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Lunch around the Seattle Center?

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We'll be doing the touristy thing around the Seattle Center 12/31. Any lunch suggestions? Any cuisine goes. We'll just need to make sure that we save room for our NYE's dinner at Mistral. Thanks.

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  1. While you're at it, we'd appreciate lunch suggestions in the Pioneer Square area. Unforunately, Salumi's will be closed between Christmas and New Years, so that won't work. Thanks again.

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    1. re: siam

      I recommend Pho Bac (in Chinatown a few blocks west of pioneer square on 7th & Jackson) for lunch if you've never been. Have the pho tai chin.

      If Vietnamese beef noodle soup isn't your thing in the damp, dark days of December, well, you're crazy. But OK, there's no accounting for taste - if you want another option, I heartily recommend the new Elysian Fields brewpub just to the west of Qwest Field (there's entrances on both 1st Ave S and Occidental). Very nice beers (including a rotating cask selection) and good food. The steak sandwich is a particular standout at lunch. (Maybe not the most adventurous choice, but it was outstanding both times I've had it.) Was also quite pleased with their mussels. And the beer. Oh, their amber ale when on cask is heavenly! This is probably the best lunch in Pioneer Square proper.

      1. re: terrier

        Fine places, but neither is anywhere near Seattle Center.

        1. re: BruceB

          I think terrier was responding to the Pioneer Square part of the request..........

          1. re: Lauren

            Oops! You are right, of course.

    2. Since you're eating at Mistral that night, a nice complement would be Racha, a good Thai place just west of the NW corner of Seattle Center. But if your touristy activities include going up the Space Needle, you'd might as well eat there too -- the food is decent and, while overpriced, includes the view. And if you're going to EMP, having lunch there could make sense.

      1. Meditteranean Kitchen, on Roy, North of the parking garage, has "Farmer's Dish" = killer Garlic Chicken wings. This entre will qualify you for the mezza tray, which is also a memorable experience. There is a Mcminnaman's pub kitchen there also, and some other good places I have not visited.

        Crow is at 825 5th N has a following.

        1. Both Crow and Med Kitchen are good, but Crow is closed at lunch every day and Med Kitchen is closed for lunch on Sundays, which includes the day you mentioned.

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          1. re: BruceB

            Thank you Bruce.
            What's else around lower QA these days.
            There was a Thai place (Tip Tum Thai), and Italian, and Mexican (Jalisco?), but names are hazy in my ole gray brain.

          2. Other good places nearby include Moxie ("modern American", about a year old), Pagliacci Pizzeria, Tup Tim Thai, Roti (better than Chutney's these days), Percheno (the Italian place you mentioned), Shiki, and Sam's Sushi (Sam's is closer but I like Shiki more). I'd recommend any of them if you're in the mood for what they serve.

            I've never tried Jalisco; I think it's a chain.