So you're coming to the 2016 SEGD Conference Experience Seattle (Have you registered yet? Don't miss out on your first-choice on tours and workshops, register today!) and you're looking for a close spot to grab a sit-down bite with colleagues and friends—
Check out these recommended restaurants, all within walking distance from the 2016 SEGD Conference headquarters at the Westin Seattle:
Middle Eastern | Capitol Hill | 1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle WA 98122 | (206) 906-9606
Mamnoon is a local middle eastern favorite with a seasonal menu. The charred eggplant—salatat raheb, as well as the kefta—minced beef and lamb with pistachios look delicious, but the sweets sound even better! Gateau Joz Al Hind is a coconut cake with labneh mousse, almonds and passionfruit... follow that with a Tahini Ice Cream Sandwich and a top it all off with a Turkish coffee. YUM!
2. Virginia Inn
Northwest-American | Downtown | 1937 1st Ave, Seattle WA 98101 | (206) 728-1937
Located in Pike Place Market, this Seattle icon serves regional cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. The typical bistro choices are a good bet: moules frites, steak and frites, salads and small plates like calamari, smoked salmon and charcuterie. If you're into seasonal hipster-foodie trends, try the ramp risotto.
Mexican | Capitol Hill | 1420 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 | (206) 588-8105
Barrio boasts "Mexican style Northwest fare, agave spirits and latin-inspired cocktails", but we're most intrigued by the $8 daily happy hour drink specials (including a mezcal mule) and well-priced starters. Their bar menu has a healthy selection of mezcals, rums and even four types of cachaça. The spice-rubbed duck tacos and fried snow crab relleno sound pretty darn tempting!
4. Wild Ginger
Asian- Pacific Rim | Downtown | 1401 3rd Ave, Seattle WA 98101 | (206) 623-4450
The house specialty at Wild Ginger, is the appropriately-named "Wild Ginger Fragrant Duck", which is spiced with cinnamon and star anise, and served with steamed buns with sweet plum sauce. They offer half and full portions and a choice of jasmine or whole grain brown rice. Feeling adventurous? Try a sake called the "Mirror of Truth".
5. The Pink Door
Italian-American | Downtown | 1919 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98122 | (206) 443-3241
You could miss this restaurant, as the only marker is the pink door itself, but don't! (See helpful visual aid above.) Users on yelp, tripadvisor, opentable, google and zagat have rated it highly across the board. The word on the street is the lasagna is "to-die-for", the atmosphere is romantic and the entertainment, is well, consistently entertaining. The Pink Door is known for its live burlesque and trapeze shows, tarot card readings, live music and great view of Elliott Bay.
Thanks to local Seattle designer and SEGD Member Lizzy Skolmen, we have a three-part series of walkable food and beverage selections. Last week we explored Cheap Eats, and next week we finish up with Yes, Bars!