Dahlia Lounge, Seattle

My wife and I visited Seattle for the past New Years. It’s such a lovely city. Amazing fresh food. Friendly locals. So much happening! What a culture shock from Hilo Town. We have so much food adventures to share from there! I figured I’ll post one place at a time or else I won’t ever get anything up.

So, I’ll start with one of Tom Douglas’ wonderful restaurants which is also attached to a bakery.

Dahlia Lounge Outside

Dahlia Lounge Inside

I started with a tomato soup.

Tomato Soup

This was simply the best tomato soup I’ve ever had by far. It was thick, fresh, bright and very rich. It went so good with the buttery croutons and bread served. I won’t look at tomato soup the same again.

Next, an order of Tom Douglas’ famous crab cakes.

Crab Cakes

Man, these crab cakes rock. The crab meat is so sweet with huge chunks of leg meat. While it’s mostly crab, it still has a nicely seasoned breading with green onions. Served with grilled romaine and crispy potatoes.

Desert time! Coconut cream pie.

Coconut Cream Pie

So deliciously light and not too sweet. The crust was great texture.

Fresh Pear Tart

Pear Tart

Outstanding! Seattle has the best pears I’ve had, and combining that with a fresh flaky tart pastry, this was just delicious.

I’m so spoiled now. Seattle I will return! :)

6 Responses to “Dahlia Lounge, Seattle”

  1. Reid Says:


    I need to go back to Seattle. Instead, I always seem to be going back to San Francisco. I heard many good things about Dahlia Lounge, I need to go there the next time I am in the neighborhood.

  2. Sean Says:

    Nice post. I’m a Seattlite living in Brooklyn (moving back soon) and it’s nice to read about home.

    Are you aware that your content is being displayed at another blog? http://chefsrecipeblog.com/2008/02/09/dahlia-lounge-seattle/

    This is a problem that is pretty prevalent. Check out this post for some hints on how to deal with it. http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

  3. James Says:

    Reid, I want to go to San Fran next! Hope you get to go to Seattle soon.

    Sean, thanks for visiting and for telling me about the content stealing. I’ll see what I can do.

  4. j-yo Says:

    James, aloha from a former kama’aina now living near Seattle. Next time you visit my new home, be sure to check out Ettas, Tom Douglass’ seafood-oriented eatery on Western Avenue, near Pike’s Market. The food is delicious there. Also near Pike’s Market is Campagne and its more casual sibling, Cafe Compagne — wonderful French food that’s comforting and delicious on a cold day. If you have access to a vehicle, drive a few minutes north and check out Ray’s Boathouse/Ray’s Cafe in Ballard. This Seattle institution also does a great job with seafood, with more of a variety than Ettas, and features a gorgeous view of the water.

    There are so many good places to eat here that I feel spoiled. However, whenever I go back to Honolulu to visit family, it seems that I spend my whole time there eating as well!

  5. Devany Says:

    Tom Douglas is awesome. James you picked a great spot! j-yo also has some terrific ideas! We live in SF and will be moving to Hilo soon. Maybe there is time to take the Amtrack up the coast one more time… hungry for salmon!


  6. Jack Says:

    Great post! Be sure to post on http://tinyurl.com/26okadh and tell more peole about it!

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