Seattle - lower Queen Anne
Portland hound coming up to Seattle for a 5-day conference this Saturday - Wednesday. I'm staying at the Inn at Queen Anne (1st Ave N. & Mercer) and the conference is at the Convention Center (7th & Union). I'm looking for good places near each, or on the way from one to the other.
I'm thinking cheap places, not because I'm afraid to spend money on food, but because I'll mostly be alone and cheap places tend to be more comfortable for lonely little me.
I'm partial to authentic ethnic places with real, adventurous, flavors.
Thanks for any recommendations!
Based on working in the lower Queen Anne area, so here are my picks...
Panos Kleftiko ($+) - Greek; fun place; appetizers are the way to go here; also entree's can be made as appetizers.
Crow ($$+) - Modern American; Good mid-to-high priced meal - dine alone at the kitchen bar
Bahn Thai ($+) - Thai; inexpensive and best panang curry in town
Veil ($$$) - Modern American; Mini-lamb burgers and salted peanut butter ice-cream, mmmm
Perche'no ($$) - Italian; I've had good meals here, especially the braised/roasted meats (lamb, pork, or exotic
Good for lunch/happy hour:
Peso's ($$) - Americanized-Mexican
Buckleys ($) - Pub Grub - http://www.buckleysseattle.com/
Med Kitchen ($$) - Lebanese
Haven't been to but look interesting
Moxie ($$) - http://www.moxieseattle.com/
Places to avoid:
Chutney's ($$) - Indian
A block and half for the Inn is Moxie. It's a very good neighborhood restaurant w/ a great happy hour, 4-5:30. Try the lamb burger & clams.
I would not try Perche No. It's very over priced italian food that is average to say the least.
Mecca is a Seattle institution, grear for breakfast.
Pesos is right across the street from the Inn and they have the best andy probably only happy hour breakfast in the city from 9-11. All their brekfasts dishes are six.
Instead of Tup Tim which every one tries, tremendously overrated, try Phuket on Queen Anne Ave.
Places to stay away from.
Choy's Chinese- many health code violations and everything is droned on garlic
Veil, unless you want to spend 100/per.
Sushiland. If you want sushi, Sam's is a block a way.
"Veil, unless you want to spend 100/per."
Since when does spending $ equate to bad food. The food at Veil is some of the bestin the city. they also have a happy hour where I've had 3 mini lamb burgers, a white asparagus soup, and a champagne cocktail for less than $20. I eat alone at the bar often and have never felt uncomfortable.
You also have to question anyone who would recommend Mecca and Peso's. These places are notoriously horrid.
Seconding Mediterranean Kitchen. Love their garlicky side. Try the hummous with pine nuts appetizer, too. Rather addictive. Friendly feeling to the place and you won't feel awkward being solo.
Shiki sushi another fine solo spot. Sit at the counter and let him do the picking.
In between QA and Convention Center, on 4th Ave, is an all-time favorite for burgers and brews, The Two Bells.
I'm going to stick my neck out and defend the honor of Bamboo Gardens. It's very good for a vegetarian restaurant, if you buck my drift. I think you have to really enjoy the quirks of fake meat. The almond and orange "chicken" dishes are outstanding, and if you enjoy the vegetables you're ordering, they prepare them well (crunchy and al dente). However, I have had really bad dishes there (some mushroom thing that was so slimy and wormy it was like a fear factor-type event, and the soups are slimy as well, and I've had a hotpot that really sucked - ok, maybe you're right) that made me want to cry. The trick is knowing what to order. Stick with anything deep fried.
Around your hotel:
Mecca Cafe - a lot cleaner since WA started indoor smoking ban, great breakfasts (particularly bacon)
Sam's Sushi - good udon and bento, skip the sushi
Shiki - go here instead for sushi, not so cheap
Blue Water Taco Grill - solid tacos and burritos
Mcmenamins - good burgers and salads, brew their own beers
Around convention center:
Bambuza - 9th and Pike, haven't been there since it opened, but the food was pretty good, slightly fancified Vietnamese
Baguette Box - Pine and Boren, great sandwiches, owned by same guy who owns Monsoon
Harried and Hungry - 3rd and Pike, great sandwiches
I'd second Perche' No. I wouldn't call it super-cheap, but it's a unique experience, and occasionally you get some very unusual and tasty things there (like ostrich with chocolate sauce, or king cobra risotto). If nothing else, try it because it will turn your conception of "authentic" upside-down.
Mediterranean Kitchen is one of my standbys, although I'm partial to the shish tawook more than the wings. Enormous portions here, and there's garlic in almost everything. The soups that come with dinner are exceptional, as well.
The Mecca is a classic piece of old Seattle, and someone really ought to get around to making it a registered historic site one of these days. It's grungy, greasy and grimy, and there's no diner I like better (although Beth's Cafe and the Five Point are also close to my heart).
i have been very pleased with a quirky italian place (owned by a chinese couple!) called perche no? (means "why not?") on first avenue just above roy. seems the chef was trained by a previous owner and developed a wonderful style of his own. very relaxed atmosphere and wonderful food at decent prices. also recommended is the mecca cafe further down on first - a genuine diner with good comfort food and counter seats making it perfect for single diners.
btw, i gave up on bamboo garden because it always seemed to smell like an overflowing litter box...
re: howard 1st
I would second the recommendation for Perche No. David and Lily, the owners, are great and, although it's not cheap, it's great food, sometimes exotic (I've seen ostrich and cobra on the menu in the past), and they're so friendly I'd feel totally comfortable eating alone there. My one experience of Bamboo Garden was that it was the worst restaurant meal I'd ever eaten. So far, that stands. I'd second, third I guess, Tup Tim Thai.
I spent last year's vacation at the same hotel. This year I just moved out here instead. Just down the block from you is a nice noodle place called Rami (?) Noodles. It is just passed the liquor store on the same side of the road. It is a nice restaurant, cloth napkins and all, but at a reasonable price. If you feel like getting some things to go, go to Larry's Market and check out the wines, cheeses, olive bar, and luscious desserts.
You are also walking distance from Marinopolis Sushiland, home of conveyor belt sushi. It is cheap, quick, and really good. I highly recommend walking, as construction has lost them almost all parking and the street parking may cause you to get a ticket.
A bit further away is a unique vegetarian chinese restaurant called Bamboo Garden. They have "meat" dishes that don't actually taste like chicken, pork, or beef, but do taste excellent. The only non-vegan item on the menu is the fortune cookie, but everything is fabulous. They have their own parking lot beside the building and their address is 364 Roy St.
Enjoy your stay.