After my visit to New Orleans (more on that coming), my new favorite thing is southern charm paired with southern food. And yes, you CAN find that in Seattle, a la Kingfish Cafe. After the oodles of photos I’ve seen, I had to try their “Miss Mary Mac’s Fried Chicken Salad” – it was like no other salad I’ve had before! Perfectly battered & fried chicken along with onions & freshly chopped peppers sit atop a pile of smashed yams & a buttermilk jerk dressing. Underneath it all, you might find some greens. Next time, I think I’ll get the dressing on the side. I’d be impressed with anyone who can finish this plate in one sitting!
(Photo via Hello Robin)
Here’s a piece of advice I hope you take: leave room in your belly after your meal at Kingfish Cafe and walk the 1/2 block south to a small cookie shop named Hello Robin. Do yourself a favor and grab some cookies (even if they have to be to-go). THESE COOKIES WERE SO GOOD. Their chocolate chip was a classic and oh-so-yummy, so I was suprised to find the lemon poppyseed cookie to be my favorite. The folks at Hello Robin mix it up, so there are often different kinds of treats (even a breakfast cookie – what a concept!) If you’re feeling extra indulgent, get a scoop of ice cream in between 2 cookies to make your own heavenly cookie sandwich. *Swoon*
The next restaurant up has had a ton of buzz since it’s opening, but I just recently had the opportunity to check it out: Loulay. Perched in central downtown, Loulay is the brainchild of Seattle favorite, Thierry Rautureau (Chef in the hat) and offers up dishes for locals and visitors of every budget. Rautureau serves up breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days a week and even sneaks in a tasty brunch on weekends. The menu is chock full of French/Northwest fusion items like crab beignets, duck confit sliders & a burger that makes even a Nebraska-girl’s mouth water.
Good to know: Aside from the wine list, there is a “reserve wine list” available to those who know to ask for it. Be prepared to spend a little more, but also be prepared for your pallet to thank you.