If you find yourself in Seattle, go to Ivar’s. Since 1938, Ivar’s fish bars have been serving seriously tasty fish and chips. Not to mention the chowder. And the clams. I may be a bit biased as I grew up eating it, but I really don’t think I’m mistaken on this. The batter is light and fluffy, and the cod tastes like it was just caught. The chowder is creamy and delicious. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
If you’re looking for something more upscale, try Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union. It sits right on the water, and you can park your car or your boat right outside the restaurant. It’s helpful to have a reservation. They grill their fish on Alder planks in an open pit, a Native American method. It’s a unique and addictive flavor.
Ivar’s Acres of Clams on the waterfront is another great choice for fine dining, and Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing is a bit more casual sit-down restaurant at the ferry terminal in Mukilteo (just south of Everett).
To be fair, I should mention that Anthony’s is one of my favorite places for breakfast in Seattle. It’s mostly because of their blueberry coffee cake, which is out of this world with the accompanying cinnamon butter. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life. They don’t serve the coffee cake after breakfast, be warned!