9 Must Try Restaurants In Downtown Seattle From A Seattlite

9 Must Try Restaurants In Downtown Seattle From A Seattlite

Some foods are worth the mile-long line; some others - not so much.
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After living in Seattle for 9 years, I consider myself a Seattlite. From numerous trips downtown with friends, here’s a list of the best food places to visit - created by a local!

1. Pike Place Chowder

Recognized internationally as the best clam chowder in America, Pike Place Chowder boasts numerous awards including multi-year champions of clam chowder. Although the lines are usually at least 20 minutes long, this chowder is worth every minute of the wait. I would stand in line with tourists every week just to get their New England Chowder because it is just that good.

One downside of this place is that it’s located in a small alleyway, making seating scarce and often hard to find.

2. Mee Sum Pastry

Located just across the street from Pike Place Market, this small shop sells piping hot Asian breads that are just too delicious to pass up. From beef curry hombows to chashu pork buns, this place sells it all.

3. Piroshky Piroshky

Also located across the street from Pike Place, this popular Russian spot sells both sweet and savory pastries, allowing people with all cravings to have something to choose from. I recommend the potato and mushroom piroshky and the ham, cheese, and spinach.

4. Storyville Coffee

Hidden above the Crumpet Shop, Storyville Coffee presents a modern ambiance and is a perfect place to get some work done or study for classes. Because they roast their own coffee beans, this place makes tasty lattes with a velvety milk texture, although the french press could be a hit or miss depending on when they were brewed.

5. Dick’s Burgers

Famous for its affordable burgers and delicious milkshakes, Dick’s Burgers is a local favorite. It holds a status similar to In-N-Out in California. For $1.90, this place serves up some decent cheeseburgers. Of course, with this price, don’t expect anything high quality or gourmet, but it does fill you up and leaves you satisfied.

6. La Marzocco

“Their lattes are good” - my boyfriend.

Known as an Italian espresso machine manufacturer, La Marzocco does not disappoint with their coffees. The whole shop is extremely instagrammable, and they even have a radio station in the shop. For an aesthetically pleasing yet tasty drink, order the latte or cortado.

7. Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar

Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar is a hidden gem in the back corner right next to Seattle Cutlery. They serve all your fresh seafood desires, from fried clams to seared fish. I really enjoyed their half-dozen oysters, which are freshly caught from the local bays. The half dozen platter offers flavor profiles that range from everything between refreshing ocean (almost salmon roe-like) and sweet clams.

8. Gelatiamo

Personally my favorite gelato spot anywhere, Gelatiamo offers a wide range of flavors, from the traditional to the unexpected. Before serving the gelato, this place places their metal cups in the freezer to delay the melting process, allowing customers to savor their frozen delight for longer periods of time. The rice gelato is a must try for anyone.

9. Daily Dozen Doughnut

Fluffy, tasty, and moist are all words that describe this already-famous spot. For $4, you can enjoy 6 small but extremely tasty donuts. These treats are great finger foods to eat while enjoying and exploring Pike Place Market.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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'Everything In Moderation' Is Probably The Best Thing Your Mom Ever Told You

Cheating only counts in relationships and tests - not food.

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It's summer again, which means it's that time of the year when basically everyone says they're going to go on some sort of diet to get the perfect beach body.

I mean, it certainly is easy to entertain the thought when you're most likely going to be spending your days lounging by the pool or running around on the beach. I've certainly been guilty of this mentality, and I don't think trying to look your best is a problem within itself, but I do think the quick timespan a lot of people want to reach their goal in may be. It can get especially bad when people attempt to cut out all sugar, carbs, gluten, or whatever in their last ditch effort to drop a few pounds. Didn't anyone ever tell them you can have everything in moderation?

I've tried many times to cut out bad foods, only eating healthy foods and then counting the calories in them. Sometimes this would be successful, and other times it wouldn't be. Most of the time, my downfall would be a sugar craving, which then turned into a sugar binge.

I think depriving myself of what I really wanted just made everything worse in the end. Moral of the story: if you're craving something, just eat it- everything is okay to have in moderation. I finally figured out that being healthy is a mix of eating the right foods, working out, and also giving your body what it wants. It's okay to have that brownie after dinner, as long as you don't overdo it. If you deprive yourself and try to satisfy your craving with something you don't really want, you're just going to end up feeling sad and unsatisfied.

I remember one time I was trying to stay on a diet and not eat anything "bad" or sugary, so instead of eating the ice cream I really wanted, I settled for a sad little rice cake with almond butter - which does taste really good, too, don't get me wrong - but it's just not the same as ice cream and it honestly never will be.

Because I didn't eat what I really wanted, I ended up still craving something sweet and ate a bunch of cookies I had laying around in my kitchen. If I'd just had a little bit of ice cream when I wanted it, I wouldn't have eaten the rice cake, plus the almond butter, plus the cookies, and I would have felt satisfied and ultimately better.

Basically what I'm trying to say here is to give your body the food it wants when it's craving it, as long as it's a healthy serving for your body and you balance it with a healthy lifestyle. Eating everything in moderation will honestly keep your body feeling good and healthy. This is a way better alternative to feeling sad and hungry when restricting yourself on a diet. If you listen to your body and take care of it the right way for yourself, there's no way you won't feel happy and confident this swimsuit season.

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