coming to seattle
- michellev Jul 17, 2007 05:31 PM
Hello. My husband and I are planning a weekend to Seattle (first visit) the first weekend of October for our anniversary. I'm looking for lunch and dinner suggestions, as well as other things that are must see. We plan on spenging Saturday checking out the wineries. Are they worth it? Here are some of the restaurants I found. Any feedback, tips, etc. are greatly appreciated. Thanks! Crush, Brasa, Licorous, Lark, Matt's in the Market, Saitos, Le Pichet and Sitka and Spruce. What's the best Asion fusion? And must see places at Pike's? Best coffee shops? Thanks again.
Most of the restaurants you listed are good for dinner.
I'd forget "Asian fusion" in Seattle and go to the Tamarind Tree.
Definitely hit the Pike Place Market (not "Pike's" anything) for breakfast one day. I'm fond of piroshky and croissants.
If you've another morning for breakfast or brunch out, try Lola.
I second the Tamarind Tree. Also, Lola's "big breakfast" will test whether you are a real Chowhound or a poser. I've never been a fan of Brasa (mostly because of the Night of the Living Dead servers) but Matt's is not to be missed. Also recommended is the upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market for Mussels and a rustic view of Puget Sound.
if it's your anniversary, and you're going to check out wineries, you might as well check out Chateau St Michelle and some of the other wineries in Woodinville http://www.woodinvillewinecountry.com... and then go next door to Herbfarm for their blowout 4 hr tasting menu dinner (Th Fr Sa Su only, one seating each night). Chef Jerry Traunfeld may be gone by then to his new digs, but it might still be good, who knows. you can always stay the night next door at the Willows Inn (or at some place nearby like Marriott Residence inn in Bothel.)
The wineries in Woodinville are, for the most part, small warehouse facilities. There are only at best a few ornamental vines to be seen. In Washington the grapes typically come from vineyards on the other side of the Cascades where the weather is more ideal. That being said I would highly recommend a visit. I love Washington wine and have a number of Woodinville wines in my cellar. I like Stevens and Covington Cellars a lot .... also Ross Andrew and DesVoignes/Cuillin Cellars. Ross Andrew is not regularly open though. Check out www.woodinvillewinecountry.com for information on all of the wineries. A plus is that October will bring you during crush season. You may be able to see some of the small winemakers working on their wines. However this is also a very busy time for the winemakers. You may want to call a few places and see if anything special is going on. Another option is to see the wineries of the South Seattle Artisan Wineries, O/S, Nota Bene, Fall Line and Cadence. I just bought Fall Line for the first time this last weekend but have not been to the winery or tried the wine yet. However I love Nota Bene, O/S and Cadence. They are all serious winemakers (as are the ones I recommended in Woodinville. Check out www.ssaw.info for links and other info. These are in South Park (except Fall Line which is in Georgetown). You will be surprised when you see the small warehouses that house the wineries but to me it makes them intimate and you feel more of a connection to the winemaker. The winemakers here are almost always around and they love talking about their wines.
One more wine option. In Pike Place Market is the Wines of Washington Tasting Room, a tasting room for a small wine cooperative. This is a great characteristic tasting room with a lot of wines available by the glass or flight. Manager Jen is a great resource.
For comtemporary Pacific NW cuisine I think you can't go wrong with Lark, Crush or Sitka and Spruce. All of these chefs have been F&W Best New Chefs. John Sundstrom was a James Beard winner for best chef in the Pacific NW. I like Brasa as well and Matt's in the Market.
The Pike Place market is a working market and is just approaching its centennial. Many enjoy watching the fishmongers. I would put the Wines of Washington Tasting Room on the list of unique stops. Beecher's handmade cheese is fun. There is an art gallery, Lisa Harris gallery, upstairs on the west side of the main drag. She has some great Pacific NW painters that she represents. If you have any particular food interests I may be able to guide you a bit more re: the market.
For other things to see in town I don't want to get too off topic since this is a food site but I would highly recommend seeing the Seattle Art Museum, which has just completed a large expansion and the new Olympic Sculpture Park is well worth visiting. I don't know when you are arriving but the first Thursday of the month is free (also at the EMP/Sci Fi Museum). The sculpture park is always free.
Back to food. For coffee shops it depends on what neighborhood you are in. In Pioneer Square Cafe Umbria is a local operation and they roast their own coffee. Zietgeist is great on the border of Pioneer Square and the International District. If you are interested in getting to the neighborhoods I could reommend a number of others. For example, in Ballard, where I live, I love Cafe Besalu for handmade pastries and lighthouse coffee. I also really like Cafe Verite and Cupcake Royale. They serve Portland's Stumptown Roaster coffee.