I ate a sit-down meal at a restaurant for the first time since the pandemic began, and my buttery mussels came with a side of doom and gloom

One of the things I missed the most about life before the pandemic was dining out. So when Seattle allowed restaurants to reopen their dining rooms, I jumped at the chance to sit down for a nice meal prepared by somebody other than myself. I went to RockCreek Seafood & Spirits, an upscale seafood restaurant in Fremont that was one of the only restaurants to reopen days after the announcement took effect. Even with distanced tables, masked staff, and an abridged menu, my dinner out captured the same mundane joy that dining out always used to bring me.

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