One of Seattle's many perks is a vast selection of restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops, etc. etc. It's actually kind of overwhelming; I can't imagine jumping into it without guidance. Heck even the guidance is overwhelming--between my sister and coworkers I have enough food recommendations to last through the summer.
Let's say you want pizza. You need to narrow that down by price, type of pizza, and neighborhood, and then you'll still have at least a dozen places to choose from. Out of those dozen, there is a good chance at least eight of them have won some kind of award. In the end, you go with the one that "you think you've heard of", even though you're probably thinking of a different restaurant. I would not be surprised to learn one out of every six buildings is a public food consumption place.
Here are a few food places (including a few that aren't really restaurants) I've been to that I will someday visit again, once I've whittled down my list.
Paxti's: I'll be upfront: I've never had deep-dish pizza before this. But this goes down in my record books as one of the best pizzas I've ever tasted. Kinda high-end pricey for pizza, but do it.
Serious Pie: A Seattle version of the coal-fired pizza. I am a fan of Punch and Black Sheep Pizza in Minneapolis, so it was nice to find a local alternative.
Pestle Rock: Really delicious, really spicy Northern Thai. I was happy to have my favorite, Khao Soi. Clears your sinuses! The space is really lovely, too.
Ballard Sunday Market: A farmer's market that happens every Sunday. Every. Sunday. Even in the winter! I went in February, and got a crepe and ate it OUTSIDE. In FEBRUARY.
Uwajimiya: A Japanese import supermarket, complete with deli, food shops, and food court. This one also has a massive bookstore attached. Really, you can't go wrong here. Hours of fun, never ever boring.
Morsel: I haven't gone to the location, but a coworker generously brought these in one Friday. They have an assortment of biscuit sandwiches (the breakfast ones look incredible). I had a plain biscuit with housemade fig jam, and it was perfect.
Blue C Sushi: This is basically fast food sushi--it was good, though, as good as any sushi place I've enjoyed. What gets me is the system: it's a conveyor belt, where you pull small plates as they ride by. This is a thing I'd heard of but never experienced till now.
The Whale Wins: There is one restaurant I've had my heart set on eating at even before coming to Seattle, and that is The Walrus and the Carpenter. I haven't been there yet, but I was very fortunate to be able to go to its newer sister, The Whale Wins. It was phenomenal. I aspire to make carrots taste a fraction that good.
I haven't mentioned drinks because between tea, beer, and the blood of Seattle (coffee), drinks will have their own blog post. Desserts will have to have their own too.