Oak Photo: Chona Kasinger

Progressive Dinners

Enjoy a delicious and efficient evening out with these convenient food and drink clusters.

By Haley Shapley
Oak Photo: Chona Kasinger

Make an evening of it with drinks, dinner, and dessert—all at different venues—with these well-rounded culinary itineraries. Whether you choose to dine in or grab and go, you’re in for an evening of mouthwatering variety.

On Beacon Hill, start your evening at Oak (3019 Beacon Ave S), a friendly neighborhood joint with great cocktails and craft beer on tap. Then hop two buildings down to acclaimed Homer (3013 Beacon Ave S) for shareable wood-fired Mediterranean dishes like pita bread, lamb ribs, and house meatballs. For the finale, pick up a cone of soft serve in wild seasonal flavors (think popcorn) from Homer’s walk-up window, or do cocktail-inspired slushies at nearby sister restaurant Milk Drunk (2805 16th Ave S).

When the lines got too long at Delancey (1415 NW 70th St) in North Ballard, the owners built a cocktail bar next door as a waiting room. So, start there: Essex (1421 NW 70th St) is a charming spot, adorned in damask wallpaper and serving delicate cocktails with house-made ingredients. When the time is right, enjoy Delancey’s thin, wood-fired pizza topped with local produce and meats. Finish a couple doors down at Frankie & Jo’s (1411 NW 70th St), beloved for vegan ice cream that’s as good as the real thing.

Over in Pioneer Square, reserve a table at highly regarded 84 Yesler (84 Yesler Way), a sleek spot serving small plates of beef tartare, parmesan churros, and smoked octopus. Around the corner, Damn the Weather (116 First Ave S) takes dinner as seriously as it does cocktails and natural wine; much of the menu rotates, from gumbo to fishcakes, but duck-fat fries are a worthy fixture. Cap your night at Il Terrazzo Carmine (411 First Ave S), where you can choose among classic options like tiramisu and crème brûlée from the always-tempting dessert tray.


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