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Seattle Bite Club: Tom Douglas

In Seattle, the name Tom Douglas is synonymous with Seattle cuisine.  A chef, restaurateur, author, and talk show host, you can’t go very far in this city without enjoying something Tom Douglas and his team has cooked up.   A 1994 James Beard Award Winner for Best Northwest Chef, he now also boasts a James Beard Award for Best Restauranteur (2012).

Here is a sampling of his eateries, and our dishes you don’t want to miss:

2121 6th Avenue

Get your clean and green energy – Tom Douglas-style! Assembly Hall is a nutritious juice bar offering blend-to-order smoothies and tasty bites for lunch, dinner or happy hour.
We recommend: Beecher’s and Cheddar Pretzel Bagel Sandwich served with a shot of Fresh Wheatgrass.

310 Terry Avenue N
The place to just hang out with friends.  Brave Horse Tavern offers burgers, wood-fired pretzels and over 30 beers on tap. We recommend: Spicy Jalapeño-Artichoke Dip and Pretzel Chips and the Foot Long Chile Dog.

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Inspired by singer/songwriter (and Seattle resident) Brandi Carlile, The Carlile Room is vibrant and alive with a modern progressive menu offering both “plant house” features and favorite local meats. Located across the street from the Paramount Theatre, it's the perfect place to grab a cocktail and bite before a show. Plus you’ll dig the late 60’s/early 70‘s vibe.
We recommend:  Roasted Beets and the Pepper Pot.

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2105 5th Avenue
A zesty Northwest take on the rustic cooking of Mexico, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour.
We recommend: the crunchy Pork Carnitas Nachos served with a Pineapple Margarita.

310 Terry Avenue N
It’s all about the antipasti at Cuoco, you’ll see it the minute you walk in the door, with the antipasti work station front and center.  There is something for every hunger level from small bite to full-out Italian meal.
We recommend: the Grilled Octopus Antipasti and Rabbit Sausage Pasta.

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2001 4th Avenue
A the quintessential Seattle restaurant experience.  Opened in 1989, the Dahlia Lounge was Tom Douglas’ first restaurant and is now considered the flagship. Check out their fresh northwest sea bar, and grab something from the bakery to finish things off.
We recommend: You absolutely have not lived until you’ve tried Dahlia’s Coconut Cream Pie.  Trust us.

2020 Western Avenue
Located in the heart of Pike Place Market, Etta’s is a market driven experience of the freshest produce and seafood the city has to offer.
We recommend: Etta’s “Rub with Love” Salmon and the Tuna Sashimi Salad with Green Onion Pancakes.

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2121 6th Avenue
This specialty grocery is a market and deli packed with “essential supplies for life & home”.  Get what you need to make a delicious dinner, or help yourself to any of the grab n’ go options available.
We recommend: The Frankie (Indian Street Food that melts in your mouth).

2000 4th Avenue
Voted by Seattle Metropolitan as Seattle’s “Best Breakfast” the chefs at Lola combine modern Mediterranean and North African tastes using local ingredients.  Think it can’t be done? Think again.
We recommend: Northwest Seafood Kakavia and the Loukamathes for something sweet.

2030 5th Avenue
A Seattle classic and favorite of locals featuring a popular bar and open kitchen with applewood grill. Serving Northwest Cuisine til the wee hours – full menu served until 1am.
We recommend: Whole Idaho Trout and Braised King Oyster Mushrooms – or the Palace Burger Royale!

2014 Western Avenue
The infamous “Rub with Love” rubs and sauces are in action at the Rub with Love Shack.  Enjoy “straight-forward” sandwiches, salads and snacks and pick up some Rub with Love to try at home.
We recommend: Ancho Molasses BBQ Chicken Sandwich or the Alaskan Dungeness Crab Roll.

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2010 Western Avenue
Satisfy your Seattle craving.  At Seatown half the menu is inspired by all of the local produce at the market, and the other half is all about Tom Douglas’ specialty herb-crusted rotisserie meats.
We recommend: Burrata and “Roast Rub” Lamb Pot Pie.

316 Virginia | 401 Westlake Avenue N | 1124 Pike Street
pie-1st-draft-jerad-knudson-0351Pizza is meant to be taken seriously and Tom Douglas & Company do exactly that at all three locations. This "pizzeria with a bread baker's soul" serves up perfect pies with house made charcuterie and artisan cheeses from around the world. The Westlake location even gets serious about biscuits – topped with everything from fried chicken and gravy to seasonal jams.
We recommend: All. the. pizza. (and biscuits!)

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The place to nosh on Modern American Asian cuisine in a high-spirited yet casual environment.  We recommend: the Caramelized Coconut Beef or Chicken Katsu Omelet – and a Sake Slushie to wash them down!

To learn more about Tom Douglas and his restaurants, visit


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