Gourmet Live & BlogHer Road Trip: Seattle Eateries

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Seattle Eateries
As part of our monthly collaboration with Gourmet Live, we're finding the best food spots in Seattle -- just in time for BlogHer Food on June 8-9!

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Bloggers' Favorite Seattle Eateries
Where can you find the best brunch?
If you are willing to fork out a few dollars, the best brunch in Seattle is Salty's on Alki. Every patron is treated to the famous Seattle downtown skyline outside the restaurant's huge glass windows. And the food inside is amazing, particularly the abundant seafood selection (Blackened salmon! Mussels! More salmon!). You can make multiple visits to the chocolate fountains and pile Dungeness crab legs on your plate without judgment. Dining at Salty's is a sweet treat, but your happy and full belly will thank you for money well spent.

-- Mona, kirida.com

Where's the city's best bakery, and what pastry or bread should I absolutely not miss?
Le Panier easily takes the cake for the best bakery in Seattle. From the heart of Pike Place Market, this French-style boulangerie and patisserie offers everything from rustic loaves and savory tarts to fruit-studded cakes and sweet crossiants. An extensive menu means there is something to suit every taste, and the hardest part is deciding what to order. Whatever you choose, be sure not to miss the pistachio macarons. These delicately flavored confections have a crisp exterior that gives way to a chewy center, melting perfectly on the palate and leaving you completely satisfied.

-- Christie, Pepper Lynn | Loving People Through Food

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Where can you find the best cocktails?
I don't go to Tini Bigs, for cocktail standbys like cosmos or lemon drops. From The Zu-Lander to the The Ninja-Tini to The Cherry Poppin' Daddy, the extensive drink menu in this dimly lit lounge will tickle any fancy. My personal favorite? The decadent Dirty Girl Scout. Have. Mercy. Think Thin Mint cookie, BUT WITH LIQUOR: hazelnut espresso vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de menthe, and heavy sweetened cream, served in a glass rimmed with real crushed graham cracker. *I die* Oh, and once you have had your delightful fill, you can hop next door to Tini's sister lounge, the Hula Hula, where you can get your karaoke on 7 days a week!

-- Jenny, Jenny on the Spot

Where's the best foodie spot to day trip with kids?
If you're traveling with children, don’t miss Blackbird Bakery on Winslow Way, the main drag of my lovely Bainbridge Island, about 30 minutes by ferry from Seattle. Blackbird puts smiles on countless kids’ faces with their quirky, colorful sugar cookies. I personally love Helen’s French rolls -- a small, cake donut-like muffin dusted with cinnamon sugar. Get there early, because they go fast!

-- Wendy, Let the Dog In

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