Top 7 Pacific Northwest Foodie Destinations
Living in the Pacific Northwest is a veritable Mecca for food lovers. San Francisco and the Bay Area my have a hundred new restaurants opening up every day, but up here in the PNDubs we’ve got long-standing food experiences that have pioneered the farm to table ethos.
Here are just a few of the food destinations you should be thinking about adding to your short list.
1. Herbfarm, Woodinville, WA
At the Herbfarm you’ll experience local food at its best. Their support of local farmers, foragers, cheesemakers, wineries, and fisherman has helped to preserve local foods and local palettes, making the Herbfarm a culinary Mecca for many foodies. This nine-course dinner by Chef Chris Weber is a once in a lifetime event.
2. Tilth, Seattle, WA
James Beard Award winner for Best Chef of the Northwest, Maria Hines operates this organic-focused restaurant. Featuring New American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients sourced from local farms, Tilth brings the flavors of the season to the table.
3. Blue Water Café + Raw Bar, Vancouver, B.C.
With a menu anchored in locally sourced, sustainable seafood, Executive Chef Frank Pabst creates a wide variety of dishes that appeal to every palette. As if that’s not enough, Yoshi Tabo’s gorgeously crafted sushi is as much fun to watch being made as it is to eat. Voted Vancouver Magazine’s restaurant of 2010, Blue Water Café is fantastic culinary sea voyage.
4. Willows Inn, Lummi Island, WA
The Willows prix fixe menu is a seasonal and local affair orchestrated by Chef Blaine Wetzel. Generally lasting between 2 ½ to 3 hours you’ll journey through a menu of tastes that represent the beautiful landscape surrounding Lummi Island.
5. Higgins, Portland, OR
Dedicated to their Northwest roots, Higgins pays homage to local farmers and artisans by creating menus, which are locally sourced, seasonal, organic and sustainable. This is the food that nourishes both your mind and your body. Chef/proprietor Greg Higgins has created a vision of Northwest regional cooking that is at once passionate and exuberant.
6. The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle, WA
Award winning Chef Renee Erickson brought this oyster loving gastro-pub into the perfect neighborhood. At once an homage to Ballard’s fishing history, The Walrus is also a unique and contemporary take on the once common neighborhood oyster bar. Even though the oysters are the main attraction, don’t miss the steak tartare, it’ll haunt your dreams!
7. Dahlia Lounge, Seattle, WA
Although Tom Douglas, Seattle’s restaurateur extraordinaire, has opened up not one, or two or even three restaurants in the last few years, but a whopping five (including a second Serious Pie on Westlake)—as well as starting a small farm to provide them with local fare—Dahlia Lounge still remains the showcase of his many and varied vision. From seasonally inspired dishes to reliable, yet no less extraordinary local takes on modern classics, Dahlia creates a perfect window into the culinary household and cultural inspirations that creates the unique northwest palette.
Do you have a favorite destination that’s on your list, one you’ve been to or want to go to? Let us know in the comments below!
photo | Willows Inn on Lummi Island