Eating Through Downtown Seattle in a Day

Downtown Seattle has so many good eats ranging from large restaurants to small window shows on a side street. One day last summer, I decided to make my way downtown to see which ones I could add to my forever list.

*Note: We went downtown on a Tuesday, so wait times will be vastly different from a weekend. Pricing may also be different for you as my friend and I split dishes to be able to eat more later on, plus this was 6 months ago*

10:00AM: Breakfast/Brunch at Biscuit Bitch

A Straight Up Bitch from Biscuit Bitch

Overview

  • Biscuit Bitch – 1909 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Item(s) Ordered: Straight Up Bitch
  • Wait in Line/Food: ~15 minutes
  • Price: $7.10
  • Taste: 10/10
  • Atmosphere: 9/10
  • Service: 10/10
    Overall: 9/10

Our first stop of the tour was Biscuit Bitch, a small, almost hole in the wall store that sells mighty biscuits in all forms! The store itself is a bit cramped inside (as its usually stuffed with waiting, hungry people) and the employees greet you in a very appropriate “Hey bitches, how’s it going?”. I adore this and how they really play up the theme they choose for their brand. The same goes with their decor. Placed all around the store were tote bags, cups, and wall decals that all represent the brand well by having a giant “Bitch” on the front. Some find it offensive, but I guess that just means the line to get my food will be shorter.

As for the biscuits themselves, you can get yours with a side of gravy, as a sandwich, plus they even have gluten free biscuits and vegetarian gravy! Not to mention all the toppings (I’m drooling just thinking about them): there’s hot links, grilled onions, spam, bacon, eggs, cheese, and so many more! The combinations are endless. As this was our first meal of the day, we didn’t want to over-stuff ourselves, so we got the Straight-Up Bitch (a basic biscuit and sausage gravy) just to see how the traditional meal would taste. There is literally no way to describe my first taste, except comforting. It was just so warm, so homey and it made you do that thing where you take a deep breath, bring your shoulders up, and just melt into yourself as you release your breath. It did that to me. The biscuit was very fluffy and very buttery. You could actually see the layers, which is something that brings me so much joy. The gravy was rich, salty (but in a good way), and had large chunks of ground pork along for the ride. It was a no-frill, served in one of those paper baskets sort of meal, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

12:00PM: Lunch at FOB Poke Bar

Overview

  • FOB Poke Bar – 1620 Broadway #100d, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Item(s) Ordered: Regular Bowl with Seared Salmon and Ahi Tuna
  • Wait in Line/Food: ~5 minutes
  • Price: $10.99
  • Taste: 9/10
  • Atmosphere: 9/10
  • Service: 10/10
    Overall: 9/10

For lunch, we decided to try something lighter and headed over to FOB Poke Bar. Mind you, this was my first time EVER trying a poke bowl (don’t judge) so I was thoroughly excited and nervous. The space itself wasn’t anything special, though it was bright, open and clean, the poke bar was what caught my attention.

Though it looked like every other line-style food place, the bright colors and fresh seafood caught my eye. Containers filled with rice, salad mixes, cucumbers, seaweed, seared salmon, spam, shrimp, unagi, scallop, mango, edamame, ginger, fried garlic and SO SO SO many more lined the bar! Of course, I let my friend decide on our bowl, with her being the poke expert. We ended up getting a regular bowl with one scoop of white rice and a handful of kale. Our toppings included: seaweed, cucumbers, seared salmon, spicy tuna, creamy cilantro sauce, edamame, mango, seaweed salad, masago, pickled watermelon radish, and furikake. While I would absolutely love to show you the masterpiece that was this bowl, I sadly lost the photos, but I can still speak to the wonderful taste. This was a great first try at poke, where the fish was absolutely fresh and didn’t have the funky sea smell. According to my friend, they had a wider variety of toppings than other poke places, which is a huge plus for me. The cilantro sauce wasn’t overpowering either, which I completely feared for, and instead added a great subtle flavor to the bowl. My favorite topping out of everything had to be the pickled watermelon radish. I had never had it before in my life, but I absolutely love radishes in general, so it’s good to know that there’s a super pretty one like this one out there. Overall, this place was wonderful and the staff were so friendly and helpful!

1:30PM: Snack Time at General Porpoise

Overview

  • General Porpoise – 98109, 1020 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Item(s) Ordered: Box of 4
  • Wait in Line/Food: ~2 minutes
  • Price: $3.86 per +10% added gratuity
  • Taste: 9/10
  • Atmosphere: 10/10
  • Service: 10/10
    Overall: 9/10

Just a 10-minute walk from FOB Poke, is the super hyped doughnut shop, General Porpoise. The name really confused me at first, but the pictures I saw online were enough to convince me to go. First off, the inside of the shop is very aesthetic. It has that very open, clean feel, with white walls and white marble countertops. The contrast is broken up by dark-gray concrete flooring, and light wood tables. The Capitol Hill location that we visited also had a little second floor with extra seating. The display case is simple with plates and plates of their famous doughnuts, plus a small menu with their prices and coffees.

