The 5 Best Restaurants to Watch the Seattle Seahawks
‘Tis the season for football in Seattle, as fans don blue and green to root for the Seahawks. While sports bars are as abundant as pot shops, this culinary capital offers options for foodie fans like myself who want our football with a side of good grub. In the Emerald City, yes, you can watch the game with a bowl of pho, a plate of jamón ibérico, or a Hawaiian breakfast sandwich. Here are my top five spots to satisfy your food and football cravings.
Pair two of Seattle’s favorite things—Vietnamese food and the Seahawks—at Ba Bar. This hopping Central District eatery offers a welcome respite from gluttonous bar fare with flavorful, Saigon-style street food. Try bun cha ha noi, a teeming plate of housemade beef and pork sausage, pork belly, fresh herbs, lettuce, and vermicelli noodles and bo bia, fresh rolls stuffed with shrimp, veggies, and egg. Steaming bowls of pho are perfect for wintry game days. The big TV screen is next to the impressively stocked bar, a clue to the high caliber of cocktails on hand like Señor Fluffy Pants—mezcal, puréed pear, and smoked hickory bitters—and some of the best Moscow Mules in town.
Rev up your appetite at Super Six, a former Columbia City auto body shop turned comfort food spot. Owned by the Marination team, Super Six serves hearty Hawaiian fare peppered with Pacific NW flavors. Dig into the Hangover, a tasty, poutine-like mess of fries, pulled pork, gravy, cheese, and a fried egg. The 98118 sandwich boasts harissa-seared SPAM, slaw, pickled jalpenos, and a fried egg. To drink, opt for bottomless mimosas, microbrews, or craft cocktails like the Hornet: tequila, Campari, passion fruit, vanilla, and allspice dram.
As seagulls soar by and Elliot Bay scents the air with salt, Jarr Bar puts the “sea” in Seahawks viewing. Tucked below Pike’s Place Market, this sliver of a bar smacks of Spain and Portugal’s intimate, neighborhood bars. Snack on marcona almonds, charcuterie plates, and tinned fish thoughtfully served with Piment d’Espelette and fleur du sel; the ventresca, aka tuna belly, should not be missed. Pair your tapas with regional wines, beers, and cider and Spanish-inspired cocktails. The El Cochino—Sun Liquor vodka, pipparas brine, and salami wrapped pipparas—is a dirty martini with a Basque twist, while the Lane’s Shandy—Estrella Damm, Fernet, honey, lemon, and ginger—is an immunity-boosting version of the classic.
Nate’s Wings & Waffles
Get your chicken n’ waffles fix at this Central District gem, where every seat in the small, back dining room has a view of the game. Order the finger-lickin’ wings and tender chicken strips by the pound with a choice of killer dipping sauces. The savory waffle menu includes jalapeño cornbread or bacon; those with linebacker-size appetites can brave the Nate’s special, a grilled cheese stuffed with chicken strips, onion rings, and BBQ sauce. Wash all the goodness down with pitchers of craft brews and cans of Rainier. Check their Facebook page for game day specials like 50-cent wings and $6 Bloody Mary’s.
At Ballard’s Bitterroot BBQ, the cozy back bar serves their signature Northwest BBQ alongside ‘Hawks games. Nosh on hushpuppies and pickled deviled eggs before tackling succulent pulled pork, ribs, and chicken served with classic sides: mac n’ cheese, collard greens, and cast iron cornbread. Whiskey aficionados cheer for the menu of 100+ American bourbons, whiskeys, and rye. The rotating list of all-American beers include nearby Ballard microbreweries like Lucky Envelope. If you’d rather root for the Seahawks at home, Bitterroot BBQ has popular tailgating packages to go.
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