A Taste of Seattle August Giveaway!


Writing about our culinary hero, Julia Child, last week got us thinking about Seattle’s own local celebrity chef, Tom Douglas.

Douglas opened his first restaurant, Dahlia Lounge back in 1989. Since then, he has continuously owned and operated some of the city’s favorite eating spots like Etta’s, Lola,  Palace Kitchen, and one of our new breakfast favorites, Serious Biscuit.

Add to the restaurant business a weekly radio show, an organic farm, a catering company, a line of seasoning products, and a lot of volunteering to feed the homeless. Oh, and a wife and family, too!

We think Tom Douglas is a hometown culinary hero.

Plus, Douglas is an amazing chef who knows how to cook with local Northwest ingredients. In 2005, Douglas competed against Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, using the secret ingredient Alaskan salmon, and won, defeating Morimoto for only the second time in the show’s history.

In case you can’t get to Seattle to try one of Tom Douglas’ restaurants, here’s a chance for you to cook some of his favorites at home. Just enter our Taste of Seattle August Giveaway!


An autographed copy of the James Beard Award Winning Cookbook: Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen PLUS an assortment of our favorite local Seattle gourmet food items!

Respond to this post by answering the following questions:

Where do you live?  Who is your favorite hometown culinary hero OR where is your favorite place to eat out?

On September 1st, we’ll pick a winner randomly from all entries!



  1. PK says:

    I live in Lynnwood,WA. Of course it’s Tom Douglas and I love Canlis

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, PK – Just saw your post and wanted to make sure you knew that this contest was from last August. 🙁 Our August 2013 contest will post on August 26th!
      – Mary

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  5. AnneBG says:

    I live in Denver and am enamored with Frank Bonnano. Osteria Marco is my favorite.

  6. Susan C says:

    I live in Wichita, Kansas – a hot spot for Mediterrean and authentic Mexican food. Bella Luna is my fave Med place, and Garcia’s Tacos is my favorite Mex joint.

  7. manda says:

    I live in Kentucky and I love a local restaurant, Alfalfa.

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  9. Theresa N says:

    I live right outside of Augusta GA and my favorite hometown cook is Vera Bradley, no not the one who does fabric. Our Vera is a cook and has been catering for the Augusta Masters for years, recently the local network put her cooking show on TV The Very Vera Show and had a wonderful recipe for a pineapple pie my husband loves.

    • JoyAldrich says:

      Theresa- thanks for entering our contest! Pineapple pie sounds delicious and refreshing. Grandma Dorothy made a pie called Chess Pie with pineapple. I wonder if that’s the same thing?

  10. Jim says:

    1. I live in Winthrop, WA. Not many restaurants here, and my wife, Helen, is a superb cook. Also, we are retired and spend most of our days tending our yard and garden (we eat home-grown veggies almost every evening).

    2. We don’t eat out much, except on shopping or doctor visits to Wenatchee, about an hours’ drive from here. On those visits we do eat out — usually at McDonald’s!! I love the chicken sandwich on the dollar menu. I order it with a dollar senior beverage (Diet Coke). When I’m really treating myself, I add fries. That’s how these seniors roll! It’s tasty, filling, and cheap.

    As we spend most of our time at home doing yard and garden tending, we get enough exercize, so don’t worry about fast food calories! Thanks for asking.

    Jim Oswald

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Jim – Thanks for entering our contest! McDonalds is affordable, but if you ever feel like splurging, just out of Wenatchee on the way to Leavenworth is the Anjou Bakery… totally worth a few extra miles for a terrific sandwich. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

  11. Where do you live?
    Puyallup (actually Graham), WA
    Who is your favorite hometown culinary hero OR where is your favorite place to eat out?
    Well, there are NO culinary heros from Puyallup, as far as I know, but our favorite place to eat, if we’re truly stuck local, is Crocketts in downtown Puyallup.

  12. Kitty Grant says:

    I live on Bainbridge Island. We love Szechuan Noodle Bowl. Am I right Jacki?

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Kitty! Thanks for entering our giveaway contest. I agree with you about Szechuan Noodle Bowl… those spinach dumplings are amazing! Thanks for reminding us about that place. 🙂

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  14. Jeanne says:

    Home is Seattle. We are fickle with restaurants… always changing our ‘favorite’ based on season, bad (or good) experience, etc. But, two standouts (I can’t choose one)… Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge (in SeaTac, of all places!). Great service, lovely pond and garden, yummy fresh food, and hard to believe you are right near the airport. Meriwether’s in Portland is outstanding. Old farmhouse located in a somewhat industrial area with gorgeous patio dining, cool old building, and fabulous food. They also have their own farm in the outskirts of Portland. Planning on a trip there in September!

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  16. Christine says:

    I am a Seattleite who is now an expat in southern Spain. My favorite place to eat out back home is The Continental in the U-District. It’s no-frills, authentic Greek food owned by a lovely Greek family (one of whom was my professor at UW!) I always go there when I’m back for a visit–their lentils and saganaki are to die for!

