After living in the Seattle for a year when I was Miss Washington, I was able to explore so many different cities and try SO much yummy food. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write this blog (or any blog about Seattle) but here we are. 🙂 


Being from the Pacific Northwest, I have always been spoiled with good seafood. If you ever visit Seattle or anywhere in Washington, you HAVE to try the seafood; it’s the freshest most delectable thing you will ever taste. (I recommend Anthony’s).

The restaurants I’m sharing with you today are hidden gems I feel like are way underrated and deserve much more recognition. So congratulations to the ones I’m about to name, you get the “Nicole The Nomad” stamp of approval. 

It’s hard in Seattle because there’s so much great food, honestly no matter where you go, you’re going to find something amazing. This list is my favorites from my year in the city that I were so good, I visited more than once. Hope you love them!

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1. Tallulah’s 

Tallulah’s is my favorite brunch place in Seattle. Perched right on top of Capitol Hill, this restaurant caters to both sweet and savory lovers. Their breakfast bowl with carnitas changed my life. They get pretty busy so I would recommend making a reservation. 


2. Citizen 

If you like crepes then this place will be your jam. Another bustling Seattle brunch joint, Citizen specializes in sweet and savory crepes. They have exceptional coffee and make stacked sandwiches out of their buttery biscuits. 


3. Deru

Deru may be located across the water in Kirkland, but it is worth the drive! This local neighborhood eatery uses all organic, fresh ingredients (sometimes grown themselves) to make unique and flavorful artisan dishes. You order up at the front and choose from a variety of salads, grain mixes and meats. I ordered a meatball, roasted veggies and roasted cauliflower. Holy Yum. Save room for dessert because their peanut butter cake is INSANE. (low quality photo but you get the point. I forgot to take a picture of the food because I ate it too fast haha!!)


4. Stanley and Seaforts

Technically not in Seattle, but again, worth the drive, Stanley and Seaforts sits on top of a hill in Tacoma, giving you the most magical view of the water and Seattle in all it’s glory. Here you can expect a diverse menu of seafood, chicken, pastas, and appetizers. I’m not kidding when I say this is some of the best food I’ve had in my whole life. 

5. Home Grown

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy bite to eat, Home Grown is your place!! I discovered this place back in high school and have loved it ever since. They make sandwiches and bowls packed with veggies, protein and flavors that will make your taste buds leap with joy. There’s a few locations around the city!


6. Cafe Flora

Cafe Flora has been voted “Seattle’s best vegetarian and gluten free place to dine” by Seattle magazine and although I’m not vegetarian, I would have to agree. Lemon Lavender Honey Pancakes and Beet Avocado Toast… I mean come on!! When I went I had some kind of scramble with grits. whoooaaa, so good. 


7. Pink Door Cafe

If you walk too fast you might miss The Pink Door. Located right behind Pikes Place Market on Post Alley, The Pink Door doesn’t have a sign, just a pink door that unveils the most darling patio and delicious food. This Italian-American restaurant serves uncomplicated food using locally sourced ingredients.


8. Hungry Goose

Okay, I hate to give you another suggestion that makes you drive out of Seattle, but I promise I wouldn’t recommend it if it wasn’t worth it and plus, I think it’s good to travel outside the city to really get to know the area and what’s around you. Hungry Goose is a quaint little bistro in Sumner Washington about 30-35 minutes south of Seattle. If you’re lucky, on a clear day you’ll see Mt Rainier in all its glory on your drive down. I think I went to Hungry Goose more than 10 times because it was so close to where I lived and I fell in love with their Ahi Tuna salad. Also try the mac and cheese when you go! 

Like I said, there are so many amazing places to eat in Seattle, I know I BARELY scratched the surface of all the city has to offer. But these are the ones I can stand by and confidently say you will get amazing food and a true Seattle/Washington experience. 

Just as a fun little bonus my favorite ice cream/dessert shops are Molly Moons Ice Cream, Frankie and Jo’s, Cupckae Royale and Salt and Straw, in that order! 

Let me know if you have a favorite place in Seattle I should check out next time I’m in town! I miss it so much and can’t wait to go back! 

xx Nicole #DoStuff

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