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.
Sunny and bright, the Heartland Café serves typical Midwestern comfort food, reminiscent of its owners’ Wisconsin roots. Brats, pork schnitzel, pan-fried chicken, burgers, meatloaf, deep fried cheese curds – it’s the stuff of living rooms and Packers games, with the usual hearty German flair. Yet, this being Seattle, Heartland also offers a few surprising vegetarian options, including a Field Roast sandwich and salad, as well as a handsome hummus plate. The cozy dining area is plastered with old Farmer’s Almanac pages, and purposefully mismatched boards with magnetic poetry underline the breakfast counter. Brunchers are invited to relax over hangover-curing plates of eggs and pancakes, while casual family dinners occupy most of the evening hours. Best of all, kids eat free at breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.
After more than 25 years in corporate America, Charell moved to the small business world by opening Firefly Cafe & Creperie. Her cozy, artwork-adorned cafe fills daily with the inviting aromas of sweet and savory crepes, into which she piles everything from apple-smoked bacon to dulce de leche. She even whips up gluten-free and vegan versions including breakfast crepes with tofu scrambles and dessert crepes with sliced almonds and cashew cream. Along with beverages from her espresso bar, Charell complements mains with organic smoothies and juices chockfull of healthy fixings such as mango and kale.
Set in a brick carriage house in the heart of West Seattle’s Junction neighborhood, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse dishes up more than just a great cappuccino and quick morning muffins. Custom coffee creations rotate with the seasons, and customers can enjoy fifteen minutes of free work time at the small shop’s bank of computers with every beverage purchase. New this year, patrons can also belly up to the in-house “Helios Bar” for a free 15-minute hit of light therapy, an antidote that pairs well with caffeine for combating Seattle’s lengthy rainy season. Busy commuters can also text in coffee orders for maximal time efficiency, but why rush away? In summer, Hotwire’s compact outdoor patio is a great place to pause with pooches or strollers over a steaming cup of joe before tackling the rest of the day.
It didn't seem like a momentous occasion when chef Mark Fuller and his wife, Marjorie, began serving fried chicken on Monday nights at their bistro, Spring Hill. But as Seattle Magazine recounts, the move turned out to be more than just a way to fill tables on a slow night. Soon enough, crowds were vying for one of the 20 birds the bistro allotted for each evening. The chicken’s unexpected popularity compelled the Fullers to sit down and rethink their whole concept. They closed down Spring Hill and reopened it a short time later as Ma'ono, a restaurant that supplements the Fullers’ celebrated fried chicken with a number of complementary Hawaiian dishes. The chicken can still be hard to come by at times, and reserving it in advance is recommended. But even if you can't get your hands on one of the humanely raised Mt. Vernon birds, there's still plenty to admire on the menu. Take, for example, the wood-grilled kalbi beef short rib or a rainbow trout cooked with lemon, cilantro, and Hanapepe sea salt. There are also 40 or so whiskeys that hail from places such as Woodford Reserve in Kentucky and local distiller Woodinville Whiskey. The restaurant also produces a seasonally appropriate cocktail list, which in the summer might include a Napoleon's Kick (bourbon with lemon, sugar, and falernum) or just some ice water served in a baseball mitt.
After successfully overseeing popular restaurants in the DC area, Jacques Nawar moved west, settling down in Seattle to open up a pizza shop––but not just any pizza shop. Everything at Pizzeria Credo bursts at the seams with a rustic Italian sensibilities. Warm, brassy light cascades upon diners as they bite into crisp, bubbly slices of pizza fresh from the Stefano Ferrar. This Neapolitan-made, wood-fired oven is outfitted with a plate of authenticity and protected by magic words known only to professional pizzaioli. The pizza menu is composed of colorful combinations of toppings, such as the tricolor margherita with creamy mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes or the zesty puttanesca with anchovy, capers, and hot pepper. But there is more to the restaurant's modus operandi than just pies. Guests break toasted bread over bowls of white-wine-steamed mussels and clams, or whet their appetites with salads made from local organic greens and roasted beets.