Dec 102014

Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

My nerves had been on edge all week prior to this trip, causing me to have a minimal appetite. Ok, I had been uneasy with trepidation for the past month, the thought of Getting On An Airplane For The First Time In 20 Years was intense. Yet, after 5 minutes in the air out of Reno all of that anxiety and worry about actually flying vanished. At that point I was on a plane completely relaxed and as excited as a little boy. I was also now starving out of my skull and I looked at the meek Oompa Loompa sized bag of peanuts in my hand with the thought that a restaurant with real food was still over two hours away.

My aunt and I landed at the SeaTac Airport in Seattle, gathered our carry-on bags and a meal was high on the priority list before even thinking of heading into the city. It felt great to be here, back in this beautiful green Utopia that carries a positive, energetic vibration unlike anywhere else for me. The runaway destination I had been in love with for some 30 years when I first passed through. The airport also became immediately familiar again despite my 20 year absence.

Anthony’s Restaurant at the SeaTac Airport in Seattle is located in the Central Terminal between B and C gates. This was just the place to alleviate our gnawing hunger pangs screaming from the depths of our stomachs. It offers great panoramic views of the tarmac and runways all while being served delicious, high quality food from a professional, attentive staff.

There was no doubt while I was here in this moment, sans dinner later that night, as to what would be the highlighted protein of my meals over these two days. While in Seattle you should never deny yourself some of the highest quality, premium seafood in the world and neither would I.

I chose the Seafood Macaroni and Cheese that was a perfect welcoming meal to begin the weekend. The tender pasta was married in a rich, creamy Cheddar Cheese sauce that had my taste buds exploding, eyes rolling into the back of my head as I gave subtle moans of cuisine pleasure. Finally some sustenance in my cavernous empty belly. The dish was elevated to unbelievable heights with the addition of fresh Dungeness crab and bay shrimp and a panko bread crumb topping. It was an offering from the food gods as a starter of what was still to come in Seattle. Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

My aunt has a very refined, healthy diet and she needs to have small, frequent meals. For those who have inquired about pictures of her the one below is as close as you will ever get at her request. She does not wish to be photographed as is the same with several of my friends. You’ll have to trust me when I say that she is a stunningly beautiful, petite lady!

She chose the Mahi Mahi Tacos of which she absolutely let me enjoy with her. The chargrilled, tender Mahi Mahi literally melted in my mouth while it was accompanied by crisp cabbage, firm diced tomatoes, cilantro and wrapped in pillow-soft tortilla and a creamy light mayo sauce. For those of you that have followed this blog know that I will avoid eating cilantro at all costs as I do not like it. So, there was a lot of picking away with the fork before I dove in. The side of rice was hot and soft with a light lemony, buttery overtone.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

If you want a relaxing meal either arriving at or departing from the SeaTac Airport in Seattle; Anthony’s should be your go to dining spot.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

All of the tables and booths offer every diner a view of the planes.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

If there is one thing I love to do is watch airplanes. That is the plane we were just on that was being serviced for a turnaround flight.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

Anthony’s Restaurant at the SeaTac Airport in Seattle Washington offers this cathedral of a dining area with breathtakingly beautiful floor to ceiling windows.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

I’m not trying to play a trick on your eyes with the sunlight in this photo. It was taken on the following day, Sunday, as we also ate at Anthony’s before returning to Reno. Hey, this kid can put down the food so I wasn’t passing up another opportunity to grab a meal.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

The Clam Chowder was seasoned perfectly with some notes of pepper and thyme to enhance the incredibly tender clams and expertly cooked potatoes with that milk and heavy cream and topped with parsley. In hindsight I wish I had ordered some of Anthony’s warm sourdough bread for dunking.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

My aunt had the same Mahi Mahi tacos as the previous day. The Wild Alaska King Salmon that I ordered at Anthony’s at the SeaTac Airport in Seattle was incredibly delicious. It was chargrilled with sundried tomatoes and drizzled with a fresh basil butter sauce over the top.  Fluffy white rice with seasonings and tender, fresh off the farm green beans. Also the perfect last meal for our trip.Anthony's Restaurant SeaTac Airport Seattle

Now, hang on before you say, “That’s it for his trip?!” No, I just decided to put both of these food visits together into one post since they were at the same restaurant. Next post, I’ll take you on my journey into the Emerald City! (I know, I know…the audience roars in unison with, “Finally!”)

By the way…remember how talkative my aunt was in Reno and at the beginning of the flight? The shoes had swapped feet and now it was I that was the chatterbox. If a guy could be giddy with excitement at that moment then I would happily wear a pin that denoted just that.

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  56 Responses to “Anthony’s Restaurant At SeaTac Airport In Seattle Washington”

  1. Hi Mike,

    Wonderful! I am glad you enjoyed both these meals so much and thanks for sharing these pictures though I was hoping to see your gorgeous aunt!

    I love the way you go into the details of the meal, I think this can be called your speciality! Besides savoring great food, you describe it so well! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more aspects of your trip.

