There's no shortage of great food in the Rose City, but if you're heading to Seattle, you should stuff your face and quench your thirst like a local. Grab breakfast at the Five Spot, bump and grind at the Baltic Room, and don't miss the fish and chips at Spud's on Greenlake. You could sob on the sidewalk when you realize the infamous Longshoreman's Daughter in Fremont is gone—or, just stick this edition of Order Up in your pocket, use it as handy reference, and give these Seattle favorites a go.
111 NE 45th, 206-632-5125, four other locations
Texas has Whataburger, California has In-N-Out, and Seattle has Dick's. The Capitol Hill location is patronized by squads of late-night drunks and panhandling street kids. The Wallingford location, where Dick Spady and the late H. Warren Ghormley began it all in 1954, has more of a blue-collar worker vibe. Dick's is what it is: A darn good buck-and-change cheeseburger, with tasty handmade milkshakes and French fries made from actual potatoes. It's a place that inspires more local loyalty than our own Burgerville, and a road trip to the Emerald City wouldn't be the same without a pit stop here.
602 19th Ave E, 206-320-8757
Amazing fried chicken—that's all you need to know. Okay, that's not all you need to know, but it's enough. For $10.50, their crispy, juicy bird is about as good as it gets, and the buttermilk dressing on the accompanying salad ain't half bad either. The mac and cheese with onions and mushrooms is enough for two, and the Hoppin' John Griddlejack sandwich is an innovative meatless treat. One mark of a good restaurant is its ability to make you feel like you've escaped the city while also making you feel connected to it. The Kingfish does that to near perfection.
Panama Hotel and Tea House
605 1/2 S Main, 206-515-4000
Built in 1910, many of the city's first Japanese immigrants called the Panama home. Seattleite Jan Johnson renovated the hotel and designed a calming tea house to go with it. Through photo-lined walls, the space reveals the history of the International District, and the contributions Japanese made to the community. Select your tea from the row of glass jars on the counter. (The house chai is recommended.) Before you hit the road, check out the framed menko game cards, and ask about the luggage beneath the Plexiglass section of floor. And if you're too tired for the three-hour drive back to Portland, check into one of the retro hotel rooms—it's like spending the night in an East Coast three-decker in the '40s, and that's meant as a compliment.
719 E Pike, 206-323-6636
Sip raspberry lemonade, smoke on the Rosebud's back patio, and be happy for once. Or dig into their appetizer menu, which lists yummy, semi-sophisticated stuff like mussels and clams with saffron butter and sweet vermouth. The buffalo burger ($11) with Oregon blue cheese might just scream your name. For $8, the penne with coppacola and smoked Gouda deftly elevates mac and cheese, and for $12, the Orca Bay scallops with mushrooms and aged balsamic is heaven. Oh, and if you hear anyone ask why there's an old-time sled mounted on the wall, you have unwritten permission to administer a righteous bitch slap.
The Sitting Room
108 W Roy, 206-285-2830
The combo of the Sitting Room's low-lit art nouveau ambiance and a glass of Bordeaux (or the pomegranate cosmopolitan) can't be beat. If you catch the tangy, herby red wine and mushroom soup on special, go for it. One of the salads—like the smoked duck, orange, and hazelnut salad—is plenty for a light dinner. There're also several delicious panini to choose from, like the proscuitto, provolone, peppers, artichoke hearts, and basil, or the brie, grilled mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes. Clearly, this Queen Anne spot is the kind of comfy, laidback wine bar that should be easier to find in downtown Portland.