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Park in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Washington Park Arboretum

This wild and lovely park stretching from Madison Valley up to Union Bay offers a wide variety of gardens, a wetlands nature trail and 200 acres of mature forest threaded by paths. More than 5500 plant species grow …
Italian in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Vendemmia

Sometimes it feels as if Seattle has got as many upscale Italian restaurants as Turin, all of them peddling the same modern Italian American staples: handmade pasta, one-page menus and heavily plugged local greens t…
Museum in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Northwest African American Museum

Small, concise and culturally valuable, NAAM opened in 2008 after more than 30 years of planning. It occupies the space of an old school, which, until the 1980s, educated a large number of African American children …
French in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Red Cow

Welcome to a new endeavor from lauded Seattle chef Ethan Stowell who normally specializes in Italian fare, but for this venture has crossed the Alps into France. The decor is typical Stowell – open kitchen, intimate…
Southern US in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Simply Soulful

This new-ish, African American–owned, soul-food restaurant in Madison Valley is close enough to the CD to counter some of the gentrification fears. Welcome back to good old-fashioned throw-your-diet-out-the-window g…
Pot Shop in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Uncle Ike's Pot Shop

On a corner where you used to be able to score marijuana illegally, you can now buy it legally. With a big sign and a highly visible location, Ike’s is possibly Seattle’s busiest and best-stocked pot shop.
Southern US in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Fat's Chicken & Waffles

Occupying the intersection once inhabited by old-school CD institution Catfish Corner, Fat’s is considered by most to be a credible replacement. Wisely, it’s chosen to continue the long-standing CD tradition for Sou…
American in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Cafe Soleil

Surprise! It looks like an American diner and serves a hearty American brunch (and is less crowded than Hi Spot Café around the corner), but Cafe Soleil's real specialty is Ethiopian food – it's like a becalmed offs…
Pub in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Attic Alehouse & Eatery

Decades ago, according to legend, the Attic was a shooting-gallery/bowling-alley combo. It first became a restaurant in the mid-'30s, then a tavern in the 1950s. The current 1960s-vintage building has morphed into a…
French in The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

Voila!

A cozy Gallic bistro with an old French flag in the window that looks like it got left behind by some romantic revolutionaries. Half the deal here is in creating an exotic Euro-flavored atmosphere that is as fine ho…