Passport Magazine: WORLD EATS IN SEATTLE

If there’s one thing I notice returning to Seattle after many years, is that its dining scene has become phenomenal. Not only is the city abundant in fresh fish and seafood, but its long growing season means a great availability of produce. Add to this the international population that has moved here, and you get a cuisine that combines influences from various countries but remains rooted in farm-fresh food. This combination is a winning one, and new spots seem to be opening every day. Of special note are the number of great dining spots in hotels, as well as a large variety of brunch spots (perhaps not surprising in a city so devoted to coffee). Let’s explore some of the culinary riches awaiting visitors to the Emerald City.

You can probably guess the focus of this restaurant from its name. If I add the phrase “Seafood and Oyster Bar,” it will become even clearer. Yes, this restaurant at the Loews Hotel 1000 offers such delights as wild king salmon with fava beans and fiddlehead ferns, coriander-crusted halibut with cauliflower purée, and a daily selection of Pacific Northwest oysters (and even soothes the non-pescatores with a smoked pork loin or roasted half chicken with goat cheese/potato purée). The pleasures don’t stop there, though, and it’s just as popular as a brunch spot, drawing a wide range of locals and tourists for joys like Dungeness crab frittata and smoked salmon/avocado toast. With a sleek look and great service, it’s a perfect getaway any time of day. (By the way, don’t miss the chowder fries, drenched in a pour-over of chowder “gravy” that instantly became one of my favorite indulgences in the world.) 1000 1st Avenue. Tel: 206-957-1000.