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"Fumaça" means "smoke" in Portuguese, and it's an apt name for this steakhouse. The obvious connection is that the cooks roast their meats in a mesquite charcoal grill, which releases aromatic smoke as it intensifies the flavor of the cuts. But there's another reason why smoke is especially relevant: it travels, far and freely. Fumaça's menu does the same, gathering dishes from Colombia, Peru, Puerto Rico, and of course, Brazil.

Inside the restaurant's sleekly modern confines, Peruvian halibut ceviche can be ordered alongside pork belly rubbed with Caribbean spices, or a Puerto Rican octopus cocktail salad. The ingredients defy international boundaries even further—many of them are local, such as the grass-fed and organic meat, whereas others come from as far away as the Amazon. But while the protein might be from the northwest, there's no denying that the rodizio dinners are a Brazilian invention. Guests sample different cuts of beef, poultry, lamb, and pork during the extravagant all-you-can-eat meal. There's also a long list of wines and cocktails, including specialty drinks made from tropical fruits including guava, passion fruit, and grapes that were wearing sunglasses.

101 Denny Way
Seattle,
WA
US

When night falls over southern Brazil, groups of gauchos gather around flickering fire pits and celebrate the end of another day by slowly grilling meat over the open flames. Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse aims to capture the spirit of these traditional meals by hosting all-you-can-eat churrasco feasts that Zagat scored as "very good to excellent."

The chefs roast up more than a dozen cuts of meat, including filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken, lamb chops, and pork sausages. Servers dressed as gauchos parade these freshly grilled skewers throughout the dining room, stopping at diners' seats and offering to carve them slices tableside. In between these protein-laden servings, guests can visit the salad bar and load their plates up with more than 60 different side dishes, such as fresh-cut vegetables and imported cheeses.

12405 SE 38th St.
Bellevue,
WA
US

Blue Star Cafe and Pub: A User’s Guide

Comfort-Food Breakfast | Pub Dinners | Daily Happy Hour | Local Microbrews

Sample Menu

  • Breakfast: chicken fried steak and eggs, bacon waffles, or a build-your-own omelet
  • Lunch: traditional BLT (plus avocado), lamb burger, or cobb salad
  • Dinner: oyster po’boys, beer-braised lamb shoulder, or Dungeness crab pasta

When to Go: between 3–6 p.m. for happy hour, which offers discounted small plates of nachos, deep-fried green beans, waygu beef sliders, and cheese quesadillas, along with discounted draft, well, and wine drinks.

While You’re Waiting Enjoy one of the 22 rotating on-draft microbrews, which come in sizes ranging from the small “schooner” to the pitcher.

Inside Tip Late risers can still enjoy breakfast—it’s served until 2:30 p.m.

The Story: Leon Torrey’s first experience in the restaurant business was as a dishwasher salesmen. It didn’t take long before he decided to trade in his tie for an apron and open Egg Cetra, which would become a hugely popular breakfast restaurant with three local locations. After more than 20 years of success, he decided to branch out and try his hand at classic pub staples, founding Blue Star Cafe and Pub in 1997. It wasn’t too much of a departure, though—he still kept the breakfast and lunch favorites that made Eggs Cetera such a hit. Today, his daughter Wendy carries on the torch.

Quote That Best Sums It Up “I avoid the trends and focus on offering consistent comfort food with homemade ingredients.” - Founder Leon Torrey

4512 Stone Way N
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

The Three Faces of Salty's on Alki

Gorgeous Views

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.

Tons of Awards

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.

Sunday Brunch

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.

1936 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle,
WA
US