Food & Drink

Your Guide to Tomato Season in Seattle: Summer 2021 Edition

Burrata, Bagel Sandwiches, and More
August 17, 2021
Make the most of tomato season with the "Agnes, Agatha, Germain, and Jack" (heirloom tomatoes, bacon, arugula, and scallion cream cheese) at Rachel's Bagels & Burritos. (Rachel's Bagels & Burritos)

In the words of a viral 2019 tweet from writer Sarah Lazarus: "every day we have to wake up, confront the most upsetting shit we’ve ever seen, and then walk around obeying laws and saying 'it’s tomato season.'" That being's tomato season. Glorious, juicy red orbs are everywhere you look, and we highly recommend taking full advantage while you can during their limited run. Here, we've gathered some options worth your time, from salads and pizza to bagel sandwiches and croissants. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

Note: Due to the extreme seasonality of tomatoes, availability may vary. Call ahead to check!

Bar del Corso
Get your fill of umami with the cozy Italian eatery's fresh heirloom tomato dish, topped with roasted pepper tonnato (a creamy Italian sauce made with tuna), fried capers, and an anchovy.
Beacon Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Brimmer and Heeltap
Lounge on the charming Ballard pub's garden patio and enjoy a plate of heirloom tomatoes with summer berries, fermented chili, and oregano.
Pickup, dine-in

This Bainbridge Island pizzeria's seasonal burrata dish, featuring Farmhouse Organics cherry tomatoes complemented by house-made pesto, olive oil, and fresh basil, is late summer on a plate.
Bainbridge Island
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The Flora Bakehouse
The Beacon Hill bakery's savory croissants are made with heirloom tomato jam, pickled cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, lemon, thyme, basil, tarragon, and feta. Enjoy one with a drink while basking on the lovely rooftop patio.
Beacon Hill
Pickup, dine-in

The Harvest Vine
You'll be transported to Basque Country with Harvest Vine's heirloom tomato salad, tossed with piquillo-mint vinaigrette, oil-cured olives, and creamy caña de cabra cheese.
Madison Valley
Pickup, dine-in

How to Cook a Wolf
Ethan Stowell's popular Italian restaurant is taking advantage of tomato season with its burrata dish, comprised of blistered cherry tomatoes, panzanella, nectarine agrodolce, and fresh basil.
Madison Park, Queen Anne
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The modern Middle Eastern restaurant has been incorporating local heirloom tomatoes into several dishes, such as its shish taouk (yogurt-marinated and grilled chicken with tamarind glaze, heirloom tomato and cucumber salad, olives, tomato toum, and herbs).
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Masonry
This wood-fired pizzeria is currently serving seasonal pies topped with heirloom cherry tomatoes, as well as a peach and heirloom cherry tomato salad with burrata. 
Fremont, Queen Anne
Pickup, dine-in

Rachel's Bagels & Burritos
Food writer J. Kenji López-Alt recently raved about the current tomato bagel sandwich special at this Ballard cafe. The sandwich, dubbed "Agnes, Agatha, Germain, and Jack," features heirloom tomatoes, bacon, arugula, and scallion cream cheese, and will be on the menu through the end of tomato season.
Pickup, delivery

The Madrona restaurant is letting the flavor of seasonal heirloom tomatoes shine by adorning them simply with ricotta and basil.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

The Whale Wins
The tomato salad, made with Billy's Gardens organic tomatoes, summer cucumbers, salsa macha, peanuts, and sesame seeds, is a perennial favorite at James Beard Award-winning chef Renee Erickson's Wallingford restaurant The Whale Wins. If you'd like to DIY it at home, you can also find the recipe in her cookbook Getaway: Food and Drink to Transport You, which was released earlier this year.
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