Must Visit Restaurants in Seattle
Café Munir: (2408 NW 80th Street)
Offering an upscale take on traditional Lebanese food coupled with a wide whisky selection, this is a wonderful option for vegetarians or anyone interested in flavorful, relatively healthy cuisine.
Of course, you need to start the meal with an order of the freshly baked pita bread paired with your favorite dip, such as cumin-dusted hummus, tahini or baba ganoush.
From there, order a number of dishes and sample the wide array of fresh, flavorful tastes. Mukhaddara, a combination of roasted poblano peppers paired with fresh mint and ground pistachio is one of the best dishes here, followed closely by the grilled cauliflower paired with tahini and caraway.
Canlis: (2576 Aurora Avenue)
If you want a true experience, be sure to book a dinner reservation at Canlis. Located in a mid-century home, this place offers a true fine dining experience complete with a luxurious atmosphere, wonderful foot and impeccable service.
Here you pay one price and select a from different options adding up to four courses.
While the menu is subject to change, be sure to begin the meal with the classic Canlis salad and black truffle pasta before ending the evening with one of their famous deserts, such as an orange souffle or pumpkin spiced churro.
Junebaby: (2122 NE 65th Street)
Seattle is not a town that you would normally associate with Southern Cuisine, but this low-key yet trendy restaurant absolutely kills it with all things related to soul food.
The cast iron cornbread and boiled peanuts are worth the visit by themselves, but there are a number of wonderful entrees available that you simply cannot get anywhere else in the city.
The smoked turkey breast is perfectly cooked and paired with squash and kale, while the oxtails and trumpet mushrooms are a hearty classic that keeps locals and visitors alike coming back for more.
Some of the best things here are the sides, so be sure to save room for some fried mushrooms paired with classic comeback sauce, or collard greens simmered with ham hocks.
Come here for brunch and indulge in a bacon and oyster eggs benedict paired with a freshly baked cinnamon roll and a classic Bloody Mary, or sample one of their excellent seafood entrees for a classy yet unpretentious dinner.
One of the best ways to do dinner here is to order two or three of the smaller dishes to share and sample.
While you can’t go wrong with anything here, the tuna tartare paired with quail egg and pickled shallots is an absolute must try, as are the roasted oysters and fennel.
Five Best Indoor Water Parks
Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark
Timber Ridge Lodge and Waterpark: (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin) An easy day’s drive from several major cities, including Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee, this place offers an indoor/outdoor waterpark spanning 50,000 square feet!
With something for every age group, smaller children will delight in the kiddie pools and mini slides, while older children will love the activity pool, complete with a basketball court and rope climb!
Of course, waterparks are defined by their slides, and this place does not disappoint! There are two main attractions here, Timber Rapids and Avalanche Falls. Timber Rapids is fast slide that lets you ride either single or double, while Avalanche Falls is one of only two slides of its kind in the entire country!
Here, you will find an exciting experience as you zip down the slide all while surrounded by flashing lights and fun, upbeat music!
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Spanning just under 175,000 square feet, you can race your friends on steep slides or even practice your surfing skills on the flowrider!
The lazy river and plentiful hot tubs allow you to take a break from the more intense activities, and children have plenty to keep them entertained with age-appropriate slides and fountains.
You can even elect to take lessons that will allow you to become a mermaid/merman for the day! There are lockers available for storing all your belongings, and plenty of places to refuel with food and drink during the day’s adventures.
Wild West Indoor Water Park
(Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin) This Wilderness Resort is the largest waterslide resort in the entire US, featuring two parks outside and three indoors, by definition, crowding here is relatively minimal even during the busiest seasons, as the waterparks are only open to resort guests.
Those who want to get their blood flowing will delight in a trip down the Black Hole, which plunges you into darkness complete with sudden drops and turns, while a group of four can take a ride together down the Fantastic Voyage, which simulates a wild plunge on a raft.
There are bumper boats available as well, along with a large hot tub for relaxing.
A swim-up bar offers a refuge for the park’s adult patrons, but what makes this place so special is the attention to detail.
Each aspect of the place is designed to spark imaginations, much like a theme park, so you can be sure that everyone in the family will have the time of their life here.
The Pump House
(Jay, Vermont) Located at the Jay Peak Resort, the Pump House offers a chance to warm up and play between taking runs down the mountain.
There are different tube slides that can be ridden alone or with a partner, all of which deposit you directly in the lazy river, which spans the entire park.
One of the biggest attractions here is La Chute, which reaches speeds of up to forty five miles per hour and sends you into a full circle! There is also a double-barreled flow rider as well as indoor and outdoor hot tubs. Looking to take a break from the water?
Grab a cocktail at the bar overlooking the entire park, or hit the arcade with the kids.