Doner Your Heart Out

Gyro Sandwich

Restaurant: The Berliner Doner Kebab

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: The Berliner, I’d like to welcome you to my list: “Mo’s Favorite Sandwiches Ever”. This is a huge deal, you guys. Before I met this sandwich, I only had two sandwiches on my list. Now I have three. Don’t get me wrong, there are a bunch of sandwiches that I really, really love. But to make my Favorites list, they’ve got to be out of this world. The kind of sandwich where I say, “Oh My God” after every single bite. The kind of sandwich that I tell all of my friends to go immediately try…Hell, I’ll even tell the strangers I walk past on my route back to head straight to the Berliner. My picture doesn’t do it justice, but, it’s huge. Enjoy this delicacy for lunch AND for dinner! I ordered The Berliner with lamb and beef on flatbread. It comes decorated with garlic yogurt sauce, cucumber, tomato, onion, pickled red cabbage, and cilantro. Oh man, the sauce is to die for. And the bread is so fresh and soft. And knowing that you’re only paying a little over $7 for this baby? Happiness to my taste-buds and my wallet! It’s great because you can choose so many different options – meats, breads, sauces, and veggies. The Berliner is a very small place and super popular (rightfully so), so I’d recommend getting a Doner and then post up in Denny Park to enjoy the scenery. I can’t wait to eat this heavenly sandwich again.

Mo’s Favorite Sandwiches:
1. Rajun Cajun – Other Coast Cafe
2. Caribbean Roast – Paseo
3. The Berliner – The Berliner Doner Kebab

Homegrown Your Heart Out

Homegrown

Restaurant: Homegrown

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: I love going down to South Lake Union for lunch. It’s always bustling and there are SO many restaurants to choose from. My friend Jen suggested Homegrown for today’s lunch – I checked out the menu, saw “Beecher’s Cheese Sandwich” and was immediately sold. There aren’t many tables in the restaurant, so if you show up after noon, expect to get your food to go. This eatery prides themselves on it being sustainable, organic, and all-natural. So I felt really good about stuffing my face with a ton of cheese – IT’S HEALTHY! That’s what I kept telling myself at least… The food being so fresh and homemade, it made the price a little more on the spendy side. But it was worth every dollar, I’d say. I ordered the Ham + Beecher’s Cheese Sandwich…not only was there ham and cheese, there was also carmelized onions, greens, and a sage aioli sauce. Ummmm, can you say, “YUM”?? It was perfectly toasted and super filling (I got a small sandwich and I was perfectly satisfied). Sandwiches are 10 times better when the bread is freshly made in-house. This bread was fantastic! Homegrown was also great because as you’re waiting for your food, someone is going around with samples of other creations. Yogurt, granola, and cranberries for an app? Heck yes! Can’t wait to come back here for lunch!

Link: Homegrown

Filet Your Heart Out

Purple Cafe

Restaurant: Purple Cafe

Location: Seattle (multiple locations)

After-Taste: Dad is in town, which means STEAK FOR LUNCH!!! I’ve always loved Purple Cafe because of the ambiance, the food, and the giant wine stairway in the middle of the restaurant. It’s absolutely beautiful inside, and the steak is just as beautiful. My Dad and I have always loved steak (medium-rare, of course) and we can surprisingly eat the same amount. So basically, I don’t really know why I’m not obese. My Dad and I had the same lunch – steak and french-pressed coffee. Happiness. The steak was perfectly cooked – tender, juicy, and exploded with flavor. The kale salad and potatoes served with it were equally delicious. So go ahead, order steak for lunch! Your taste buds will love you for the rest of the day.

Link: Purple Cafe

Devour Your Heart Out

Portage Bay

Restaurant: Portage Bay Cafe

Location: South Lake Union (they have multiple locations)

After-Taste: Happy Election Day!! I nominate YOU to head to Portage Bay for your next lunch! I’ve worked with Portage Bay catering many times for various events and they are top-notch. Everything they serve is fresh, local, and seasonal. I love me a Big Mac, but if you want food that tastes good and is good for you, Portage Bay masters this. C’mon, their slogan is, “Eat Like You Give a Damn!” They have a great location in South Lake Union that is open and spacious, always has a table, and is buzzing with Amazon employees. I usually get the Reuben because you can’t ever go wrong with a Reuben sandwich. Today, I switched it up and tried this masterpiece of a sandwich. The Pork Sandwich. Does anything else really need to be said? Just look at that picture for about 10 seconds. Drooling yet? Be prepared to use your napkin, and if you finish the whole thing, I applaud you. Portage Bay is known for their breakfast/brunch, however. Please put a visit on your calendar! What’s so popular about the breakfast is the “Toppings Bar.” It’s a table FULL of fresh, seasonal fruit and various toppings for your waffles, pancakes, etc. I always admire the giant bowl of hand-whipped cream when I walk in. Best part is breakfast is served all day – so want some pancakes at 2 pm? This is your go-to spot! Enjoy! And since it’s election day, I feel I must say, “I’m Mo, and I approve this message.”

Link: Portage Bay Cafe

Munch Your Heart Out

Cactus

Restaurant: Cactus

Location: South Lake Union

After-Taste: When I was a kid, I used to be so obsessed with salads that my family called me the “Salad Queen.” That obsession hasn’t really gone away. Salads sometime get a bad rap because they’re seen as “girly” or “healthy” – but if you find the right salad, even the manliest of men can enjoy it. Well, my friends (including you manly ones), I have found one of those salads. It’s at the hip and trendy bar called Cactus. This is definitely a great place to go for business lunches, or even a night on the town (drinks are strong…). I’ve ordered many dishes at Cactus – their guac is to die for and their mimosas are killer. But the salad has been one of my favorite dishes I’ve eaten. Here’s the lowdown: Romaine lettuce, BACON, red pepper, radish, jicama, olives, pico de gallo, pepitas, cotija cheese, chipotle balsamic vinaigrette, and smoked chicken. Yeah, this salad doesn’t seem so prissy, huh? I mean, look at it! Every bite was scrumptious. Even though it looks possibly overloaded – I was excited with every bite. Each bite had different flavor combos or different textures. Ahhhh, so so good! So when you go to Cactus, order the Smoked Chicken Chop Chop Salad. You can thank me later.

Link: Cactus 

Roll Your Heart Out

Sushi

Restaurant: Sushi Bella

Location: Belltown

After-Taste: What a delightful surprise! Didn’t expect anything from this hole-in-the-wall “sushi cafe”, but I was very impressed. I mean, look at it, they made the Dragon Roll into a DRAGON. This cafe has all the mochi, seaweed, saki, etc. you could ever need. The sushi rolls were fresh and delicious. And there was A LOT of food….all for a great price! (Plus, free unlimited green tea) Can’t wait to go back to this hidden gem!

Link: Sushi Bella