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Sep 10, 2007 07:58 AM

Where to move for food

I've received a job offer in downtown Seattle. I've been told that finding the right-fitting neighborhood is important in order to fit in here. Which ones are the most congenial for chowhounding?

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  1. Since we are moving to Seattle too, I look forward to reading the replies on this one.

    1. What types of food tickle your palate? How much time do you want to spend commuting?

      1. Hmmm, the right-fitting neighborhood. What does that mean? What makes it right-fitting? The is good chow to be found in most neighborhoods. Maybe tell us a bit about yourself and we can tell you where like-minded people live. That sound like it would be right-fitting.

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        1. re: Lauren

          Sure, I'd be working downtown, standard office-type job, and moving from New England. As far as chow goes, I've been told that most neighborhoods by now have a brew pub and coffee roaster. I eat in more than I eat out, so I'll be looking to map out Indian, Asian, Hispanic and farmer's markets. Rather than finer dining, I'm more likely to go out for Thai or Indian, or try out other Asian fare, especially where they put the food ahead of the decor. LIke the Seattle stereotype, I'm also pretty outdoorsy as well. (And I won't be making 119,000)

          1. re: thinks too much

            Thai food is everywhere in Seattle--you'll see some blocks with two or more Thai restaurants! Indian likewise isn't hard to find, particularly around the University District. The International District has the highest concentration of Chinese and Vietnamese restuarants, but you'll find them scattered all over, too. That's also where you'll find Uwajimaya, a very well-stocked pan-Asian market, as well as a lot of other Asian specialty stores. There's another Uwajimaya over in Bellevue, and other Asian specialty markets in the north end and north suburbs, mainly clustered around Hwy 99/Aurora Blvd. The Great Wall Shopping Mall in Kent does Asian products in the south end, and Federal Way (another south suburb) has a big Korean population and some markets catering to them. Indian markets seem to be found in Renton and the east hills of Kent, south of town. Mexican restaurants are pretty well distributed, but *good* Mexican places (as well as markets carrying Latino products) are mostly in the south end, especially around White Center, South Park, and Burien. There are farmer's markets all over, but the biggest and arguably best are probably in Ballard and the U District--and of course, there's Pike Place Market downtown.

            The part of town south of downtown is somewhat lacking in trendy foodie destinations, with the possible exceptions of Georgetown (still funky and low-rent but up-and-coming, with some good, casual restaurants and pubs), Columbia City (you'd think you were in Fremont, or some other north-end area with a high concentration of popular restaurants), and Burien (getting more and more interesting all the time). But the south end does offer cheaper housing prices, and parts of it will be well-served by the new light rail that starts running in 2009 (something to think about if you work downtown--public transportation here may not be what you're accustomed to on the east coast, and driving to a job downtown is not really an option for most people). I've lived in SeaTac for eight years (we were totally priced out of the north end, even that long ago), and I don't feel starved for good dining options--and it's not such a long drive to the north end if I want something I can only get there.

        2. The short answer is - live within 10-15 miles of downtown Seattle and you should be OK. Of course, depending on your job offer - that may be difficult as it takes $119,000/year of income to buy a median-price house in Seattle now:

          If driving around town is not your thing, there's free bus service in the downtown core, which includes everything from Chinatown to Belltown. There should be enough restaurants in that region to keep you happy.

          1. Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, U District...

            I'd personally like Capitol Hill, but there are a ton of places you can live within walking distance of fantastic restaurants. I've liked in Lake City (about as ghetto as Seattle gets) for 2 years and am still finding great new places nearby every week.

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            1. re: koggit

              I have to agree. I live on Lake City, having moved from madison park and ballard, and Lake City rocks for finding little, terrific places. I live across the street from the 2nd best chinese food in town, less than a mile from the best (IMO), there is a great variety of types of food with in 5 minutes, it is pretty sweet.

              1. re: dagoose

                dagoose- could you name some names? Are you talking about that Xi'an place?

                1. re: equinoise

                  Chiang's Gourmet (second best) and Jack's--dreamy. I haven't even made it down to the Xi'an place...but that reminds me it needs to go on the list!

                  1. re: dagoose

                    I haven't given either of those places a try -- I'll keep them in mind. Where is Jack's? I Googled Chiang's Gourmet and it seems to be around 80th, where-as I'm around 125th. Hopefully Jack's is a little closer. I'm typically willing to walk about 25-30 blocks for dinner.

                    I'm a big fan of Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon and Black Pearl for Chinese.

                    1. re: koggit

                      Actually, it'd be further. Jacks is just past 51st, iirc.

                      Try googling for Jack's Asian Tapas

              2. re: koggit

                I can assure you Lake City is much safer than Rainier Beach or the Central District. Or even the U-District for that matter.

                1. re: HungWeiLo

                  I think that when a person says "ghetto", it means it is "uncool". When I think of a hip neighborhood, I wouldn't put Lake City on the list. It is inexpensive and safe...but very strip mall.