Sommelier-Driven Dining | Accessible French | Local Produce
For the table: tomato-soup “fondue,” served with gruyère grilled cheese
Entree: RN74 Burger Royale
Side: duck-fat fries
Wine: ask the extremely well-informed servers for a recommendation
Meet the Chef: David Varley came to locally focused cooking quite organically—when he was a child, his mother grew vegetables for their family and local restaurants, and he contributed to the family table by hunting and fishing.
While You Wait: Keep an eye on the Last Bottle board—modeled after arrival–departure boards posted in European train stations, it displays wines that are just about out of stock and their considerably discounted prices. Groups have been known to order from it just for the fun of watching the letter tiles clack as their chosen bottle is removed from the board.
“Desserts are particularly creative—and also nicely paired with port.” — Fodor’s Travel, 2013
“Delectable dishes, worldly wines and pristine service in a laid-back atmosphere.” — Seattleite, 2011
“The wine list's depth of vertical vintages from some of the Northwest's premier wineries is impressive . . . Expect not only to drink well, but to eat well.” — Seattle Times, 2011
Mortadella: a large Italian sausage made from minced pork interspersed with cubes of fat, pistachios, and black pepper.
Sunchokes: also known as Jerusalem artichokes despite being a member of the sunflower family, these crunchy tubers taste similar to water chestnuts.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Get slowly and deliberately caffeinated with a coffee tasting at Seattle Coffee Works (107 Pike Street).
After: Stop for a scoop of gelato or sorbetto at Gelatiamo (1400 Third Avenue), open until 10 p.m. weekend nights.
Cafe Campagne: A User’s Guide
French Comfort Food | Award-Winning Fries | House-Made Charcuterie | Popular Brunch Spot | 30 Wines
Brunch: scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and pork sausage
Lunch: croque monsieur
Dinner: crispy duck-leg confit
Dessert: homemade ice cream
Where to Sit: Ask for a table on the terrace, where patrons can look out on all the bustling activity of Pike Place Market.
When to Go: Try happy hour, which occurs from 4–6 p.m. Monday–Friday.
While You’re Waiting: Grab a seat at the long, wooden bar. Bartenders mix cocktails and pour 30 wines by the glass.
Mark your calendar. Every year, the café hosts Drink Pink, a party with wine tastings and hor d'oeuvres. French accents are optional.
If you can’t find something on the wine list, bring your own bottle for a small corkage fee. Cafe Campagne is cool with this, as long as they don’t offer the same wine.
Press and Praise
The Stranger says “Cafe Campagne makes you feel like everything’s all right, especially at weekend brunch.”
Eater readers put the café on their list of Top 8 French Fries in Seattle.
Croque-monsieur: originated in French cafés, this pressed sandwich is filled with ham, gruyère, and béchamel. (A fried egg turns it into a croque-madame.)
Confit: a French term used to describe food that has been cooked in oil, syrup, or—in the case of some meat—its own fat, and then preserved.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Buy a vintage poster at Old Seattle Paperworks (1514 Pike Place).
After: Catch a surprising, tongue-in-cheek production at Theater Schmeater (2125 3rd Avenue).
Pettirosso: A User’s Guide
Sophisticated Café Fare | Espresso Bar | Cocktails and Wine | Vegetarian and Vegan Options
Carnivore’s breakfast: braised brisket with duck confit, roasted vegetables, and a poached egg
Vegetarian breakfast: tofu scramble with coconut curry and seasonal vegetables over red-potato hash
Lunch: croque savoy sandwich with melted gruyère, mushrooms, béchamel sauce, and a fried egg
Dinner: shepherd’s pie
Espresso drink: mexican mocha made with Ibarra Mexican chocolate
Cocktail: Pettimosa with Aperol, St. Germaine, orange juice, and bubbly
The Story: “Unbelievably nice” sisters Miki and Yuki Sodos—the same duo behind Bang Bang Café—took over the tiny Café Pettiroso in 2011. In addition to revamping the space into the laid-back, sophisticated dining room it is now, they also introduced a bigger menu that includes everything from breakfast bagels and vegan mac & cheese to duck cassoulet and hearty italian stew.
“Where before, a small hallway with some tables crammed in ended unceremoniously at a table topped with a tub full of dirty dishes, there is now a perfectly lovely dining room. It's low-ceilinged and cozy, pretty without looking like it's trying too hard." – the Stranger
“Walking commuters stop in for breakfast bagels and coffees taken to go, but it’s even better to sit and relax for an hour over a plate of Red Flannel hash.” – Seattle Magazine
If You Can’t Make It: head to Bang Bang Café (2460 Western Avenue) if you’re in Belltown. There, the Sodos sisters and staff serve up bagels, sandwiches, and some mean breakfast burritos.
