West Seattle and Capitol Hill

Go spend some time getting to know Capitol Hill in Seattle. The food, nightlife and people are incredible.

IMG_7277 IMG_7377Lauren and Marce lived in the area when I visited and we took Saturday to get out of the city and take the ferry across the Puget Sound to West Seattle to kayak before finishing the afternoon and evening back in their neighborhood.

IMG_7281 IMG_7289After kayaking we walked along the water’s edge to the beach to take in the quaint town and restaurants. Wedged between two neutral buildings is a house that looks like flowers are sprouting out of it. Pictures don’t do it justice, but the detail and colors are outstanding. It’s just another reminder of the perfect oddities around Seattle.

Back in Capitol Hill we went to the most wonderful oyster bar for lunch. Taylor Shellfish Farms has several locations in the city and supplies oysters to an impressive list of restaurants in the area. Oysters and mollusks are fresh in the shop and we ordered a variety dozen, along with other delicious seafood entrées and glasses of rosé.

IMG_7314Go to Kerry Park and take in the view. It just appears out of the neighborhood and reminds you that you’re still in the city among the sprawling but charming homes. We made our way after lunch to look over the park and onto the cityscape and water.

Dinner was at Canon, with 10:30 dinner reservations as the earliest available option and it lived up to the hype. The speakeasy and restaurant prides itself on the drinks and food in preparation and presentation. Our scallops were served in a cloche with infused smoky flavors locked in until the server lifted the glass at the table. We saw several drinks being served the same way.

Brunch Beef and DuckSunday Brunch was at Pettirosso around the corner from Lauren and Marce’s in Capitol Hill. It’s a small space that opens into the street and offers a variety of unique brunch options, such as braised brisket and duck confit served with eggs. Everything was fantastic and perfectly rich with each savory bite. Definitely a place I would go back to for another meal, and is a favorite spot for Lauren and Marce.

IMG_7369 IMG_7376Finally, as it was just a few blocks away, I had to make a stop at the Starbucks Reserve Roastary and Tasting Room. This place is a bit like Willy Wonka’s factry for coffee lovers. With brass pipes winding throughout the space, you can see baristas serving coffee, roasters checking quality and staff helping select the perfect coffee blend to take home. You can purchase specialty coffees unavailable anywhere else and aged to perfection, or simply grab a cup there and make your way to the seating area to take it all in. Certainly an experience!

I can’t stress enough about the little delights throughout the city of Seattle. It’s a mixture of big city, lots of outdoor activities, friendly people and fantastic food.

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