Penn Cove mussels at Maximillian

Seattle Dining: Birthday Trip Eats and Drinks

What’s a visit to the Pacific Northwest without enjoying great food?

During our stay, we ate and drank at:

Whether it was the food or the view, I didn’t have a bad meal on this trip.

Crockett’s Public House was apparently featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. I loved the atmosphere, and the service was fantastic.

We ordered the cheesy cheddar and parmesan kettle corn as a starter. Some of the pieces didn’t get as much of the cheese coating, and they were just ok. But if you snagged a piece smothered in the cheese — oh so good! For my entrée, I went with their cobb salad — so fricking good!!

Before my trip, a co-worker tipped me onto Penn Cove mussels. These mussels are said to be the best in the world, and spotting them on the menu outside of Maximilien at Pike Place Market sealed the lunch deal. I have never seen so many mussels in my life. They did not disappoint — they were super fresh and amazingly good!

Penn Cove mussels at Maximilien at Pike Place Market

Being tourists and all, we had to grab a coffee at the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market. Luckily, the line wasn’t too bad mid-afternoon. The whole operation is surprisingly efficient given the crowds. We got our drinks, I picked up a souvenir cup, and we got on our way.

The original Starbucks in Seattle

We celebrated my birthday at the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington. I can’t imagine a more incredible setting to celebrate turning 37 — or any age for that matter.

Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge outside of Seattle

We started off with drinks and appetizers in The Attic. Their house-made potato chips with caramelized onions & herb sour cream dip were delicious! And it being my birthday, I felt the need to celebrate with a little bubbly — the Salish Lodge & Spa Brut Rosé.

Enjoying a glass of Salish Lodge Brut Rosé

For dinner in The Dining Room, we were seated in a private alcove with the best view of Snoqualmie Falls. I had a nice piece of salmon for my entrée …  along with a little more champs.

Kalaloch Lodge was another colleague recommendation. The food was nothing special, but the view was hard to beat.

View of the Pacific Ocean from Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park

Finally, The Buttered Biscuit. Jason and I went for breakfast on the final day of the trip. There were so many tempting options on the extensive menu, and I went with smoked salmon eggs benedict. It was my first eggs benedict experience, and it was incredible!

One of my favorite things about traveling is enjoying the food, and it was on point this trip. I can’t wait to go back, again and again, to explore even more Pacific Northwest eats!

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