One of the few problems with Seattle is that there aren't that many days in a year you'd even consider going to Alki... certainly not enough for you to remember the best places to eat and drink out there. That's why we took on the not-so-onerous task of scouring the beach for the eight sweetest spots to grab some ice cream, SPAM sushi, and more.
Phoenecia (address and info)
This romantic, accolade-heavy little Italian joint just off Alki purveys a hefty assortment of artisanal pizzas from a Fig and Pancetta to one named after their 'hood, which touts Zoe’s spicy salami, caramelized Walla Walla onions, Kalamata olives, fresh mozzarella, and EVOO over red sauce.
Ampersand Cafe (address and info)
Skip Tully’s and Starbucks and opt for Ampersand Cafe, where a collection of exotic Venus flytraps garishly decorate the breezy shop, and... err, "&", the outdoor seating is the perfect place to drink your coffee or something from their assortment of bottled beers.
Pepperdock Restaurant (address and info)
From the weird (bubble gum and cotton candy) to the tried and true (mint chocolate chip), Pepperdock is hands-down the place to get your ice cream off Alki. Bonus points to this place for being cheap enough to treat everyone on your beach volleyball team to a round of sugar cones.
El Chupacabra (address and info)
This beachfront version of the Phinney Mextaurant features a very similar patio, and is decked with all sorts of funky South-of-the-border art. They're serving up traditional comida like burritos/tacos/tortas stuffed with various meats, shrimp sautéed in tequila, and starters like fried jalapeños and nachos with two different cheeses, which everyone -- except Prop Joe -- is a fan of.
Spud Fish & Chips (address and info)
This Seattle institution has been family owned since 1969 and is your best bet for fish and chips off Alki. Get your tartar sauce on inside the kitschy space, or take your order to go and enjoy some rays out on the beach.
Marination Ma Kai (address and info)
Named after a Hawaiian phrase for “near the sea", MMK's serving an expanded menu of Asian-inspired eats (Loco moco, mac salad, SPAM sushi, etc.) in a heavily updated beachfront shack with a sprawling patio and stunning views of Downtown Seattle.
Cassis (address and info)
From 1997 to 2004 Cassis lived on, but after a lengthy hiatus, they're back in new digs off of Alki in West Seattle, where they're serving cassis aperitifs (do you expect any different?) and entrees like their all-star lamb steak and roasted pork short ribs.
The Celtic Swell (address and info)
Right in the middle of the many shops that dot Alki, The Celtic Swell is the perfect place to get a little rowdy over a couple pints, lamb stew, and shepherd’s pie while discussing whether or not the place's really named after the waves off the Irish coast... or something else entirely.
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1. Phoenecia2716 Alki Ave SW, Seattle
2. Ampersand Pantry & Cafe424 N 85th St, Seattle
3. Pepperdock Restaurant2618 Alki Ave SW, Seattle
4. El Chupacabra2620 Alki Ave SW, Seattle
5. Spud Fish & Chips2666 Alki Ave SW, Seattle
6. Marination Ma Kai1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle
7. Cassis2820 Alki Ave SW, Seattle
8. Celtic Swell2722 Alki Ave SW, Seattle
From artisanal pizza to tapas to special entrées, this bistro in West Seattle features a mix of everything on its menu -- including breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains. While the space may be small, it hosts two wine bars in house for tastings and more casual dining.
Ampersand Pantry & Cafe is a local grocer that also serves homemade breakfast (think mini cinnamon rolls and ham & egg sandwiches) and carries beer and wine from all over the world.
Pepperdock is definitely the place to get your ice cream off Alki because of all the awesome flavors like bubble gum and cotton candy. Plus, there are some fantastic fish and chips that are a must try too!
This beachfront version of the Phinney Mextaurant features a very similar patio, and is decked with all sorts of funky South-of-the-border art. They're serving up traditional comida like burritos/tacos/tortas stuffed with various meats, like sautéed shrimp, and more.
Spud Fish & Chips has been a landmark in the neighborhood since 1969 partially because of their outstanding service, but more likely because their fish and chips are so good, down to the last bite.
"Ma Kai" means "by the sea," and that's exactly where this waterfront establishment is located. Serving up tasty tacos made from fresh ingredients, this Hawaiian-Korean fusion restaurant is all about finding the best of both worlds and melting them together. There's also a killer beer selection, and you can purchase "Nunya", the secret sauce used by the restaurant on many of its dishes, receiving a free slider or taco with each jar purchase.
It took 10 years, but Cassis reopened its doors to the hungry masses at Alki beach. With seasonal menus (they change monthly) and country French food, it'll keep you coming back again and again to try something new each time.
If the location isn't enough to get you there -- it's right in front of the beach and in the middle of all the shopping (!) -- then maybe the crazy delicious food will. Be sure to get a couple of pints too, after all this is an Irish pub.