Hello everyone! I’m way overdue on my trip to Seattle. I last left off dining out on Super Bowl Sunday, and trying my first oyster. Let me now share the many culinary delights I encountered Monday through Friday.
Monday: I woke up to my first day of my training course. I started off with my chocolate protein shake and bullet proof coffee. That satisfied until we are released for lunch. I headed out toward Pioneer Square. I couldn’t get over how many restaurants there were to choose from. Where to go? I had to stick to keto so I have to be menu conscious. I walked around and found a park that has foos ball, ping pong, a large Connect Four game, a children’s activity center and bistro tables for those avid chess or card players. What was more shocking was that it was super clean. The homeless were all around the area, but there wasn’t trash laying about. Amazing. I came across McCoy’s Firehouse Bar and Grill. I took a seat, and I was immediately greeted. I ordered the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger no bun and a side salad. I had no idea what it would taste like, but I was being adventurous. It didn’t disappoint. The peanut butter and bacon didn’t clash. It was total harmony even with the lettuce, tomato and onion. I’m sure there would be no way to convince you, but it was quite tasty.
Dinner rolls around, and I decided to stay in. I had other work to do, and snacks in my room. I”m set. Until tomorrow.
Tuesday: Lunch today was nothing to speak of. I went to Damn the Weather. Let’s put it this way, that restaurant should be called damn that food.
It’s dinner time! Met up with an old friend at Peso’s Mexican Restaurant in Queen Anne. I always get worried with Mexican food, because there is hardly any keto friendly choices. Fear no more keto lovers. Peso’s has an extensive menu that has more than enough to choose from. I got the clam dip – no chips or bread. Huge pieces of clam that is super fresh and tender. I ended the night with their seafood stew. Stop the presses!!! I’m blown away. This tomato based stew is chocked full of rock fish, scallops and mussels. I couldn’t get over the size of the seafood in this massive bowl. They didn’t cheat you on quantity of fish. Good golly, I can’t say enough on how delicious this stew was. It was spicy and flavorful to the point of pure bliss. I got back to the hotel in total food paradise.
Wednesday: I’ll be honest. I didn’t eat lunch. A bunch of us from class were going to go out for dinner to a really nice place on the waterfront. I needed to save my money because I can only spend $60/day on meals. I was starving by the time we got to the restaurant. Dukes! A warm and cozy place. The server was funny, and very attentive. It was still happy hour, but nothing a keto eater could partake in. I ordered a Bloody Mary, a filet with a red clam chowder and grilled veggies. That wasn’t a typo. It was a red clam chowder. I love the creamy based chowder; however, it has potatoes. I don’t eat potatoes. This chowder is a play on the Manhattan style chowder, which is a tomato base soup. The clams were so big that the soup played more like a stew. The seasoned veggies were perfectly grilled in olive oil along with a nice blend of spices. The filet was thick, juicy, and cooked to a tasty medium rare. I followed the Bloody Mary with a Malbec wine, and finished every last bite. The other dishes looked absolutely tempting. Halibut fish and chips, Caesar salad, lamb burger and fried calamari. It was a wonderful night with great food and friends.
Thursday: My week was winding down. Two more days left. So much more to explore and try. Again, a bunch of us from class went to this funky burger place called Brgr Bar. That’s not misspelled. I so wanted to try the peanut butter and jelly burger, but I can’t risk the sugar. I had a scrumptuous 1/2 pound burger with caramelized onions, grilled mushrooms, brie cheese with a garlic aioli. Tasty, but dinner trumped that place. Cutter’s on the waterfront down the street from Pikes Market. Happy hour was insane. Crab Nachos, Beef Yakatori, Crab and Lobster Mac and Cheese and Mussels in a garlic cream sauce. For cheap! I had wine and started with the Beef Yakatori without the sticky rice. The pickled peppers were addicting. Sweet and tangy. The beef was tender. The sauce was smooth and sweet. My instructor James showed up so he joined me. He ordered a feast of the nachos, mac and cheese and the Yakatori. I had the mussels in the garlic cream sauce. The seafood is mind- blowing fresh. The mussels were tender not chewy. The sauce wasn’t thick but wasn’t soupy. It was this pleasant in-between place that was just divine. It also had this surprise kick of spice of red pepper flakes. That was a dinner to remember.
Friday: My last day. What did I do? Class got out around 2pm. My instructor James and classmate Amanda decide to check out the sites. We went to Kerry Park. What a view!!! Got pictures of Meredith Grey’s house from Grey’s Anatomy. Went to Pikes Market to the famous fish market and got crab cocktail. I didn’t take a picture of that. I ate it too fast. Sweet, fresh crab off the boat that morning. We continued our exploration. My friends got cookies and cinnamon rolls. I’m sure they weren’t meaning to torture me. Whatever. Walked by the original Starbucks. The line was ridiculously long. Went back to Cutter’s for happy hour. Headed back over to Pikes Market to pick up another crab cocktail and champagne. My new friends and I went out with a bang. Thank you Seattle for the best week of food, drinks, sights, friends, and training. You will be missed.
Tell me what you think. I stuck to keto when it was very hard to do so and still had fantastic food. Would love to hear about your experiences in Seattle or anywhere where you were pleasantly surprised by the food options.