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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!

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  1. Where will they be staying when in Seattle, and at what time of year? This information will be helpful in making recommendations.

    1. by local do you mean local ingredients, or not a chain? There's Quinn's, the Hilltop Tavern and its cousins. Or something like Sitka & Spruce, HOw to Cook a Wolf.

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      1. re: cocktailhour

        pretty sure they mean "local" as in "seattle"

      2. 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.

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        1. re: jamesbra

          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

        2. 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.

          Thanks again

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          1. re: merrvally

            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/

            1. re: ceester

              I'd replace Smarty Pants with Latona Pub.

              (The beer's solid at Smarty Pants, but the food is just kind of mediocre. I'd say the same thing about Hales)

              1. re: GreenYoshi

                Hale's Happy hour (half price apps) might fit, and don't forget F&C at Pacific Inn. Paseo is another they might enjoy.

            2. re: merrvally

              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

              1. re: barleywino

                As a beer guy, I have a couple of caveats to Barleywino's list.

                Beer selection is limited at Matt's, and non-existent at Lunchbox Lab, Tat's, NY Deli.

                Otherwise, all solid choices, as always.

                1. re: GreenYoshi

                  good point. maybe they can ask for some "cold tea" (a euphemism in some Chinese restaurants w/o beer licenses for beer served in a teapot ;)

            3. 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.

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              1. re: burritobelle

                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!

              2. I don't think Paseo has beer but Baguette Box does...

                Another one that comes to mind is Brouwer's.... one of the best beer selections (like 20 pages-long good) and their food is solid. I recommend the frites!

                1. oh and I just thought of Cafe Presse in Capitol Hill for a nice meal and drinks. Don't go there starving, though, as I've found the portions are on the small side. But the atmosphere makes up for it.