Social Encore: Aloha, Seattle

Jun. 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

BY JERMEL-LYNN QUILLOPO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Visiting new cities gives you a sense of excitement and sense of curiosity. For me, Seattle sparked just that. I went around the city visiting tourist-type spots like Pike Place Market, but there were several other places that made my visit a lot more delicious, fun and memorable.

As I walked past Seattle University during my visit, I got a little hungry and spotted Pike Street Fish Fry. I’m not that big of a fan of European-style fish and chips, but this place changed my mind a little.

Pike Street Fish Fry's fish taco. Fried fish cod sitting on slaw with pico and chili mayo, $3.50. (Courtesy Jermel Quillopo)

Pike Street Fish Fry’s fish taco. Fried fish cod sitting on slaw with pico and chili mayo for $3.50. (Courtesy Jermel Quillopo)

At Pike Street, you’re able to select what type of fish you’d like to have next to your chips — or what us Americans call fries. Selecting what type of fish is not the only unique thing about this place; dozens of sauce choices also makes it that much more mouth watering.

The boys and I discuss movies over drinks at Capital Hill's bar called Still Liquor. (Photo by Jermel Quillopo)

The boys and I discuss movies over drinks at Capital Hill’s Still Liquor. (Courtesy Jermel Quillopo)

I was also able to taste their fish taco, a fried catch with the sauce of your choice served with a wet and colorful relish atop a toasted tortilla. Even though I’d recommend ordering hush puppies as sides, they offer healthy options like salads and asparagus. After eating something fried, you’d want something refreshing, so give their house-made lemonade a try.

For Seattle’s nightlife scene, you can catch a lot of party-goers at Capital Hill. I visited a bar with a spacious lounge called Still Liquor. A bunch of my guy friends and I had our normal round of Jameson and ginger ale, but the great thing about this full-service bar is the wide selection of cocktails available to quench anyone’s thirst.

Here in Hawaii, we have Zippy’s to go to after we have partied the night away. My Seattle boys introduced me to a place called Purple Dot Café. According to them, they feel like it’s the best after-hours spot, serving up Asian fusion with dishes like walnut shrimp, chicken wings and Filipino spaghetti.

One of my best friends was in town for business and wanted to do brunch on my last day in Seattle, so we walked to another modern Asian restaurant called Joule. Joule is located North of the city in a place called Wallingford. He had the Porchetta ($17), bacon, breakfast sausage, and apple salad.

Joule Restaurants Waffle. A sesame seed waffle that comes with chicken friend steak and maple sauce, $20. (Photo by Jermel Quillopo)

Joule Restaurant’s Waffle. A sesame seed waffle that comes with chicken friend steak and maple sauce, $20. (Courtesy Jermel Quillopo)

I had a Waffle ($20), a sesame waffle with chicken fried steak and a maple sauce. It was a cozy little restaurant that co-offices with two other businesses. We were able to taste a little bit of Hawaii with their version of coconut mochi, soba noodles and katsu. We experienced a little bit of food coma afterwards but we walked away with leftovers and happy tummies.

The city of Seattle and my friends really made me feel welcome and I look forward to visiting again. Check out the video below for more of my Seattle trip.
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Jermel-Lynn Quillopo is a multi-faceted, energetic individual with experience in both print and broadcast journalism. “Social Encore” aims to tell diverse stories about Hawaii’s food, events and people; share your tips with Jermel via email or follow her on Twitter.

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