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Going to Seattle for the weekend ,looking for suggestions for dinner .

kavisha Aug 28, 2006 06:00 PM

I will be Seattle for this weekend and would like to try restaurants that are in the downtown area.
We will be staying very close to the Pike Market.

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    terta RE: kavisha Aug 28, 2006 06:08 PM

    Go to Etta's - don't remember the adr - it's WONDERFUL
    It's one of Tom Douglas' places
    We ended up going there twice while we were in Seattle for 4 days!!!!
    Meant to try his other places, but didn't have enough time - he has 4 restaurants
    Also "Flying Fish" got high marks from locals

    1. ssusu RE: kavisha Aug 28, 2006 08:20 PM

      Is there any type of food or kind of restaurant you would like to experience? Where are you travelling from? I seem to recall someone very recently posted a similar query to yours, so you may find some ideas if you search recent entries.

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        kavisha RE: ssusu Aug 30, 2006 05:13 PM

        I would like to experience something local. I will be traveling from California so I have pretty much tried all kinds of cuisine.

        looking for a Seattle experience.

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        mcfaim101 RE: kavisha Aug 28, 2006 08:40 PM

        Restaurant Zoe. Great thing happening over there. I never leave unimpressed

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          babette feasts RE: mcfaim101 Aug 29, 2006 01:06 AM

          FYI, Zoe will be closed Sunday and Monday for the holiday.

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          TulsaNoah RE: kavisha Aug 30, 2006 07:54 PM

          if you have a car...and don't mind going out of city center i'd suggest the stumbling goat bistro...by far the best restaurant.

          1. barleywino RE: kavisha Aug 30, 2006 08:01 PM

            in the afternoon, get some pastries and artisanal chocolates at Essential Bakery (ok, not really downtown, but worth a cab ride) and have a picnic on top of the hill at Gasworks park looking at Seattle skyline. Come back downtown, start with a Douglas fir martini at Cascadia, then some Stellar Bay oysters at the Brooklyn, then Dungeness crab tart and sablefish at Chez Shea, then a huckleberry w/ melon sorbet dessert at Union...retire to the lounge at Licorous for some drinks...other ideas, anybody?

            1. ssusu RE: kavisha Sep 1, 2006 06:10 PM


              I love Barleywino's suggestions, especially the recommendation for Chez Shea which, in addition to having a stellar but reasonably-priced prix fixe menu that incorporates lots of fresh, seasonal ingredients, has a lovely intimate and secret feel (especially the lounge), and a wonderful view. Eat brunch at Cafe Campagne, lunch at the Baguette box, have cocktails at the Zig Zag on the Pike Street Hillclimb, have sushi at Shiro and NW comfort food at Zoe. If money is no object, definitely go to Mistral.

              A lot of Seattle's most innovative restaurants are not right downtown, so if you don't mind taking a cab, we can all offer LOTS more suggestions. Enjoy!

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                oliveoyl RE: kavisha Sep 2, 2006 03:52 AM

                i'd sit at the bar at le pichet .. then wander down to union and sit at the bar .. then i'd head over to the palace kitchen for a slice of coconut cream pie .. a nice walk between them all & the weather is great right now!

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                  hhlodesign RE: kavisha Sep 2, 2006 07:33 PM

                  Essential Bakery is good for bread, but their pastries are underwhelming. If it is pastry you're after, I would recommend Cafe Besalu, or the brioche from Belle's Buns in Pike Place market. I do like ssusu's suggestions--Mistral for high-end, Baguette Box for sandwiches, Cafe Campagne for brunch, and would like to also suggest Porcella in Bellevue if you don't mind the 15 minute drive. Excellent charcuterie, especially the chorizo and saucisse sec. I also really love the rabbit and foie gras pate.

                  There's also Lark, Cremant, Crush, and Crow for moderately-priced dinner options. My gf's favourite midrange restaurant is Harvest Vine (tapas).

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                    alex8alot RE: hhlodesign Sep 3, 2006 06:22 PM

                    Essentials' pastries are underwhelming, but the bread is amazing. They do a great lunch with really good sandwiches and fresh soups and salads. I have gone out of my way on many many occasions to have lunch there. Their pizza bianca is wonderful. I miss it dearly.

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                      landguy RE: hhlodesign Sep 3, 2006 09:19 PM

                      These are all great suggestions. I have to check out a few of these restaurants you mentioned since we clearly have similar tastes in food.

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