Fall has arrived and with that is back-to-school, the turning of leaves, and football. We already went over where to eat around CenturyLink Field for Hawks' games, now we're going to go over where to eat around Husky Stadium.
The Dawgs have started their season under new coach Chris Petersen with wins of various levels of excitement and anxiety. As Dawgs of all ages make their way to Montlake, here is a list of area restaurants to spend a Saturday if the notion of tailgating isn't in the cards.
Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club - Located right on Boat Street next to UW Medical Center sits Agua Verde, a restaurant/paddle club/takeout window hybrid. Be prepared for a bit of a wait when the weather is nice, but be rewarded with tacos, agua fresca, and their salsa cart. If football isn't in your planning, rent a kayak from Agua Verde's Paddle Club and take in Lake Union, and maybe mix it up with the boat-gating happening off of the shores of Husky Stadium.
Burgermaster - Around the corner from U-Village, this original location of the Seattle-based chain has a killer breakfast that suits Dawgs' young and old very well. On game day (or any day really) the dining room will be wall-to-wall with Huskies from various graduating classes. The burgers are their forte (natch), but their breakfast and build your own salad bars are reliable crowd-pleasers.
Din Tai Fung - This location of the Hong Kong dumpling chain has packed 'em in since their spring opening. When Din Tai Fung's Bellevue location opened in 2010, lines often went for two-plus hours. The location in U-Village is slightly larger with a more substantial bar and waits haven't been as long. Go before kickoff and take in their dumplings and great service. They do well with large parties and with families too. Order the soup dumplings and slurp up some of the piping hot broth this beloved chain is known for.
Ivar's Salmon House - This location of the local seafood chain went through a renovation last year that opened its sightlines to better take advantage of its lakeside views. This Ivar's location has two components; the streetside window where you call out your order for fish 'n chips and chowder to take an enjoy on their waterfront patio, or go inside for a full-service Ivar's restaurant and bar. On football game days, you'll see purple and gold throughout the restaurant. If not game day, be sure to visit their bar for their happy hour.
Westward - Shortly after Westward opened last year, it quickly climbed the ranks of beloved Seattle restaurants. From its picturesque North Lake Union locale to the dining room with design flourish galore to the smart and creative food by chef Zoi Antonitsas and her team, it's easy to see why. Even Bon Appetit is smitten with Westward as the restaurant grabbed one of the magazine's slots for Best New Restaurants in America in 2014. Come game day, visit for a brunch or take to their deck with plates of oysters and the smoked manila clam dip that has become house favorites.