while in washington...
You are lucky. You are visiting one of the great American cities. My experience is that Seattle is full of good restaurants. It's hard to have a bad meal.
It's also hard to have a great one.
I have two fond Seattle memories: The Dahlia Lounge, a restaurant that Astaire and Rogers could have danced through. Their lemon tart is easily the best dessert I've had in Seattle.
And Counter Intelligence, across from the Pike St. Market, is a wonderful place to eat breakfast. Settle in for a massive cafe au lait or latte and a roll or pastry, or have a hearty breakfast.
re: Dave Feldman
re: Sandy Paik
As Dave mentioned, Dahlia Lounge is a good choice. It
also has 2 other siblings -- Etta's Seafood, and
Others you might want to consider :
1. Flying Fish -- reserve ahead, always crowded
2. Rovers -- if you feel rich and want to blow some
money. Go for the tasting menu. Thierry Rautureau is
IMHO the best chef in Seattle.
3. Campagne -- was good when Tamara Murphy was there.
Prune ice cream w/armanac was great.
4. Virazon -- have not been there, heard good things
5. Christina's -- out in Eastsound (in or near Orcas
Island ?? )
5. Drive out to Snoqualmie, go have lunch at the
Salish Lodge. Great view . That was the waterfall in
that weird TV series Twin Peaks.
6. Wineries to visit -- Chateau St. Michelle; Hedges
Cellars; DeLille Cellars. Check to see if they are
near Seattle, and if they allow visitors.