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Wallingford

 

Greenlake sits at the north end of Wallingford. Gas Works Park sits at the southern end with gorgeous views of Lake Union and Downtown Seattle. It has a decent sized parking lot so it’s a good place to park your car for a bike ride on the Burke Gilman Trail. Some homes are in easy walking distance to 45th or the newly developed area on Stoneway near 34th. Most of the homes are older bungalows and this area appeals to families.

from gas works parks you have a great view of the city and lake union (a the 4th of July fireworks) and a huge grassy space a favorite for kite flying

from gas works parks you have a great view of the city and lake union (and the 4th of July fireworks) and a huge grassy space a favorite for kite flying

view of city from gas works park, girls with hula hoops

view of city from gas works park

Wallingford Farmers Market

Wednesdays, May-Sept, this one is smaller but it is midweek which comes in handy.

Wallingford Restaurants

Tilth–a Maria Hines restaurant where almost everything on the menu is marked GF. Not only is she a James Beard award winner but in 2008 the NY Times noted Tilth as one of the best new restaurants in the country.

Manolin–I hope to try this week.

Uptown Espresso— for a great cup of coffee and Home of the Velvet Foam. If you like a perfect espresso pull this is the place!

The following two places have a similar view to Gas Works Park:

Westward–is a unique place at the north end of Lake Union with an outdoor fire pit, adirondack chairs, the Little Gull Grocery, and a full service restaurant with outdoor summer seating. I recommend sitting outside at the fire pit for drinks and small plates or fresh oysters at the Little Gull counter. Much of their food is not GF but you can’t go wrong with fresh oysters. Boaters like to stop in to stock up on picnic items. It’s a fun place to watch the boating traffic and enjoy the view of the Seattle skyline.

 

the firepit and dock at westward

the firepit and dock at westward

the view from the adirondeck chairs at westward

the view from the adirondeck chairs at westward

 

easy access from the burke gilman trail to westward

easy access from the burke gilman trail to westward

Ivars Salmon House–one of the most overlooked waterfront deck dining destinations around. Ivars has been a Seattle institution since 1938, the Salmon House is fast food in the front and fine dining in the back with their deck an often sunny place to watch the boats on Lake Union. There menu is marked with gluten free items. A salad with a piece of salmon on top should be a good bet. They have a similar view to Westward but it is much easier to get a table here. We have lunch here after a bike ride on the Burke Gilman Trail.

the view from ivars salmon house on lake union, early in the day before the umbrellas are up

the view from ivars salmon house on lake union, early in the day before the umbrellas are up, you can also see downtown from the deck

 

Restaurant notation:

Seattle has a lot of “gluten free” people– so restaurants understand the diet to some degree– but to clarify your risk of possible cross contamination you should ask questions because every place seems to have their own definition. We have successfully dined at most of these places without issue, those we haven’t tried are so noted.