Food Roll Call: 4th of July Weekend Treats

Celebrate Independence Day with a bang to your taste buds.

Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is just days away. Celebrate your country’s independence — as well as your extra day of freedom from the office — with beautiful fireworks and a tasty meal.

Some restaurants offer great Fourth of July deals, while others simply offer their regular amazing cuisine. Whatever your tastes are, we’ve put together a list of options for you to enjoy with your friends, family, or date while taking in the best food and fireworks.

Grilled Rockfish Tacos. Photo by Little Water Cantina


Little Water Cantina |  2865 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle  |  (206) 397-4940

This new kid on the block offers great food and a gorgeous view of Lake Union. Little Water Cantina’s menu features exotic pan-Mexican cuisine items made from local ingredients such as Mangalitsa Fried Carnitas Gordita, Rockfish Tacos, and Milk-Braised Turkey Leg Enchiladas. However, for those of you who are more beans and rice kind of people, vegetarian options are available, as well.

Little Water also boasts an extensive list of brews, wine and cocktails that have traveled around the world to complement your meal. For July 4, the cantina will be roasting a pig for all who come to enjoy the fireworks from their patio bar. Their 2,200-square-foot deck is first come, first serve for guests who pay a $10 cover charge at the door.

Eastlake Bar & Grill |  2947 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle  |  (206) 957-7777

This local favorite lives up to its rep. Eastlake Bar & Grill was awarded honors for  “Best Deck” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and “Best Outdoor Patio” by Seattle Weekly, which means you can’t go wrong watching the fireworks from this shoreside eatery. The reasonably priced entrees will probably draw a crowd, and the 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. happy hour will keep them in their seats. What’s better than enjoying a “Legendary Bacon Blue” and a Sam Adams while you’re watching the fireworks?

Phoenecia |  2716 Alki Ave. SW, Seattle  |  (206) 935-6550

If you’d like to gain a little more distance from the Lake Union crowd — but still want a great view and a delicious dinner —  try Phoenecia on Alki. The trendy menu offers a wide variety of items, such as Quinoa Tabbouleh, Zoe’s Pepperoni Pizza and many vegan and gluten-free options, that extend way beyond the traditional burger. The intimately vibrant bistro prides itself on its commitment to sustainability, spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound from every table and its two wine bars.

Harborside Bistro | 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham  |  (360) 392-3200

For those who would rather celebrate the holiday out of town, away from large crowds, a trip to Bellingham might be in your future. Harborside Bistro, the Hotel Bellwether’s on-location restaurant, is providing a holiday special for the Fourth of July. The special meal comes in three courses, with New York steak or salmon as the main entrée, and will be accompanied by jazz from the Spence Redmond Trio.

Festivities will culminate in the cutting of a Star-Spangled Cake, just prior to the 10:30 p.m. firework show on Bellingham Bay. Plates are $49 for adults and $30 for kids 12 and under. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling (877) 411-1200. For those who would like to make a weekend of the event, reservations for the hotel can be booked online.