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4 hour layover

We're traveling to Alaska in late August and have almost 4 hours at SeaTac. I have been advised that we don't have enough time to try Seattle :( and am looking for somewhere feasible to eat lunch. I'm not adverse to eating at the airport, it's just that our day of flying will be 12 hours all total, so the thought of getting out of the airport is very appealing. Don't mind a short walk - might be just what the doctor ordered - or a taxi ride would be OK, too.
OF course, if our flight is delayed - we'll eat at SeaTac.

Not big on sushi, but everything else would be great. Anthony's DesMoines has been recommended and the thought of a waterfront lunch seems a possible.

Would love to hear any thoughts on Anthony's DesMoines as well as other recommendations. THanks.

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  1. They have a nice waterfront location and you can trust the food will be good. If you use a taxi you should have time to go to Anthony's. Make sure you tell them Des Moines because there are some other locations farther away. They also have a small location in the airport but I can understand your wanting to get out of there. If you want to walk try 13 Coins Restaurant just across the street from the airport. It will take you back in time to wood panel walls and Dean Martin but the food will be good.

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    1. re: Mark Nobe

      Thanks - I get the impression that Anthony's is a Seattle "institution"??

    2. Suzy, Anthony's serves above average seafood. I wouldn't call it a Seattle "institution" but they are well received locally. (There are much better places, but people do like the overall experience.) 13 Coins, previously mentioned, is a kitch place the defies catagorization. It truely is as if you were in a Dean Martin movie. Even if you never drink Martini's, you'll strangely find yourself ordering one along with a string of dishes you never thought you wanted. Also nearby is Ban Thai. It has a humble, converted drive-in exterior but serves outstanding Thai food. Do not, under any circumstances, order more than two stars. Enjoy your brief Seattle visit!

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      1. re: Leper

        Thanks - Ban Thai sounds interesting. Is that walkable?

      2. The actual name of the restaurant is Bai Tong, and it's very walkable just north of the airport at 15859 International Blvd. VERY good Thai food (I think better than any restaurant in Seattle) and if you like spicy food, go as many stars as you like - but note that they will serve it spicy, unlike other Thai places that are too mild for my taste.

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        1. re: dimsumfan

          no wonder i was having trouble finding info about it - thanks. I think I have 3 good options! 13 coins, Bai Tong & Anthony's. Now I'll just have to hope for smooth flying!

        2. Don't bother leaving the airport to eat at Anthony's. There's an Anthony's *in* the center of the main terminal (in the "Pacific Marketplace" area with the huge glass wall). It's actually quite good - easily the best food I've ever had in an airport.

          4 hours may be just enough time to get out of the airport, but I wouldn't call the area pedestrian-friendly. Be sure you know *exactly* where you're going if you leave for Bai Tong or 13 coins, or you could end up walking a long way for no food.

          1. May have to try 13 coins - in talking to my Dad (who has been to Seattle once 10 years ago) he recommended "this restaurant that's something Coins". Told a funny story about hailing a taxi to take him - didn't understand how close to SeaTac the restaurant is. Anyway - thanks again

            1. Anthony's in the airport is very good--and it's a real restaurant, which is pretty awesome (and low-stress). Another airport option is Dish D'Lish, which is by celeb chef Kathy Casey and has very tasty grilled sandwiches and salads, along with other treats. But there's a whole food court there now, plus a Barnes and Noble AND two pubs with decent pub food. Four hours doesn't seem long enough to leave the airport to me.

              1. thanks - I was beginning to reach the same conclusion.

                1. I would strongly second 13 Coins. The place has a strange timeless vibe, but the food and service are always terrific. One of my favorite Seattle restaurants.

                  1. 4 hours isn't a lot of time with flight delays these days, but IF your flight arrives on time, and IF you can be finished with lunch at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours before your next flight departs, you could take a cab to West Seattle -- which is about 20-30 minutes from the airport (depending on traffic; don't dare attempt this at rush hour). For a waterfront dining experience and a view of the downtown Seattle skyline, you could have a really good meal at Salty's on Alki. http://www.saltys.com/seattle/ And if there is any time left, you could stroll along the beach promenade. If you're going to eat at Anthony's, you might as well stay at the airport.

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                    1. re: MsFishpaw

                      Thanks for a great suggestion - guess it's up to the schedule gods.

                    2. Second that emotion for Anthony's in the airport. If you don't arrive on time you can enjoy a leisurely meal with good food and service without leaving the environs.

                      If you do arrive on time, I'd recommend 13 Coins. A setting unlike anyplace else you've ever been. Very broad menu, generous portions. Sit at the counter and watch the chefs ply their trade. Great place.

                      1. Was just doing a random search for Anthony's and this came up. Thought I'd post my views. I'm actually a cook at the Anthony's at Sea-Tac and I highly recommend eating there during the layover.

                        A few menu items to think about. The Wild King Salmon cooked on an Aldar plank is easily the best salmon I've ever had, if you do decide to eat there, I suggest you try it. The dill halibut is also amazing.

                        If you wanted a full meal, the artichoke and crab dip or calamari are both great. Dessert.. Hmm.. I've found that the Creme Brulee that we serve is actually a little heavy on the sugar coating, but overall is pretty good. A newer addition to the menu, Fresh Northwest Berry Shortcake.. It's pretty damn good, gave it a try recently. Only complaint is that the shortcake by itself is a little biscut-y, but the berries and whipped cream easily make up for it.

                        Anyway, hope your trip goes well, and I do hope you decide to stop by Anthony's to give it a try. If you do decide to order the Salmon or Dill Halibut, chances are I'll be the one cooking it for you.

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                        1. re: Tenteki

                          OK, now I'm hungry - thanks for recommendations. I have one question: How does the flavoring of Alder compare to Cedar? I may be the one person in the world that doesn't care for Cedar plank-ed anything, because I feel as if I'm chewing on a tree. Thanks for info - SeaTac is probably going to be the "winner" because of time constraints and good recs.

                        2. Bai Tong is a great choice. Also, 13 coins is a true institution. You really won't have time for much else.

                          Recently tried Anthony's @ airport and it was surprisingly good. JC, our server, was great fun too.

                          1. suzychew - I'd probably have to eat something cooked on Cedar and something cooked on Alder at the same time to really compare.. All I know is the Alder just adds a very light smoked flavor to the salmon, it's extremely subtle, but makes the dish incredible.

                            We recently changed a few menu items around, so. I'll give you the rundown. We aren't serving the wild berry cobbler or shortcake anymore, since peaches came into season. So we've got "Peach Slump" now. Peach cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream. Simple, sweet, tiny bit of tartness, and damn good. We also added a couple entrees to meet the new ingredients.

                            Peach Halibut. A 7 oz Halibut steak grilled with blackening seasoning, olive oil, and topped with a peach mango salsa.

                            Cioppino, which we had before, but I forgot to mention. Seafood stew, for those not familiar with it. Ours has mussels, clams, prawns, salmon and halibut in a tomato base.

                            And the most recent addition.. Swordfish, seasoned and grilled, basted with a orange tequila glaze, and topped with a corn salsa.

                            And yeah, JC's an awesome guy.