Baltimore Chowhound visiting Portland and Seattle
My wife and I (plus two friends) will be visiting Portand for 3 days and Seattle for 4 days in mid April. We have a few winery dates on the calendar but are looking for suggestions for lunches/dinners around both cities (we will be staying centrally in both) We'd like to get a feel for local food and a few smaller (non chain) places to eat/drink - Mid price range but enthusiastic innovative cuisine - also, is the Market in Saettle a good place to browse for lunch? Anywhere similar in Portland.
Thanks, I'll post a follow up on our experiences when I get back.
I don't know if you have wheels or not, but two quintessential Seattle restaurants are Ray's Boathouse - rays.com - and Salty's on Alki - saltys.com. Both have local seafood. Upstairs at Ray's Cafe (no reservations) is much more economical (and fun). Always ask about parking in Seattle. If you like fish and chips by the beach, go to this little place by Golden Gardens called Little Coney Island - simple but good and good prices. (Not Shorty's Coney Island.) Then walk on the beach and enjoy sun, sand and seagulls. It's beautiful and you won't believe you're so close to downtown Seattle. http://gocitykids.parentsconnect.com/....
Check into Park Kitchen in Portland for dinner (or lunch) - the chef has been nominated at least twice now for the Pac NW James Beard Award. I ate there a few months ago and did the chef's tasting menu. It was fantastic and incredibly well priced. I think it was around $40 for four courses, which were all delicious and fairly innovative. The environment there is also conducive to an intimate dinner with a small group of friends, though reservations would be highly recommended.
In Seattle, I think the market has a decent amount of options for lunch. If you're looking for a sit-down affair, I second Cafe Campagna. In addition, there are plenty of places that offer more casual fare - Piroshky, Piroshky and a sandwich place inside the market, across from Lowell's (featured in Sleepless in Seattle - easy to find) that creates delicious salmon sandwiches, among other things.
Cafe Campagne in the Market - a standby classic for lunch in the market. They have a great happy hour as well...
Ethan Stowell's How To Cook a Wolf on Queen Anne - that could be fun. His other restaurants: Tavolata and Union.
Late night drinks in Belltown? Hungry? Hit up Wasabi BIstro - they serve fat, succulent pieces of fish late (post midnight). Usually a pretty lively crowd in there.
Belltown Pizza if your feeling like more cheesy fare - great slices of pizza and a fun bar scene - (if your in belltown, late, drinking)