Independence Day 2012

Where to Eat (and Drink) on the 4th

Free Starbucks, Belltown barbecue, a Bainbridge beer garden, a fireworks-adjacent patio, and more.

By Allecia Vermillion July 3, 2012

Tiny burgers: patriotic and classy. Art Restaurant photo via Facebook.

Art Restaurant
Need sustenance on your way to the Great Wheel? Starting at 11am on the 4th, the downtown restaurant will set up shop in the plaza at 99 Union Street, outside its swanky Four Seasons digs, selling mini burgers, hot dogs and drinks. The eats last until 10pm, if the weather cooperates.

The Belltown Pub
A neighborhood barbecue in Belltown: That’s a nice change of pace. The friendly bar on First Avenue is serving up brisket, cornbread, corn on the cob, potato salad and chocolate bourbon pecan pie. And, since it is Belltown after all, food is available until 1am.

Hitchcock Delicatessen and Charcuterie
The Bainbridge Island deli’s big brother restaurant is closed, but here owner Brendan McGill and his staff will be open for business and offering picnic essentials. Even better—the delicatessen is setting up a beer garden out front (with wine, too).

Little Water Cantina
The restaurant with perhaps the best Fourth of July patio in the city fires up the food and drink at 11am and continues well into the night. Chef Shannon Wilkinson takes a one-day detour from his regular menu to go Mexican-American: nachos, smoked pork ribs, wings, hamburguesas, and Sonoran (aka bacon-wrapped) hot dogs, as well as Georgetown beer, tequila flights, and buckets of Ren-yay. Seattle Country Lips will be on hand for live music, but get there early to stake out firework-viewing real estate.

Starbucks
What could be more American than free food? I guess free Starbucks. Apparently the Mermaid is giving away free tall brewed coffees on July 4 at all locations.

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