This is not Seattle-bashing, but…
If you drive up to the Emerald City for a meal on any given summer day, you have your work cut out for you. Epic traffic on I-5, offramps and surface streets; absolutely zero free parking and an extreme shortage of expensive spots to stable your ride on a nice day; packed restaurants–and that corner table in the sun? forget it.
If you had the foresight to live in or around T-town, the picture looks a lot better. Traffic is light, presuming you’re not heading here from Seattle, in which case good luck near the T-dome. Parking is easy and often free. And then there’s the restaurants.
In the last few years, since the launch of Primo Grill, we have been inundated with exquisite new restaurants, with gifted chefs, and locales that feed the eye as much as the stomach: Asado, Brix 25, Indochine, Massimo’s, Masa’s, to name but a few (since I am neither restaurant critic nor a paid advertisement). Last night I enjoyed the confusion of not being able to choose between any number of restaurants with great food and outdoor eating. That’s a problem to which I could become accustomed.
If you’re one of the 90% or so that are still fortunate to have a job, please consider an evening out at one of the area’s great eateries. They’re not going to survive on good write-ups alone.
And you won’t have to deal with Seattle traffic.