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2 plus Days in Seattle and maybe only one bite at the Apple

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babyhuey Sep 3, 2007 09:20 PM

OK so here is the deal going to be visiting Seattle for the first and maybe only time Sept. 22 - Sept. 24. This visit is at the end of a 6 day Canadian Land Tour and 7 day Alaskan Cruise. There are a total of seven adults in my group from 52 years young to almost 80. Most come from the waste land (great BBQ & Mexican) of West Texas, 3 are from the Austin area.

September 22

Here is what I am Thinking.

LUNCH
Green Leak, Tamarind Tree or Seven Stars Pepper

DINNER
I was thinking Steelhead Diner but the rest of the group wants to do a Sunset Sailing (no dinner included) so I am not for sure of my time frame now for dinner.

LATE NITE
For those who want to stay up late I thought we would try Red Fin and (or) Umi Sake House (New Urban Drinks)

September 23

We are going to try to do Ballard and Fremont (and maybe the University District) we will have a Car.

BREAKFAST
Café Besalu

LUNCH
I was thinking Ballard and Fremont Street Food maybe Paseo

DINNER
No idea

September 24

Because our plane does not leave until 4pm I thought we could eat Lunch at Matts In The Market. We will be staying at Hotel Monaco.

Please let me know what you think and recommend.

Thanks

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    dagrassroots Sep 3, 2007 10:19 PM

    September 22

    Here is what I am Thinking.

    LUNCH
    Green Leak, Tamarind Tree or Seven Stars Pepper

    With a group your size greenleaf will be impossible, make reservations for tamarind tree

    DINNER
    I was thinking Steelhead Diner but the rest of the group wants to do a Sunset Sailing (no dinner included) so I am not for sure of my time frame now for dinner.

    Steelhead is good if you are in a rush they could probaly accomidate.

    LATE NITE
    For those who want to stay up late I thought we would try Red Fin and (or) Umi Sake House (New Urban Drinks)

    September 23

    We are going to try to do Ballard and Fremont (and maybe the University District) we will have a Car.

    BREAKFAST
    Café Besalu
    This is a must

    LUNCH
    I was thinking Ballard and Fremont Street Food maybe Paseo

    I would do paseo, awsome sandwiches.

    DINNER

    Try Ray boathouse for an amazing view and equally amazing seafood, the only place in seattle where the food matches the view.

    September 24

    Because our plane does not leave until 4pm I thought we could eat Lunch at Matts In The Market. We will be staying at Hotel Monaco.

    At matt's order the catfish sandwich.

    1. l
      Leper Sep 4, 2007 06:18 AM

      Dagrassroots' recommendations are excellent. My option to Ray's Boathouse would be Harvest Vine. While there is no view, the menu is like nothing you'll find in West Texas. For "traditional" go Ray's; for real chowhounding, go Harvest Vine.

      1. eternalX Sep 4, 2007 08:51 AM

        I'm sorry but I can't understand why Steelhead diner keeps getting props. For lunch, yes it is a good option but for dinner i thought it was a let down. Why do people like it so much?

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        1. re: eternalX
          terrier Sep 4, 2007 10:38 AM

          I agree. It has not lived up to its early promise - it's gotten worse.

          To the OP, call the Palace Kitchen instead. They take reservations only for parties of six or more.

          1. re: eternalX
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            howard 1st Sep 4, 2007 12:33 PM

            the menu at steelhead is the same all day (except weekends) so how can dinner be bad if lunch is good? the owner is there at all times (unlike the tom douglas fiefdoms) so one is guaranteed the same quality at every visit. people (or, rather, this person) "like it so much" for the quality of the food, the use of local products, the friendliness of the staff, the changing menu and the bright, beautiful room.

            1. re: howard 1st
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              equinoise Sep 4, 2007 02:16 PM

              I would add that the concept -- gourmet/local ingredients in hearty, diner-style preparations -- is quite imaginative, and well executed. I don't think there is anything else like it in the area.

              1. re: equinoise
                eternalX Sep 5, 2007 09:12 PM

                Also, I didn't say it was bad. It is fine. I just didn't find it to be anything special.

              2. re: howard 1st
                eternalX Sep 5, 2007 09:11 PM

                Because a good sandwich is something worth a nice lunch, but generally not a dinner i would take out of towners to. To put in perspective, I would gladly stop by Pyramid for a bite to eat but I wouldn't recommend taking your parents out to dinner there. Yes, Steelhead is much better but it is the same idea.

            2. barleywino Sep 4, 2007 01:18 PM

              other ideas:
              Sat late PM -- Crush
              Sun PM -- Nishino, Wild Ginger, Chez Shea
              near your hotel -- Vessel Bar for the manhattan topped w/ maple syrup foam, O'Asian for lunch (dimsum), Tulio for Italian

              1. c
                christy319 Sep 4, 2007 04:43 PM

                Seven Stars has a pretty standard lunch menu, and Green Leaf is too small, so do TT.

                Cafe Besalu is TINY and I don't even think there's seating for 7 adults-they have some great stuff but you just order out of a case (it's not breakfast service), just so you know. Wander over to the Ballard Farmer's Market after. The U District is not a worthwhile destination-I'd skip it.

                Yes go to Matt's but make a reservation for such a big group now.

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                1. re: christy319
                  klsalas Sep 6, 2007 03:35 PM

                  Besalu has seating for about 20 indoors with seating outdoors for about another 20 or so at 2 picnic tables 3x3 top tables and bench space (when it is nice outside). It will be very difficult for 7 to sit more or less together indoors at any time but you could get lucky. Outdoors can be easier. Keep in mind that most if not all coffee bars will present the same problem for a party of 7. As an alternative, consider getting some pastries to go while you walk around Ballard.

                  klsalas

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