    • I don’t know if food descriptions would be my specialty but what an awesome compliment and thank you so much, Balroop! 🙂

  2. OK. I’ll admit that when I saw you ate at the airport, this incredulous thought entered my mind: “WTH? Dude, you went to Seattle and ate—-at the airport—-two times!?!” However, I reminded myself that this trip was more about conquering demons than cuisine. Then I read your accounts of your meals—and your aunt’s meal, and now I’m starving. I. Want. Some. Of.That Seafood. Mac. And.Cheese. —now—- for breakfast. You haven’t lost your touch for evocative “you are there” meal reviews. I could even picture you picking the cilantro out of the fish tacos. 😉 (You obviously feel about cilantro, the way I feel about bananas.)

    • You were very “in tune” about the overall goal of the weekend, Suzanne. I soooo appreciate the compliment about my enticing the reader through words! Oh, that’s right, I forgot about you and bananas. I remember that from a post I put up when Phoenix stole one if I remember right lol. I would take some of that Seafood Mac n Cheese this morning myself! 🙂

  3. Glad to hear you enjoyed all the food! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten at an airport restaurant. I always assumed the quality of the food would be just so so and that the prices would be crazy.

    • You echo what so many travelers that I have read and talked to – don’t bother with airport food. This place is a true gem but I will also add that the meals weren’t inexpensive, Melissa 🙂

  4. SeaTac is one of my favorite airports – it is so easy to get to, to navigate, and the amenities are terrific. Sometimes they have live piano in that cathedral space and the acoustics are wonderful! I am so glad you had two delicious meals there and can’t wait to hear about the rest of your Seattle visit!

    • You are so right on how easy Sea Tac is to get to and through, Elizabeth. Of course the only thing that was different for me was the TSA. I will probably share that part of the story in the latter end of the series of this story 🙂

  5. Yum yum! He food looks delicious, and you describe it so well, l feel like l am chomping down on those tacos!!! 10 years in Boston made me a clam chowder lover 🙂 . Thanks for writing this..YUM!

    • Thank you, Kemkem, and oh my gosh I bet you were spoiled with incredible seafood living in Boston! I’ve been watching Top Chef Boston and have been drooling over all of the fresh product that is available to the chefs! 🙂

  6. Congratulations on your first flight in 20 years! I’m glad it went smoothly. I’m jealous of that mac and cheese, too! It looks great.

  7. Yum – I’ll have to keep Anthony’s in mind the next time I pass through SEA. I’m a sucker for a good bowl of clam chowder too! 🙂

  8. You always take such great food photos! I had actually thought about trying Anthony’s last summer when I was stuck at the Marriott by SeaTac and not sure where to go for dinner the first night before the PNWA writing conference. Ended up eating at the hotel. Not a wise choice 😉

    • What a great compliment coming from a photographer yourself, Jeri! Sorry your hotel food experience didn’t work out so well. I’m big on word of mouth recommendations yet Anthony’s was a total spontaneous choice without the former versus some of the fast food places that were also there 🙂

  9. Yes, you have totally convinced me that Seattle is my next vacation destination. We always like to be around water and various seafood type meals (since they are pretty hard to come by in the middle of Arkansas (smile). It has been on my mind to go there for years. You had me at ” While in Seattle… the highest quality, premium seafood in the world”.

    I’m telling you, your words are magically delicious and descriptive! Plus my heart is so happy you conquered your initial dread and fell right back into that strongly developed love of flying!

    • Oh good that you are inspired to travel to The Emerald City, Nan! Oh my gosh it’s so beautiful up there and it’s an amazingly wonderful vibration. Thank you for your awesome compliments, my friend 🙂

  10. I am always very quiet when anxiety and VERY chatty after. It’s fun!
    Clam chowder is one of my top favorite foods. That rice looks amazing. The seafood mac and cheese just might be nirvana.

    • Nirvana! Perfect word and I may borrow that in the future, Tamara! I’m glad you can understand the quietness when anxious 🙂

  11. Always on the lookout for a great clam chowder! Washington is one of only five states we have yet to visit, so it’s already on The List!

  12. Okay, I’m starving. How is that possible after just finishing a late lunch? Well, it’s possible when I visit Past My Curfew and you write about YUMMY food! That looks so good. Your aunt sounds so very cute. My Beau will not let me put any pics of him on my site…I snuck one in and that’s it. I’m glad you were the talkative one as that is part of the healing process IMHO. Looking forward to your next post, Mike!

    • Good point on the healing and so many of the people I go to lunch with are either very open or not to having their picture taken. One close buddy is very phobic about having his picture taken period. Then another is on line with, “Heck ya, take my photo!” LOL Thank you for your incredibly kind words and now I’m hungry reading folks comments here, Lisa! 🙂

  13. Good for you for finding a delicious meal at an airport. I didn’t think they existed! I cannot remember the last time we actually sat down and ordered a meal served to us – at an airport. We’re usually just on the run. I’m allergic to shellfish, but put a bowl of properly prepared mac and cheese in front of me and I’m good to go! 🙂

    • I actually had absolutely no plans to eat at the airport when we arrived but it sure did work out nicely, Patti! I’m with you on Mac n Cheese any day of the week! 🙂

  14. Mike, I fly through SeaTac at least once a year, and I’ve never eaten at Anthony’s. It does look really good. I will definitely try it next time and let you know what I think.

