Just a short ride from Seattle, Kirkland’s lakeside views, public art and tree-lined streets offer a whimsical kind of charm that sets it apart from the neighboring metropolis. Cradled on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, a foray into Kirkland’s food scene puts you in touch with award-winning tastemakers and fresh Northwest ingredients. Within reach of everything from shellfish farms to fruit orchards, the Seattle suburb is a destination in and of itself for a farm-to-table dining experience, and, as the leaves begin to change, a whole new bundle of autumn produce will find its way into Kirkland’s kitchens. In between bites, be sure to explore its many local shops, art galleries and wineries.
Savor a morning cup of locally roasted coffee while watching boats cruise across Lake Washington at the waterfront café, Carillon Kitchen (carillonkitchen.com). Perched right along the marina at Carillon Point, start your day with a healthy breakfast bowl and a rotating selection of cold-pressed juices. All ingredients come from farms and purveyors within 200 miles of Kirkland. A collection of bell towers also resides near the waterfront, and the soft chimes of the carillon bells ring hourly, providing a pleasant accompaniment to your morning meal.
Continue your farm-fresh foodie adventure at neighborhood eatery DERU Market (derumarket.com), owned by chef couple Jamie Cassidy and Jordan Cooper. Everything that meets your plate here is organic, seasonal and cooked from scratch daily. Adorned with hanging plants and sleek white walls, the buzzy restaurant is a great place if you’re looking to devour bubbling, crusted wood-fired pizza and salads piled with harvested greens.
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