined selection of local and imported brews inside the nicest damned tree trunk imaginable. Every minute spent there is a pure joy from their adorable anthropomorphic forest creature silhouettes to their build-your-own charcuterie plates. The delightfully toothsome texture of their warm, house made corn nuts (complimentary with every drink order) shatteringly transcend the commercial variety. Even the taxidermy seems pleased to be part of it all. Bring a deck of cards and settle in with friends.


Burgundian Brunch
Business/Location: Burgundian
Address: 2253 N 56th St
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98103
Phone: 206-420-8943
Website: www.burgundianbar.com

Posted by:  Jessica Baxter
Photo:  Jessica Baxter
   Burgundian
The Burgundian isn't Seattle's only destination for chicken and waffles. But the malt batter and bourbon maple syrup makes it one of the best. The classic pairing is only one of numerous reasons to become a brunch regular. The wood-laden, 21+ establishment gives discerning grownups a comfortable place to recharge on a late weekend morning. Dishes like the veggie-laden winter hash, bruleed oranges, or fruit-filled steel cut oatmeal prove you don't need a grease-bomb to satisfyingly soak up the previous night's indulgences. Bread accompaniment options include brioche or a biscuit. Enjoy your meal with a hair-of-the-dog cocktail or a flawless latte.


Toronado's 40 Rotating Taps
Business/Location: Toronado
Address: 1205 NE 65th St
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98115
Phone: 206-525-0654
Website: www.toronadoseattle.com

Posted by:  Jessica Baxter
Photo:  Jessica Baxter
   Toronado
Do you love beer, but find yourself let down by the paltry 10-12 options you usually find at a bar? The California-originated Toronado has your back with 40 rotating taps and a giant LCD menu that's just begging for you to make a night of it. View the live beer board on their website so you're not so overwhelmed once you get there. They've got equally massive lists of bourbon, whiskey, scotch and tequila for the more spirited folks. Somehow, they also find time to maintain a farm-to-table menu full of decadent sandwiches and charcuterie plates. Or just get a plate of bacon for $10.


Everybody's Sushi For The Weekend
Business/Location: Sushi Kanpai
Address: 900 8th Ave
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98104
Phone: 206-588-2769
Website: www.sushikanpai.com

Posted by:  Jessica Baxter
Photo:  Jessica Baxter
   Sushi Kanpai
What's better than an awesome happy hour? How about a happy hour that lasts all weekend and features what is practically a dinner-sized menu at low prices? Order more traditional sushi rolls or YOLO with the Heart Attack (basically a Japanese jalapeno popper). Don't miss the tempura or the gyoza. The catch is a one-drink per person minimum, which means you can't share that Saki unless you get a beer back. It's a convenient spitting distance from Town Hall, so you get your buzz on and fill your belly before catching a reading by that author you heard on NPR. Of course, you can always order from their regular menu, where the food gets fancy but the prices stay reasonable. Kanpai!


Vittles in Belltown
Business/Location: Vittles Neighborhood Bistro & Bar
Address: 2330 2nd Ave
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98121
Phone: 206-448-3348
Website: www.vittlesseattle.com

Posted by:  Jessica Baxter
Photo:  Jessica Baxter
   Vittles Neighborhood Bistro & Bar
This up-and-coming bistro in Belltown is poised for stardom. The soft brown décor makes it ideal for dates and parents alike. The classed-up comfort food and thoughtfully crafted cocktails have something for everyone. For me, the star attraction is the generously portioned Crispy Green Beans with Broccoli, tempura breaded with a truffle aioli drizzle for dipping. Make a meal out of one or two apps or share the love. Also notable: Crab and Corn Beignets and the House Poutine, which uses a cheesy sauce in lieu of traditional toppings. For even heartier fare, venture into the surf and turf laden entrees. The service is just how I like it--attentively laid-back. Things get even cheaper at happy hour.


Seattle's Plaka Estiatorio
Business/Location: Plaka Estiatorio
Address: 5407 20th Ave NW
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98107
Phone: 206-829-8934
Website: www.plakaballard.com

Posted by:  Karen Watson
Photo:  Karen Watson
   Plaka Estiatorio
I'm down with any cuisine that promotes fried cheese as a basic food group. The Haloumi at Plaka Estiatorio is off the charts and there is a very good possibility it could even give you a spontaneous food orgasm. Yes, it is that good. Tucked away from the visiting hordes that dominate Ballard on the weekend, Plaka epitomizes a casual neighborhood joint. The savory aromas of lemon and garlic wafting from the open kitchen will lure you in better than any pied piper.


