Quick Bites brings you some quick, short food and drink reviews on places around town to stop for a snack, an ice cream, a beer, sometimes even dinner. These are shorter reviews to give you a taste of some other places that might be in the area to stop and take the weight off. This time, it’s caffeine, beer and pastry for those Sleepless in Seattle.
Peddler Brewing l 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107, USA l https://www.peddlerbrewing.com/
A small microbrewery as you head into Fremont, Peddler immediately gives you a sense of the hipster vibe to the area. Very much a spit and sawdust type of place as it’s a functioning brewery. There’s a great selection of local brews, including a Christmas seasonal ale that packs a deceptive punch (8.8% abv) and in a good turn of fortune for me, a pumpkin spiced bottle that’s still available from autumn. It’s worth checking the event calendar there too as they host a number of different varieties of evening entertainment – I got to take in a Pun contest that runs regularly. There are food options too as they have guest food trucks for events and sandwiches from the place next door with a sandwich press to griddle-your-own.
The Daily Dozen l 93 Pike St #7, Seattle, WA 98101, USA l https://www.facebook.com/Daily-Dozen-Doughnuts
And whilst you’re in the market, take your place at the end of the ‘other’ queue. The Daily Dozen turns out large batches of freshly made, mini doughnuts. There’s the usual powdered and caramel smothered numbers but they’re famed for their maple bacon treats that are sugary sweet and a little bit salty, your mind will be confused but certainly pleased. They sell them by the Dozen (duh!) or in half dozens, but if you ask nicely, and say please, then you can get away with just one to try. Although after trying, I’m not sure why you would.
Starbucks Reserve Roastery l 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA l roastery.starbucks.com/
One of Seattlelites favourite past times is acting as though they actually don’t really like the local Starbucks institution, and sure, there are other great coffee shops but don’t believe a word of it. There’s one on every corner and you’ll always find them busy. If you’re partial, then you owe it to yourself to visit the Reserve roastery. The wide open and laid back space acts as an educational experience on the ins and outs of coffee making and tasting, as well as a regular coffee shop for your morning Americano. The service is great and a perfect space to relax and read/work/take the weight off. It also has a tasteful gift shop offering everything the coffee lover could ever want.
Piroshky Piroshky l 1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA l https://www.piroshkybakery.com/
Seattle is a town that encourages you to walk a lot. It’s not a huge city and most of the action is condensed. It’s essential to take in Pike Place Market – the fish stall tossing large fish to each other is one of the most iconic Seattle sights. Whilst having a wander, you’ll notice one place, in particular, has a huge queue, at all times of day. Piroshky Piroshky is a small bakery specialising in the namesake Russian pastry, both sweet and savoury. If you’ve never tried one, imagine something akin to a less stodgy Cornish Pasty. The smell emanating from the small shop is incredible, all cinnamon and sugar mixed with fresh pastry. Indeed the sweets look great, but I opted for the meat and cheese with a light, giving pastry and a really generous portion of well spiced and seasoned beef. The perfect snack for a wander.
Marination l 2000 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA l http://marinationmobile.com/
Oh how I wanted this stop to be their Ma Kai outpost on Harbour Ave, a no reservation outpost overlooking the Seattle water. However, their quick pitstop version of Korean/Hawaiin fusion is as exciting as it sounds. Originally a food truck, you’ll find sliders, fish tacos and kimchi fried rice. All sure to warm you up for the chill of the Pacific North West. Just do yourself a favour and make sure to order their Tater Tots with a secret spicy seasoning!