I get this question asked an awful lot – what’s your favorite restaurant in Seattle? Ugh, tough question! It’s loaded because there are so many great options to eat at around town. And my favorite could be contextual; I have a favorite comfort food spot, a place to meet friends, grab a beer, what have you. But a bar none favorite? That’s bit tougher, but I do have one. And I have no problem in saying that Matt Dillon’s Sitka & Spruce is my favorite restaurant in Seattle.
And it’s tough to explain why because Sitka & Spruce is unlike any restaurant experience that you’ll have. On one visit, I was able to speak with Matt about the quirkiness of the restaurant’s location and how it was a goal of his to serve four-star food without being snobby and pretentious. Yup, it’s in a strip mall along Eastlake. It’s neighbors are a Subway, a teriyaki shop, and a convenience store. And then there is Sitka & Spruce standing out as one of the best places to eat in Seattle.
But the quirks don’t just stop at the location. Once inside you’ll notice a cozy and small dining room. There about 20 seats, no hostess, and a small bar. That bar is where we had our first dinner a couple years ago. Sitka & Spruce has a sign by the bar that says “Food worth standing up for”. Indeed it is, we stood up the entire time and had a great dinner. With such a cozy atmosphere, you’ll be able to speak with Matt’s team, Matt himself, and our fellow standers on most occasions – learning about the menu is always intriguing to me.
That’s another thing of note, there isn’t a ‘standard’ menu. The menu each evening is actually on a chalkboard resting against the north wall. There are about a dozen choices for the evening and a handful of white and red wines to go along with your meal. All work in balance and all play nice with each other. I love food and wine, and you get the idea that the folks at Sitka & Spruce do too.