Tom Douglas

Chef, Restaurateur

Seattle

Tom Douglas launched his restaurant group with Dahlia Lounge in 1989 and is now known as the father of Northwestern cuisine for his 30-year focus on local, sustainable food. With a growing empire of 13 restaurants, Douglas supplies his kitchens with up to 50,000 pounds of produce from his 20-acre farm. He’s also dedicated to eliminating hunger — Douglas is on the board of Food Lifeline, an organization that provides healthy food to low-income families; he partnered with Seattle Public Schools in 2011 to design more nutritious student lunches. He’s penned four books, including 2012’s Dahlia Bakery Cookbook, and has received James Beard Awards for Best Chef: Northwest (1994), Best American Cookbook (2001) and Outstanding Restaurateur (2012).

  • On October 30, 2012
    Tom Douglas answered the question: Tom Douglas

    What are Tom Douglas’ favorite cities?

    I’m a big fan of walking cities. So my favorites are San Francisco or Vancouver, British Columbia. Milan is one of my favorite cities, and I think walking around Rome is the coolest thing ever with the historic areas and the ease of which you can get around. New York is a great walking town, and what I love about it is that is has this depth of scale because of its density. In Seattle, if you want to eat Afghan food or Syrian food, you might have two or three options. In New York, you have 10 of each, if not more. The intensity there is just something else.
     
    What I love about San Francisco — and I think it’s as good or better restaurant town than New York — is the organic nature of the service. Every restaurant has Danny Meyer-style service — informed, thoughtful, friendly. That’s just the nature of the restaurants on the West Coast compared to New York. Seattle is also a great walking town — I love this town. I now have 15 different food businesses here.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Tom Douglas answered the question: Tom Douglas

    What are Tom Douglas' favorite restaurants?

    In the little town of Fleurie in central France is a little restaurant called Le Cep, like the mushroom. Le Cep is one of my all-time favorites. If I want to get a big old over-portioned meal, I like L’Ami Louis in Paris, and there’s a hot little new restaurant that one of my waiters opened in Paris called Verjus that’s getting tons of press. It’s delicious. It’s American food in Paris, which was sorely needed. And in San Francisco, I still go to Boulevard all the time. In L.A., I go to Osteria Mozza.
  • On October 30, 2012
    Tom Douglas answered the question: Tom Douglas

    What are Tom Douglas' favorite restaurants?

    In the little town of Fleurie in central France is a little restaurant called Le Cep, like the mushroom. Le Cep is one of my all-time favorites. If I want to get a big old over-portioned meal, I like L’Ami Louis in Paris, and there’s a hot little new restaurant that one of my waiters opened in Paris called Verjus that’s getting tons of press. It’s delicious. It’s American food in Paris, which was sorely needed. And in San Francisco, I still go to Boulevard all the time. In L.A., I go to Osteria Mozza.