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May 15, 2007 07:56 PM

Seattle Restaurant in July - Any Help?

My girlfriend and I are taking a quick trip to Seattle (from Atlanta) in July and we'd like a nice relaxed dinner on a Saturday night. We're staying at The Westin ( ROCKS!) I've not seen any recent posts on the subject of mid-range dining so I thought I'd ask around! I've seen the accolades for Mistral and Rover's but those seem a little out of our price range. Just through online searching I've found Flying Fish, Chez Shea, and Dahlia. Any hits there? I'm very adventurous, but the girlfriend is not the type to dive into raw oysters or foie gras (though she will down some bourbon if given the chance! - you win some, you lose some I suppose) but that's our situation. Local, seasonal is always a good thing. Absolutely NO CHAINS! We're probably looking to spend around $150 on the 2 of us; $200 would be the tip top of the price range - including drinks :-) Thanks in advance, see ya in July...

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  1. take your gf to Vessel for their specialty bourbon cocktail (topped w/ maple syrup foam), then (since you list pork shoulder as a fave food) you could walk a block to Tulio for their pork shank. Closer to the Westin (across the st) you can try the happy hour at Barolo (get some burrata there if they have it). For something more adventurous, try Crush. Not a particular fan of Dahlia. PS with a handle like HaagenDazs, be sure to check out some of Seattle's gelato places, like Gelatiamo.

    1. Try the Palace Kitchen. It's just a couple blocks from the Westin, it's run by a famous local chef, Tom Douglas, and it's the perfect combination of nice yet casual. They are known for their rotisserie foods (delicious chicken!) but I have a hard time passing up the pork & chard-stuff ravioli for an appetizer. They also have a fantastic bar. Check out their menu at

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      1. re: wlayres

        This is a great idea and a very close walk (2 blocks)
        Cafe Campagne for weekend brunch (get the French French toast)
        Go down the Pike Place Hillclimb for lunch at El Puerco Lloron.

      2. I'd recommend Cafe Campagne at Pike Place Market. Not Campagne which is upstairs and pricey but the cafe downstairs. French food, nice space, in the market... Can't beat it.

        By the way, Tulio's is actually a chain of sorts. I know there's at least one in Portland.

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        1. re: laurahutch

          are you sure about Tulio in portland? I haven't been able to find any mention of it on the web, or any indication that the Tulio in Seattle has any other branches (aside from its connection to Troiani in Seattle). Can you point us to a link? TIA

        2. Just a bump - leaving next week ;-) Thanks!

          1. Here's my comments on comments and a recommendation or two:

            Skip funky bourbon drinks (you live way too near small- batchland) but check out great NW wines. Palace Kitchen is ok but Tom Douglas' best venture is Lola--across the street from the Westin--which has a kickass menu. Crush is way good but a cab ride.

            Tulio is a very good Italian restaurant but it's still Italian, if you know what I mean. Foods from the sea are what's going on during the summer here so chekc out Flying Fish or Zoe--you may still catch Yukon River salmon on the menu.