Navigating the Seattle food scene can feel incredibly overwhelming, especially if you want to try all the trendy spots flooding your Instagram feed, but not sure where (or what) to start with. Brioche donuts and edible cookie dough? Or hand-ripped noodles and mile-high wagyu burgers?
Here’s my advice:
Work your way through the city one neighborhood at a time. Adria Saracino created a delicious, budget-friendly guide that is literally only $8 ($7.95 to be exact) that you can use whenever you want! Perfect for a date night, birthday or really any time you’re up for an adventure!
Ballard Self-Guided Seattle Food Tour
Hosting out-of-town visitors or Airbnb guests? Like finding new ways to discover Seattle? Adria Saracino, the owner of Pacific Northwest food and travel blog, The Emerald Palate launched a self-guided food tour of Ballard.
You can download her 43-page guide and explore the vibrant Ballard neighborhood at your own pace. It helps visitors and locals alike avoid tourists and discover the best places to eat, not just the ones that can accommodate a large tour group. It includes:
- A map and itinerary for visiting 8 restaurants and bars
- 13 “honorable mentions” to help you customize your tour
- Recommendations of what to order and how to avoid crowds
- Interviews with the restaurants and their insider recommendations
- Photos so you know what to expect
- Ideas for what to do between eats
You can get it at this URL:
When asked why she chose Ballard, this is what Adria had to say:
“Ballard has one of the best farmer’s markets, James Beard-winning chefs, and craft cocktail bars regularly on “best bars in America” lists. Yet most guide books skip over this vibrant neighborhood in favor of more touristy areas of the city. Ballard deserves to be recognized and visitors deserve to learn about the neighborhoods that locals actually recommend.
I strongly believe the best way to get to know an area is through its food. I often take food tours when I travel, but I don’t like being herded in groups or looking like a tourist. Also, I know tours can’t always feature the best places, since they’re at the expense of a restaurant actually agreeing to accommodate big groups.
I wanted a way for people to experience all the best parts of a food tour — the stories, amazing food only locals know about, and the step-by-step itinerary — without the crowds and limitations of an in-person tour. I also wanted to make it more affordable. That’s how the idea for my self-guided tours was born.”
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