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Visiting from NYC area, where's the food?

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Greetings. My So and I will be in Washington fromthe 2nd-12th, first in Walla Walla and then in Seattle. We love to explore the culinary areas when we travel, from good small diners to rare delights? What cha all recommend out there?

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  1. LOL I know that, I am slowly eating my way through NYC...want to know what is good in Walla Walla and Seattle. We are pretty much good on anyfood. Today we had steamed crabs in Baltimore and a "Philly Cheesesteak" while driving to Virginia. I really like Asian food, but want to eat local not tourist.

    1. My favorite is Bahama Breeze. Tthe ambiance is very laid back and relaxing. Also, the have a great bartender, I order Kamikaze's and Vodka Tonic's. But the best, the food!! Everything I have ever had there was really great, with the exception of the burger, dont get me wrong it was good, but not as good as everything else. My favorites are the Chicken Santiago and the Portabella sandwhich and the rack of ribs. For desert, (they dont always have it available) But if you happen to see Pina Colada Bread pudding on the menu, try it! You will not be sorry! This restaurant is south of Seattle about 5 miles of the city center. It is in SouthCenter right off the freeway.
      Good Luck!

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      1. re: Kelsolake

        Umm, isn't this a national chain restaurant?
        I second the vietnamese food here like at Lemongrass and the sushi at a restaurant like Nishino. Also check out Salumi downtown for lunch. I would also recommend La Carta De Oaxaca in Ballard since you can't easily find authentic Mexican in New York.

      2. mrnelso posted a great response to a similar query recently:

        While here, you should make a point of eating Vietnamese food, as Seattle's restaurants really shine -- try Green Leaf, Lemongrass (on 12th and Jackson), or Tamarind Tree (at my last visit I thought its quality had diminished; it is still better, however, than what you will find at all except high-end Vietnamese restaurants in NYC). I also had a fabulous vegan noodle soup at Mai Thao at 900 S. Jackson, but need to go back and try more on the very extensive menu. It goes without saying that while here, you should also eat pho. Reasonable minds will differ on what's best. I have set a personal goal of trying every pho place in Seattle (an ambitious project); my favorite is still Pho Bac.

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        1. re: ssusu

          My favorite is also Pho Bac. And to clarify, it is located on Rainier and Jackson.

        2. Bahama Breeze... you've got to be kidding me. No offense, but in my book that restaurant's only a slight step up from Red Lobster and Sizzler, or the food court at the mall with which it competes for business (it's in the mall's parking lot).

          I second the Salumi suggestion, but keep in mind the line's long, there are three or four tables inside, and they're only open 11-4 Mon-Fri. The greater Seattle area has tons of terrific restaurants, though, depending on what you want. The Noodle Boat in Issaquah has the best Thai around these parts (I lived in NYC for 10 years, and Seattle Thai rarely compares). For good BBQ, you might try Steel Pig BBQ down by the Seattle Center. For Caribbean/Creole, there's Kallaloo in the Rainier Valley (Columbia City). Great views of the city can be had from the slightly more upscale Salty's on Alki (great for Sunday brunch, if you're a big eater) or Palisade. Explore the Pike Place Market for lunch. Grab a burger at Red Mill Burger (or one of the slightly more esoteric burger spots Chowhounders would be more than happy to tell you of)....have an upscale steak at Canlis or eat yourself into a coma at the Herb Farm. It all depends on what you like and what you want to spend.

          1. On your way from Seattle to Walla Walla, you'll pass through Ellensburg, there's a small deli/restaurant called the Valley Café. I've only eaten there for dinner but I hear they have a great lunch. They also have a great selection of Washington State wine.

            In Walla Walla you have a number of options:

            Whitehouse-Crawford - in my opinion, the best dining you can get in Walla Walla (I live in Walla Walla). On the top end of the spending scale, but quite worth it.

            Creektown Café - Fresh and tasty food, a good place for lunch and dinner.

            Whoop-Em-Up Hollow Café - This one is in Waitsburg, about 20 minutes north of Walla Walla. Southern comfort Cajun food.

            Grapefields Wine Bar - A good place to catch a glass of wine in the afternoon or before dinner. One of two places in town you can grab a mixed case of Walla Walla wine in one spot.

            Merchants Delicatessen - An atmosphere you probably won't forget. Watch out though, the staff won't take an attitude, even if the food is taking forever. They open early for breakfast and have a magnificent beer selection. The other place to get Walla Walla wine.

            Bangkok 103 - Absolutely no style and the owner is quite terse. But if you've been to Thailand and eaten in a street-side café (not the portable ones), you'll feel at home.

            While some people have an aversion to taco wagons, I enjoy them immensely. Walla Walla has a great selection and they all cater to English speakers as well as their more typical audience. Los Taquitos is my personal favorite, having the freshest and tastiest vegetarian burritos. They are located off Main Street, across from the Courthouse. You can most likely ask anyone downtown how to get there.

            There's always the old stand-by. Taco Bell has two locations for your convenience.

            1. whitehouse-crawford and 26 brix in walla walla. green leaf is closed until april. i love lark, sitka and spruce for local fare. tilth is nice and union. definitely hit the ID for some great asian food: samurai ramen, 7 stars pepper, malay satay hut. and SALUMI! hit zigzag and vessel for great drinks.