Andrew and I spent 3 days in Seattle during our US and Canada road trip. It was our first time visiting this city and we’re not going to lie, we couldn’t help but think about the movie Sleepless in Seattle the whole time. We even made a trip to the seafood restaurant in Pike Place Market to see where Tom Hanks sat in the film! We ate at some amazing places during our stay, so is our Seattle Food Guide to help you find some great food when you visit.
Something for Lunch
Il Corvo Pasta
Menu of the day
Pappardelle pasta of the day
Rigatoni pasta of the day
Il Corvo Pasta is located in the Pioneer Square neighbourhood. This place is extremely popular with locals and tourists and there is always a line out the door. We waited for about 30 minutes but it was worth the wait. The menu changes daily with 2-3 different pasta options available as well as some antipasti. Andrew and I shared a pappardelle alla bolognese and a rigatoni with cherry tomato, spicy Italian peppers and cauliflower. They also had a maccherotto with pancetta and snap peas in a cream sauce. Both dishes were absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection. If I lived in Seattle, I would definitely be making weekly visits. I love how their menu changes daily and you can look up what they have available for the day on their website.
The way this restaurant works is a little different to any other restaurant that we had been to. You must order and pay at the till before finding a seat. When we were lining up I got a little worried that we weren’t going to find a table, but the food came out quickly and customers generally don’t hang around for long so it wasn’t an issue at all. Due to the fast pace of this place, it’s not really somewhere you go if you’re after a long sit down meal. You’re there for the food and the bustling atmosphere, and I love that about this place. For me, it’s the perfect casual dining experience.
Price: $9.95 for each pasta, excluding tip
217 James St,
Seattle, WA, 98104
El Sombrero salad
Evergreens is the perfect place if you’re a after fresh salad. When you’re travelling and you’re constantly eating out, sometimes you just feel like something healthier like a salad. Well, I do anyway! Evergreens reminded us of Sweet Green which is another salad bar that we tried in New York (they have locations all over the US though). You can either choose a salad from the board or make your own mix, and each menu item comes as a salad bowl, wrap or in a grain bowl. I had the El Sombrero (with quinoa) which had romaine lettuce, avocado, grape tomatoes, fire roasted corn, jalapeños, black beans, tortilla chips and cheese with a cilantro/coriander-lime dressing. I absolutely loved my salad and my favourite part was the tortilla chips which gave the salad a nice slightly salty crunch. It’s something that I think I’m going to do when I make my own salads at home. Andrew had the Spicy + Kale Caeser (with quinoa) which he enjoyed too, but he preferred mine. The caeser salad had romaine lettuce, kale, grape tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic croutons, aged parmesan, fresh lemon with their own caesar salad dressing. I don’t know what it is about someone chopping up a salad for you that makes it seem so tasty!
Price: The El Sombrero salad was $8 and the Kale and Caesar salad was $7.50 for a regular size (Excluding tip). You can add protein for $3.
6th & Olive
1631 6th Ave,
Seattle, WA 98101
Please see all locations here
Something to Snack On
Piroshky Piroshky is a bakery that has been around for 25 years. The aim of their bakery is to incorporate their traditional Russian recipes with the ‘Northwest’. We visited their Pike Place Market location but they have multiple locations around Seattle. We hadn’t heard of Piroshky Piroshky before our trip to Seattle but we were drawn to the line that went out the door of their bakery. We looked online and discovered that they were popular amongst locals and tourists so we joined the queue. It’s takeaway only and there are no places to sit, but the line moves quickly. We shared an apple cinnamon roll and it was the best apple cinnamon roll that we had on our trip. They have a huge selection of savoury and sweet food to pick from.
Price: Apple cinnamon roll – $4.95 excluding tip
Pike Place Market
1908 Pike Place
Seattle, WA, 98101
Please see all locations here
Something for Dinner
Fried rice cakes
Spicy pork sliders
Chan is a modern Korean restaurant that is located near Pike Place Market. We found this place after searching for comforting food on a rainy night in Seattle. We arrived at around 6pm and were seated straight away. We also found out that we were still in time for Happy Hour and got extremely excited about that. They had a good variety of dishes for $6, as well as one dish for $3. Chan also had drink options for Happy Hour as well. We ended up ordering our food from only the Happy Hour menu and shared the fried rice cakes, spicy pork sliders, ahi tuna poke and the chicken wings. This was enough for us because we weren’t that hungry but if we were, we would have ordered 1-2 more Happy Hour dishes.
Our favourite dishes were the fried rice cakes and the spicy pork sliders. I loved how chewy the fried rice cakes were with the sticky, spicy sauce. The pork sliders seriously melted in your mouth and I would’ve ordered them again if Andrew had let me! To go along with our food, I had a Steve Z cocktail which combined gin, cointreau, campari and dolin dry (oh boy, was that strong!) and Andrew had the Hite Lager beer. For dessert we had a Ginger Creme Brûlée. It was so good. I’m a serious ginger fan and although Andrew isn’t a fan of ginger in desserts, he loved it too. The ginger wasn’t overpowering and the sweetness of the creme was the perfect way to finish off a great meal.
Price: $6 for all Happy Hour dishes, except the rice cakes which were $3
86 Pine Street,
Seattle, WA, 98101
Happy Hour: 5pm-6:30pm
Sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers and provolone pizza
Soft eggs, smoked prosciutto, local greens and pecorino sardo pizza
Serious Pie is the perfect place to go if you’re after wood fired pizza. We visited the Virginia Street location. It was a relatively small restaurant but it was cosy and I loved their orange mood lighting. We did not have a reservation but we were lucky and did not have to wait for long. We waited in their small waiting area which can fit around 6-8 people, but you can also write your name and number down and they will call you when your table is ready.
Andrew and I shared two pizzas. The first pizza we had was a sweet fennel sausage, roasted peppers and provolone pizza, and the second pizza had soft eggs, smoked prosciutto, local greens and pecorino sardo. We loved how Serious Pie had pizza combinations that we had never seen before, such as their penn cove clams, pancetta tesa and lemon thyme. We loved both pizzas and would order them again.
It is worth noting that Serious Pie adds 20% for service onto your bill straight away. This didn’t bother us because it’s typically the percentage that we tip at and their service was wonderful. Serious Pie at Virginia Street also have Happy Hour from 3pm-5pm Monday-Friday where you can get half priced pizzas from their regular menu for $6.
Price: Pizzas range from $17-$19. Both pizzas that we ordered were $18 each.
316 Virginia St,
Seattle, WA, 98121
401 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle,
Opening Hours (for pizza):
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday: 3pm-6pm
They also have brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm with pizza available
I hope this food guide helps you during your travels in Seattle! What are your favourite places to eat at in Seattle?