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Where to Find Food for the Fourth of July 2022 in Seattle

Barbecue, Macarons, and More
June 28, 2022
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Dazzle your guests with Trophy Cupcakes' Fourth of July party platter, complete with cookies, macarons, cupcakes, and truffles. (Trophy Cupcakes)
Independence Day is right around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about procuring some festive food for the occasion. We've rounded up holiday-themed specials around town, from patriotic party platters at Trophy Cupcakes to pyrotechnic cocktails at The Mountaineering Club. In addition, we've listed some of our favorite places in town for mouthwatering barbecue if you're in the mood for a backyard feast (minus standing over a hot grill). For more ideas, check out our top 10 things to do for the Fourth of July, our comprehensive Fourth of July calendar, and our food and drink guide.

FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi Add to a List
Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi is a Vegas-flavored ultra fine-dining spot in Bellevue’s schmancy Lincoln Square, which just so happens to be celebrating its fourth birthday Add to a List on the Fourth of July! The deal is that, for $250, you get access to seven “culinary stations” that feature 20+ dishes and beverages as well as live chef demonstrations, drink credits for bespoke cocktails and vintage wines, a live band, and a sweeping 31st-floor view of the downtown Bellevue fireworks show. Hm, not bad. Probably the kind of thing you’d dress up for. They don’t offer hints as to what’s being served, but the name of the game at Ascend seems to be uni and foie gras and A5 wagyu, stuff like that. It’s okay; you love surprises. MEG VAN HUYGEN
Bellevue
Dine-in

Le Coin Add to a List
This upscale French neighborhood restaurant is taking a break for the summer from July 4-12, so they're going all out with a family-style feast on July 3, featuring "some Le Coin classics as well as some chef specials for the evening." Reservations for indoor dining and outdoor patio dining are available.
Fremont
Dine-in

Macrina Bakery
The bakery mainstay's summer menu features treats like mini nectarine upside-down cakes, blueberry pie, brown sugar shortbread cookies iced to resemble juicy watermelons, and strawberry vanilla bean cupcakes, plus barbecue necessities like brioche hot dog buns, burger buns, and slider buns. (Note that they'll be closed on the Fourth, so plan to place your order two days in advance and drop by before the holiday.)
Various locations
Pickup, delivery


The Mountaineering Club Add to a List
The U-District's perpetually buzzy rooftop bar invites you to "thrill your inner pyro" with their lineup of "bottled rockets" and "incandescent cocktails," Add to a List paired with gourmet takes on holiday classics like weenies and s'mores. Bonus: Their wraparound decks offer panoramic views of both lakes, Gas Works Park, and the Space Needle, so you're ideally positioned to enjoy the fireworks action. Reservations are required.
University District
Dine-in

Savor Seattle Add to a List
The Pike Place Market tour company and curated food box business has put together a "Grill and Chill" box with plenty of goods from some familiar local favorites. The package includes Tom Douglas's Rub with Love salmon rub, El Gaucho's classic seasoning, JT’s Original Louisiana Bar-B-Que Sauce, Bear's Breath Ketchup, Mustard and Co.'s Ballpark Black Pepper Mustard, and Bonnie B's Peppers Sour & Spicy Pickles.
Pike Place Market
Delivery

Secret Congee Add to a List
To celebrate the Fourth of July, this popular congee shop, which recently moved into a bigger location in Ballard, is offering a free Thai iced tea with any $25 purchase from June 28 through July 3.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Stonehouse Cafe Add to a List
This charming Rainier Beach restaurant in a former 1920s filling station is hosting a special "Stars and Stripes" edition Add to a List of its summer brunch series on July 3, complete with food and drink specials and DJ tunes. And since they're accepting walk-ins only, it's also a great option for procrastinators.
Rainier Beach
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Trophy Cupcakes
The gourmet cupcake bakery has no shortage of specials for the holiday, including various themed dozens, macarons, cakes, and a party platter of assorted treats. They've also got you covered on the party supply front with holiday-themed dessert plates, cocktail napkins, and sparklers.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Waterways Cruises Add to a List
What better way to ooh and ahh over bottle rockets and Roman candles than while cruising Lake Union and Lake Washington on a yacht? This catered cruise offers two evening cruises for the Fourth of July: one 21+, one all-ages, both with a dinner buffet and a full-service bar.
Lake Union Piers
Dine-in

BARBECUE RESTAURANTS

The Barbeque Pit Add to a List
Loyal customers at this longtime Central District favorite rave about the ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, rib tips, chicken, and brisket, as well as the warmth and friendliness of longtime owner and pitmaster Edward "Pookie" Whitfield. Back in 2011, The Stranger's Brendan Kiley wrote, "The pulled everything at the Barbeque Pit (pork, chicken, beef) is cooked soft enough for a baby, and Pookie seems to favor a patina of sweetness—an initial brown-sugar tang with a wellspring of spice that rises behind it." 
Central District
Pickup, delivery

Bitterroot BBQ Add to a List
This Ballard barbecue joint sources all of its meat from local butchers and uses locally grown applewood for smoking. Load up your tray with classic choices like pulled pork, mac and cheese, cast-iron cornbread, cheddar grits, and coleslaw, and make sure to save room for a housemade ice cream sandwich for dessert.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Emma's BBQ Add to a List  
Head to this Hillman City gem for heartily portioned barbecue, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and beef hot links. The menu also includes comforting sides, scratch-made strawberry and blackberry lemonade, and sweet potato pie.
Hillman City
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Jack's BBQ
Former Microsoft employee and barbecue nerd Jack Timmons learned the trade at the BBQ Summer Camp co-hosted by Texas A&M's Meat Sciences department and has made pilgrimages to Louie Mueller's, Snow's, Cooper's, and other legendary Texas barbecue temples. Many devotees cite Jack's as the most authentic Central Texas-style barbecue in the Seattle area.
Downtown, SoDo, South Lake Union, Algona
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Lady Jaye Add to a List  
At this West Seattle cocktail bar and smokehouse brought to you by a team who previously spent time at Radiator Whiskey and White Swan Public House, a gigantic applewood smoker (affectionately dubbed "Cletus") churns out mountains of succulent smoked meat. Indulge in slow-roasted brisket, or opt for the pork belly "porkstrami" or smoked turkey, which gets piled into hearty sandwiches. Drinks include craft cocktails, beer, wine, and hard seltzer.
West Seattle
Pickup, dine-in

Lil Red Takeout and Catering Add to a List  
This local gem earned a spot on a list of the top 20 Black-owned barbecue spots in the nation, compiled by James Beard Award-winning author and barbecue expert Adrian Miller in his book Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue(Considering that Miller sampled barbecue at over 200 restaurants across the country to research his book, this is no faint praise.) The restaurant is run by husband-and-wife team Erasto “Red” Jackson, who specializes in soul food and a style of barbecue that incorporates influences from Texas, Memphis, and Kansas City, and Lelieth Jackson, who is of Jamaican descent and the mastermind behind the restaurant's Jamaican dishes. Fans love the ribs, the mac and cheese, the jerk chicken, the brisket, the rum cake, and the banana pudding. 
Columbia City
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Wood Shop BBQ Add to a List  
Founded by a Kansan and a Texan, this Central District barbecue joint and food truck, which was once featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, offers meat by the pound (smoked with solid hickory from the Ozark Mountains and Post Oak wood from Texas), tasty sides, and an impressive whiskey selection. 
Central District
Pickup, delivery

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