Seattle Southside is the place to be for unique food offerings. There’s a lot more around here than just fish and chips (although we have some great fish and chips). Check out this tasty three-day itinerary to satisfy your group’s craving for totally Seattle Southside sips and treats.
The first day of this grand food tour starts at Westfield Southcenter, the shopping epicenter of Seattle Southside. In addition to dozens of boutique shops and major retailers, Westfield also boasts some of the hottest international restaurants, bakeries, and shops in the area. Your group can stop by Piroshky Piroshky, a Russian bakery that got its start at Pike Place Market in the early 90s, and grab a handmade Moscow roll or smoked salmon pate before heading into the Filipino grocery juggernaut, Seafood City.
Inside Seafood City, they’ll see little known fruits, a diverse array of fish, a massive wall of lumpia, and some unique ice cream flavors (ever heard of cheese flavored ice cream?). The unique flavors don’t stop there, opposite the outside main entrance of Seafood City, they’ll find 85°C Bakery Café, a not so ordinary café with an Asian-European twist, featuring over 50 varieties of Asian pastries, breads, and cakes baked fresh hourly and handcrafted Sea Salt Coffee and Taro Lattes!
After all the snacking, it’s time to enjoy some delicious steamed pork or veggie dumplings at Din Tai Fung. Known as the “tradition that crosses borders,” Din Tai Fung started in Taiwan back in the 50s; but their signature dumplings have recently become one of the biggest sensations to hit the Pacific Northwest since Nirvana. Group dining is available, Monday thru Thursday, with a minimum food & beverage charge. Group reservations are required.
After your meal, treat your group to a stop at Lolli & Pops. A classically themed candy shop, filled with sweet treats from all over the world. TIP: the friendly folks at Lolli & Pops will let your group sample pretty much anything, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Day two begins with an extravagant brunch at a Seattle classic. 13 Coins has been serving the Seattle area with 24 hours of breakfast, lunch, and dinner since 1967. With some hilarious chefs and friendly staff, and an enormous menu with everything from their famous omelets, to Australian cold-water rock lobster, everyone in your party is sure to leave full and satisfied. Private dining is available for groups up to 100. Standard reservations for groups of 8+ may be made in advance.
The day only gets better, as the next stop should be Seattle Chocolates for their Experience Chocolate factory tour. The favorite purveyor of delectable delights only recently opened their factory for tours and it does not disappoint. Your group will see how the chocolate is made from start to finish and yes, there are plenty of choco-samples to go around. A maximum of 16 people per group is allowed on each tour group but multiple tours can be arranged. Group reservations are required.
End the day’s foodie tour at Odin Brewing Company, where the Norse inspired brewery is guaranteed to please the masses. Here is a tap room where your group can feast like heathen gods on a Viking platter of BBQ meats and potatoes and sip on some of the finest craft brews in the Pacific Northwest. Odin’s private dining room holds groups up to 70 people and includes unique amenities such as yard games, a private bar, and a big screen. Group reservations required.
Start the third day off at the Des Moines Farmers Market, checking out some of the best local produce venders in the region. In addition to fresh tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, and more, enjoy live music from local blues, rock, and country music bands, some of the trendiest local food trucks, and the sights and smells of the beautiful Des Moines Marina. The Des Moines Farmers Market runs Saturdays and Wednesdays, May – October.
Keeping to the ‘fresh and local’ theme, your group will want to enjoy lunch at the beautiful Copperleaf Restaurant & Bar at Cedarbrook Lodge, located on 11 acres of wetlands. Copperleaf specializes in fresh farm-to-table fare. When they say “farm-to-table,” they mean from the onsite garden, to your table! From time to time by special request, Culinary Director Roy Breiman of The French Laundry, has been known to take groups on a garden tour, capped off with a seasonally inspired crafted cocktail and crispy skin striped bass or the bacon wrapped Lummi Island Poulet Bleu. Groups will need to make advanced reservations.
In this tranquil setting, your group may wish to visit The Spa at Cedarbrook Lodge. You might be thinking “what does a spa have to do with food?” Well, here they will be able to experience an orange peel purifying facial, chai spice & vanilla body polish, or a hydrating honey, lemon and eucalyptus hand and foot treatment. Exclusive party pampering is a must-do here!
To end your food tour in Seattle Southside, enjoy a relaxing evening of elegance and deliciousness at Salty's at Redondo Beach Seafood Grill, a hidden gem on the Puget Sound waterfront. Your group will experience fabulous sweeping views of the Sound, Maury Island and the Olympic Mountains, while dining on award-winning Northwest seafood and steak cuisine with impeccable service. Their private-dining area can accommodate groups up to 70 guests. If you want an even more unique experience, your group may dine in the Belly of the Whale Hall at the MaST Center Aquarium next door, where a 38-foot whale skeleton hangs from the ceiling!