Local Eats in Seattle
Friends from Portland, Me. are hiking in the mountains and then spending 3 days in Seattle. They will be weary (hungry/thirsty) from the hiking and will be searching out good, LOCAL eats and GREAT beer...nothing high end.
I mentioned CHOWHOUND as the best resource and they said they didn't find much to help here!
I challenge Seattle locals to come through and provide some recs for their visit...and help me defend my favorite resource!
Go to Paseo in the Fremont neighborhood for amazing Cuban sandwiches. It's a little local place, and after a strenuous hike, you will be in hog's heaven. I take all my out of town guests here for lunch.
Pho Cyclo on Broadway in Capitol Hill if you want a nice big bowl of steaming hot Pho.
There is also a Pho Cyclo right down by the Outdoor Research store on 1st S. Besides pho, they also have great Vietnamese food and really cheap Vietnamese samiches, to go only on that last thing.
If you get over to Ballard to hit Second Ascent (hiking shopping as mentioned) pop into King's Hardware for good brews and killer burgers and fries. King's is more on the "hipster" end of things than places like the Latona (more "fern bar") and there's lots of cool bars and places to eat in the downtown Ballard area. Both are on Ballard Avenue. I hope you are coming for your hiking trip late in the summer as we got a stupid big snowpack this year!
Thanks for replies so far...
I'm sorry I don't know where they are staying but in three days, I imagine they will be able to explore all parts of the city. They are going in the next few weeks.
And to define "local"....I mean the places Seattle folks would visit any day of the week....not special occasion or touristy places.
Casual places with good food and local brews:
Hales Ales - http://www.halesales.com/
Jolly Roger Taproom - http://maritimebrewery.ypguides.net/
Smartypants - http://www.smartypantsseattle.com/
Stellar Pizza - http://www.stellarpizza.com/
Elysian Brewing - http://www.elysianbrewing.com/
a few lunch places that might fit their bill:
Matt's (catfish sandwich etc)
Tat's (philly cheesesteak etc)
Lunchbox Laboratory (burgers galore)
Maximiliens, or the Brooklyn (inexpensive lunch steak specials)
NY Deli (pastrami or reuben)
Taphouse grill (many beers on tap, kalbi steaks etc)
Also recommend trolling the happy hours at places like Barolo or Metropolitan (go early to get seats, like 4pm)
Stop at REI for hiking shopping then walk 2 1/2 blks north along Yale to Feierabend for German beers
Stop at Outdoor Research for hiking shopping then go to Elysian which is nearby
Stop at Second Ascent for hiking shopping then go to People's pub nearby for some brats (weisswurst) and German beer
sitka and spruce, bro, if you can get in. and thanks for the "challenge". I challenge you to give some more details. you want really good indian? check out bengal tiger. i was there last night and it rocked the goodness down to the ground. you want hip/fun/new stuff - how to cook a wolf but no reservations and plan to wait 45 big ones w/ no apologies. "we are cool and we know it". quinns is a winner. NEVER BEEN but i hear things adn your on chow so you must know that too.
Great Beer: Jolly Roger Taproom; Brouwer's Cafe; Elysian; Columbia City Alehouse; Stumbling Monk; Beveridge Place Pub
Local Eats (as in local ingredients): Sitka & Spruce; Jack's Fish Spot
Tilth, Lark, Le Medusa, Union (though maybe too "high-end)
Great Beer and Local Eats: Quinn's