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FIRST Time in Seattle

My wife and I are visiting Seattle for a four-day weekend in October. While I read the similar, recent post, what other advice would my fellow Chowhounds have for our visit?

We will definitely be trying Volterra (as per the other post), but would love further recommendations for:

-A good brewpub (or some pub serving NW beers);
-Lunch;
-Dinner---for an elegant "I love my wife" Saturday night;
-GREAT sushi and raw bar (area oysters)!

Lastly, I am not very familiar with the area (hence the trip), but what type of regional food should we NOT miss (i.e, trying steamed crabs when you are in my native Maryland)? For example, Geoduck clams?

Thank you in advance for helping me make this trip memorable!!! (If you need LA or Annapolis tips let me know).

David

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  1. Go to Wasabi Bistro for the best sushi in town. Make reservations a couple days in advance, and definitely don't be afraid to try some of the girlier drinks. They make a mean Effen Saketini if you like your drinks strong, that's what I usually go for. They also have a lot of delicious drinks as well. I'm not even a big sushi fan -- yet this is one of my favorite restaurants for the bar alone. It's not hard to spend $50+ per person here though, so be careful. http://www.wasabibistro.biz/

    As for pubs I couldn't help you *too* much since I'm not big on beer, but there are quite a few popular pubs in Fremont (which is a mostly residential neighborhood, with a lot of small shops on Fremont Ave). There's a popular "pub crawl" in Fremont with a lot of pubs all within walking distance. I'd recommend starting with Dad Watsons. They have killer appetizers to go with your brew, especially their tots. http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?l...

    Kai's Bistro is a fantastic choice for a casual lunch. This place is a local favorite mostly due to the close-knit, friendly staff that will get to know you by your first name quickly. The chef is the most accomodating guy in the word, who'll talk to you for hours about the fish he picked up from the market that morning. Definitely get fish *something* -- no matter how it's prepared. This is the only place I'm willing to eat Fish and Chips from. All three bartenders make great Mojitos, as well. There's a bar in front and dining room in the back. http://www.kaisbistro.com/

    After your fish from Kai's, walk a couple blocks up The Ave and stop by The Mix for Seattle's best ice cream as desert. It doesn't matter whether or not you like ice cream, give 'em a shot anyway. I hate ice cream and still love a nice Cream Cheese Yogurt with Marshmallow Cream and Mini Mashmallows... mmmh... couldn't find any web site, address is 4507 University Way NE

    Beth's is a Seattle-must for breakfast -- home of the famous 12-egg omelet, big enough to feed a small army. The best greasy spoon diner in the nation, bar none. Featured on The Travel Channel and Food Network. Any hipster in Seattle worth the American Apparel shirt on their back goes to Beth's at least once a week, it's a real staple of the community, it's places like Beth's that make Seattle such a fantastic city -- a place where a million people feels like a town of 300. Don't leave Beth's without ordering a coffee, extra crispy hash browns and a 12-egg omelet, or you'll be leaving without the Beth's experience. http://www.bethscafe.com/

    Now, while everywhere else on my list is famous in Seattle, I'll recommend a place that's just plain good food: Thai One On, in Lake City. I've mentioned this place here on Chowhound before, it's simply my favorite Thai place. Delicious Pud Thai for $8, can't go wrong.

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    1. re: koggit

      It has been a few years and I should have thanked everyone previously. My wife and I had a great trip. As foodies, we had a wonderful time and took so many suggestions to heart. Your suggestions were amazing and truly enhanced our experience downtown, in the Ballard and everywhere. Long live Chowhound!

    2. Brewpub: Jolly Roger Taproom (Maritime Pacific Brewery, in Ballard) or Elysian Fields (Elysian Brewing Co, Sodo/Pioneer Square).

      Lunch: Pho tai chin at Pho Bac, 415 7th Ave S.

      Dinner: Harvest Vine (I'm on a real HV kick recently, but I think their chemistry is right on at the moment)

      Raw bar: Happy hour at Elliott's for oysters.

      Sushi: Omakase at Shiro's or Nishino.

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      1. re: terrier

        I really enjoy Hopvine for a local pub - great beer selection and nice atmosphere. Yummy food too! ( http://www.3pubs.com/index.htm ). It's in the Capitol Hill area.

        Elliott's does have a cool oyster happy hour, along with a $3 martini!