Seattle's Saffron Grill
Business/Location: Saffron Grill
Address: 2132 N Northgate Wy
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98133
Phone: 206-417-0707
Website: www.saffrongrillseattle.com

Posted by:  Karen Watson
Photo:  Karen Watson
   Saffron Grill
I was skeptical about Saffron Grill because (a) it's in a building that looks like it used to be a TGI Fridays and (b) it's in the car park of a scary looking "business" hotel. But the old cliche really fits -- never judge a book by its cover. Owned by the same family that runs the U-District staple Cedars, I instantly recognized the coffee pots full of chai going round the room. That stuff is like milky delicious crack. The food isn't outstanding but it's definitely tasty and flavorful, especially if you're in need of a tikka after a hard day of shopping. And the cocktail list reads like a Webster's Dictionary of exotic tropical flavors. Jai Ho!


Seattle's Zayda Buddy's For Midwestern Comfort Food
Business/Location: Zayda Buddy's
Address: 5405 Leary Ave NW
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98107
Phone: 206-783-7777
Website: www.zaydabuddyspizza.com

Posted by:  Karen Watson
Photo:  Karen Watson
   Zayda Buddy's
Thank you Zayda Buddy's for bringing deep fried cheese curds and Leinenkugel's Summer Wheat beer to Seattle. But sauerkraut on pizza? No offense, but I could have lived without. And I think the last time I had Pringles was sometime in the mid-80s, although I had forgotten how strangely wonderful they really are. Thanks to ZB, Midwestern comfort food has found a Seattle following. Wisconsin style beer cheese dip and tater tot casserole always helps of course. The menu is rounded out by other old school favorites like tuna casserole, fish sticks and gravy smothered french fries. The other big draw -- Minnesota style pizza, which is rolled precariously thin and cut into little square pieces. You betcha, it's tasty. Oh, and ladies, say hi to the vintage Burt Reynolds poster in the bathroom.


Seattle's Senor Moose Continues To Impress
Business/Location: Senor Moose
Address: 5242 Leary Ave NW
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98107
Phone: 206-784-5568
Website: www.senormoose.com

Posted by:  Karen Watson
Photo:  Karen Watson
   Senor Moose
I've been visiting Senor Moose for years and straight up, I am still amazed every time at how freakin' delicious the food is. Serving up comida tipica, otherwise known as Mexican comfort food, the cooks consistently dish out authentic and vibrantly flavored staples like carne asada, nopales, plantains, sopes, and of course tacos. You won't find cheddar cheese enchiladas and gloppy refried beans here. Instead they finish everything off with a dusting of Cotija cheese, real Mexican crema, and fresh avocado. The decor of sherbert colored paint, tile floors, oil cloth covered tables, and folk art combines in an assault on the senses almost making you forget that you're still in Seattle and not Veracruz. The crowds waiting to get in at prime meal times rivals those outside a Wal Mart on Black Friday. And it is oh so worth the wait.


Riding The Ducks In Seattle
Business/Location: Ride the Ducks
Address: 516 Broad St
City: Seattle
State: WA
Zip Code: 98109
Phone: 206-441-3825
Website: www.ridetheducksofseattle.com

Posted by:  Karen Watson
Photo:  Karen Watson
   Ride the Ducks
What unsuspecting local hasn't bitched once or twice after a truckload of happily quacking tourists scared the crap out of them while passing thru downtown on a Ride the Duck tour? Annoying, yes, but the Duck tours are also undeniably quirky and irreverent. The tour guides, you also happen to be licensed Captains,who have silly names like Captain Clem Chowder and Chip Ahoy include plenty of city history along with a healthy dose of corny jokes. Their enthusiasm is infectious and trust me, by the end of the two hour voyage they will have even the most hardened Seattle native singing along to "We Will Rock You." The Ducks' amphibious capabilities allow visitors to view the city by both land and lake, a highlight of the trip is dodging the seaplanes landing on Lake Union. Ahoy, Seattle.