Whether you are a native Seattleite or a traveling tourist, Seattle is famously known for its passion and creativity for food. Those who want to thrill their taste buds and experience Pacific Northwest cuisines should consider Seattle because of its close proximity to the mountains, access to fresh waters, and great weather conditions for healthy crops which give us the perfect environment for a wide selection of local ingredients to choose from.
I would highly recommend taking the Belltown Food Tour when visiting Seattle because you not only get to taste appetizing and local food, but a tour guide is there to tell you about the restaurants and Belltown neighborhood. Leslie was my tour guide and with her background in cooking and years of involvement in catering, she describes the cuisines in a detailed manner that makes the food experience even more interesting!
The food tour is a progressive short walking excursion that takes you to six different locations (what a deal!). When I went in July we started at Local 360 which serves harvested food that is sourced within a 360 mile radius. The Arugula & Beet Salad was served with goat cheese from Port Townsend Creamery, and I must say the combination with topped hazelnuts was very enjoyable.
The next stop was a bar called Rob Roy that had a retro-hipster atmosphere. Each of us had a Dark and Stormy while we sat and watched the bartender concoct and mix up an assortment of cocktails.
Afterwards we went to a two-time James Beard nominee Japanese restaurant called Shiro’s. Master Chef Shiro Kashiba blends the traditional Japanese technique with the wealth of local seafood, highlighting the great Pacific Northwest cuisine.
At Branzino (our fourth stop) we were served an exceptional glass of wine that was paired with their seasonal Short Rib Bolognese (the chef’s choice). The Italian flavors were emphasized wonderfully and the entree balanced well with the red wine we were served.
At this point I was pretty full but when we arrived at The Lost Pelican (Creole inspired cuisine) we had Shrimp & Grits that had a delightful sauce that was to die for! The restaurant had a spacious bar with a relaxed atmosphere, making it a nice place to come with friends.
Our very last stop was at The Coterie Room where they put a unique spin on American comfort foods. We got to taste their seasonal dessert which was a peach sorbet. It was presented beautifully with fresh peaches and crumbled shortcake, yummy!
I went with my mother and grandmother on the tour and it was a wonderful experience. I have lived in Seattle all my life and even being familiar with the area I got to try new restaurants and exciting new dishes. I like exploring and experimenting with new flavors so this was a great tour to go on. However, if you have any diet restrictions or allergies the company is very accommodating to your needs (just as long as you let them know in advance). For tourists, I would suggest going on the Belltown Food Tour because it allows you to try a wide variety of northwest gastronomy. Think about it…you get delicious food and drinks as well as going on a tour and walking around Seattle, sounds like a fun evening to me!
Seattle Food Tours offers several food tours, including Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill Tours. The Belltown Food Tour is for adults 21+ and runs Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00pm-6:45pm. Price: $60.00 +tax.
Other food tour options: Savor Seattle Food Tours