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May 4, 2008 02:03 PM

visiting Seattle with friends

I'm sure this isn't a new request since this is what Chowhound is all about. My son is getting married in the Seattle area in early August. I'll be there with a group of friends...we'll also travel up to Vancouver for a few days. I've been to Seattle many times but many of my friends haven't, so I'll end up as tour guide...again. Anyway, I want this to be the best experience for all of us. I don't want to spend a lot of money at every meal, but I don't mind going to one really nice place. My son is a chef who once worked for Tom Douglas so I'm already familiar with that group. I'm from South Texas so I'm not interested in anything Mexican...I can get that anytime at home. I've been to Ray's Boathouse, Etta's, Palace Kitchen, Ivar's, Tavolota...Where are some places I can proudly take my friends for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? How about Vancouver? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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  1. For East Indian nouveau, try Vij's in Vancouver or his more classic cafe next door, Rangoli's So far as I know, there is no other place on earth like Vij's. There's usually a wait, so go early. The lamb "popsicles" are a signature dish.

    August is good berry time in the Pacific NW--raspberries, blueberries, blackberries of various types (the best strawberries are in June). Try somewhere that will showcase these wonderful fruits. Hard to say at this point, where to go, but Tilth and Trellis might be good bets.

    Everyplace I've mentioned has a website.

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    1. re: PAO

      Ditto on Vij in Vancouver. It's our favorite restaurant anywhere. Opens at 5:30 pm so go at 5 and wait in line for the first seating, or go at 8:30-9 pm

      For breakfast: Boat St. Cafe, Le Pichet, 35th Street Bistro (weekends only from 11 am), Cafe Campagne.

      Matt's at the Market and Harvest Vine are on everyone's short list for dinner, or you could do Matt's for lunch.

      1. re: zoogrrrl

        These are right on. Matt's, Boat St. Cafe for breakfast or lunch and 35th Street Bistro are on my regular lists of favorite places. I don't think you'd be disappointed at any of these, and all are not on the more expensive side of seattle IMO.

    2. Hello shercarltx,
      Post your query in the Western Canada board on this forum for Vancouver recommendations. We'll be happy to oblige.

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      1. re: fmed

        Thanks - yes, for Vancouver, BC suggestions, we ask that the original poster start a thread on the Western Canada board, as Vancouver, BC places are off topic for this board.


        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          I would second Tilth and Matts. Sitka and Spruce will be very unique experience. They will take a reservation if your group is 8+, and they only do one a night, so book early.

          Ray's, as you know, is great for out of town folks, consistent food, with best view. Upstairs cafe is less spendy, and our visitors always love when they bring out the blankets at sunset. No reservations accepted for outside.

          Veil supposedly does a great brunch, and their dinner is amazing.

      2. Suggestion for a nice place-
        I just came back from a trip to Seattle & my favorite restaurant was Canlis. I went twice during my trip, and each time the average bill was about $115/person with tax & tip.

        Appetizers we tried:
        Peter Canlis Prawns
        Braised Beef Short Ribs
        Ahi Poke & Kona Kampachi

        No complaints about any of these, but if I had to pick only one, I'd go with the prawns.

        Mahi Mahi- My friend liked it, but I'm not a fan of Mahi Mahi
        All of these were great- Wild Pacific King Salmon, Muscovy Duck Breast, New York Steak, & Filet Mignon
        My favorite is the American Wagyu Tenderloin. For the 2nd meal, I ordered it with the sauce on the side. The beef has so much flavor on it's own, I really don't think the sauce is necessary. A side of truffle fries is a must!

        I've only tried the Pear, Hazelnut & Thyme, Chocolate Covered Chocolate, & Grand Marnier Souffle. The chocolate is by far my favorite. However, the pear is great if you want something unique. In general, I don't like grand marnier souffles, too bad Canlis doesn't make a chocolate one!

        If you go, call ahead for reservations and request a window table. The best time to go is just before sunset (around 7/7:30).