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Phinney Market Pub: Eat and Play

Photo: joshua huston


Since the Phinney Market Pub & Eatery opened its doors in 2011, the charming and welcoming gastropub has become a favorite for locals and visitors alike, serving upscale American comfort food and high-quality seasonal fare. 

Caleb Papineau and his wife Jaimee (a teacher at a local elementary school) decided to open the restaurant when they realized there was nowhere in their neighborhood to take their two young daughters to eat: “We wanted a place we could feel comfortable bringing the kids. Somewhere we could keep them occupied and feed them good food. We would pay anything for that.” 

Indeed, the Phinney Market Pub boasts one of the best children’s play areas in the city, from a comprehensive kids library to a custom-built train track replica of the neighborhood. For older kids, there’s a box of brain teasers available, so they can work out their minds as they work up their appetites. 

The pub strives to use the best ingredients possible, much of it organic and sourced from local farms and vendors. The house specialty is a Skagit River Ranch burger rubbed with a special espresso blend from neighborhood North Star Roasters, then topped with poblano pepper, Swiss cheese, and chipotle aioli. The menu is rounded out by a range of gourmet salads and sandwiches, and a rotating seasonal menu featuring sustainable fish specials and vegetarian fare, including stuffed acorn squash and a killer mushroom tart. 

The Papineaus eat at the restaurant with their kids once a week, so you’ll always find their daughters’ favorites of Caesar salad and a stellar mac and cheese on offer. The kids’ menu is one of the highest quality you’ll find in town, with incredible housemade all-breast chicken strips and shoestring fries that one young patron dubbed “the best in all of Seattle.” 

Planning on taking the family to the zoo for WildLights? Cap it off with dinner at the Phinney Market Pub. Or follow a delicious weekend brunch with a trip to the recently renovated Woodland Park playground just across the street.  

5918 Phinney Ave N, Seattle 


Photos: Joshua Huston

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