El Diablo Coffee Co.: A User’s Guide
Custom-Roasted Cuban Coffee | Mexican Chocolate | Fresh Fruit Shakes | Cheeky Murals | Patio
Coffee: the Cubano, which pairs two shots of specially-roasted espresso with caramelized sugar
Snack: a mango papaya badito, which is Cuban shake made with fresh fruit and milk
Light lunch: salmon chowder
Beer: Manny’s Pale Ale on-tap
Dessert: key lime tart
While You’re Waiting
Admire the murals’ saucy devils and colorful flowers, which local artists Zephyr Nelson and Fiona McGuigan created to cloak six of the walls.
Pick up a devilish rubber ducky, El Diablo license plate frame, hoodie, or tank top at the souvenir shop.
Even if it’s warm outside, try the Mexican hot chocolate. Baristas make it with Ibarra brand chocolate from Jalisco, grinding the sugared cocoa cakes into a powder they mix with cinnamon and vanilla. It’s a meticulous process that yields a truly authentic taste.
When the sun’s shining, bring a canine pal along—he’ll love the chance to relax in the shade of the dog-friendly patio’s leafy foliage and wood-slat roof.
Don’t be surprised if your drink comes with a side of art. The staffers may turn your latte foam into a marbleized pattern or picture.
When to go Head in when a guitar player is strumming, or when El Diablo is hosting one of its tasting workshops.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Pick up some coffee-time reading material at Queen Anne Book Company (1811 Queen Anne Avenue N.), a local word emporium known for its friendly staffers.
After: Stock up on fresh, local produce, baked goods, and meats at the Queen Anne Farmers Market (W. Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue N.)
Relish Burger Bistro: A User’s Guide
Elevated Burgers | Kobe Beef | Upscale Sports Bar | 40+ Beers On Tap | Westin Hotel Location
Breakfast: blueberry orange granola pancakes with pure maple syrup
Lunch: chopped salad with bacon, egg, tomato, cheese curds, avocado, cucumber, and chive vinaigrette
Dinner: the flame-grilled Signature Burger with onion rings, bacon rasher, steak sauce, and peppercorn cheese
Burger buns comes from Macrina Bakery.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese supplies cheese curds and artisan slices for many of Relish’s sandwiches.
Some cocktails are made with whiskey or vodka from Fremont Mischief.
Of the 40 beers on tap, several come straight from Seattle or Redmond, including brews from Georgetown, Black Raven, and Mac & Jack’s breweries.
Since it’s located inside the Westin Seattle hotel, you won’t spot it from the street.
As the hotel restaurant, Relish serves breakfast items, too. Try the egg-white-and-spinach omelet or the smoked-salmon benedict.
Happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
While You’re in the Neighborhood: Spend an afternoon at the Center for Wooden Boats (1010 Valley Street) at the southern tip of Lake Union and explore its exhibits, fleet of small wooden watercraft, and boat-building shop.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Go for a more rustic, down-home take on the American classic at Li’l Woody’s (1211 Pine Street), and be sure to pair your grub with a Molly Moon’s milk shake.
Pie: A User’s Guide
Sweet and Savory | Handmade Daily | Vegetarian Friendly | Fremont and Seattle Center Locations
Savory: peppered-steak pie with potatoes, carrots, onions, and red peppers
Sweet: strawberry-lemon custard
Side: jalapeño coleslaw
About the Owners
Jessamy Whitsitt: self-taught baker, who used to make these pies for friends and family, and had a dream of making mini pies the next big thing
Renee Steen: former editor at Pixar, who’d recently migrated from San Francisco and needed to find her own “next big thing”
Grab your favorites while you can. These individual-sized pies are crafted every day by hand, and they sell out often. To boot, the rotating menu depends on what ingredients are available.
Besides hitting up one of Pie’s two locations, customers have two more options to snag a pie. They can track the eatery’s Pie Mobile or call and arrange a delivery.
Get a guilt-free fix with a Mini Mini silver-dollar-sized sweet pie.
Night owls aren’t forgotten. On weekends, the Fremont Street location’s window counter stays open until 2 a.m.
Soon after its opening, Seattle Times featured the eatery, lauding “the simplicity of [the] handheld sweet and savory pies.”
The Stranger raved about the key lime pie’s “highly tender, all-butter crust.”