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Piranha Joe's shelters hungry stomach-sailors in a relaxed atmosphere filled with the savory, salt-watered scents of grilled steaks and freshly-caught Northwestern seafood. Adventurous eaters can chart their course through the menu map starting with a plate of roasted alligator fritters ($8.95) or a crisp salad of mixed greens topped with savory blue cheese, sweet blueberries, and the clashing colors of house-smoked salmon ($12.95). With daily deliveries of fresh seafood via secret underground maglev train straight from Puget Sound, Piranha Joe's creates a culinary confluence of aqua and terra in entrees such as oven-baked or charbroiled local Coho salmon ($16.95) or stuffed prawns wrapped with bacon and swelling with sweet crabmeat and scallops ($16.95). Meat-minded diners will salivate at the thought of hearty cuts such as The Baseball eight-ounce top sirloin ($18.95). An amphibious pairing of six-ounce rancher steak with sautéed or tempura-style shrimp ($22.95) is as fun to eat as it is to assemble into a face-hugger, while the bar menu provides simpler options for exotic eats such as the alfredo gator or Louisiana gator pizzas ($9.95 each). Patrons also can refuel after daring mid-afternoon office escapes with lunch selections such as blackened fish tacos with balsamic tomato relish ($7.95). Otherwise, flex fingers in anticipation of the sundry sandwich and hamburger options, ranging from the Surfer Sam (turkey and ham dressed with avocado and jack cheese in the grainy embrace of grilled sourdough bread; $9.45) to the fiery Crock burger’s ground sirloin and Portuguese sausage served with red-pepper aioli on a crisp ciabatta bun ($11.95).

180 SW 148th St
Burien,
WA
US

Set in Rosebud, a 19th-century mining town, Boom Town takes audiences 145 years back in time on a whimsical Old West adventure. World-class circus performers, including many drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil, use mining equipment and other colorful props to execute a variety of stunts and maneuvers worthy of double, triple, and quadruple takes. The acrobatic action takes place within the fittingly historical walls of the venerable Pantages Theater, a former vaudeville venue and movie house. Before or after the show, head down the street to Pacific Grill, where chef/owner Gordon Naccarato oversees a menu rich in nautical delicacies such as weathervane scallops ($30) and turf-based tastes including grilled lamb T-bone chops ($32).

1502 Pacific Ave
Tacoma,
WA
US

Like a shape-shifter with ADD, executive chef and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute graduate Matt Colony's menu changes constantly, taking inspiration from legendary steakhouses while drawing from a rich array of local ingredients. Maxwell's most recent board of fare opened with delicacies such as smoked eggplant and white bean puree ($7), a selection of house-pickled vegetables ($5), and seared yellow fin ahi tuna ($14) with warm red-lentil puree. The curtain the raised on signature steaks of 16-ounce rib eye ($29), 7-ounce filet mignon ($30), and 10-ounce flat iron ($23)—all cooked to order and side-kicked with horseradish-infused whipped potatoes, sautéed vegetables, sherry mushroom sauce, and fried onion rings. If ordering the cider-brined pork chop ($19) has you worried that the pig's relatives will hunt you down and seek vengeance, Maxwell's features a slew of seafaring sea fare such as pan-seared weathervane scallops ($26), sautéed Alaskan halibut ($25), and Maxwell's chioppino ($25)—which hosts a pool party of steamed clams, mussels, shrimp, roasted sockeye salmon, and half grilled lobster tail in spicy fennel-tomato broth amid grilled sourdough bread. All dishes can find a leggy tango partner on Maxwell's wine list, but bring a back-up stomach for a decadent dessert of custard-soaked cinnamon-roll bread pudding ($7) or the crème brûlée of the day ($5).

454 St Helens Ave
Tacoma,
WA
US

As the tango dancers that perform inside Buenos Aires Grill strut and twirl, they enact a wide range of dance influences—traditional polka, Cuban habanera, candombe rhythms from Africa—that reflect the same melting-pot culture that shaped the country’s food and, thus, the restaurant’s menu. Authentic asado—or grilled beef—cooks over a mesquite charcoal fire to ensure that fillets, rib eyes, skirt steaks, and porterhouses retain their natural juices. Chefs also stuff ravioli with ricotta cheese and crown angel-hair pasta with Pacific prawns, an option that most guests prefer to gnawing on a halo. Diners pair their entrees with pours from an extensive wine list that includes options from Argentina as well as France, Chile, Portugal, Spain, and California.

220 Virginia St
Seattle,
WA
US

Sullivan's Steakhouse: A User’s Guide

Hand-Cut Steaks | Fresh Seafood | Classic Cocktails and Wine | Gluten-Free Options | Live Music

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: oysters on the half shell
  • Entree: dry-aged new york strip
  • Side: three-cheese macaroni with a garlic-butter crust
  • Dessert: bananas foster bread pudding

Where to Sit: If you'd like privacy to propose to your partner—or to discuss a proposal with your business partner—request to be seated in one of the high-backed booths.

Special Events

  • Every Tuesday evening, one of Sullivan's sommeliers guides guests through curated tastes of wines and beers paired with bites from the menu. They're occasionally joined by local winemakers and brewers.
  • In addition to daily happy-hour specials, the restaurant also offers late-night delights for night owls or actual owls who enjoy blue-cheese meatballs.
  • There's a prix fixe menu year-round, but Sullivan's also sometimes adds seasonal tasting menus—for example, the Summer Fling menu pairs an 8-ounce fillet with a Maine lobster.
  • With live music performances nearly every night, diners don't just have to be entertained by busboys melodically clanking stemware together while clearing tables.

Vocab Lesson
Rib-eye steak: a tender, flavorful cut of beef from the rib section that is prepared either bone-in or boneless.
Steak oscar: steak served with toppings of crabmeat, asparagus, and a creamy sauce—either hollandaise or béarnaise.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
For the art collector: Admire the work of local and national artists at Jeffery Moose Gallery (1333 Fifth Avenue).
For the theatergoer: ACT – A Contemporary Theatre (700 Union Street) houses five theaters in one building. Past performances have included Little Shop of Horrors and Arthur Miller's The Price.
For the fashionista: Butch Blum (1332 Sixth Avenue) currates high-end collections from European clothing and accessory designers.

621 Union St
Seattle,
WA
US

Palisade: A User’s Guide

Upscale Surf and Turf | Live Dungeness Crabs | Waterfront Dining | Affordable Prix-Fixe Lunch | Indoor Fish Pond

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: teriyaki tenderloin
  • Surf: crab-stuffed jumbo prawns
  • Turf: spit-roasted prime rib
  • Dessert: salted-caramel ice cream with granola and caramelized bananas

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.

Inside Tips

  • Although all of Palisade’s seafood is fresh, the dungeness crab might just be the freshest of all—the kitchen stores them live in a 600-gallon tank.
  • Because it’s nestled in the harbor, this restaurant can be a tad difficult to find. Call ahead for directions.

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).

2601 W Marina Pl
Seattle,
WA
US