Day Trip Seattle: Where to Eat and Drink Around the Sound

By Alex Corcoran | July 28, 2015
Downtown Seattle from Queen Anne Hill. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Seattle’s notoriously moist weather pattern has developed both an abundance of local foods and a deep bench of cultural pursuits, and what better way to spend a day in the rain than eating, drinking and thinking?  

Edible Feast has teamed up with Expedia to offer a West Coast food and drink tour with stops in Seattle, Portland, Marin & Wine Country, San Francisco, Monterey Bay, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Reno Tahoe. Here are a few of Edible Seattle’s must-visit spots for your next culinary day trip.

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The distinctive ivy-covered facade makes the Pegasus Coffee House easy to spot. Photo: Alex Corcoran

Cappuccino and Morning Sustenance Begin your day with a morning ferry ride to Bainbridge Island, keeping an eye out for resident Orcas, but knowing you’re also likely to see a submarine passing by enroute to the naval shipyard in Bremerton. As you cross the sound, enjoy the spectacular view of the city and Mt Rainier. Debarking at Winslow, the heart of Old Bainbridge, make your way to Pegasus Coffee House  for the Island’s best cappuccino, and to Blackbird Bakery for morning sustenance, where owners Jeff Shepherd and Heidi Umphenour turn out delicate pastries and savory baked offerings daily. Choose from savory to sweet, (a personal favorite is the simple French Roll for a morning treat) and take a seat outside in Madrone Lane, center of the Bainbridge Food Universe.

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The farmers market at the top of the lane in Seattle. Photo: Alex Corcoran

The Lane If it’s a Saturday, you can visit the weekly Farmers Market at the top of the lane, and look for Betsey Wittick of Laughing Crow Farm, who plows her land with horsepower. Other days of the week, take a cooking class at the Intentional Table, a center for classes, tastings and food events all year long. Other food shops in the Lane include Mora Ice Cream for something sweet, J’aime les Crepes for something casual, Fork and Spoon for a hearty lunch, Restaurant Marche’ if you’re feeling French, and Churchmouse Yarns and Teas for fine teas and gifts. Take your pick, you can’t go wrong.

Copper still at Bainbridge Organic Distillers. Photo: Andrew Waits for City Arts

Distillery Tour A short drive away you’ll find the Bainbridge Organic Distilleryproducing internationally award-winning distilled spirits, all strictly organic, with tastings and tours daily. Watching the breathing and burping of active yeast converting sugar into alcohol, you’ll begin to understand that this is a living process, not just a chemical reaction. If you catch them on the right day, you might even see (or help!) them bottling.

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Port Gamble General Store. Photo Alex Corcoran.

Craft Beers and the Maritime Museum Pressing on to the Kitsap Peninsula, head north off the island over Agate Pass and through lush farmland and forest on Bond Road for a snack at the Port Gamble General Store. The Scotch Eggs never disappoint, two hard-boiled eggs sheathed in a delicate coating of sausage which is then fried and served on a perfectly prepared bed of lentils, firm but moist with a hint of cumin. They have a great selection of local spirits and craft beers, and when you’ve finished, check out the old-time maritime Museum on the mezzanine of the main building. It’s an eclectic and fascinating collection of maritime artifacts from all over the world that appear to be more of a personal collection gathered through years of sailors bringing their curios to one individual rather than a curated museum.

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Theo Chocolates, an organic bean to bar chocolate factory.

Organic Chocolate and Rye Whiskey On your way to the ferry, stop in at CB’s Nuts and watch them roast peanuts in the antique roaster dating back to 1919. Owners Clark and Tami Bowen are using only certified organic, non GMO nuts in a lineup that includes Styrian Pumpkin seeds, a hulless variety they source from Austria. Take the Kingston Ferry back across the Sound, and head to Fremont, where you should take the tour at Theo Chocolate, an organic bean to bar chocolate factory with limitless tastings of their many varieties of chocolate bars. Just a short walk down the street the adults can sample hand-crafted spirits at the Fremont Mischief Distillery, where 28-year veteran distiller Mike Sherlock produces a variety of fine Rye Whiskies from Pacific Northwest grains. (Don’t overlook the tour for the tastings!)

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Derek Ronspies in his cozy kitchen at Le Petit Cochon. Photo: Tiffany Ran/Le Petit Cochon

Dinner at Le Petit Cochon After a hard day of feeding the mind with touring distilleries, cooking classes, a real life chocolate factory, the maritime museum and a nut roastery, you need go no further than Le Petit Cochon for a meal to remember. Chef Derek Ronspies is committed to nose to tail food preparation, so the daring among you will find unusual offerings creeping into his menu, but everyone will appreciate the "The Olsen Farm Pork Chop” with pozole, chimichurri sauce and a cilantro crema, a magnificent piece of pork that’s almost too big for one person. Tuck in, you’ve earned it!