Before the Great Fire of 1889, Seattle’s Pioneer Square was filled with brothels, saloons, and gambling houses. The following year, architect Elmer H. Fisher began rebuilding the area, establishing it as the city’s first downtown. Today, after years of neglect, the plaza has been transformed into a thriving hub for locavore cuisine and one-of-a-kind boutiques, with more openings planned through 2015.
Altstadt Bierhalle & Brathaus
Sausage—pork, veal, beef, and duck—is the main event at this cavernous German beer hall, where the wurst is accompanied by pommes frites, sauerkraut, and sweet mustard. This is the second venture from James Beard Award–nominated chef Brendan McGill, whose Bainbridge Island restaurant, Hitchcock, is widely acclaimed. Or just stop in for a drink—the 29-strong selection of mostly German beers includes the hoppy and surprisingly floral Veltins Grevensteiner and the smoky Freigeist Abraxas (209 First Ave. S.; 206-602-6442; entrées from $12).
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