Countdown to IFBC: Monday (T-4 days)

The IFBC posts from fellow attendees are just coming out of the woodwork, and boy, are they inspiring. :)

From the swag to the tastings to the amazing agenda (and check out Colleen’s fantastic photography in that entry, too … I’m not a zucchini etc. fan, but the tart looks *incredible*), not to mention how to stay organized (and make a killer website; yes, hint duly taken) – this conference is going to be amazing.

And for any of you IFBCers or other newbies to Seattle, let me humbly present my Monday Musts: my top 7 Seattle restaurants you must visit while you are here.

1. Fado Irish Pub. Hands down the best shepherd’s pie in Seattle, and great brews on tap to boot (Guinness, of course). Anytime I find myself missing “the old country” across the pond … I head here.

Honorable mention:
Food:
bleu cheese lamb sliders, and Smithwick’s mini burgers.
Beer: Black & Tan, and Widmer Hefeweizen.

Fadó Irish Pub and Restaurant on Urbanspoon

2. Pabla Indian Cuisine. I come here on average once a week for a great lunch buffet, and the occasional dinner (but buffets are much more budget friendly, given I just have to order samosas, papadums, chicken curry, and navratan korma or aloo matter.

Honorable mention: Butter chicken and saag paneer.

Pabla Indian Cuisine on Urbanspoon

3. Elephant and Castle. Great Brit!pub atmosphere, and equally great happy hour. I love their chicken curry (when I can’t get to Pabla … ha!). The brewer’s night happens the second Wednesday of every month and is great fun. Honorable mention: hummus and naan. Want to try: Stuffed Yorkshire pudding, shepherd’s pie, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf.

Elephant & Castle on Urbanspoon

Image Courtesy of GoTime.com.

Image Courtesy of GoTime.com.

4. Purple. They don’t have a happy hour (as my department discovered, much to our dismay), so go for lunch if you need/want a bit of a price break. Completely worth it just to see the wine display … or for the steak tartare, lavender soda, bacon-wrapped dates, lobster mac & cheese – you get the picture.

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar on Urbanspoon

Courtesy of The Seattle P-I.

Image Courtesy of The Seattle P-I.

5. Sazerac. A happy hour with food almost as good as Purple (and in some cases, better). Amazing flatbreads; I am partial to the andouille sausage. They also have fabulous bacon-wrapped dates (are you sensing a pattern?), and good HH drink specials; I’m partial to the pinot grigio.

Sazerac on Urbanspoon

I wouldn’t be a good Seattleite if I didn’t mention at least one restaurant at Pike Place (let alone a seafood restaurant). I’m going to do better than that and list two Pike Place restaurants, one seafood and one Italian.

6. For seafood: Steelhead Diner. It’s a great go-to seafood restaurant; get a table by the window (along with everyone else asking for one), or sit at the bar by the kitchen. It’s fun watching the line cooks do their thing! Everything I’ve had there is good; save room for the Theo Chocolate Pecan Pie. Droolworthy.

Steelhead Diner on Urbanspoon

7. And now for Italian: Pink Door. I cannot even tell you how good this restaurant is – you must try it for yourself. The lasagna, risotto, fish of the day, game hen … everything’s stellar. Sit outside if you can. Please note that they do have cabaret shows on occasion.

Pink Door on Urbanspoon

Image Courtesy of The Pink Door.
Image Courtesy of The Pink Door.

Image Courtesy of TripAdvisor.
Image Courtesy of TripAdvisor.

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