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One thing I liked about Seattle is that it shares my feelings about the magnitude of a good cup of tea (left) in relation to a cup of coffee (right). Here’s what  tea-drinking heaven looks like:

You never know, in Seattle, where the perfect gustatory experience will reveal itself. Top Cat and I walked all over our University Park area on our first morning of the Great Pacific Great Northwest Tour and we could not find one single cute quaint achingly chic hipster-Seattle breakfast experience. Hunger got the better of us so we stopped in at (what I thought was) a one-off neighborhood establishment called Burger Master. (Turns out it’s a local chain.)

The place was clean, well-lighted, and full of regulars that looked like truck driving college professors. And the best thing was that if you order tea, they give you a choice of half a dozen black, green, and herbal teas. AND THEN THEY GIVE YOU A BACK UP TEA BAG.

Burger Master is the ONLY PLACE ON EARTH where that happens.

“We’re coming here every morning,” I told Top Cat.

And we did.

Here’s what the best breakfast place in all of Seattle looks like.

Although Burger Master is totally 100% my kind of place, you know that Top Cat, like most grown-ups, is much more demanding when it comes to cuisine. So he dragged me to a couple of fine dining experiences.

First, there was Elliot’s on the warf there, underneath the Pike Place Market.

The Copper River salmon had just that morning arrived from Alaska, an event that is as ballyhoo’d in Seattle as the Nouveau Beaujolais is in France.

This (above)  is what a $35 piece of fish looks like at Elliot’s. Top Cat said it was worth every farthing. ( had a $6 Caesar salad and couldn’t wait until it would be time for breakfast again.

The next night we drove across the West Seattle Bridge across the Puget Sound to go to Alkai Beach, to Salty’s restaurant, where we could dine while gazing at the Seattle skyline. Also, out in the middle of the bay there’s a float on which huge fat sea lions pile and bark their constant complaints that there are too many huge fat sea lion asses on this damn float.

This (above) is what a $50 piece of Copper River salmon looks like at Salty’s. Top Cat said it was worth every half-farthing.

My fish-n-chips were pretty good too.

The next day we headed to Edmunds.

Edmonds is a lovely town, as we walked around and poked into a few other book shops and Top Cat discovered that the wine shop there stocks a little-known Bordeaux that we discovered in the Cotes de Castillon– Chateau Robin — and he also found out that the wine we paid $40 for at Salty’s costs $14 out in the real world. It’s called 14 Hands and you will not regret spending $40 on it if you have to.

So we got a bottle of 14 Hands and drove to have a look at the coastal town of Mukilteo.

We had heard that Mulkiteo is a fine place to watch the sunset.

It was a tiny bit chilly, slightly colder than usual for May, and windy, and we had an open bottle of wine, so we sat in the car and opened a small bag of pretzels that Top Cat had been carrying in his jacket pocket for four days, and I opened the doggy-bag (Styrofoam box) that I’d got for the half sandwich I couldn’t finish at lunch, and we hunkered down for the view.

The light got dimmer, the wind got colder, it began to rain, the seagulls called one another, and we kept toasting our luck in being together in a rented car with left overs on the edge of the beautiful Puget Sound.

Here’s what a priceless dining experience in the Great Pacific Northwest looks like.

6 comments to In Seattle, You Can Get a Good Cup of Tea, and a Whole lot More.

  • Was that the “Friday” story? I didn’t get the Friday part.
    It was a very good addition, tho, to your charming stories.

    Now Long Island stories; right?
    Of course, we love them all, and wait each week.

    I’m putting Our Great Northwest on my bucket list.

  • Susie

    Beautiful…I sent this to friends. Well, I often do that….

    I liked the last meal best. Those pretzels make my stomach growl, time for lunch, I think.

  • Nadine

    Hooray for Burger Master’s recognition that tea is as important to tea drinkers as coffee is to coffee drinkers!

    The dining looks grand, and I don’t like seafood. Boy, do I miss living on a coastline where a water view is easily had. Have you offered your photos and travel notes should be added to Seattle’s official website to entice tourists?

    Nice write-up of your Great Northwest Book Tour.

  • nicole

    Good to see you enjoyed so much about the Pacific NorthWet (it’s raining again today). Heh, BurgerMaster has changed greatly from the time in the middle of the last millenium when an old boyfriend of mine managed the night shift at one of them – it was just a burger joint then, doubt they even had tea. And BTW, we found 14 Hands at Costco for 6.99 yesterday – very tasty red blend.

  • JOAN

    Of all the seafood available, Salmon is my least favorite. Give me any other kind of fish and I’m a happy camper. Give me shellfish, I’m over the moon.

    The bit about the tea/coffee service at BurgerMaster is wonderful…we never get refills or extra tea bags at any restaurant here. That’s a lovely gesture, and at a sorta fast food place, it’s amazing.

    I so wish I could drink wine…I love everything that goes with it…the vineyards, the wineries,
    the glasses, all the accoutrements…just can’t drink it.

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip to the Great Pacific Great Northwest.
    Next you should try something totally different…like the Grand Canyon, New Mexico, like Santa Fe, the California Coast! Fabulous places in this great country.

  • I like that oblong Salty’s plate (under TC’s $50 salmon). I have a little collection of old diner/hotel china, mostly from my home state of Maine, but anything nautical in that line pleases me too. We use it all the time.

    Love the giant tea cup, too, that’s serious!

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