Food & Drink

Seattle’s Surprising Food Hot Spot

Eat where the techies do

By Rob Smith August 11, 2022

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This article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Seattle magazine.

Seattle’s tech scene has become globally significant. Seattle’s culinary experience in the epicenter of that tech community? Not so much. Until now. 

Experience Hawaiian-meets-Korean cuisine at acclaimed restaurant Marination, Middle Eastern mezze at Mamnoon Street, hand-rolled sourdough bagels at Rubinstein and a perfectly balanced beverage from Rachel’s Ginger Beer at Eat Seattle’s “Street Food Tour of South Lake Union.” The scrumptious tour features six quintessential Seattle offerings that showcase the vibrant street food scene at the heart of the city’s tech center.

Eat Seattle is the brainchild of Paris Le Cordon Bleu Liz Philpot, who launched the company in 2015 to highlight vendors at historic Pike Place Market. Since then, Eat Seattle has served more than 35,000 locals and tourists. Seven years and one global pandemic later, the team decided to expand its offerings.

Tours are led by longtime chef tour guide Eric Olinsky, a veteran of venerable Seattle institutions including Purple Café & Wine Bar, The Pink Door and Sabine.

“As we all know, the pandemic hit the food industry hard. All of our team has worked in commercial kitchens, so this struggle felt close to home,” Philpot says, adding that the new tour supports more local vendors. “The SLU neighborhood has some of our favorite restaurants in close proximity.”

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