Serious Pie and Biscuit, located in the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood, is a multi-storied building brimming with delectable pizzas, buttery biscuits and a very serious bar. Biscuits are topped with everything from fried chicken and gravy to seasonal jams. Our bar features 22 rotating taps and 60 bottles and cans. The pizza? Deliberately browned crusts are topped with things like housemade charcuterie, foraged mushrooms and imported cheeses.
I love the South Lake Union neighborhood (located at the tip of Lake Union) in Seattle. While looking for a bite to eat, I stumbled upon Serious Pie & Biscuit. I had sampled some food at their Belltown location some years back on a food tour. Known for their amazing pizza pies, this location combines both their pizzas and breakfast. Their pizza crusts are both light textured but full of flavor and cooked in a 600 degree stone-encased apple wood burning oven. Chef Tony Catini came from the Serious Pie location in Virginia and now serves as head chef over all the locations in Seattle. Because it was early, I went for “the Zach” – a homemade buttermilk biscuit with fried chicken, a fried egg, bacon and smothered in tabasco black pepper gravy. Wow – the biscuit was fresh and delicious and the gravy was amazing. Serious Pie definitely ranks up there as one of my favorites in Seattle.
In 2003, the first ever Joe Coffee opened on this iconic corner where Waverly Place meets Gay Street. A true neighborhood spot, Joe’s customers are a great mix of artists, photographers, writers, students, and tourists.
After my food tour, I was dying for a coffee and stumbled upon Joe Coffee. Joe Coffee Company was founded in the West Village in 2003 by Jonathan Rubinstein. He was looking to make high quality coffee and combining it with a unique space for community. They are now close to twenty locations and have a wholesale program. Joe’s quality protocols require cupping (tasting) hundreds of samples of coffee per year and working with importers and exporters. Joe works directly with the local farmers and maintains a good relationship with them. This location I went to is the original location. I got a regular coffee and really enjoyed the quality of it. What a good find!
I think one of the best ways to get to know a city is to learn about the food that is distinctive to that particular city. Walking food tours have become very popular in some of the major cities because they not only give a taste of different restaurants, but they also give you a chance to walk around and see some of the sights of the city. I’ve done a couple of these food tours in Seattle and here in old town Scottsdale. You not only get to sample some great fine foods and wine, but at the same time learn about the city and its history. I highly recommend doing one of these food tours on your next visit to a major city.
Here are some pictures from some of the food tours that I did in Seattle and Scottsdale.
Seattle Food Tour
Scottsdale Food Tour
(Look closely and you’ll see me in the Scottsdale food tour video!)