Seattle Spotlight: Tom Douglas

Have you heard of Tom Douglas? He’s a famous chef here in the Northwest and a sort of local celebrity in Seattle. If you're visiting town or you live here and are looking for a great place to eat, hitting one of his restaurants is a must-do.

I had brunch last weekend at Douglas’ first restaurant, The Dahlia Lounge, with a good friend who was visiting from DC. We loved the crunchy-on-the-outside soft-in-the-middle breakfast potatoes, thick sliced bacon and yummy omelettes.
My family celebrated my dad’s birthday in February at Douglas’ first-class seafood restaurant, Etta’s Seafood near Pike Place Market. Everyone agreed that the seafood was top notch, and in Seattle that’s saying a lot.  
The Brave Horse Tavern on South Lake Union is a great spot for after work drinks or late night shuffle board. Patrick is a huge fan of this bar and their local beers, giant bavarian-style pretzels and laid back cabin-ey vibe. They also have a great heated deck for outdoor seating in the summer.  

Jenny and I enjoyed the amazing food and lively atmosphere at the Palace Kitchen for a girls night out in January. The staff were incredibly nice to us when a rude guest informed us that we were being too loud (on a Friday night! in a jovial restaurant!) and brought us complimentary dessert (a sure way into my heart). Please do yourself a favor and order the lavender goat cheese fondue, this is not something I say lightly, but it is almost better than chocolate.

In front of Serious Pie after some delish pizza
Serious Pie has delicious pizza and root beer floats-- we snuggled up there after ice skating for Jenny’s birthday.

I’d still like to try out his greek restaurant, Lola, sometime soon. Who’s with me?  

(images my own and Brian Smale Photography, and Bon Appetit)


  1. Ooh, next time I am home to Seattle I am definitely dragging my husband to Etta's!

    1. Their coconut cake dessert is to die for as well!

  2. That is funny you posted this today, because he was shown on Evening Magazine tonight and is going to be at the Taste of Washington on Saturday/Sunday (which I get to go to!).

    Love you blog