A Few Sunny Spots in Seattle

Posted February 10, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Drivein Beneath Seattle's overcast and over-caffeinated exterior lies a bright and laid-back culture. Whether it's the overwhelming pride in its fresh produce market or the music revolution that began with a few grungy notes, the city is much more than just dreary weather and the birthplace of a coffee empire. Though most visitors head downtown, the living proof of Seattle's unique attitude is in the neighborhoods just across Lake Union, where you'll find local secrets and a little sunshine, too.

Gas Works Park: Gas Works Park has transformed the pollutants of the past into an environmentally friendly green space, by turning a gas manufacturing plant into a public park area. Here you can play on 20 acres of land or sit in the shade of industrial-sized silos. Not to mention it's one of the only places where you can stand on a 28-foot sundial while the sun sets over the space needle. And it costs nothing to enter the park and enjoy the view.

Fu Kun Wu: Walking through the unmarked doors of this watering hole in the Ballard neighborhood is like landing in Bangkok without the excruciatingly long plane ride. The bartenders are more like witch doctors, concocting herbal-infused cocktails to dazzle your senses and fuel your emotions. Some of the more potent elixirs, such as the Yojito, a Mojito shaken with the natural bark Yohimbe (part aphrodisiac, part stimulant), are so intoxicating that customers are limited to only one. The more benign Oolongtini, made with tea-infused vodka, is an all-time favorite. Drinks start at about $7 per martini.

Dick's Drive-in: This ever-so-addictive burger joint has been attracting customers in droves since it fried its first potato in 1954. Most people come because you can eat an entire meal, including a thick milkshake, for under $5. The true fast-foodies, however, return time after time for the juicy char-grilled patties topped with cheese, lettuce, and a tangy special sauce, which we might say you will "relish."

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Reader Comments

I haven't made it to Dick's in my couple of visits to Seattle -- guess I really should!

I do heartily endorse both Top Pot Donuts and Dilettante Chocolate, however.

Also, as touristy as it seems, I do love the Pike Place Market for ogling fresh, seasonal produce and gorgeous flowers for cheap.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 11:35 AM by fuzzytrippinbunny

Gas Works Park is a great place to picnic. Also head to the Ballard Locks nearby, where you can see the boats in action.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 11:41 AM by LatticeTopCherryPie

Ohhhh, yeah the Ballard Locks are really, really cool. For some strange reason, watching boats get in and out of the locks is fascinating!

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 11:45 AM by fuzzytrippinbunny

Thankx for good commants... Keep it up.... I think park is good place to picnic

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 02:16 AM by Jerry

All I can say is I'm a total addict of Dick's burgers. They are so cheap and satisfying. I can't go to Seattle without making a stop. I've also tried the martinis at Fu Kun Wu, and I absolute adore the oolongtini. I've never been able to find its rival in all of my travels.

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM by snomad

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