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Seattle Dining Guide via Taste Washington #DailyDishMagazine

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I recently attended the Taste Washington 2013 event in Seattle, Washington and had the opportunity to taste from over 65 of the Northwest best restaurants.  Needless to say, in 4 hours time, with the over 225 wineries also attending, I did not get through everything.   I did however manage to make it to many and made my notes to share with you too! 

RN74 on 4th Ave. – I watched the pastry chef Kim Maher do a live cooking demo and had a chance to taste the very special custard cornbread.  It was unbelievable and she did a wonderful job at the demonstration.  I can not wait to visit this restaurant downtown. 

Trace at W Hotel – They were serving up Smoked Octopus.  Upon looking at it, I didn’t want to eat it, but with a lot of encouragement, I did it.  WOW! It was amazing.  Who knew I would like octopus!  The smoked flavor was superb and sold me on trying more. 

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Palomino on 5th Ave – The Palomino was serving up Rigatoni Bolognese.  For a spaghetti girl, this was phenomenal.  Just the right amount of spice and it paired perfectly with the Syrah I happened to have in hand. 

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Sullivans Steak House on Union – 

The Melting Pot on Mercer St. – A fun experience of fondue.  I sampled the desserts – brownies, marshmallows and cheesecake dipped in chocolate. Seriously can’t go wrong there. 

Cutters Crabhouse on Western Ave – Here I sampled steamed mussels with bleu cheese, bacon and green onions.  The only problem was I didn’t get enough to sample.  Simply delicious. 

Dragon Fish Asian Cafe at 8th and Pine – A chocolate chili cupcake with passionfruit buttercream.  The flavors melded together so nicely and would end any meal nicely. 

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Relish Burger Bistro at the Westin Hotel on 5th – I sampled a bread pudding here and fell in love.  I didn’t get a chance to try the burger, but I will return to the restaurant for more.!

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Seattle Salads – Easy healthy salads delivered to your doorstep. Choose from a premade salad or build your own, then have it delivered.  The salads I sampled were awesome and would be great for Vegetarians.  Vegan options also available. 

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Racha Noodles Thai Cuisine – Here I tasted Massaman curry with beef.  The flavor of the curry was wonderful.  I love curries and this one lived up to my expectations. 

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Sky City at the Space Needle – Nettle Soup with Smoked Salmon.  I didn’t actually get to taste it while I was at Taste Washington but have eaten here before and really enjoyed the experience.  You can’t beat the top of the Space Needle for scenery.


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Tulalip Casino – host to 4 restaurants: Blackfish, Cedars Cafe, Tulalip Bay and Tulalip Resort Sweet Endings.  Nothing short of extrordinary. 

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El Gaucho – Chef Matt also did a cooking demo and it was wonderful as well. Learned a lot about beef and the Tenderloin Diablo was fabulous.  I wish I had more time to visit the restaurant while I was in town. 

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These are just a handful of the restaurants I sampled and there were so many more that I missed.  If you go to Taste Washington, I highly suggest downloading the brochure ahead of time and marking the restaurants you would like to sample and plan ahead.  I missed some great Vegetarian and Vegan options which I myself prefer.  Next year – I will have a plan! 


In addition to the restaurants, as I said, there were over 225 wineries as well, ciders and ales too.  You could also find specialty foods such as cheese, crackers, chocolates and gourmet salts.  

If you have the chance, I highly recommend heading to Taste Washington and/or any one of the fine local restaurants listed above. 

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Tracy Iseminger

Tracy is a busy mother to 2 girls, 3 dogs, 5 cats, and 17 chickens! Her adventures in cooking led her to create Daily Dish Magazine. She has a passion for pairing food with travel and wine. She is Marketing Director at Crimson Vine Marketing, Social Media Specialist at Cougar Digital Marketing, and a Dental Hygienist in her spare time... but her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.

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