Seattle -- Looking for the best
Going to be in Seattle for a long weekend in a few weeks (pleasure trip, not business). What are the best places? I was in town briefly on business a few years ago and had a wonderful meal at Matt's in the Market -- is that place still good? What else? Interested in recommendations for all meals (and more - snacks, coffee, whatever). Desperate for great seafood; would love to hear about any worthy Asian (Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, everything) places. Price not an issue. Thanks.
Matt's in the Market is still a first class operation -- my favorite restaurant in Seattle. Here are some other options...
Salumi is owned by Mario Batali's father and makes excellent salumi (duh). The sandwiches are first-rate.
I ate at a good pho place near the University of Washington call Pho Tran Brothers. These were really good, cheap, authentic shops that were lacking in decor, but had high quality food.
Beecher's is a cheese store in teh market. If you're looking for a great, high calorie snack, I suggest their mac'n'cheese. Their cheeses are generally very good, so you should take some home.
La Rustica in West Seattle is a nice, cozy Italian neighborhood restaurant. the bread is excellent and the entrees are generally pretty good. It's not earth-shattering, but the location and the restaurant are nice.
Dallas, I strongly recommend the Crab offered at Seven Stars Szechuan Restaurant. Also, any of their hand cut noodle dishes. Harvest Vine, in Madison Park, offers authentic Spanish Tapas with a more formal dining experience. Matt's is still a gem and Salumi is only open for lunch Tuesday-Friday. Enjoy your visit and let us know what you liked.
DA, here are some of my favorite places:
elemental at gasworks
lunches and brunches:
Matt's in the Market
The Market Grill
Daly's (on Eastlake)
Geraldine's (in Columbia City)
Cafe Campagne (for brunch)
Belle's Epicurean/Belle's Buns
almondines and pain au chocolat from le panier
donuts from the little donut shop in the Pike Place market (near Belle's Buns)
top pot donuts
the cheese counter at PFI
cheese curds from Beecher's
chinese and vietnamese desserts at the sweet fresh bakery in the international district
late-night dining/dining at the bar/cocktails
The Palace Kitchen
Asian (excluding Japanese, which needs its own section)
Szechuan Chef (in Bellevue)
Szechuan Noodle Bowl
Purple Dot Cafe
Kau Kau (for roast duck noodle soup only)
Wasabi Bistro (great for late-night cravings)
I'm sure I'm leaving some stuff out, but this is a start....
Malay Satay Hut. For Malaysian/Singaporean food. Really out of the ordinary. Try their roti chanai for an appetizer--a flat bread cooked on a grill and dipped in a yummy curry. Can't be beat. Our favorite noodle dish there is char kway teow. The belachan green beans are delicious.
Dim sum: China Gate (International District), Noble Court (Bellevue).
Sushi: Nishino (Madison Valley/Madison Park), Kisaku (Greenlake)
Definitely Crush - if you can get in. Good luck on that one. Call a couple weeks in advance.
Sitka and Spruce - for a taste of a small, foodie-oriented place. Small menu written on a blackboard and a wine list memorized by the server (i.e., it's small).