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May 3, 2008 04:00 PM

One Dinner in Seattle

We will be in Seattle for one evening and I really want to have a good plate of food that isn't too expensive. We will be a group of six with one six year old and we're open to any kind of cuisine (awesome pizza, Thai, seafood, Indian, whatever) and it'd be great if it were either within walking distance or a short taxi or bus ride away from the vicinity of 6th Ave and University Street downtown.

Thank you for any and all suggestions.

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  1. Don't live in Seattle but, love to visit and will again at the end of the month. Can't wait to eat at some of the standards in Pike Place. If you're not familiar, I'd eat in there. It's so Seattle. Matt's at the Market, Steelhead Diner, Flying Fish. And, haven't been here but, sure sounds intriguing!..Pan Africa @ Sanitary Market entrance on 1st - Ethiopian/African. Enjoy! A fan from L.A. :)

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    1. re: Kitchen Queen

      Hey Kitchen Queen, thank you for the suggestions! I am looking at the menus as I type this. Steelhead Diner looks really great so far from the looks of the menu. Pan Africa though is right up my alley. Yum!

      1. re: EmmaToo

        I'm not a huge fan of Steelhead Dinner.
        Their stuff sounds more creative and interesting than it actually is.

        Matt's and Etta's are both much better in my opinion.

        1. re: GreenYoshi

          I agree with Yoshi on Steelhead. It's no competition for Matt's.

          1. re: terrier

            Third vote for Matt's. Steelhead is ok, but I've been disappointed everytime I have been there.

    2. Take the adults to Zig Zag for cocktails. It's on the Pike Street Hill Climb
      between Western Ave & Alaskan Way

      1. A six year old, not too expensive, and a short distance from 6th/University make this a tough assignment! ;-) My suggestion would be to jump on bus (or grab a cab) and take the short trip down to the International District. Have tasty, inexpensive Chinese food at Shanghai Garden --- the kid will love the huge fish tank in the dining room --- and then wander across the street to Uwajimaya (, an enormous Asian grocery store. Marvel at the interesting food and househhold items, not to mention their disturbingly extensive Hello Kitty collection!

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        1. re: afrikando

          Hey, afrikando! That's not such a bad idea! Didn't Anthony Bourdain visit that grocery store on an episode of his show? Or it could've also been Vancouver. Either way, it looked really fun and I remember making a mental note to try to visit it someday.

          1. re: afrikando

            This is a great idea -- don't miss the barley green noodles. Even though I'm a carnivore, I like the vegetarian chow mien version of these noodles

            1. re: bourbongal

              Thanks to all for the ideas and input. We'll see what the fam thinks.