SMX Advanced 2016 Food and Drink Guide

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This year SMX Advanced will be kicking off on June 22nd at Bell Harbor International Convention Center here in my new hometown of Seattle. Not only is it exciting for me to have one of the SMX conferences right in my backyard (literally less than a mile from my home), but I know it’s going to be a great conference with awesome tips, insights and advice from some of the top experts in the industry. We even have one of our very own, Maddie Cary, talking about one of the most popular topics in PPC right now, MOBILE.

That being said, anyone who has been to one of these conferences knows that half of the fun is getting to network with like-minded professionals like you and half of the fun in that is getting to check out all the great food & drink options around the city! Last year, we put together a 2015 Food & Drink guide, but this great city has so much more to offer that we couldn’t get everything in one list! So without further ado, see some of my recommendations on where to get your Food & Drink on!

Where To Go: To Impress A Client Or Prospect Or If You’re A Foodie

If you have to talk business or just want to try some of the food around Seattle, these options work for whatever you have in mind.


This is an Ethan Stowell restaurant, who is one of the more popular chefs in Seattle, and after eating here you can definitely tell why. It’s the type of place where you order multiple small plates and share them (over a bottle of wine, maybe?) and some great conversation. Everything we ordered here was amazing but the one thing that really stood out to me was the grilled wagyu beef crusted with peppercorn, rosemary, fingerling potatoes, fried onions, red wine sauce. Don’t just take my word for it, make a reservation and check it out. Your taste buds will thank you.

Location: N 56th St & Keystone Pl N
Distance from SMX: 5 miles

Sushi Kappo Tamura

If you’re a fan of sushi, I highly recommend heading to Eastlake to try this place out. Their ingredients are all locally sourced from the Pacific Northwest and served quickly so you have a wonderfully fresh sushi experience.

Location: Eastlake Ave E & E Allison St
Distance from SMX: 3.8 miles

Dahlia Lounge

If I was going to list an Ethan Stowell Restaurant, I would have to mention something by Mr. Tommy Douglas! He has a couple different restaurants around the city, but this one is centrally located and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, they’re known for their Coconut Cream Pie.

Location: 4th Ave & Virginia St
Distance from SMX: 0.5 miles

Where To Go: If You’re A Little Extra “Tired” After SMX After Dark Last Night

I think it goes without saying, but I’m sure some of you will need a little morning pick-me-up after the SMX festivities and frankly, it wouldn’t be Seattle if I didn’t have a section dedicated to coffee.

Ghost Alley Espresso

This is right by the recently-cleaned Gum Wall on Post Alley. Ask the baristas about why the café is called “Ghost Alley Espresso”, rumor has it that this area of the market is haunted.

Location: Pike Place Market
Distance from SMX: 0.4 miles

Biscuit Bitch

Not only is the name of this place awesome, but their breakfast sandwiches are amazing and they have some really tasty Café Ladro Espresso.

Location: Stewart & 1st Ave
Distance from SMX: 0.4 miles

Monorail Espresso

Personally I haven’t been here but according to one of their Yelp reviews “I don’t know what kind of magic they’re using behind the counter, but Monorail has the best espresso I’ve ever had. “

Location: 6th Ave & Pike St
Distance from SMX: 0.7 miles

Where To Go: For Happy Hour & Munchies

Expense this one as “networking”, duh.

The Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar

I’m hesitant to put this on the list because I feel like it’s a little gem few people know about and it’s my own little secret. This restaurant is inside of Pike Place Market and at first glance, it looks like your typical seafood restaurant, but if you walk to the back “lounge” there’s a awesome little hole in the wall bar area. It’s not the fanciest, but it has a killer view of the Puget Sound, beer served in a frosty glass and super affordable happy hour prices.

Location: Pike Place Market
Distance from SMX: 0.4 miles
Happy Hours: 4pm – 9pm

Some Random Bar

Initially I went here because I was drawn by how great it’d be to check-in on Facebook at “Some Random Bar” but I’ve gone back because they have a cute little patio (patios aren’t easy to come by here in Seattle) and their food is almost as good as their drinks. I recommend trying their Crab Nachos paired with a Texas Mule.

Location: 1st Ave & Vine
Distance from SMX: 0.5 miles
Happy Hours: 4pm – 6pm

Queen Anne Beer Hall

I put this on the list as a tribute to all my fellow Pointers, because this has quickly become Point It’s go-to happy hour spot since it opened a couple months ago. If you’ve ever had the urge to drink a beer bigger than your head and eat a pretzel that’s triple the size of normal pretzels, this is the place for you.

Location: 2nd Ave W & W Thomas St
Distance from SMX: 1 mile
Happy Hours: 4pm – 6pm


This place is pretty small and intimate, but is has good sushi to munch on and is known for their craft cocktails. If you’re looking for somewhere kind of quiet to sit on a couch and chat, this is where you want to go.

Location: 15th Ave E & E Republican St
Distance from SMX: 2.6 miles
Happy Hours: 4pm – 7pm


These are just a couple of recommendations, but there really isn’t enough time in the world to cover all of my favorite spots in this city. But hey, if you’ve never been to Seattle before, a bunch of us Pointers be at SMX – so pull us aside and ask for recommendations, we just might ask to join you!

Natalie Barreda About the author

Natalie Barreda is a digital marketing veteran who focuses on driving revenue for enterprise-level clients. Thanks to her six years of agency experience, she adept at predicting and responding to critical trends in paid search. Currently a senior client manager at Point It Digital Marketing, she primarily focuses on year-round seasonality and B2C e-commerce digital advertising. Completely self-taught, Natalie considers herself a results maven. In her down time, Natalie enjoys hanging out with her aptly-named dog Xena and exploring the Seattle beer scene.

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