Seasonal ingredients are the driving force behind Streamliner Diner’s daytime and evening menus, which change quarterly to reflect the freshest product the area has to offer. Breakfast sticks to classics such as omelettes, biscuits and gravy, and scrambles, but added ingredients like smoked salmon, pesto sour cream, and ginger-marinated tofu elevate them above typical diner fare. The dinner menu takes a truly upscale turn with pan-fried risotto cakes, beef tenderloin with rhubarb red wine sauce, and pastas interwoven with enough fresh veggies and herbs to make a multivitamin squirm. Streamliner Diner also features an extensive wine list showcasing vintages from Washington State.
Though Pepperdock Restaurant’s storefront proudly advertises its broiled hamburgers, that's hardly the extent of their menu. The Pepperdock crew also serves up scallops, oysters, clams, and fish paired with crispy french fries. Hot dogs and steak sandwiches round out the eatery’s hot options, while ice cream blended into shakes or scooped into waffle cones can end meals on a sweet note.
Where to Sit: The 180-degree wall of windows overlooking Elliott Bay ups your odds of nabbing a stunning waterfront view. But the rest of the dining room offers its own picturesque scenes including a fish pond replete with a babbling waterfall.
When to Go: Budget-conscious diners can score the same incredible views and fresh seafood during affordable prix-fixe lunches or “first seating” dinners held before the evening rush.
While You’re Waiting: Order a classic cocktail cooled by one of Palisade’s signature ice spheres, which are designed to melt slower and chill drinks longer than traditional cubes.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
By land: Stroll through the 12 acres of greenery that make up Magnolia Park (1461 Magnolia Boulevard W.), admiring clear views of Puget Sound.
By sea: Take a sunset cruise courtesy of Far Niente Sailing Charters (2601 West Marina Place).
Where to Sit: The sophisticated boathouse serves upscale seafood and steak, and the more casual café, located on the restaurant's top deck, also plates sandwiches and pasta. But breathtaking views can be found in both locations. For views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, sit at the boathouse's 30-foot bar or the open-air café.
When to Go: Daily happy hour takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at both the boathouse and the café, and again at the café from 9 p.m. until closing. Whenever you go, don't worry about parking—it's free, and there's even complimentary valet during peak hours.
The Cocktails: In the boathouse you might order a Honey Bee—gin, St. Germain, honey, bitters, and an edible blossom, whereas the café serves straight up and frozen specialties, like the Lemon Refresher—Limoncello, Cointreau, house sours, and lemonade.
Trident Seafoods stocks premium smoked and canned seafood and frozen fish fare, enabling fishyphiles to enjoy a healthful and delicious sea-originating meal. Stop in to peruse the store's selection of smoked salmons, and compare and contrast the flavor bouquets of the smoked wild-caught Pacific fish ($6.95 for eight ounces) to the wild, smoked sockeye variety ($13.95 for eight ounces). Trident Seafoods also offers gourmet premium canned and frozen fish products, ensuring ease and olfactory comfort during seafood transport. Grab the pubhouse battered cod ($7.59) for a taste of Her Majesty's favored meal, or opt for the panko-crusted tilapia ($14.99) or a can of the garlic-pepper salmon ($5.95 for 6.5 ounces).
Despite there being three restaurants, each Salty's boasts a waterfront view. The Seattle location looks out on Elliott Bay and the city's skyline, the Redondo Beach location has views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, and the Portland spot oversees the Columbia River. And customers don't have to fret about getting a window spot—the spectacular sights are viewable from nearly every seat in the house.
About the only thing longer than the menu is the list of awards. A plethora of critics and publications have heaped praise on Salty's on Alki, naming it everything from the Best Place to Bring a Date (West Seattle Hearld) to Best All-You-Can-Eat Buffet (Seattle Weekly). Wine Spectator has given the Seattle location an Award of Excellence every year from 2003–2013, and Seattle Magazine also named that branch the restaurant with the best view from 2009–2011.
Salty's on Alki’s brunch, replete with a huge all-you-can-eat buffet, has been lauded by publications ranging from OpenTable to Seattle Magazine. It’s not hard to see why. Every Sunday (and Saturday at the Seattle and Portland locations), the staff situates trays and trays of prawns, salmon, dungeness crab, oysters, and other fresh seafood next to made-to-order omelet stations, waffle bars, hand-carved meats, and every dessert Betty Crocker could ever imagine. It's even got a make-your-own bloody-mary bar, where patrons can whip up custom hangover cures.