Seattle Restaurants Downtown – Take Your Choice


Seattle Restaurants Downtown

Seattle Restaurants Downtown

The huge number of Seattle restaurants downtown can be daunting to say the least.  Depending on your taste and atmosphere that you desire, you’ll easily be accommodated here in the downtown area.  Let’s take a look at what you’ll be able to find.  First of all, be aware that since there is such a variety of the Seattle restaurants downtown, that I am not about to try to cover all of them.  What I will do though is to give you, the reader, several to choose from.

What we’ll be looking at is not only the food, but what is popular with the folks that go there.  In other words,  How do others view this restaurant?  Did they like it?  Was the food good?  How about the atmosphere?   How popular is this dining place within the downtown area?  Did I get my money’s worth?

My first choice is  Lola Restaurant.  It is mainly a breakfast and brunch type of eatery.  It specializes  in Greek food.  OK, now don’t close off your thinking.  “Greek food? What am I getting into?”   Lola happens to be one of the most popular restaurants with an excellent track record not only for the locals but for many that travel through Seattle.

Eggs Benedict at Lola

Eggs Benedict at Lola

As you enter you’ll note the high ceilings, giving you a sense of “open spaces” even within the hotel portion.  With painted art on the walls, you’ll have plenty of ‘eye candy’ to take note of.  Located at  2000 4th Ave, Seattle, Wa.  98121  (206) 441-1430

But how is the service?  

Trust me when I say that you’ll not have a waiter/waitress with any type of ‘attitude.’   Even when others join your already seated party, they will be most welcomed.  Here is just one tasty little snack that catches everyone’s eye.   Eggs Benedict.

Not in the mood for Greek?  Then how about Japanese?  The Japonessa Restaurant and sushi bar, located at 1400 1st Ave Seattle, Wa.  98101   (206)  971-7979 will fulfill all your desires for Japanese food.  You’ll love it.

So, what should expect?  Many who eat at Japonessa enjoy the “Super Bad Boy” roll.  You will too.  Oh, and do not forget about the “happy hour” where your dollars will purchase more.   Want something more?  Then try the Tempura Brie.  It will be something that will be remembered, and savored, for many days to come.

Japonessa Casanova & Tango de Mango Rolls

Japonessa Casanova & Tango de Mango Rolls

Do you like salads instead of a large meal?  Then you’ll want to try the Sashimi Salad.  It gets a ‘thumbs up’ in my book!

If you are considering dining here, you may want to call ahead and reserve a seating place.  Why?  First of all, the waiting area is just a wee bit cramped.  Also, another thing I noticed, was the dining area itself.  It would be nice to be able to “stretch out” just a bit more while eating.  If you are a very large person, you may find it just a bit tight in the dining areas.

But check out this tasty dish!

But…Where’s The Beef ?!

The above downtown Seattle restaurants are all well and good.  However, there are many of us that just like the “meat and potatoes” type of eating.  Right?  How about steak?  Then you’ll love this next stopping spot.

The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House is the place we’ll be going to next.                                                                   1212 2nd Ave.  Seattle, Wa. 98101  (206) 224-7000

Here is a great suggestion.  Just as soon as you are seated, order the clam chowder with just a hint of truffle oil dribbled on it.  It will get the “juices flowing” for the next course.    Would you prefer oysters?  Then check out the Cajun fried oysters and calamari.  Prefer lobster?  mmmmmm……I can taste it now!

BSS&OHouse Filet Mignon

Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House Filet Mignon

Being a steak and seafood restaurant, you can’t overlook the fantastic King Crab fresh from Alaska or the Dungeoness Crab.  How about the house speciality of halibut?   or even the Wild Alaskan King Salmon dish?

Tomahawk Ribeye steak is next on the menu.  Or on the other hand, the Filet Mignon would be just perfect.   But where are the potatoes that goes with the “meat and potatoes” menu?   Then order the Oscar with cheesy potatoes.  You can’t go wrong there.

Next  is the fun part…if you’ve still got room for it.   Dessert!

Another Steak House

The Capital Grille located at 1301 4th Ave. Seattle, Wa  98101 (206) 382-0900 is another place that you’d do well to consider for a great meal.

Go for the 22 oz. Delmonico Steak.

As you enter, you’ll notice the Old style of  decor with great service to each customer.  Oh, yes, and did I mention the VALET SERVICE for FREE ?  When you get tired of searching for a place to park, then the Capital Grille is the place to go to for that well deserved meal.

