Welcome back to Eater Seattle's Something for the Weekend column. Every Friday, you probably think the same question: Where should I eat and drink this weekend? Covering brunch, dinner, and everything in between, here now, three places to try this weekend.
September 25, 2015
Wood shop BBQ
The hickory-smoked meat being served out of the Wood Shop BBQ truck is off the hook. Go for the Woody, a heap of mac and cheese topped with a generous portion of pulled pork and pickled red onions. The portions are enormous and the prices are surprisingly low.
Serving creative, modern riffs on French cuisine, RN74 is a great pick for happy hour or a special occasion dinner. Opt for the Menu Degustation, a tasting menu of whatever Chef David Varley and team are feeling at the moment. Varley's creativity is on display here, and if you opt for the impeccable wine pairings you won't be disappointed.
The Marination team's Super Six just opened, but don't forget about their Pioneer Square spot, serving fantastic cocktails and bites. Right now they're phasing in some fall-inspired cocktails like the Liger's Tail (rye, pear brandy, allspice, maple syrup, lime, and cardamom bitters), so you can't go wrong tucking into this spot on a chilly evening. Or just whenever, because eating and drinking at Good Bar is never a bad idea.
September 18, 2015
The team at Reuben's Brews is concocting some of the most consistently outstanding beer in the region, and this is a delightful place to hang out. It's usually busy, especially if there's a Seahawks game on, but the great beer makes the lack of seating a minor inconvenience.
Go do a strenuous activity and then wolf down a big burger with a bunch of toppings and a milkshake at Uneeda Burger. Or skip breakfast. It's worth every calorie. Oh, and the beer list rocks too -- it's small but the selections are choice.
Plum Bistro is a lovely vegan haven on Capitol Hill. You can go with something huge and comfort food-esque with the buffalo portobello burger, or something more artful and modern and beautiful. Either way, it's all good here, and the portions are generously sized. The cocktails and wine list are well done, too.
September 11, 2015:
The Central District's Tougo Coffee is a true community gathering spot, and it's also got damn good coffee. The unassuming shop offers a variety of brewing methods of carefully-sourced beans; right now they're featuring exquisite beans roasted by Supersonic. The baristas are friendly and knowledgeable, and there's always a nice selection of locally-made snacks on hand, too.
We love that Nue is adventurous yet approachable, and it's always an education to eat here. Your taste buds will take a trip around the world with dishes inspired by food from places like Trinidad, South Africa, Lebanon, and Korea. Save room for a cocktail and a bite of the latest flavor of liquid nitrogen ice cream.
With a warm forecast this weekend, situate yourself at the large outdoor patio at the Ballard brewery. This is a great place to knock back a few of these highly drinkable beers that never venture too far off the deep end, but still manage to impress. Look for food trucks on Friday and Saturday nights, too.
September 4, 2015:
Rooftop Brewing had been closed for almost an entire year before reopening last month. Now they have a 15-barrel system and a bunch of new beers to try, plus an actual rooftop to enjoy them on. It's a sweet spot to camp out for a few hours on a sunny day. Beer highlights include the Simcoe Single Hop IPA, ESB on nitro, and the ever-tasty Makeda Coffee Porter.
Cafe Campagne long-ago established itself as an outstanding French restaurant. Today, they're still going strong in Pike Place Market's Post Alley. You can't go wrong with brunch, lunch, happy hour, or dinner here, but if you can swing it, try to work the outstanding petit lamb burgers into your plans.
Whether you come to Naked City Brewing for a special event, movie night, or just to hang out with friends, this place always feels welcoming, like a true community gathering spot. And it's a rare place where it's usually not hard to seat a bunch of people at one table, unless the Seahawks are playing. Pair your beer selections (from the extensive tap list) with bites like fried shishito peppers and Andouille sausage corn dogs.