ISO good eats in Fremont or U District
I'm in town for a meeting and have but one night, tonight Wednesday, to sample some good fare. I'd like to get out to the U District or Fremont; really any place that's good, not terribly expensive, and that is far enough away from the Westin and Sheraton in town that I won't run into my meeting's attenees.
Any good, local places that most tourists wouldn't know about or that hotel concierges wouldn't recommend would be welcomed. No particular likes or dislikes, but I suspect that seafood here is quite good.
The U Dist and Fremont, as already mentioned, don't really have anything high-end. But here are places that I like to go (at least while I went to school):
The Bay Cafe - nice omelettes with a nice view - across the bridge from Fremont - 1900 W Nickerson St # 108, Seattle, WA
On the Ave:
Aladdin - good falafel
Caspian Grill - nice Persian food, but a bit on the spendy side for what you get
Himalaya - Nepalese buffet - essentially Indian buffet that is lighter and has tofu; Tandoor, Taste of India/Cedars also have good Indian food
Musashi - where I get my cheap but still pretty good sushi/chirashi fix; Shun (sp?) next to the gas station by the U Village is also cheap but more high-end (they have stuff like steamed Japanese omelette)
Kiku - where the starving student can get half a teriyaki chicken on rice and salad for $4.75.
Pho Than Brothers - best pho in Seattle, with the complimentary cream puffs; a new branch opened in Ballard recently, along with 7 or 8 others scattered throughout Seattle
Northlake Pizza - down towards the lake; good pizza and atmosphere
Delfino's Pizza - in U Village - good thick fluffy pizza
Orange King - something about their mystery orange sauce on their burgers attracts me...
Posters make good points about the U district. Great student food and a few uniques, like Jack's Tapas and Pam's Kitchen. In Fremont, Paseo is a winner, no matter what. Art of the Table isn't exactly cheap, but not overboard, either, and quite good. It's mostly undiscsovered. Perche No is also good, and Cafe Moose.
The areas you picked are not really strongholds for seafood or fine dining generally.
The U-district tends to cater to a low-budget student clientele, with a diverse array of ethnic and fast food/take out places along University Way aka "The Ave". That being said, I like Padi (indonesian), Tempero do Brasil (bahian/brazillian) and Pam's Kitchen (trinidadian/roti). I have heard good things about Jack's Tapas Cafe, Mainly Chinese (unusual chinese plates, with perhaps the best name in the city).
In Fremont, Paseo's immediately occurs to me because of your handle. You should know that the Cuban food they serve is somewhat different from that you get at say Versailles in Miami. It is delicious though, reasonably priced, and offers some good seafood dishes. Seating is very limited and there is no alcohol. I am sure there are other posts on the Fremont area; I'm ignorant about the current scene there.
Between Fremont and the U-District is Wallingford. Tilth is probably the best restaurant there, and will certainly have local organic products and seafood. The prices are a bit higher than the other places mentioned, but I think the experience very worthwhile.
If you want to expand your neighborhood scope but still avoid your fellow tag-bearers downtown, consider searching the board for places in Lower Queen Anne, Madison Park, Madrona, Capitol Hill, or even Belltown, where the chances of an awkward encounter will hopefully diminish.
there are several good places along Madison where you might be able to escape attendees...Harvest Vine (27th and Madison, try the pork belly, suckling pig, hake scrambled eggs, etc), Nishino (31st and Madison, for fusion-y Japanese), Crush (23rd and Madison, whatever you order, save room for the ice cream sandwiches).
Two recs, both Fremont:
El Camino for a different take on traditional Tex-Mex
There's also Paseo located at 4225 Fremont Ave N for a very different take on Cuban fare. Outstanding sandwiches (though not traditional Cuban). Don't expect to see a sign for the place - look for the address number "4225" on the west side of Fremont and you're there. (Oh, I'm dreaming of their pork loin sandwich as I write this. . .).