If you dried out a new Sharpie marking your calendar with all of the dates when you have out-of-town guests visiting, you probably plan to spend a decent amount of time parading them around Pike Place. When everyone’s had their fill of looking at regurgitated wads of gum and sniffing raw halibut, head to Old Stove Brewing for a flight. It’s a massive waterfront space with mash tuns on display, plenty of communal picnic tables, and a menu of food pairings that aren’t all total grease traps - like manchego flatbreads, salads, and soft pretzels with Beecher’s dip.
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Don’t overlook Kastoori Grill just because it’s next to the Pike Place madness - it’s one of the best Indian spots downtown.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a downtown staple in Pike Place Market with great mac and cheese and panini.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
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Tavern Hall is a great happy hour spot in Bellevue with hand shuffleboard and really good nachos.
Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
Freddy Junior’s is a fast casual spot in Capitol Hill serving burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes.
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Perihelion Brewery is a neighborhood spot in Beacon Hill with great beer and solid American bar snacks.
Tankard & Tun
Tankard & Tun is a restaurant Downtown at Pike Place that serves beer from Pike Brewing Co. and upscale pub food.
Von’s 1000 Spirits
Von’s 1000 Spirits is a fun restaurant with a massive bar, a mostly-American menu, and a spinning wheel that dictates drink specials.
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