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