Menu Jackpot

The LA public library has a fairly comprehensive collection of restaurant menus from the days of yore. There's a good mix of high-brow hotels and more run-of-the-mill cafe fare. Apparently people in the 1930s ate lots of peas.

Fun In Seattle

Visiting from out of town? Here are some of our favorite places to take visitors when they come and see us. For a more complete list of local attractions, check out's suggested itineraries as well as their explore Seattle page.

Food: We each picked out five of our favorite restaurants to recommend:
  • 663 Bistro ($). The best of Seattle's many hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurants. Get at least one curry dish. Also, the food is incredibly filling; two dishes plus a fried rice dish will be more than enough for four people. For Dim Sum (say, on a Saturday Brunch), try Jade Garden ($).
  • Pike Street Fish Fry ($). Anything and everything that is delicious fried. Try the oysters and the menu of sauces for your fries.
  • Elysian Brewpub ($). Good variety of pub food with excellent rotating tab of in-house microbrews.
  • Molly Moon's Ice Cream ($). A great place to stop on a sunny day.
  • Julia's on Broadway ($$). A nice late breakfast or brunch spot. Vegetarians may prefer the all-vegetarian Cafe Flora.
  • Long's Provincial ($$). A diverse menu of regional Vietnamese food with a great cocktail menu.
  • Maneki ($$). The best Japanese restaurant in the best city for Japanese food in the U.S.
  • Coastal Kitchen ($$). A combination of regular favorites and a rotating menu of cuisines from around the world.
  • Wild Ginger ($$$). A regular on "Best Seattle Restaurants" lists, they serve up the oft-maligned "asian fusion cusine" but manage to get it right. Reservations recommended.
  • Lola ($$$). Our favorite of the five restaurants owned by Seattle superchef Tom Douglas. Reservations recommended during peak hours.
Fish tossing at Pike Place Market is always a treat. Cafe Campagne ($$) is our favorite restaurant in the Market, and probably just outside our top ten.
Our Top Picks for things to do while visiting:
(If you are local and have other suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments).