What’s the perfect way to cap off a sun-soaked Saturday? In our opinion, we always love heading to Duke’s Eastlake waterside oasis (with luxury yacht and Space Needle views) and extending the outdoor time beyond the dinner hour. Snag a blue-and-white-checkered table under tropical palm trees, and indulge in dishes from fish ‘n’ chips (prepared with Alaskan wild cod) to stuffed wild Mexican prawns. The restaurant’s award-winning, all-natural chowders include Cajun chicken, lobster pernod and Northwest seafood chowder. (Non-seafood lovers enjoy burgers, fresh salads and the extensive list of featured “Duketails” cocktails.)
With several other locations around Washington (and Seattle outposts at Alki Beach and Green Lake), Duke’s draws those actually on holiday and those pretendingthey’re on a carefree getaway. Looking for a special Mother’s Day venue? Treat mom to a mimosa or bloody Mary plus brunch splurges like eggs benedict with crab and French toast baked with Hawaiian sweet bread. In our humble opinion, life’s too short to not be on permanent vacation.
Duke’s Chowder House
901 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
With all this rain on our radar, oodles of taxes to file and no vacation in sight, right now we just need to be whisked away (even if only for a few short hours). Sunny Thailand, you say? Sure, we’re in!
Step into Jai Thai, with locations in Fremont and on Broadway in Capitol Hill, where a decadent and affordable lunchtime buffet makes everything in this world feel bright once again. (The reggae beats playing overhead during a recent visit didn’t hurt either.) Start with the spring rolls, crab rangoon or beef satay, and indulge in specials that range from crispy garlic chicken and pumpkin curry to dishes with irresistible names like “Heavenly Beef.” If noodle soups are your thing, try the Guay Tiew Num or Ba Mee Num (egg noodles in house-made broth with veggies like bean sprouts and spinach). Meals “for the adventurous” include Kao Kook Ga Pi (sweetened pork, dried shrimp, Thai chili and shredded omelet) and the Phad Cha or “hot plate.”
Together, we will overcome this rainy season. You just gotta Thai.
3423 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
Ever wanted to try that super-hip restaurant that’s just above your budget? Seattle Restaurant Week gives you the keys to the delicious kingdom, when 150 local restaurants serve up 3-course dinners for $28, and some offer 3-course lunches for $15! It’s an incredible way to sample some of the city’s best venues!
What: Seattle Restaurant Week
When: April 8–12 & 15–19
Where: 150 restaurants!
A while back, Seattle Weekly named downtown’s Tulio “Seattle’s best Italian restaurant,” and after one bite of the sweet-potato gnocchi (flavored with sage butter and mascarpone), we immediately understood why.
To be honest, we could have gone home perfectly content after the focaccia stuffed with bel paese cheese, truffle oil and sea salt (oh wow), but we stayed for delicious dishes like the three-beet salad and the orecchiette with spicy Italian sausage. The bustling corner spot with white-cloth tables and cozy booths knows how to please the palate (thanks, Chef Walter Pisano!), and doting, friendly waitstaff help make the experience extra special. Other draws include gluten-free lunch and dinner options, and, when the weather warms, alfresco sidewalk tables.
Through April 30, Tulio celebrates its 20th year by celebrating your love story. Enter at www.facebook.com/tulio.ristorante, and tell your Tulio first-date story or special romantic memory Tulio to win dinner for two, tickets to the world premiere production of First Date at the ACT Theater, and an overnight stay at the Hotel Vintage Park. Bellissimo!
1100 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
If we are going to sin, we must sin well. And we aren’t talking about cheating on our boyfriends or stealing something. Sure, we may display a little wrath toward others at times, and we definitely lust after things, but if we really want to sin, we’re going with gluttony.
Pecado Bueno in the north end of Fremont is the perfect spot to get our grubbin’ on. Literally translated to “Sin Well,” this place has everything a girl watching her figure shouldn’t eat, and every bite is worth it. From house- made salsas to perfectly charred carne asada, we are powerless to defend our willpower. And don’t even get us started on the drinks. PB has an addictive house-made margarita mix, and for only $3, all day, every day, it is practically irresistible. If you find their dinner menu hard to resist, try saying no to the tasty breakfast they now serve on weekends.
If we must sin, we are going to do a damn good job of it! We’re stuffing ourselves full of Pecado Bueno’s Mexican grub. Ole!
4307 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
There are few things in life that are guaranteed. And if it has a guarantee, odds are it expires after a while. (One of the best pieces of advice an uncle gave us was “don’t buy the extended warranty—by the time you need it your purchase is obsolete.”)
But the pad see ew at Siam on Eastlake Avenue? Now that’s a sure thing. This Thai haven consistently nails it with this perfectly-prepared noodle dish (among other gems like the spring rolls, garlic tofu with string bean,s and panang curry bowls). Also popular for carry-out and catering, the restaurant treats diners to a funky decor that mixes the traditional with modern—bright lighting enlivens the bar area, while wooden sculptures and spiky chandeliers accent the sleek dining room.
The eatery has other locations, but the Eastlake outpost is our favorite, and draws in locals craving delicious eats, carafes of saké, and bargain-priced happy hour cocktails. While there are some risks in life we’re willing to take, when it comes to Thai food, we’ll stick with Siam.
1629 Eastlake Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98102
We like burritos. Nay—we love burritos. The best food is hand-held food (though you gotta watch out for foods on sticks)!
We found some surprises at Bimbo’s Cantina—in a good way. Who knew that we’d actually want sunflower seeds and olives in our “no meato” burritos (mmm, so good), that picking out hot sauces from a stocked shelf could be such a fun game, and that specials this good even existed? Amazing happy hour deals run all day Sunday and Monday, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Lunch specials Monday through Friday (noon to 3 p.m.) mean a basic burrito, two tacos or any quesadilla accompanied by a soda or PBR for $5.50. The windows offer a great view of the buzzing world of Capitol Hill, while inside there’s charming kitsch that ranges from Mexican-wrestler relics to black-velvet paintings.
Thirsty patrons appreciate the eight beers on tap and 20 types of tequila. (Local favorites include the “Jalapeño Pomegranate Margarita” and the 32-ounce “Grande Margarita served in a Mason jar.) We’ll cheers to that!
1013 East Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122