Hi everyone. I am not a food writer, not at all, but this post has been a long time coming. I like a very specific kind of food and a very specific kind of restaurant. It’s funny because from the moment Jordan and I enter a restaurant Jordan can always tell if I am going to like it. Usually the places I end up loving focus on organic, vegetable heavy dishes and to be honest they are a little bit hippie at the core. I describe these restaurants as “farm to table” as most of them focus on local, unrefined, whole foods. I am a pescetarian so I tend to be drawn towards veggie heavy restaurants but I can promise you the five restaraunts I featured are my favorites. I repeatedly go back (and if I haven’t I plan to). You won’t find any niche food jargon or star ratings in this post but you will find a handful of fabulous recommendations! If you are in the Seattle area I highly recommend you check out my favorite restaurants.
My 5 Favorite Farm to Table Restaurants in Seattle
Neighborhood: Upper Queen Anne
Atmosphere: Relaxed-Casual, great for stopping in in your yoga pants without feeling underdressed.
What to Order: I always go for the Goodmorning Veggie, it’s a poached egg sandwich with lots of veggies on artisanal bread.
Why I love it: Honestly, Bounty Kitchen is my favorite restaurant. When Jordan and I stumbled in for the first time a few years back I instantly fell in love. The atmosphere is bright, warm and inviting (I actually took photos in the store for an outfit post once). Every menu item is fresh, flavorful and leaves me feeling nourished and satiated after devouring. Additionally, it is a socially conscious eatery that seemingly puts the quality of food, sustainable farming practices, and fair treatment of its employees at the center of its mission. I visit Bounty Kitchen roughly once a week but I would eat there every day if I could.
Atmosphere: Casual, good for everything from a date night to a random week night dinner.
What to Order: eve Hot Bowl
Why I love it: eve is perhaps Seattle’s master of combining simple foods into a complex palette pleasing delight. eve’s mission centers around clean eating and whole foods. Menu items include items like the “eve Hot bowl “with ancient grains, legumes, seasonal veggies & dandelion greens, the “kombucha mimosa” and an array of raw and cooked veggies, eve dishes are meant to be shared. Order a handful of menu items for the table and enjoy tasting veggies like you’ve never had them before. I love eve for both brunch and dinner.
Atmosphere: Upscale meets Granola, most people go to Harvest Beat for a special occasion but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your Birkenstocks at home.
What to Order: You don’t! The 5 course meal is prixe fix and changed by the micro season. Sit back and enjoy as each pre selected course is served paired with wine or the non-alcoholic pairing.
Why I love it: From the moment you walk in until the final bite of dessert course, Harvest Beat is a special and memorable experience. The evening begins with a splash of champagne or non-alcoholic elixir, and moves onto a blessing of the food in the restaurant kitchen before your courses begin. I love that Harvest Beat buys produce from local farmers and foragers by the micro season meaning the menu changes every three weeks. Each course is vegan (no meat/no cheese) but can fully be enjoyed by meat and dairy lovers. Don’t doubt the chef’s creativity or expertise, from the salad and soup to the stuffed peppers, every course was filled with flavor. The best part about eating vegan? You can eat all five delectable courses without falling into a food coma or that lingering heavy feeling dairy and red meat give you!
Atmosphere: Casual to date night, toss the sweats and brush your hair.
What to Order: The French Omelet
Why I love it: With indoor and outdoor seating, Tilth is an ideal spot for Sunday brunch on a sunny day in Seattle. The intimate outdoor patio feels private even on 45th, the busy main street in Wallingford. The restaurant focuses on “organic new American cuisine” adding surprising (but delicious twists) to classics such as french toast & omelets (for brunch) or risotto and burgers for dinner. The warmer and richer flavor of most menu items matches the welcoming atmosphere, nestled in a converted house, a meal at Tilth feels like attending a friend’s dinner party if your friends were Iron Chef competitors like Tilth’s head chef!
Shaker & Spear
Atmosphere: Wonderful for a casual night out or dinner with friends.
What to Order: Whole Grilled Branzino & a side of Mac & cheese for the table!
Why I love it: The ambiance is the real winner at this vibrant, downtown dining experience. The unique, hip, dining experience is a fusion of fresh seafood with an upscale farm to table twist. Be sure to make a reservation as the central location and inviting atmosphere makes Shaker & Spear a hit at the dinner hour on both week days and weekends. Personally, I find Shaker & Spear the perfect atmosphere for dinner with a small group of friends or visiting family.
What is your favorite kind of food? Where are your favorite places to eat in your city?