Restaurants in Washington
Fuel up on Northwest-style pub grub like wild-caught salmon burgers (plus lovely deck-side views over Eagle Harbor.
Sample octopus imported from Valencia and kalmotxo, a drink made from red wine and Coke at this Basque-themed tapas bar.
Tuck into fish-and-chips and hearty burgers.
Colorful Belltown bistro with a great garden
Located on the Pike Street Hill behind Seattle's most venerable market, Zig Zag attracts a diverse crowd with its take on classic cocktails and bar food.
Everyone from tattooed bikers to blue-haired old ladies slurps down the steamed Penn Cove mussels at this funky no-frills restaurant, which overlooks the waters where the famed bivalves are harvested.
Chef Matt Dillon and restaurateur Wylie Bush decided to gut a building in an industrial neighborhood, remodel it, add a storybook garden entrance, and create their "dream restaurant," a rustic communal space where dinners emphasize local products, from the wine down to the mushrooms.
Wann's sleek, cream-and-chocolate-brown izakaya tavern attracts tourists, as well as an after-five crowd of downtown Seattle's creative-class salary-men and -women.
Go for the B.L.A.T (brown-sugar-glazed bacon, organic greens, and avocado on a baguette).
This Gig Harbor restaurant specializes in American fare with a focus on Pacific Northwestern ingredients. The dining room resembles a hunting lodge, with taxidermy heads mounted on the walls, a large stone fireplace, and wooden paneling.
Though vegetarians are plentiful in Olympia, shellfish fans are, too; find them slurping Fanny Bays, from next-door Puget Sound, at the Oyster House.
The owners of the much-loved Le Pichet café in the Pike Place Market opened this ultracool Capitol Hill offshoot in 2007.