Tom Douglas Receives Downtown Champion Award

Mr. Tom Douglas, the Seattle all star Restauranteur was recently awarded Downtown Seattle Association’s 2012 Downtown Champion for his continued support of the downtown Seattle restaurant scene and his community involvement in the area. For example, outside of Douglas’s restaurant realm (which includes Lola, Palace Kitchen, and Serious Pie) he also hosts events such as the Enchanted Salmon

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Evenings in Victor Steinbrueck Park at the north end of the Pike Place Market. The Enchanted Salmon Evenings take place once a month during the summer with proceeds going towards the Seattle Parks Department. Read more about Douglas’s recognition as 2012 Downtown Champion here; it’s also noteworthy to mention one of Douglas’s introductions. Tom Graff, President of Commercial Real Estate of Ewing and Clark, has represented Douglas by finding space for his new restaurants. Graff gave amusing descriptions of some of these real estate transactions – including interpretive impersonations of when they were searching for new restaurant locations. A great segway to honor a deserving award winner. Congratulations Tom Douglas for your recognition as 2012 DSA Downtown Champion!

Esquire Magazine Names Seattle Restaurants in Top 10

Canlis

Canlis

Esquire ranks Seattle the 10th best restaurant city in America.  In the introduction it says if you want seafood go to Seattle’s restaurants and in the details it credits the Pike Place Market (and local vineyards) for giving our restaurants access to the ingredients to make great meals.  The article specifically mentions Queen Anne‘s Canlis; Downtown Seattle‘s Dahlia Lounge and Etta’s Seafood; Ballard‘s Ray’s Boathouse; Kirkland‘s Cafe Juanita; Pioneer Square’s Salumi; and Capitol Hill‘s Anchovies and Olives.

Some are classic Seattle restaurants, some are newer, but all had a part to helping Seattle to be ranked in the top 10 for best restaurant cities.

Seatown Reuben

Last night, I went to a fun event at Seatown, Tom Douglas’s new restaurant across from the Pike Place Market and Victor Steinbrueck Park.  At the event they were serving some appetizers.  I tried a wing and then later I tried a finger sandwich which was the sage rubbed turkey.  But then it came, I could swear a moon beam came through the window and shined on this sandwich.  There it sat on the counter, cut up in about 6 slices: the Reuben.  Admittedly, I am a fan of Rubens, so I made my way over to it across the crowded room talking to people on the way.  I started getting nervous though because as I made my way over there the 6 finger sandwiches quickly was down to 3 but after a few hellos I made it over with 2 left.  Like I said I am a fan of the Reuben, so I expected to like it….but man was that sandwich good.  I feel sorry for anyone who wanted the last finger sandwich, because I ate that one too.   (Don’t worry more came out).   Technically, I do not think the sandwich was a Reuben rather a pastrami sandwich, but to me I will just call it a darn fantastic sandwich.  The only problem is when I looked online at the menu today, I realized it was a happy hour sandwich, which you would think is good, but in this case it is not because they change those sandwiches daily.   All I would say, if you find yourself in the Pike Place Market, poke your head into Seatown and ask if the Reuben or pastrami sandwich is being served, and if the answer is yes, tell them you will take two.