You know how I feel about saving money, but also treating yourself so that you don’t get burnt out and fall off track of your plans by binge spending, right? Well today I’m going to tell you about the biggest food splurge we’ve ever made, and I don’t regret one single thing about it except that I wish I could eat more when I’m at a buffet than anywhere else.
If you are in the general Seattle area, or plan to travel to the general Seattle area, you HAVE to take a visit to Salty’s. There are a couple locations, but I’ve only been to the one on Alki. I’m obsessed with the view, and the extra bit of time it takes to drive to West Seattle makes it feel really special.
We went to Salty’s once in 2015, thanks to a Christmas present from J’s dad. It was DELICIOUS to say the least, mind boggling at most. We had no idea that so many amazing foods could be a part of brunch! My sister went with us (her visit was a surprise birthday present from him that year – so sweet), and his dad had reserved us the corner table with the best view. WONDERFUL! We invited two other friends to join us and had so much fun exploring the options with them.
A couple weekends ago I was trying to convince J to go on a hike with me or some other equally adventurous outing that wasn’t just hanging around town or sitting in a coffee shop blogging (as much as I really do love to do that). He had homework so he wasn’t super into the idea of an all day hike. Later that day he sent me a text saying he had an idea, and would I want to go to Salty’s for brunch. Umm, is that even a real question?! Yes!
Salty’s has brunch on the weekends only. They serve regular meals much more frequently than that, and I hear they’re also incredible. But I’ve never been. If you’re really wanting to try it out, but want to save a little bit of money, go on Saturday. It’s $10 cheaper than Sunday.
We invited two friends of ours and made it what was probably our first official double date ever. It was super fun to have them there because brunch at Salty’s is a 2+ hour long affair. We were able to compare each other’s plates, talk about a lot of our life’s happenings and separate into smaller pairs throughout the buffet line. Does anyone else feel like breaking bread with people is the best way to spend time with friends? Now imagine breaking bread, while also slicing into a perfectly cooked piece of prime rib accompanied by three different types of horseradish! It’s making my mouth water just telling you about it now.
I didn’t get any photos of our actual food because I couldn’t stop myself from digging in the moment I sat down, and I definitely wasn’t going to ask J to hold off on taking a bite before I could snap a photo. That would just be mean and selfish. So I’ll have to tell you about the options instead. First, when you sit down, you’re given water and the option for coffee, soda, a list of mimosas or the Bloody Mary bar. If you choose the Bloody Mary bar, you’re brought a glass of vodka that you can take to the full on bar of all the Bloody Mary accouterments you could imagine having stuffed into your drink. Soda is included in the price of the buffet, but I don’t remember about coffee. The girls at the table got a fancy mimosa that had more than just champagne in it, and I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone. It was delicious. Our friend’s husband got the Bloody Mary and didn’t seem disappointed at all. You’re also given a plate of freshly made donuts. I don’t know what the purpose of these are considering you’re about to gorge yourself on food, but they’re so good that you don’t ask questions. Just eat them.
The food options are endless. I looooooove prime rib, so I added it to my plate every time I got up. But there are also salads and pizzas (the Caesar salad was too infiltrated with cheese for my liking. I only eat cheese if the flavor of it is drowned out by other flavors, like pizza sauce or salsa), Chinese food, your standard eggs, bacon, hash browns and sausage – just uniquely prepared and absolutely delicious, salmon, bagels, crab legs, oysters, clams, prepared-in-front-of-you crepes and waffles, a select-your-own pasta bar and probably a ton more that I am forgetting. It’s so incredible that they give you a map.
A map to find your way around brunch!
It was all incredible. I’m not a huge seafood person but even I enjoyed the salmon J put on my plate and the crab legs that were actually seasoned and not just boiled and dipped in butter like we make at home. Uh oh. Mouth watering again.
But you have to make room for dessert. You just have to. The dessert section is as big as the seafood section and there are so many little bite sized options that it’s hard to not load everything onto your plate and then run out the door so that you can eat it for days to come. I didn’t leave enough room for dessert, but J did.
I tried to eat all of the treasure on my plate, but a little bit got left behind. I assure you, however, that I did not waste one bite of that crème brûlée. Crème brûlée at a buffet?! I was in heaven for sure!
The second plate is J’s. He has a bit of a bigger stomach and sweet tooth for desserts, and the chocolate fondue fountain, obviously. But if chocolate isn’t for you, don’t worry, there was also what appeared to be either a caramel or butterscotch fountain!
Then, of course, there’s more leaning back in your chair, talking to your date, your family or your friends, and soaking in the incredible view of downtown Seattle. Alki has a ton of fun things to do like other coffee shops to visit, a beautiful sandy beach to check out and a lovely sidewalk path around the edges to give you a view of the water as you run or walk off the meal.
I’m sure the other locations are nice as well, but do they have this stunning view from every seat in the house? I have no idea. So if I had to say, I’d say to make sure you go to the one on Alki in West Seattle. Plus, there’s a lovely dock that you can stand at to appreciate the beauty of the great Pacific Northwest, and maybe sneak a kiss. I won’t tell.
If you’re looking for a new twist on date-night or a new way to celebrate a holiday or birthday, try brunch instead. Or, if like J, you lost a “Take the other person to a fancy meal wherever they want to go” bet on March Madness a year and a half ago that you still had to make good on, try Salty’s. It won’t disappoint.