So I’m going to begin reviewing the Tom Douglas Mega-Tour. This will take a while, as it’s already at 2,000+ words without my actually being done writing. And there are eleven places to talk about. So, bear with me. There will be pictures.
Chris and I arrived at Serious Biscuit at 7:15, as I couldn’t convince myself to get on a bus any earlier than 6:45 (the things I do for food). I grabbed a biscuit with jam and butter ($3), and Chris had the ham hock and collard greens biscuit ($9). We were the only customers in the shop.
Serious Biscuit, set within the Dahlia Workshop (Serious Biscuit/Serious Pie Westlake/Soul Wine), is a small store within a store. Small tables and high chairs, with space to bus your own (tiny) plates when you’re done. With the open lighting and blond wood panels, but I could totally see coming here for a morning meeting over biscuits. (Amazon, if you’re not doing this already, start it now.)
The biscuits were spot on – large fluffy squares of buttery, flaky goodness. The strawberry jam was jello-like and sweet, but not so cloying as to be annoying. Chris enjoyed his portion but felt it had too many toppings for one biscuit. He treated it as a biscuit with a side salad.
At this point Chris had to leave me for work, so I was off to Dahlia Bakery.
8-8:15 am: Dahlia Bakery
There was a couple ahead of me getting sandwiches, so I picked up a chocolate chunk cookie for Chris, and a dark chocolate and pecan sandwich cookie for myself. As this took all of two minutes, I was running early, so I decided to kill time at Pike Place Market. I visited the second PPM Pig, Rachel, and reminded myself to pick up spices later from World Spice Merchants. I also took a few minutes to visit Victor Steinbrueck Park.
9-10 am: Seatown Seabar
I was early for my reservation, so I set about snapping photos of the exterior. While I was off looking like a tourist, Liana, the freaking fantastic hostess at Seatown, came outside and asked if I had any questions. I let Liana know what I was up to, and asked about getting a small plate of food. After she left me at my table, I was yet again alone in a Tom Douglas restaurant. Seatown, set on the northern edge of Pike Place Market, feels like an oyster bar with table space. Taxidermied animals are along the top of the walls, mainly salmon, along with models of various kinds of ships. Alternative/folk music was playing, things to hum to while I waited.
We settled on a small plate of a single pancake and hash browns (~$10). Seriously people, you must try the hash browns. Oh, the pancake was great, fluffy and crispy in a way that made me regret adding maple syrup too early, but the hash browns were my new best friend. They arrive coated in a generous portion of brown butter sea salt, which Liana and I agreed lacks a proper description besides ‘awesome.’ The hash browns are nicely crisp, sure, but you should mainly care about the brown butter sea salt being on everything. I put in on the pancakes. I then wanted more of it so I could evenly split it between my pancake concoction and the hash browns. (Seatown, start serving it with the pancakes. Or as a side. Please.)
After my food arrived, Lauren – who I am going to assume was the manager, as I don’t think I ever got her title – came by. We chatted for a bit, then talked about my schedule, which I had in paper form so I wasn’t reliant on my phone. She said she’d make a copy of it, and then walked off to email it to the entire TDR team. Liana also said her boyfriend worked at Cuoco, so she was going to message him.
I was feeling happily full, so I got my leftovers packaged and headed out. As soon as I left, my phone started beeping. A lot. Ting Momo and Brave Horse Tavern were now following me on Twitter. I had a few mentions and comments waiting.
This is the point in the story where you say things like “I had no idea what was in store for me.”