Beth’s Cafe – I Saved The Best For Last

Beth's Care from the outside

Beth’s Care from the outside…a “hidden” treasure !

The last on my list is Beth’s Cafe.  Why would I even consider a so-called “out-of-the-way” type restaurant as good?  To be honest…because it IS good !   In fact, I would consider it the best of all of the above mentioned restaurants. Why do I say that?  Let me give you my own experience the first time I and 3 other friends, had breakfast at Beth’s Cafe.

Located at : 7311 Aurora Ave.  North  Seattle, Wa  98103

Phone number :  (206) 282-5588

It was early Saturday morning (about 6:30 or so, and very cold), the four of us had finished up our work in the downtown area.  Now it was either time to head back to the barn (home) or go and grab a bite to eat.  Well, Wenn, (one of us guys) decided he wanted to treat the other 3 of us.  So off we went.  Instead of heading towards one of the more local and nearby restaurants or a quick ‘grab-n-go’ burger joint, he headed towards the Green Lake area out by the U-District.

So here we are, parked on the street and heading toward Beth’s.  As we walk up, I’m thinking, ” is this  a real restaurant that has good food?”  Why would I ask that?  Because it just looked like a well worn store front.  Ok, so we get inside.  Now remember, this is my own personal experience, I’m not sure if it is still this way because I’ve not had the opportunity to return for some time.  Anyway, back to what I saw.

The first thing I noticed was the absolutely BLASTING hard rock music coming from the kitchen area.  Wow! It really caught me off guard.  The guy washing the dishes had hair down to his belt and was really rocking out to the music.  Even so, as I looked around, I could see that it was a very well worn place.  However, it was quite clean and inviting.  After we found an empty booth, we got the menu’s and began to look them over.

Wenn took all of the menu’s out our hands  and said he was ordering the same thing for all of us and that none of us needed the menu…..We took his advice and just sat and waited.   Having a good morning so far, we enjoyed telling stories and other light hearted conversation while our breakfast was being prepared.

After about 15 minutes, here comes a guy pushing a cart with piles of trays stacked on it.  When I say trays, I do mean trays, not plates, but trays!  He stopped at our table and each of us got a PLATTER so stuffed with food that not one of us could finish our platter plate!

You’ll Never Believe What Came On Our Platters !

One of the great folks that work at Beths

One of the great guys that work at Beths

Why not finish it?

Well, here is what was on this platter plate.  On the bottom layer, was probably 2 or maybe 3 freshly shredded hash-brown style potatoes. Then came the eggs on top.  It began with 12 or 13 eggs for each of us.  Mixed in were green onions, garlic, bits of tomato, some black olives, cheese, and several other tasty bits of flavors that I can not remember.  Along with toasted and buttered bread with jelly.  A cup of coffee, or orange juice.  All of that was for under $6.00 each!   Now remember, that was my very first time at Beth’s , many, many years ago.  So I’m sure prices have gone up…like everything else has.   🙁

What I do remember is that it was fantastic!

This is a real "down to earth" restaurant. Note the great wall decorations !

This is a real “down to earth” restaurant. Note the great wall decorations !

Wenn told us that he had came across this place by accident.  But I’ll tell you what, it’s no accident that they are still in business!  After eating as much as any of us dared to do, we were given aluminum foil to take away the left overs.   When I finally did get home, my wife and son finished it off and wanted more.

Sorry, but that was all there was.

But you know what?  That left an open door for me to treat my family to another one of Beth’s fantastic breakfast meals.  Yum !   I can hardly wait !

Beth's Cafe 12 egg omelette

Beth’s Cafe 12 or 13  egg omelet

If you are not the “prim and proper” type of person, then you’ll love Beth’s Cafe even though it is not one of those  fancy-dancy Seattle restaurants downtown where you have to be a bit on the formal side.

The reviews and rants and raves for this little restaurant is fantastic.  In fact, some years back I was in Arizona and my wife and I met another woman that was also from the Seattle area.  She was complaining about the prices of food and how little you got for the money.  Then she told us about a wonderful little “hole-in-the-wall ” restaurant in Seattle called Beth’s Cafe and how great their food was.

Needless to say, after that, our conversations turned a completely different corner!  It was great!

So, are you intrigued?  If you want a different type of atmosphere where you can just be yourself,  go and check out Beth’s Cafe.  I know you’ll love it.

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Written by :   Tom McDaniel

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