Photo by Seattle.net
My husband and I recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with our first ever trip to Seattle. Until then, we had been living in eastern Washington for seven years and had yet to make a trip over. We justified our eastern Washington seclusion by saying the four hour drive would be too long for the kids. No excuses however justified keeping ourselves from the wonderful sites and tastes we experienced while we were there.
Our very first evening in Seattle, we dined at Tom Douglas' restaurant Lola. Tom Douglas is one of Seattle's celebrity chefs who won the 1994 James Beard award for best Northwest chef, and he is well deserving of the honor. Tom Douglas has four restaurants located near 4th Avenue and Virginia in Seattle on what my husband and I termed "Tom Douglas Block," which was within walking distance of our hotel and other attractions like Pike Street Market. First of all, all of Tom Douglas' restaurants had phenomenal websites. I was able to check out the menu, look at photos of dishes, and see photos of the interiors of his restaurants in order to choose the perfect restaurant for our needs and wants. I was also able to make reservations the evening prior to our visit on a website called Opentable.com which had a link on the Lola restaurant webpage.
Since we knew we would be a little tuckered out from our long drive, we opted for an early 5:30 p.m. reservation and were treated to an empty, quiet restaurant with an extremely attentive, very professional, and well trained waitstaff. By the time we left around 8:00 p.m, the place was bustling and energetic, but for a good hour, we had the lovely restaurant to ourselves which was such a nice treat.
The menu was diverse and creative. Since it was conveniently separated into different categories, my husband and I decided to share everything so that we could try one thing from each category.
To begin with, we tried the Skordalia which is a garlic spread served with Lola's freshly made pita.
Although our kids probably wouldn't yet appreciate the menu at Lola, with seven restaurants in Seattle (including one dedicated to pizza), I know our next trip to Seattle will include a stop at a Tom Douglas restaurant.
2000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121