Sample Donut Selections
National Press: Bon Appétit ranked Mighty O on its list of the Top 10 Best Places for Donuts in the country.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Prepare your sweet tooth with a savory prelude at Diggity Dog Hot Dog & Sausage Co. (5421 Meridian Avenue N).
After: Walk off those chocolate glazed and lemon poppy donuts at Woodland Park (1000 N. 50th Street).
Located in the Davenport district, in the same refurbished brick building as the Montvale Hotel, Scratch Restaurant & Lounge blends contemporary cooking with a refined atmosphere. Fresh aromas waft out of the open kitchen, where, true to the restaurant's name, chefs craft inventive dishes entirely from scratch. They draw on caches of seasonal ingredients such as herbs that only grow in a groundhog's shadow in February. Their USDA prime Angus steaks soak up flavors of smoked bacon and rosemary compound butter, while flaky halibut filets grill over flames.
Within the dining room, servers draw Washington and California wines from the rack that lines one exposed-brick wall. To further compliment the fresh fare, bartenders can shake or stir 32 specialty martinis.
Loving Hut’s name suits its peaceful mission: to create healthy dishes that benefit the body and show respect for the environment. Using vegan ingredients such as soy-based proteins and fresh vegetables, the chefs at each location create a unique menu of gourmet cuisine that serves as an accessible introduction to a plant-based diet; several of the restaurant's offerings can be made gluten-free as well. Vegan sandwiches and Asian-influenced noodle dishes and appetizers are paired with drinks such as smoothies and teas, each of them more refreshing than getting sprayed in the face with a seltzer bottle.
What started as a simple salad-making ritual during lunchtime at her corporate office sprouted into a business for Molly, owner of Molly's Salads. Her dedication to fresh vegetables and fruits culled from local farmers inspires her customers to eat healthier and live more sustainably. With Molly's Fridge—her business within a business—customers are also able to augment their diets with all-natural fare delivered directly to their office or hovercraft, which is often a feature of dream within a dream.
The Vibe: With its jazz soundtrack and spacious, warm-hued dining room, Jhanjay revels in a cozy blend of casualness and sophistication. High ceilings, exposed brick, and rustic wood encircle the tables.
Where to Sit: Grab a spot by the open kitchen, which encourages visual eavesdropping as the meals are made.
Inside Tip: Most of the dishes on the menu can be made vegan upon request.
Jhanjay: the Thai word for "vegetarian dishes"
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Before dinner, take a class at Seattle Mosaic Arts (1325 N. 46th Street), a welcoming community design space.
Meet the Owners: Co-owners, life partners, and vegetarians Sarah Murphy and Amy Weems are both food-industry veterans. Sarah used to run the deli at the Seward Park PCC, and Amy worked as a bartender at the Brave Horse Tavern.
Why You Can Feel Good Eating Here: Not only do the chefs source local ingredients whenever possible, they also compost their waste, recycle their oil, and use green cleaning products. Furthermore, they treat high-fructose corn syrup like it insulted their mother: by shunning it.
Where to Sit: Grab a romantic, candlelit table near one of the two walls of windows, or snag a spot at the giant horseshoe-shaped booth embellished with religious iconography.