Restaurants in Washington
Vietnam meets the Pacific northwest at Eric and Sophie Bahn's Capitol Hill restaurant.
The creative pizzas (Polish sausage and sauerkraut is a favorite) make it a great pit stop.
Have an elegant dinner of Asian-influenced seafood at a water-view table.
The mouthwatering signature sandwich combines Dungeness and Pacific meat on toasted sourdough. Bonus: an unironically retro interior with wraparound vistas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Dinner at The Herbfarm is a four or five hour experience. Guests are greeted with a pre-dinner beverage and taken on an herb garden tour before sitting down for the 9-course tasting menu.
Kids can feast on burgers and fish-and-chips while parents enjoy more sophisticated fare like fresh Penn Cove mussels.
This tapas-inspired restaurant opened in 2009.
Korean meets French meets American in Wallingford. Husband-and-wife team Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang, both classically trained chefs who've worked under Alain Ducasse, opened Joule in 2007.
The attached restaurant of the Willows Lodge carries wines from nearly all the best local produces. Lunch includes light seafood dishes like hazelnut-encrusted scallops.
Inspired by (and named after) the Tuscan hilltop town in which chef-owner Don Curtiss and his wife Michelle Quisenberry were married, Volterra is a contemporary Italian eatery in the historic Ballard neighborhood.
This downtown brewery has been crafting small batch beers for nearly 15 years, but it wasn't until 2006 that it opened its doors to thirsty visitors with the Taproom. The no-frills space is comfortable with darts and a pool table.
This Queen Anne restaurant and piano lounge is housed in its original, purpose-built, circa-1950's, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired building.