General Porpoise does rotate the flavors they carry each day, and when we went we had the options of strawberry, lemon, vanilla, and blackberry. I had to grab a blackberry of course, plus two strawberries, and a lemon. First off, it was a bit overpriced for what you get. Don’t get me wrong though, the doughnuts were absolutely delicious, but they aren’t at a price where I could do this every weekend. Now for the doughnuts themselves. They were ridiculously fluffy, dusted lightly with sugar crystals, and light as a feather. The first one I had was the blackberry, and it was such a delight! The jelly wasn’t overly sweet, and definitely tasted like it said it would. Something I really appreciated was how overall, the doughnut wasn’t too much. Not heavy at all, not overbearing, and it didn’t sit in your stomach in the way that ice cream cakes do after scarfing one down. It was perfect, and allowed you to reach into the box to grab another treat. Your hands do get super sticky from eating this, but hey, the messier, the better the food!

2:30PM: Pit Stop at Tea Addicts

Jasmine very happy holding her Hokkaido Milk Tea and Mango Yogurt

Overview

  • Tea Addicts- 1527 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Item(s) Ordered: Hokkaido Milk Tea and Mango Yogurt with Pearls
  • Wait in Line/Food: ~8 minutes
  • Price:
    Hokkaido Milk Tea – $4.50
    Mango Yogurt – $6.00
  • Taste:
    Hokkaido Milk Tea – 6/10
    Mango Yogurt – 8/10
  • Atmosphere: 10/10
  • Service: 10/10
    Overall: 7/10

This next stop was a last minute decision because the day was super hot and we had walked all over town. Tea Addicts in Capitol Hill is a somewhat new bubble tea shop that serves the delicious drink, along with snacks like popcorn chicken and fries. The inside is a bit small, with only some counters and high chairs to sit on. But it was clean, and the service was friendly.

I ordered the Hokkaido Milk Tea with pearls, while my friend ordered the Mango Yogurt. Now personally, I love a strong tea in my drink, and not too sweet. While this drink was sweet (although I ordered it cause I wanted a sweet drink), there was hardly any tea flavor. Definitely not a favorite. The pearls were pretty soft and chewy though, so that’s a plus! On the other hand, my friend really enjoyed her yogurt drink, as did I. It was fresh, cooling, and addicting. Next time I’ll go back for some popcorn chicken!

3:30PM: Pre-Dinner at Pike Place Chowder

Delicious sourdough being dipped in New England Chowder

Overview

  • Pike Place Chowder – 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Item(s) Ordered: Small New England Chowder
  • Wait in Line/Food: ~15 minutes
  • Price: $7.75
  • Taste: 10/10
  • Atmosphere: 8/10
  • Service: 9/10
    Overall: 9/10

Our next stop was the award-winning chowder from Pike Place Chowder! I had already had their soups dozens of times, but I could still feel the hype when we were in line. The line was still super longer, even at 3:30, but it’s to be expected. Tourists were everywhere, along with tour groups, and they all made a stop at the famous shop!

We just ordered the Classic New England, then proceeded to spend 10 minutes figuring out how to take the photo in an appetizing way haha

Once that was finally over, I had the joy of watching my friend try the delicious, thick, and creamy soup. She loved it of course! And how could you not? Filled with clams, potatoes, veggies, and just plain goodness and comfort. And then you dip a slice of sourdough and yum, you’re just in heaven. I honestly wish this place moved up north because I’d be there EVERY DAY.

5:00PM: Pre-Dinner… Again at Anchorhead Coffee

Delicious Quaffle

Overview

  • Anchorhead Coffee – CenturyLink Plaza, 1600 7th Ave #105, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Item(s) Ordered: Quaffle
  • Wait in Line/Food: ~10 minutes
  • Price: $5.50
  • Taste: 9/10
  • Atmosphere: 9/10
  • Service: 10/10
  • Overall: 9/10

Okay, so we ended up making another unintended stop, though there were no complaints. We stopped by Anchorhead Cafe to try their totally instagrammable Quaffle! What’s a Quaffle you say? Well, it’s a genius combination of croissant dough put into a waffle maker, then topped with delicious cinnamon for that french toast effect. Topped with some sweet syrup, and you got a killer dish. The waffle was so cripsy and flaky, as one would expect with this dough, but it was just so much more. Just imagine the best croissant you’ve had. Imagine the butter, the texture, the smell, the bite… now imagine that in waffle form… yeah, you drooling yet? Cause I am, at 1:20AM as I write this.

As for the interior, it was open, spacious, and had a lot of seating area! It’s in a good downtown spot, so there were a lot of people on their laptops doing work. Something I will say is that the high chairs were super uncomfortable. After walking around all day, I wish there was a chair I could have rested comfortably in, but that’s alright. It’s a small hitch in a wonderful cafe.

Wrap Up

At the end of the day, my friend and I only hit a tiny fraction of what downtown Seattle has to offer. While our food scene may not be as up-to-date as some cities, it still thrives with the diversity of our people. While I may not have time to explore Seattle currently, being a student and all, I am completely excited for those free weekends when I can roam the city some more and find another mind-blowing good eats.

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