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Seattle lunch place?

Taking the train up to Seattle from Portland..need someplace downtown for a nice lunch./good food. Any recommendations? If train isn't late, should arrive around 12:30; have tickets to Bodies show at 2:30. Short trip - leaving at 5:45 p.m. same day.

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  1. I'd recommend Salumi, one block from the train station.

    1. Salumi is great! But... You have to have a lot of time to spend in line and be willing to eat standing up outside. For your needs I would recommend Bambuza Bistro http://www.bambuza.com/. It is right next to the Bodies exhibit.

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      1. re: littlejilm

        LJ, I've never had a problem getting a spot at the Salumi communal table as a single.

        1. re: littlejilm

          i dream of Salumi .... there sandwiches are amazing...

          1. re: littlejilm

            Oh, but, Grasshopper, the thing is, a person can eat only so many salami sandwiches before they are ready to open eyes to the specials - on the sidewalk sandwich board, on the blackboard inside the door, exhibited in the cooler window (does it have to get any more graphic than this?). Stick it out. Enjoy being made to make room for the delivery man. Order the specials (and maybe splurge for a meat platter). Sit at the big table with random fabulosity. Enjoy. This is the Seattle center of Slow Food. enjoy. Defnitely have the soup.

          2. For French bistro, Maximilien's in the Market (NW corner of 1st and Pike, upstairs)
            For Italian, Barolo (Westlake and Virginia)
            Cremant would be an option for French but it is further east of downtown
            (disclaimer: i have not been to Barolo and Cremant for lunch, only dinner)
            PS. for the time window you are talking about (12:30-2:30), you would probably have to wait a long time in line at Salumi (which is primarily cured meats and sandwiches)

            1. Lunch is my least favorite meal to attempt in downtown Seattle. That's especially true on Mondays when half of the options seem to be closed. That aside, my (upmarket) choices are Cafe Campagne, Le Pichet, and Pink Door (Pike Place Market), my (downmarket) choices are Cyclops, Buffalo Deli, Noodle Ranch (Belltown). I also love the Essential Bakery Cafe on Madison St. (Madison Valley), for a good, casual, counter service lunch and Tutta Bella (Columbia City) where everything is super fresh and the Moretti is served in ice cold pitchers.

              1. Walk just a few blocks from the Bodies Exhibit and you could be at Baguette Box: http://www.baguettebox.com/ It's just barely in Capitol Hill, practically downtown.

                Another thought, it might be best to avoid eating meat right before seeing the exhibit...

                1. Do you like seafood? It's oyster season. Go to Jack's fish spot in the Market and they will shuck them for you. There's a little counter in back, and if you want to wash it down bring your own beer or wine since they don't sell it but will open it for you. They also do fish and chips and a couple of seafood soups. I'm thinking that might make your train ride home a little warmer and fuzzier

                  1. new place Steelhead Diner on Pine below 1st. CLosed Mondays but open for lunch otherwise (lunch menu same as dinner http://www.steelheaddiner.com/menus/d... ) you can bum around Pike PLace market too if you have time before your show.

                    1. Boat Street Kitchen has a great lunch. Le Pichet has fantastic french onion soup and wine but is small/crowded. Two Bells Tavern has the best chicken sandwich in Seattle; burgers are great too. All of these are in downtown/Belltown (Boat Street is in north Belltown, at the base of Queen Anne).

                      1. If you are at all interested in cheap, Saigon Restaurant in the market is fantastic and has been for the past twenty years. I've never been disappointed. Curry tofu for $5.95.
                        But Matt's in the Market is delicious with a gorgeous view if money isn't an issue. And Matt's isn't overpriced, I just hate spending money on lunch.

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                        1. re: sophie.

                          Bite hard and DO IT.
                          Sandwich (Ooh, catfish. Aaah, eggplant)
                          OK, going for the combo is going to set you back a mite, but it will be the best 13 bucks you ever spent.
                          BTW, I love the "beef salad" at Saigon, especially in summertime (I learned to pronounce chagia from a daughter there).

                        2. matt's is closed until at least mid-april while they do remodeling.

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                          1. re: ccqueen

                            the latest date is may 18. can't wait!

                            1. re: sophie.

                              Of course, I'm visiting from May 12 to 19. Makes sense I would miss a place I was looking forward to!

                              1. re: tmentzer

                                show up early on the 18. except who knows. hes had seventeen dates. its to be expected. but i hope this is final.

                                check http://makingmatts.blogspot.com/ for updates. i was wishing for mid april because my birthday was wednesday. but we went to vios instead.

                          2. If you're doing the Bodies exhibit, I second Bambuza. Actually, they have a little take out side that is cash-only that has Bahn Mi. Yummy. Alternatively, for "healthy" food, try Juice It in the Convention Center (next to Gold's Gym - across from Bodies). The Wild Salmon rice bowl is pretty awesome.

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                            1. re: CRo

                              Ooooo! Juice It is one of those little gems that are hard to find but that make up a staple for my lunch menu. Healthy. Easy. Cheep. Of course there isn't anywhere to sit (unless you count the concourse of the Convention Center but I usually take it back to my desk anyhow. Great advice CRo!

                            2. If you want a place to sit down and eat, I really like purple cafe and wine bar http://www.seattlelunch.com/restauran... . It is in downtown seattle where the university bookstore used to be (which is a cool space) on 4th avenue. It is pretty much right in the center of town. You can get a nice sandwich with a side salad for a reasonable price, but the service is a little slow when it gets busy during the lunch rush. For a take-out bite, I recommend Michou http://www.seattlelunch.com/restauran... by Pike Place - great grilled sandwiches