  15. Mike I have put everything you can possibly imagine in mac and cheese but never ever seafood. I love the idea and then some.

  16. Seriously I am salivating at the thought.

  17. AMAZING! On so many levels. It’s great you sat and savored the scenery of the AIRPORT after so much nervousness. That’s amazing and a total WIN in Life.
    That fish looks delicious! Seattle is on our travel list and especially Pike’s Peak. I LOVE fresh seafood and being in the Heartland of the Midwest, we have to find a good place that FLIES in the fish, so even the fresh fish gets on a plane 🙂 hahahahaha (and costs a ton of money!)

    • That would be a bugger with getting fresh fish for the landlocked states, Joy. That’s what elevates places like Boston, S.F. and Seattle…it was often caught THAT day! I hope you guys make it to Seattle – I’m sure you would fall in love. Just try to avoid the rainy season 🙂

  18. YUM! That Alaskan King Salmon dish looks awesome! I think I could thoroughly enjoy that!
    I also love the design of that place! I could spend a long time looking out those windows, watching for flying giraffes! And you cant go wrong with the name, ;0)

    • LOL…flying giraffes…and AWESOMELY funny inside joke with one of my closest ever buddies! That made me burst out laughing and thank you, Tony 🙂 Yes, the salmon was absolutely out of site buddy… 🙂

  19. I’d never thought of visiting an airport restaurant after the flight, but with such food – and after your challenges – I see the point.

    • I’m glad you “got” the whole big picture, Mette 🙂 In all of the travelers friends I now have (yourself included) I have not heard great reports of good airport food. I will definitely vouch for Anthony’s on two times I ate there! 🙂

  20. I always stop by airport restaurants and coffee shops, and this one looks better than most I have seen! I love the idea of seafood mac n’ cheese, and your Aunt’s choice of food was just what I would have ordered 🙂

    • She’s a very particular eater and she said they were great! I tasted them and agreed. But, oh my, that mac n cheese, Tarana! 🙂

  21. O’My,
    that mac and cheese looks FABULOUS.
    How are you, sweetheart? xx

    • Hmmm…how am I requires a long answer my dear Kim. The mac n cheese was fantastic and of course the view and excitement enhanced probably even my taste buds! 🙂

  22. oh you now have made me very hungry!!! Love Salmon, actually just love food.
    Mind you we have gone grain and sugar free at the moment so we are having to be very creative with our food choices/menus.
    I love to see how much you are enjoying your time away, and eating good food at the Airport Restaurant, what a great view from their dining windows!

    • I can eat salmon all the time but it’s expensive. Still that is no excuse because then I buy prepackaged items at the store and end up spending more! With your big gang of boys that has got to be tricky with the new dietary change, Lisa. Sending you good thoughts that it works out well 🙂

  23. Mmm, great choice with the macncheese!!! I can imagine how starving you must have been after not eating at all in the days beforehand…! Haha, totally makes sense that you had to eat before even leaving the airport, and Anthony’s seems like a great place to nosh–especially love the view!

    • I love “real” Mac n Cheese, Jessica, but I’m not above having it out of the box if I have to in a quick pinch. Though, it’s been quite awhile on the latter. The view definitely added to the whole experience each day! 🙂

  24. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten at an airport restaurant other than the food court choices and fast food options. You make Anthony’s look so inviting. Your meals look delicious, Mike! We have an Anthony’s seafood chain here in San Diego and the logo looks similar so I’m wondering if they’re the same company. Great views too! I’m hoping to go to Sea Tac next year and hopefully eat here.

    • I believe I ate your Anthony’s many years ago actually, Mary! To my knowledge they are not the same. I was so jazzed that the food was so good and they sure have found a gem there because the place was packed both times! 🙂

  25. I have just finished eating breakfast as I read this. Just as well because all these photos of seafood (my favourite) are delicious. I was uber impressed with the setting of the restaurant. That is the most beautiful airport restaurant I have ever seen. I did wonder what happened to the “Emerald City” so you guessed right. There will be no stopping you now that you are back in the plane’s saddle so to speak. Congratulations.

    • Oh Jan you are a lady after my seafood heart as I love it too!! Isn’t that an amazing view they have with those windows looking out at the runways and airplanes? Thank you for your encouragement and fingers crossed for more adventures! 🙂

  26. Seafood is one of my favorite things and I am hungry now. Reading this post isn’t a good idea…well, for my husband. Now he’s going to have to buy me some! Anthony’s Restaurant sounds SO good!!

    • I just looked at it again for the first time in a long and got hungry too, Krystle! LOL 🙂

  27. That top photo is making my mouth water! 🙂

    • It makes my mouth water too, Becky! You can’t get any more fresh salmon that right out of the Puget Sound! 🙂

  28. Your aunt is like my hubby re no photos on the blog policy!
    Yum! I just want this salmon!

    • I don’t know your husband’s reasons but yes my aunt absolutely does not want her picture taken for some specific reasons, Rita 🙂 I could eat salmon 3 time a day…I love it! 🙂

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