Before arriving in Seattle our friend Julie insisted that we put one of Tom Douglas' restaurants on our to do list. Tom is quite the Seattle celebrity; this chef won the James Beard award in 1994 for Best Northwest Chef, and again in 2012 as Best Restaurateur. Tom has a myriad of restaurants in Seattle of all different cuisines and levels of fanciness. We decided on Seatown Seabar for dinner one night and oh. my. goodness was this an amazing meal!
The spot is located right next to Pike Place Market and has an amazing, laid back vibe that is true to it's name. We nabbed a table inside the packed restaurant (a reservation is helpful) and started off with drinks. I love a dirty martini but find it's somewhat of a purple unicorn in the world of drinks; it's difficult to find one that isn't under/over on the amount of brine. I was seriously impressed with Seatown's version, served with house made pickled vegetables alongside the traditional stuffed green olive.
My friends went for Moscow Mules, served with local ginger beer from Rachel's which is the perfect blend of spicy from the ginger.
Our group started off with an assortment of oysters. I am no newbie when it comes to oysters and these, hands down, were the best I've ever had. So fresh they didn't even need the provided toppings, though I was impressed by the caramelized lemon served alongside these beauties.
My main was halibut, served with potatoes and asparagus. I love ordering fish at a restaurant and seeing just how well they prepare the dish. Fish really does shine when it's simple, since it's freshness can be the stand out. This halibut was phenomenal and again, one of the best I've ever ordered!
Steph ordered the Chef's salad with dungeness crab: pickled beets, egg and local cheddar cheese.
Julie had the crab BLT, while Meg went with the salmon burger (not pictured). We finished off the meal with Tom's legendary triple coconut cream pie.
Everything about this meal was divine, top to bottom. I would absolutely return to Seatown the next time I am in Seattle, which is especially saying something since there are so many amazing restaurants to try in town!
Seatown Seabar is located at 2010 Western Avenue in Seattle, and reservations are available through Open Table.