Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Seattle, WA Edition: Lowell's

Lowell'sThe amount of great eateries in Pike Place Market is unreal. But, I didn't want to leave without trying Lowell's - which is three floors of waterfront views and boasts the slogan "Almost Classy since 1957."

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Since my time was winding down, I left early in the morning to grab some breakfast.

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Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar has been serving the public for close to 100 years. In the early 1900′s Lowell’s was a combination coffee roaster, peanut roaster and cafeteria that served the citizens of the Seattle when they visited the “Public Market” to purchase fresh farm produce, seafood and dairy goods. The “flagship” Manning’s Cafeteria, then became Lowell’s in 1957, and has remained so ever since. 
From the front entrance in the main arcade of Pike Place Market, it is unlikely that most visitors realize Lowell’s actually has three floors of seating—all offering world class views of the Olympic Mountains, the ferries crossing Puget Sound and a seagull’s view of the Port of Seattle. 
On the first and third floors, you order first with the cashier/barista and then find a view seat and your food will follow you shortly. The second floor “View Lounge” offers traditional “sit down” table service as well as a full bar selection of unique handmade cocktails, microbrews, and wine. It is here on the second floor guests may choose from either the above mentioned view of the waterfront seating or a booth overlooking the parade of people shopping below that is acknowledged as the best “people watching spot in Seattle.” 
We are proud to be the destination meeting spot of locals gathering to go out elsewhere, business travelers needing a casual centrally located lunch location, multi-generational families and couples gathering for their weekly week-end breakfasts as well as “The Living Room” of the Pike Place Market that all of our neighbors frequent after a hard days work in the vegetable stalls, fish markets, craft stalls and street singing and painting (OUR STORY).
Lowell'sThe thing that struck me on the menu was the bagel & lox: "Fresh Wild King salmon that we house cure with a dill brine wrapped and weighted for a week then sliced thin and served with a toasted bagel, house-pickled red onions, cream cheese and capers on the side."

Lowell'sPossibly the most expensive bagel & lox ($18), but it was very tasty. I love the pickled onions - even if they might not necessarily be traditional. The lox was good - if not a bit gummy in places. Regardless, very good.



Grade: A
Lowell's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Morgantown Edition: Andiamo

New Italian restaurant Andiamo opened in Morgantown!

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Harpers Ferry Edition: Ledge House Bed and Breakfast

The Ledge House B&BFor the first time ever, I stayed at a bed & breakfast.

Redbook RestaurantThe Ledge House Bed and Breakfast was so lovely & the innkeeper was just the absolute coolest.

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And look at that breakfast!

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Redbook Restaurant

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Seattle, WA Edition: Dahlia Bakery

Dahlia BakeryDahlia Bakery is a well-known Tom Douglas creation, which features desserts, breads and lunch items.

Dahlia Bakery
Home to the world famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie, Tom Douglas’ Dahlia Bakery offers artisan breads, handmade pastries, and cakes which are baked daily in small batches. Breakfast and lunch options created by the Dahlia chef team, start at breakfast with bacon and organic eggs and finish the day with a quart of Tom's Tasty Tomato soup and a loaf of fresh baked bread. 
Dahlia BakerySo, the coconut pie is really what this place is famous for. So, I took a trip over to the nearest location one morning to make it my breakfast - along with a coffee, of course.

Dahlia Bakery

TOM'S FAMOUS TRIPLE COCONUT CREAM PIE 
coconut crust . shredded coconut cream filling . swirls of fresh whipped cream . toasted coconut . white chocolate shavings
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There was a small line, but nothing too bad. The counter has the pies in whole form, in slice form, or in mini bite-sized form. I got a slice and a cold brew from Stumptown Coffee.

Dahlia BakeryThe coconut cream pie is quite good. It's way more fresh and light than I've ever had. It's not an artificial sweet either - it's great.

Dahlia BakeryAnd, I don't think I've been a huge fan of coconut cream pie. Until now.

Dahlia BakeryPlus, the nice, deep roasty flavor of the coffee just pulled it all together for me.

Grade: A
Dahlia Bakery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

New Starbucks open, more to follow

StarbucksIf you've been anywhere near the Suncrest Towne Centre, you may have seen the new plaza atop the hill across from it. There, a new Starbucks has opened. And, soon, there will be a Penn Station and a Papa John's, I believe.

StarbucksOver on the other side of town at the University Town Center, Fusion is being built, and a Wendy's looks close to opening!

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