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"Really Seafood" Seafood Restaurants Around Seattle

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cyld Jul 23, 2008 12:14 PM

We have just relocated here from NY and wondering whether there's any restaurants around Seattle that are like those in City Island at NYC. Any recommendations? I know it sounds kinda silly since the City Island restaurants are somewhat "touristy" and are definitely not comparable to what could be found in Manhattan, but that's exactly what hubby and I like - inexpensive and simply cooked fresh seafood feast. We don't really care for wine list or ambiance and all that.

I know there are already many threads on seafood restaurants but the places discussed are mostly expensive and have limited menu. I see plenty of oyster and fish and some scallop dishes but I'm really craving for a huge platter of crabs now! Pls help!

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  1. jlbwendt RE: cyld Jul 23, 2008 12:18 PM

    If it's crabs you want, your best bet would be to go down to Pike Place market and buy your own; make a picnic out of it.

    A "huge platter of crabs" is going to be expensive no matter which restaurant you go to.

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      BallardFoodie RE: cyld Jul 23, 2008 01:16 PM

      If you are interested in touristy stuff, go to where the tourists are. I'd suggest walking along the Seattle downtown waterfront (near where the ferries come in). There are a bunch of those types of places down there. One of them has a commercial on TV and is called something like the Crab pot or something like that. Good luck.

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        akq RE: BallardFoodie Jul 24, 2008 05:34 PM

        I ate at the Crab Pot last year with an Entertainment book coupon and it was good. Not the same as fresh Dungeness lovingly prepared at a nice restaurant good, but tasty and fun nonetheless. If you're looking for a less expensive option than a nice Dungeness, I'd suggest the Crab Pot. I think they have several different options for the crab boil components...all of which are dumped on your table for you to crack and eat.

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        PAO RE: cyld Jul 23, 2008 03:07 PM

        Maybe not what you're looking for, but the best places to get impeccably fresh and tasty seafood at a reasonable price (other than buying it yourself, as one person has recommended) are the Chinese seafood restaurants. There are many in the International District. Otherwise, you may get what you pay for in terms of freshness--you can occasionally pay a lot for not very fresh seafood, but you can rarely pay a little and expect acceptable quality, especially nowadays with the cost of gas being what it is.

        The local crabs here are big--Dungeness or kings from Alaska. . It's not like the small blue crabs you get on the East Coast. So a huge platter of several crabs is not what you will get. I cannot recommend Crab Pot, although I understand why it was suggested. You're better off going to a Chinese restaurant and ordering the simplest preparation of crab they have. Elliott's on the waterfront is anothre choice, but I can't really recommend it except for the oysters on the half shell, which are excellent. .

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          Glassman RE: cyld Jul 23, 2008 03:28 PM

          Cyld, Both Ho Ho Seatfood Restaurant and Seven Stars offer amazing crab dishes along with other well prepared seafood. (More affordable than Belltown offerings as well.) Seafood pots at Made-In-Kitchen are excellent. Hing Loon makes a delightful shrimp won-ton soup. There's a lot of fun seafood offerings in the International District if you seek and explore.

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            staffstuff RE: cyld Jul 23, 2008 03:38 PM

            all-you-can-eat Dungeness Crab dinner at Anthony's every Sunday evening....I believe that's as close as you'll get to a City Island restaurant crab experience.

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              GreenYoshi RE: staffstuff Jul 23, 2008 04:44 PM

              They've raised the price on it (and I'm not sure the Seattle one does it any more)

              It's much less of a bargain than it was before.

            2. terrier RE: cyld Jul 23, 2008 05:34 PM

              Chinook's might fit the bill. It's at the fisherman's terminal.

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                JackNH RE: cyld Jul 24, 2008 12:14 AM

                I'm not a fan of Dungeness crab. I live half the year in the northeast and run to restaurants on the CT shore when soft-shell crabs are in the season (spring).

                That said, the east coast has nothing like geoduck in black bean sauce. I agree with other that the Chinese restaurants are the best overall for the money you'll pay. My favorite is very old school: the Sea Garden in the ID. Isn't there a branch in Bellevue as well?

                1. knowspicker RE: cyld Jul 24, 2008 09:40 PM

                  From what you describe you might like Jack's Fish Spot in the Pike Place Market.

                  If not that then I would agree on Chinese restaurants in the ID. I like Tai Tung for the crab Chinese Style [ginger and scallion with sesame and soy] or crab in lobster sauce. Steamed rockfish is great. If they have spot prawns get them. Sea Garden is also a great place and they usually have spot prawns in the live tank. Spot prawns are one of the best things you can eat in the Northwest. Another good bet would be Jade Garden. Some of the Chinese restaurants have King crab in the live tank... if you want an amazing crab feast get a king and a dungeoness. That would be the ultimate West coast crab feast.

                  If you want another cheap seafood feast [well not that cheap but a whole lot of seafood for around 26 bucks] option you might try Bluefin Seafood at Northgate Mall. If you go for dinner you can get snow crab, dungeoness crab, and king crab at the buffet. Then you also have shrimp Chinese style, tempura and boiled. You also get sushi, prime rib, short ribs and grilled salmon. It's a buffet... but I think it's one of the better ones as far as quality goes. It's like Todai only better IMHO.

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