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5. Elysian Brewing Company

Brewmaster Dick Cantwell joined forces with Dave Buhler and Joe Bisacca in the mid- ’90s, starting with this humble brewpub on Capitol Hill. They now have pubs in Tangletown and near CenturyLink Field, home to the Seahawks, along with a 35,000 square foot production facility. Still, it’s fun to pay homage to Elysian’s origins at this facility, which features a glass front, wood bar, stand-up counter and blackboard menu. Build your own 5-beer flight for variety’s sake, and if you’re lucky enough to be there in the fall, make sure to include Cantwell’s legendary pumpkin ales, including Night Owl (liquid pumpkin pie), Hopsquash (a hoppy pumpkin IPA, brewed with Ninkasi) and Calatrava (brewed with habanero and vanilla bean).

MUST ORDER: Beer Flight, Pumpkin Ales, Kama Citra

Chinese Food Seattle
6. Mike’s Noodle House

Mike Wong’s small spot in Chinatown/International District features a red awning, a glass fronted kitchen to showcase the cooking process, and framed Chinese water colors on the wall. Mike’s has become best known for congee and for noodle soup, which touts a savory pork, shrimp and fish broth, a choice of thick noodle, thin noodle, flat rice noodle, or lai fun, and zero MSG. To top the noodle soup, I’d suggest sui-kau, a hearty cousin to wonton. Mike’s Noodle House is also adept at preparing pig parts, including livers and kidneys.

MUST ORDER: Sui-Kau Noodle Soup, Pork Liver & Kidney Congee, Steamed Liver, Kidney & Beef Tripes, Chinese Broccoli w/Oyster Sauce

Coffee Seattle
7. Milstead & Co.

Andrew Milstead implemented a multiple-roaster, double Strada specialty coffee attack in 2011 near the Aurora Bridge and Lake Union. The sleek space features a black marble bar with a base of reclaimed wood, high-top wood tables, and a kooky patio with ping-pong table, ceiling-hanging orca and defunct fire truck. Featured roasters typically include Kuma and Coava, both Pacific Northwest natives, with occasional contributions from companies like Intelligentsia and Handsome. Espresso and Aeropress are Milstead’s preferred brewing methods.

MUST ORDER: Espresso Drinks, Aeropress Coffee

Ice Cream Seattle
8. Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

Molly Moon Neitzel has built a six-branch Seattle ice cream empire by adhering to local, seasonal and organic principles. On Capitol Hill, the airy space features a glass front, with wood counters, flooring and accents. Impressive branding extends to aqua cups, to-go pints, and an aqua map of Washington state that shows sourcing practices, including Edaleen Dairy Farm, which provides milk and cream from hormone-free dairy cows. Some flavors are better than others. Highlights include a damn-near definitive salted caramel and Scout Mint, white mint with Thin Mints, which honor Neitzel’s time as a Girl Scout. No matter what flavor you order, fresh griddled and folded waffle cones are excellent and impart an intoxicating aroma.

MUST ORDER: Scout Mint Ice Cream, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Waffle Cone

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