My oven is feeling very lonely lately. I’ve been doing way more eating out than cooking in recently, but when it’s sunny and 80 degrees in Seattle… it’s almost mandatory to abandon the kitchen and head to a restaurant with outdoor seating. A good happy hour doesn’t hurt either!
That’s what brought me to Seatown this week. If you visit Pike Place, and can resist scarfing a Piroshky, walk a little farther down Western Avenue to the Tom Douglas trifecta (Ettas, Rub With Love, & Seatown) for some breakfast, lunch or brunch… with a great view on the side!
Anthony Bourdain made a stop here on an episode of The Layover. The entire show had me drooling, but it was the Dungeness Crab Fried Egg Sandwich with Avocado and Beecher’s Cheese that really got the salivary gland hustling. That sandwich was my mission.
Across the table, my husband had the Mushroom Rub Steak Sandwich. Think Philly Cheese Steak, Tom-Douglas-style! Judging by the lack of conversation after our food arrived, I’m assuming it was “no time to talk good!”
Some of the other brunch menu items that caught my eye and rumbled my stomach: The Salmon Burger (I’m a sucker for those anywhere), The Chef’s Salad with Salmon or Crab, Dungeness Crab BLT (the table next to us got this and I almost fought them for it!), and the Steamed Clams & Mussels (in garlic, butter and wine).
At a Tom Douglas restaurant, you (and your taste buds) can’t lose. A visit is definitely a right of passage while living in Seattle. If you’re visiting, it will be an incredible memory to take home.
While we’re on the subject, you don’t want to miss a special Tom Douglas event coming up this summer. Salmon-Chanted Evenings is a fundraiser for the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Get a perfectly grilled piece of salmon and sides in Victor Steinbrueck Park for just $20, August 17 from 5-7pm. (Majestic view of Elliott Bay: free of charge)