Restaurants, Breweries, and Hotspots You Won’t Want to Miss
By Sean Conway
You’ve made it to SHSMD Connections 2018, congrats! While your main goal over the next few days will be to make lasting connections with some of the estimated 1,200+ healthcare professionals on-site and attend as many sessions and keynotes as possible, it’s not a bad idea to plan a few local activities as well.
The Washington State Convention Center and surrounding hotels are located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the ideal hub to access all of the city's best drinking and dining opportunities. Take advantage of this and check out the Seattle foodie scene to bond with co-workers or mingle and connect with other SHSMD attendees.
If you could use some guidance in arranging the perfect group outing, check out this list of top Seattle destinations.
Coffee and Sweets:
Seattle has been recognized as one of the top coffee cities in the world so naturally, a stop at least one of their many coffee shops is at the top of our list. What goes better with coffee than fresh pastries? Absolutely nothing! If you agree, make sure you check out these two Seattle hotspots.
1. Check out Anchorhead Coffee, just a five minute walk from the convention center. Known for it’s famous coffee scene, it’s no surprise that this coffee wholesaler picked Seattle as the destination for its first retail location. Anchorhead serves coffee—from espresso to bottled and cold brew on draft—plus beer and wine in the evenings.
2. Drink of choice in hand, continue on towards the world-famous Pike Place Market and the central waterfront boardwalk where you’ll find fresh seafood, cheeses, produce and the french bakery, Le Panier. Owner Thierry Mougin is a French-trained baker and pastry chef from Normandie. For 35 years, he and his team of bakers have worked to create a selection of products that bring together French baking techniques and local, seasonal ingredients. Sit and enjoy a croissant or two and take in the life of Pike Place Market.
Restaurants and Eateries:
Nestled between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is acknowledged as a top destination for good, fresh seafood almost as much as it is for coffee. This means there is no shortage of fabulous seafood dining options to choose from.
3. The Capitol Hill (Melrose) location of Taylor Shellfish Farms is centrally located between the downtown shopping corridor, convention center and capitol hill, next door to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Melrose Market and other eateries. Specializing in an assortment of raw shellfish, it's considered the ideal place to sit down and enjoy a platter of perfectly shucked oysters with a glass of expertly paired wine or beer.
4. The Whale Wins is the creation of James Beard Award winning chef Renee Erickson and partners Jeremy Price and Chad Dale—the folks behind Ballard’s acclaimed The Walrus and the Carpenter. A quick ten minute drive from the convention center, it roasts the very best from local beaches, gardens and farms in its rustic wood fired oven and serves it to share on plates large and small in a light filled, converted warehouse space.
5. If seafood isn’t your thing, then Via Tribunali is a must-try. Their Capitol Hill location has an open patio, cozy booths, and a buzzing bar that serves fantastic drinks. The Via Tribunali pizzerias have grown out of a passion for the food and wine of Southern Italy and their authentic Neapolitan pizza has been called “more authentic than the pizzerias of Naples.”
Breweries and Wineries:
With more than 900 wineries across the state, Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wine in the country. On top of that, 250 craft breweries call the state home. With such close proximity to so many great options, why not carve out time to sip a brew from one of the many local breweries or sample a vintage from nearby Washington Wine Country? Here are our top picks:
6. The Estates Wine Room is located on Occidental Avenue South in Pioneer Square— Seattle’s oldest and most historic neighborhood—alongside a diverse mix of restaurants, craft cocktail bars, butcher shops and a range of unique boutiques. Situated along the waterfront in the south part of downtown, this charming district is home to cobblestone streets and century-old architecture, the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the wines of Double Canyon, Seven Hills Winery, and Archery Summit.
7. Located at the Pike Place MarketFront’s Producer’s Hall off Western Avenue, Old Stove Brewing Co. features twenty-four taps, cider, wine, a full bar, and an artisanal seasonally rotating food menu. Named Seattle Magazine’s “Best Brewery Taproom” of 2018, they brew onsite and boast expansive outdoor seating. Enjoy fantastic views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains while you unwind after a long day of conference work.
Don’t underestimate the value of some good, casual fun for creating lifelong memories with co-workers and new SHSMD acquaintances. Come away with some lively stories and new friends after checking out any of the Seattle destinations listed above.
Article by Sean Conway, Manager of Sales for Stratasan
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