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Christine! I’m glad you found us and thanks for entering our giveaway. Some of the best food I have ever eaten was on a trip to southern Spain. All of that incredible jamón and fresh fish… yum.
      Thanks for telling us about the Continental. We will definitely check it out!

  17. Lynnette Dodge says:

    I live in Tustin, CA and one my favorite places to dine is Roma D’Italia, which is a neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is great and the atmosphere is authentic!

  18. R. E. Maley says:

    I’m from the western suburbs of Chicago, and my favorite place to eat out is actually right around the corner by my house. It’s a small Mexican place, hardly a restaurant, with cheap and delicious tacos.

  19. Leslie W says:

    I live on the Olympic Peninsula and love the Alderwood Bistro. Such a great place to eat and delicious local ingredients are used.

  20. Kathy says:

    I live in Federal Way. Locally, my favorite place to dine out is Salty’s @ Redondo.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Kathy – Thanks for entering our contest! I agree with you about Salty’s. The Alki location is one of my favorite places to take our out of town guests. The view of downtown Seattle is amazing and the happy hour bar is SO good!

  21. jacquie says:

    westminster md, no favorite local places actually as i’m a vegetarian & not much in local veggie fare around here.

  22. Molly B says:

    We live in St. Louis, Missouri. With three little ones, we don’t get to visit the city foodie scene often. . .luckily we have a great Italian /pizza place very near our house. They even wrote a birthday message to me on one of their giant yummy pizzas, since we order from there so much! Thanks for another fun giveaway!

  23. i live in aberdeen. we don’t eat out much, but i have several wonderful friends that are exceptional cooks/chefs and i love swapping ideas with them. i am a canner and work quite diligently to put up as much local bounty as i can afford for later yummy meals, snacks, etc

  24. Michelle Mallett says:

    My favorite 2 places to eat out are in Portland: A restaurant by chef Higgins, he cooks only local ingredients and McCormick and Schmits, I love them both even though they are quite different!

  25. Lynn says:

    I live in West Seattle, Washington. My favorite culinary hero is, of course, the iconic Tom Douglas! Depending on which of Tom’s restaurants, I love that when you make reservations Tom will still pick up the phone to take your reservation! Breakfasts at Etta’s are the very best. And the yukon gold, rosemary and peccorino pizza had me at hello! A local favorite is LaRustica on Beach Drive S.W.

    • MaryMiller says:

      Thanks for sharing, Lynn! Joy and I both live in West Seattle, too! LaRustica is a hidden gem, in my opinion. I have a special love for that kitchen, because MANY years ago I was the day chef there when it was a place called Dulces Latin Bistro. I learned how to make some pretty amazing desserts there, thanks to the owner, Julie. Now, LaRustica is one of our very favorite places to eat in West Seattle.

  26. OK as a Seattlite for nearly all of my life, I have to say I have a special place in my heart for Tom Douglas, he is indeed a home town culinary hero. Special memory – the Dahlia Lounge circa (early) 2002 indulging in fine cocktails in the bar and moving on to appy’s on a BLIND date with my now husband. From there Dahlia has been a go-to for bday events and anniversaries and date nights. The crab cakes here are a favorite but love most the “plate diversity” –the diverse flavors, colors and textures within the entree that one would never organically arrive at as a lay person. Have dined at all his venues but Serious Biscuit – -now I have to make a date to do this in the very near future!

    Thank you for posting such a fond memory for me to be a part of the sharing.

  27. Charlene says:

    I live in Los Angeles, just moved here. One of my favorite culinary hero’s is Kevin Bechtel, as I had worked with him over the last 12 years, I had the opportunity to learn and see his creativity and passion towards great foods. I have two absolute favorite eating spots – Cafe Mingo in Portland OR, best Italian in town, very authentic & great Italian wine!! I’m from Vancouver BC – favorite is Joe Fortes downtown . Always a great meal, seafood is outstanding and the best ambiance!

    • JoyAldrich says:

      Char~ I hope you’re settling into LA, but I’m sad you’ve moved even further away from us ;( Please tell Kevin a big hello from me (and share the link to our blog) since I’ve always enjoyed his creativity, as well, but I’ve lost touch with him.

  28. Marie McFadden says:

    I live in the small town of Clover, SC and one of the best things about it is the hushpuppies & barbeque at Courtney’s, followed by a workout at the local Curves! 🙂

    • MaryMiller says:

      Marie, I am so impressed that you go to Curves AFTER you eat hushpuppies! That’s what I call discipline. I could never do that. Thanks for entering this contest! 🙂

  29. Kat Schreck says:

    I know this may sound weird but I am a Seattle food truck fan… and my favorite food truck is Here and There.. their jerk chicken tacos are to die for! If it has to be a sit down restaurant then it’s gonna be Portalis in Ballard.. her chorizo clams rock!

  30. gail says:

    i live in greeley, co and a favorite place to eat is santeramo’s, a local Italian place

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