by Kate Calamusa
In my humble opinion, South Lake Union is best toured by the Seattle Streetcar. Pick up the cheery little trolley at the Westlake Avenue and Olive Way stop in Downtown Seattle and then hop on and hop off as you please. Stops of note include the Westlake Avenue North and Denny Way, which will drop you in front of Tutta Bella (see below), where you can enjoy some pizza on the deck if it’s a sunny day. Another is at the intersection of Terry Avenue North and Harrison Street. There you’ll find Ping Pong Plaza, outfitted with an outdoor bronze-and-steel Ping-Pong table for all to enjoy; plan ahead and BYOP (bring your own paddles—and balls). End your streetcar trip at Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave. N; 206-684-4075), a lovely spot to hang after your ride. It offers an expansive lakefront lawn to roam, plus a spray pad to cool off in during the summer months.
Time to cast your vote. Breakfast means making a tough choice between a stacked biscuit sammich from chef Tom Douglas’s Serious Pie and Biscuit (401 Westlake Ave. N; 206-436-0050) or the fully loaded toppings bar—stocked with fresh fruit, whipped cream, and syrups for your waffle or pancakes—at Portage Bay Cafe (391 Terry Ave. N; 206-462-6400). Whichever side loses the breakfast battle can pick between LunchBox Laboratory (1253 Thomas St.; 206-621-1090) and Blue Moon Burgers (920 Republican St.; 206-652-0400) later in the day; both eateries offer up big beefy burgers and creative toppings.
Kids can wiggle, giggle, dance, and jiggle at PlayDate SEA (1275 Mercer St.; 206-623-7529), an 8,000-square-foot indoor play space in this hood. With slides and tunnels,plus a dancing area, toddler section, laser tag, and even puppet shows, this spot is nice for parents too,with a café that offers Stumptown coffee and free Wi-Fi.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
2200 Westlake Ave., Suite 112
Specializing in authentic Naples-style pizzas, Tutta Bella immediately offers parents a helping hand by handing pizza dough to little ones to play with in addition to Wikki Stix or crayons and coloring pages.Kids will also get a kick out of their own personal-size Bambino pizza ($6), arriving crisp and lightly charred from the wood-burning oven, with melted provolone and mozzarella cheeses. Psst—with the exception of the Bellevue location, the pizzerias all boast beautiful patios for alfresco dining.
*(c)2017 by Kate Calamusa. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Seattle Family Adventures by permission of Sasquatch Books.