About Regional Flavor
Outstanding coffee is a given in Seattle, as is good breakfast to go with it – from donuts to kaleidoscopic versions of eggs Benedict. It’s a city rich in fresh Pacific Northwest seafood, served plain and fancy. Over the mountains to the west, rural Washington is a vista of remarkable bakeries (maple bars!), local apples sold in fruit stands, and downhome diners where portions are immense and country-style hospitality reigns.
Washington Regional Specialties
Known also as Indian candy or squaw candy in tribute to Pacific Northwest native Americans who perfected the art of curing smoked salmon in sugar and salt, salmon candy is paradoxically sweet and savory. It is a firm, moist snack that yields oceans of sugary salmon flavor as it's chewed. It is found in seafood shops all along the coast and in Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Washington is a great donut state, but its finest fried morning pastry is longitudinal rather than round. We refer to the maple bar, a specialty of nearly every donut shop. Generally, it is a simple, lightweight, quick-fried bar topped with a lather of maple frosting that creates a taste as big as the outdoors. Popular add-ons include bacon in strips or crumbles, nuts, and even chocolate.
Honestly, we're not big latte fans, preferring our coffee straight. But we must admit that latte art has us hooked. In Seattle, it really is some kind of art, or at least a very exacting craft, creating such complex and pretty foam designs atop the beverage that one feels somewhat brutal lifting it to lips and disturbing the image.