While Seattle clearly has it better than a lot of cities this winter (I’m looking at you with sympathy, Boston and NYC), when it comes down to it, we are still gonna have to deal with a depressing amount of chilly, damp, gray ickiness until Seattle’s (un)official summer kick off date of July 4. That’s a solid four months of gross! When you need a break but can’t afford a Caribbean cruise, check out these more accessible escapes.
On days when the sun is a deadbeat no-show and your pants never quite dry out after your waterlogged trek to work, a fruity rum drink adorned with a little paper umbrella can be transformative. Grab a seat at Rumba and sip a classic daiquiri or boozy rum punch, concocted with one of the bar’s 400+ rum varieties. Soak up the booze with island inspired snacks including empanadas and chicken wings.
For a slightly kitschier, more raucous vibe, Hula Hula in Lower Queen Anne is your spot. Share their Volcano or Zombie Bowl, then hit the stage for karaoke, offered seven nights a week. Some Beach Boys, Bob Marley or Sublime perhaps?
By March I feel like about 40% of me is pho. For a delicious alternative equally effective at combating rainy weather blues, hit up one of these joints for a meal:
Island Soul Dig into fried plantains, jerk chicken, habanero wings and more at this Caribbean-Southern spot. Island Soul offers brunch and happy hour, too.
Pam’s Kitchen Stop in for lunch and let Pam’s delectable Trinidadian fare transport you far from Seattle’s gloomy skies. Regulars rave about the roti and Jerk Chicken Sandwich.
Northshore Hawaiian BBQ North Shore serves up heaping portions of Hawaiian goodness like loco moco, saimin, chicken katsu and grilled mahi mahi in a comfy, tropical environment. Do like the Hawaiians do and order the Spam musubi to accompany your meal. If it’s one of *those* nights and you just need to eat on your couch in sweatpants while staring at a screen, they do takeout and delivery.
La Isla Seattle loves La Isla for delicious, authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. Wash down brunch, lunch or dinner with a mojito or pina colada. If you close your eyes, you might be able to feel a warm, tropical breeze...
When even fruity rum drinks and spicy island dishes can’t warm you up, hit a local dance floor for some salsa to bust through the late winter gloom. Salsa Tropical, Salsa N Seattle and Century Ballroom all offer lessons if you are a newbie or just need some brushing up.
-Leah Wyatt, TWIF Blogger and Social Media Coordinator