Help me finalize my Seattle list!!
After many hours of research (probably more than I will actually spend on my vacation : ) I have actually reached a tentative list of eateries. I am open to scrapping any or all of my ideas for better ones, or moving one from one category to another. We will be in Seattle for 5 nights at the end of May first of June, will be staying at Hotel 1000, and have a car or can taxi. Here goes:
Breakfast/Brunch: (so far I only have one, but need some others, or at least some quick bite places)
2. Maybe something on Bainbridge Island?
2. Matt's in the Market
3. Serious Pie
4. Ray's Boathouse cafe
1. Oliver's Twist
2. Harvest Vine
4. Earth & Ocean (for the french fries)
3. Palace Cafe (after our Cirque du Soleil show)
6. 1 of these (Elemental, Sitka & Spuce, Dinette)
**Also, I looked at Herbfarm and am willing to go even with the price if it is just that good!! If I can substitute with something a little more affordable that would be better.
**I know this sounds cliche, but I would like to go to a Japanese "fusion" type restaurant. We just do not have anything like that at all in New Orleans. I am going to Vancouver and am going to do the suggested Izkaya crawl later in the week.
1. Trophy Cupcakes
2. Top Pot Donuts
Good list. I would move Harvest Vine from happy hour (which i don't think they do) to dinner and add Barolo, Umi and (drinks only, not much food) Vessel to happy hour. I would move Crush closer to the top of your dinner list. Nishino for Japanese fusion (and Tojo in Vancouver for a different style of Japanese fusion, order "omakase" of course). Do Herbfarm.
Try Cafe Nola on Bainbridge for brunch. *But watch out as apparently it was recently on a Food Net show and the lines are kinda long now! I was there a while ago and we actually wandered in because it was the least crowded place and were nicely surprised! Take an earlier ferry and beat the crowds.
Also, I agree with Barlywino - hit up Vessel for happy hour and do yourself a favor and stop in at Zig Zag cafe for cocktails at some point as well. Don't order your old standby, order something off their menu and be amazed at how good it is.
Cascadia's happy hour is pretty popular, so get there early. I believe they don't open until 4:30 or 5, and it's not uncommon for them to have a line outside!
your list is really impressive! for dinner, i would recommend going to either dahlia lounge or palace kitchen, but not both. in place of the one scratched off the list, definitely move harvest vine into the dinner category. in my opinion, the best meals i've had in seattle are at crush, harvest vine, union, and lark (in that order).
also, i enjoy oliver's twist, but it's a bit of a trek from downtown - about 20 minutes one-way. if you do decide to leave it on the list, i'd pair it with a dinner downtown (as opposed to cap hill - lark, harvest vine - madison park, cruhs - also madison park).
i agree with firecracker regarding Steelhead Diner for lunch. i think you could scratch Ray's Boathouse off the list to accomodate. the food isn't stellar, but if a good view is important it could make Ray's worthwhile.
I love lunch at Matt's in the Market - and am glad to know there's a happy hour at Harvest Vine.
Have you thought about Canlis? They're somewhat of an institution in Seattle, 58 years and running, but the 3rd generation has kept them ahead of the times and they're nominated for James Beard again this year.
I'd keep Bainbridge on your list as well - or if you don't want to head that far, go to West Seattle to Bakery Neaveau. Stunning creations!
And if that sort of a trek for pastry appeals, consider Cafe Besalu for lovely coffee and pastries right up the street from the Ballard Locks. The grounds there have one of Seattle's finest offerings of exotic and wonderful woody plants. On the way there, you may pass through Fremont, or Wallingford, or both, with all they have to offer.