Deciding where to go out to dinner with others can be a complex balancing act of many tastes and opinions, but our editor-in-chief Chelsea Lin has some recommendations for where to take people to impress, from birthdays to baby showers, with this week’s installment of our Instagram Q&A.
What are the best places to eat in the Northgate area?
You know, I’m patiently waiting for food to get really good near Northgate when the new lightrail station opens… Until then, my favorite spot is Kizuki for ramen near the movie theater.
Do beef wellingtons exist in Seattle?
I have spent an absurdly long time researching this when other people have asked… I’ve heard various places rumored to have one, but have yet to find it on a menu myself. Anyone out there have a reliable Wellington source?
What are the best bars/restaurants to take out of town guests?
I always opt for impressing my guests when I can, and my experience is that out-of-towners love a good view spot. I’d go with someplace like Mbar or Westward, where you can find good food, drinks and a killer view.
Best place for Japanese food in Redmond/Bellevue?
Bellevue has some great Japanese food… Gyu-kaku is a good option for Japanese-style barbecue, particularly if you’re dining with a big group. I love the ramen options in Bellevue, too: Santouka is my favorite of the spots over there, but there’s a Kizuki there too (like the one in Northgate) and Jinya ramen bar, and all are pretty great.
Woodinville dinner suggestions?
Herbfarm is something really special, if you’ve never been there and want a truly over-the-top dinner. I’ve had good meals at Hollywood Tavern, though I haven’t been recently. And I’ve heard good things about Heritage, I just haven’t been myself.
Best steak in Seattle for lunch date?
Go to Metropolitan Grill, which is open for lunch and feels like a truly special way to spend a couple hours midday. Don’t forget the martinis!
Best nice brunch spots for hosting a baby shower?
Eden Hill Provisions just opened, and they’re launching brunch this weekend, so definitely check that out. Rock Creek has a lovely little private room upstairs you can request depending on the size of your party, and I really like their brunch menu, too.