Known as one of the world’s capitals of coffee, Seattle has developed a thriving food scene to go with all those cappuccinos–over 3,500 restaurants strong, and counting. We were surprised to learn that sleepy little Seattle is now the fifth most-densely populated restaurant city in America, coming in just behind New York. With a population rising along with the fortunes of such local industry titans as Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks, as well as a plethora of startups, someone’s gotta feed all those people! As a result, so many restaurants in Seattle are opening, and closing, each week, that it’s hard to keep up.
We put our ear to the ground and came up with our favorite four for Seattle dining. We think these places will stand the test of time so if you make regular visits to Seattle they could become go-to dining destinations.
Just uphill to the east of downtown is the rapidly developing Capitol Hill area. On Melrose Avenue, between Pike and Pine (just across from the popular food destination, Melrose Market), we booked in for dinner at Mamnoon. Specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine, Mamnoon is not only an eating destination but a place in which to immerse yourself in the culture of the East.