With the third worst evening commute in the country, following only LA and San Jose, it pays to ditch the car in Seattle. It’s no unusual site to see bike commuters swathed head to toe in foul weather gear in the middle of winter, but the traffic problems don’t just impact commuters—diners suffer as well. Take to your pedals to get to these three great restaurants, and leave the gas-guzzlers at home.
Marination Ma Kai
Over in West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai serves up Asian-Hawaiian fusion with a view of the skyline. You can snag the water taxi from Pier 50 with your bike for a couple bucks or ride the West Seattle Bridge trail, but either is better than sitting parked on the bridge waiting for traffic to move. The brick and mortar iteration of the popular food truck sits right off the Seacrest dock.
Pick up the Sammamish River Trail at the end of the Burke Gilman and head over to Bothell, where Hillcrest Bakery sits right off the trail on Main Street. Carbo-load with tasty European pastries from this bakery that’s been going strong for over 80 years. The Dutch specialties are baked fresh from recipes passed down from generation to generation, migrating from the Netherlands to Vancouver and finally to Bothell. Glide along the Greenway after indulging in sweets to take in views of Mount Rainier over rolling fields.
Mired in the depths of Capitol Hill, Single Shot is in one of the most impossible spots in the city to find a parking space. Fortunately, that’s what two wheels are for. Pedal up from Lake Union on bicycle-friendly side streets to this hoppin’ nightlife spot with gourmet eats to grab a cocktail. If you’re an early riser, hit up their weekend brunch for a feast of freshly prepared organic goodness, where the sidewalk patio seating lets you embrace the sweaty biking musk without offending fellow diners.