        Nishino really was incredible... but the rest of the stuff on the menu (other than just the sushi) is really what blew me away. I really loved this place.

        I'd recommend either Nishino, Lark or Cafe Juanita for a really nice dinner.

        oh, and you may want to check out Theo's Chocolates too.

        1. re: terrier

          It has been a few years and I should have thanked everyone previously. My wife and I had a great trip. As foodies, we had a wonderful time and took so many suggestions to heart. Your suggestions were amazing and truly enhanced our experience downtown, in the Ballard and everywhere. Long live Chowhound! Elliott's oysters were delicious.

        2. Hale's Ales, in Fremont, has great ales and happy hour grub. Elysian is good. The Pike Pub and Brewery has the whole Pike Place thing going on, and is mere footsteps away from the incredible World Class Chili (whose Cincinatti chili beats any in Cinci, hands down).
          Salumi is my favorite lunch. I prefer to skip the sandwich line and get the week's specials. On a trip from out of town, I'd phone ahead and have the staff slice-up a
          sampler platter to take with you after lunch.
          Chez Shea is classic for "I love you," and we enjoy Asteroid. We spent our last anniversy at Tilth. If flashing the roll serves, do Canlis.
          For Oysters, we like Elliot's. The progressive happy hour is tops, as are the accompaniments.
          Being a lad raised picking crab in the tide at Dungeness, I recommend a visit to Anthony's Home Port (at Shilshole only) for the Sunday Crab Feed. Oh my god. Do you really mean I can eat all the Dungeness I can handle? Any day now, the big-box demons will turn this to provender to cash and pocket it, but call to see if life still offers this bounty.

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          1. re: mrnelso

            It has been a few years and I should have thanked everyone previously. My wife and I had a great trip. As foodies, we had a wonderful time and took so many suggestions to heart. Your suggestions were amazing and truly enhanced our experience downtown, in the Ballard and everywhere. Long live Chowhound! Pike Pub and Elliott's were delicious.

          2. Having just tried Volterra I am excited you are going there. We did a brunch and are already planning on going back. Beth's is great and it is by Greenlake, a fun seattle outskirts place to go. By Greenlake, in Juanita, and on Alki (GORGEOUS AREA- must visit- you can take a water taxi from downtown there) there is a Spud's fish and chips that would be typical northwest and better than touristy Ivars or whatnot. I would suggest Cascadia in the lounge or during happy hour for thier sliders. I second the Maritime suggestion. It is quaint and decorated in Pirate decor. My roommate and I had sliders there and my lips still crave the tingle of the halanero bbq sauce I added to them. Other names to throw out are Tilth in Wallingford( take a stroll around the area after you eat), matt's in the Market, Than Brothers for pho, Black Bottle for a fun light wine night, The Palace for a Tom Douglas experience, Elemental @ Gasworks, Art of the Table, Kubal, Taste of India, etc. You can city search for the Top ten lists in the different catagories to get ideas and read reviews- check ou tthe websites of all those listed and you will get a better prespective. Please report back what your expereince was like :)

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            1. re: natalie.warner

              I'm a sucker for deep fried foods and anything else that is extremely bad for me. With that being said, if you ever find yourself down by the water on the boardwalk, then I suggest ordering up a 4-piece (fish and chips) w/ clam chowder from Ivars. If it's not raining, take a seat down on the dock and toss french fries to the seagulls.

            2. Go to the water: go to the piers, that's a must----Seattle began there, and if you doubt it, don't miss the Underground Seattle tour [off Pioneer Square]: you can eat at very fun places indoors and out; go to PIke Street Market just up from the piers. And if you go up a few blocks you're into some good territory, too. The Japanese Market is fun---again, a lot of food, though you have to cook most of it. Ivars is my favorite restaurant, though I eat at many classier, fancier, all the way toward luxuriant---I'll still go back to the clam chowder and fried oysters at Ivars as my must-do whenever I'm on the waterfront at dinnertime.

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              1. re: dragonfare

                It has been a few years and I should have thanked everyone previously. My wife and I had a great trip. As foodies, we had a wonderful time and took so many suggestions to heart. Your suggestions were amazing and truly enhanced our experience downtown, in the Ballard and everywhere. Long live Chowhound! (We ran out of time for the Underground Seattle tour, but so many other suggestions were taken to heart).