For a city that is shrouded in clouds for most of the year, you would think that Seattleites would collectively groan at the first signs of fall. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. While Seattle summers are gorgeous, the fall season is when we catch our stride and revert back to what we know best; warm sweaters, hot drinks, and hearty meals.

Portage Bay Café

One of Seattle’s most popular brunch spots rings in the fall season with an annual creation that the city holds its breath for: the Great Pumpkin French Toast. Served traditionally only during the week of Halloween, Portage Bay stuffs a small sugar pumpkin with their mouth-watering French toast bread pudding. Sign me up.

Din Tai Fung

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Din Tai Fung, a Seattle institution year round, serves up piping hot soup dumplings that are sure to warm you up on a rainy day. The wait can be long; use that time to watch the dumpling masters quickly handcraft each juicy morsel through the large glass windows that surround their kitchen. Pair your dumplings with the sautéed green beans and fried rice, and you have yourself a perfect chilly weather lunch.

Ray’s Boathouse

Seattle rings in the fall season with the celebration of the yearly salmon harvest. Small communities around the Seattle area promote Salmon Festivals, locals flock to the Ballard Locks or the Issaquah Fish Hatchery to catch a glimpse of the salmon’s yearly migration back to their spawning ground. It’s a big deal, folks. It’s safe to say that you cannot celebrate fall in Seattle without dining on the freshest piece of salmon. Ray’s Boathouse is a great option. With views of Seattle’s Shilshole Bay and dishes on the menu like Grilled Wild King Salmon and House Smoked Wild Salmon, it makes it a clear choice for doing your part to celebrate our favorite food season of the year.

Bastille

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In the middle of Seattle’s hip neighborhood of Ballard lies Bastille, an intimate and slightly edgy French restaurant that is reminiscent of the Gatsby era. Duck in from the rain to their back bar — my favorite place for happy hour or drinks with friends. Try the French 75 along with the Pommes Frites before you head back out into the blustery weather.

Pie Bar

Washington State is known for many things, but especially our apples. Six out of every 10 apples eaten in the United States are from Washington, and apples are Washington’s largest agricultural product. Now do you see what I mean? Pie Bar on Capitol Hill pays homage to the state’s most famous crop in its Granny Apple Crumble. Pair your slice with one of their signature cocktails, like the Apple Pie Moonshine Mule or the Hot Schnnocolate.

Westward

There are many restaurants with amazing views of the Seattle area, but Westward took theirs and leveled it up. On the shore of Lake Union, Westward highlighted their vantage point of the Seattle skyline by adding an outdoor fire pit complete with large Adirondack chairs. Grab your friends, order a bottle of red and several rounds of their Rainier Beer Steamed Manila Clams, and you have yourself a perfect fall evening.

Chocolati

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If your stomach can handle it, get yourself to the closest Chocolati for a cup of their warm drinking chocolate. All of their cafes are warm and inviting, with small nooks to tuck into for good conversations with friends. Choose one of their many popular flavors, like cayenne spiced chocolate, salted caramel, and the Dark Vader (raspberry and dark chocolate).

Featured image: Ray’s Boathouse, Café, and Catering