The Astronomer and I have visited Seattle four times in past three years, which is really something considering that we don’t have any family in the area. On each of these jaunts, we’ve made a concerted effort to explore the city’s sites beyond the hectic fun of Pike’s Place Market.
We’ve spent time at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum (I liked the Sir Mix-A-Lot exhibit best), toured the Ballard Locks, witnessed the art of glass blowing, quacked aboard the “Ride the Ducks” spectacle, and hiked to Kerry Park for the best view of the city.
On this latest #2DaysinSeattle trip, The Astronomer and I took it super-easy, filling our time with long stretches of walking, a little shopping, and much eating. Following breakfast at Dahlia Bakery, we strolled to South Lake Union to explore two of Chef Tom Douglas’ newest ventures, Dahlia Workshop and Serious Biscuit. Both entities are housed in the same lovely industrial space, along with a second outlet of Serious Pie.
Our seats on the second floor provided excellent views of Dahlia Workshop, which bakes bread and prepares pastries for the entire Tom Douglas restaurant empire.
We saw pie crusts being formed for the famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie and rhubarb being chopped for jam. Spying on the worker bees was an excellent way to pass the time while waiting for our food to arrive.
Serious Biscuit is a breakfast and lunch-only operation that occupies the first floor of the space. Weekend crowds are also seated upstairs, like The Astronomer and I were, and are presented with menus for both Serious Pie and Serious Biscuit. We absolutely adore Serious Pie, but stuck to the Serious Biscuit offerings for novelty’s sake.
From the list of delectable biscuit offerings, The Astronomer selected the crispy ham-hock with collard greens and smoked onions ($9). It was a beast of a creation that captured the goodness of Southern cooking in every bite. The best part was the vinegar-laced greens that balanced out the whole thing like a dream.
I selected a biscuit shmeared with a tangy pepper relish and stuffed with fennel sausage, a fried egg, and fontina ($8). The bevy of potent hot sauces on hand perked up my breakfast biscuit nicely.
The world needs more biscuit-focused restaurants. Seriously.
401 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
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