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Visting Seattle and Portland in Mid October

countgrog Aug 25, 2008 07:51 AM

We will be visting both Seattle and Portland in Mid Oct. We are staying in the Seattle Center area and will not have a car, so walking distance (Portland staying with friends so not sure where but we will have a car there)
Looking for interesting places to eat. We love the show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives as that is about our speed and price range for food. Looking for the must eat local favorites and things you have to have in both cities. Not looking for fine dining just dining on good food cheaply.

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    PAO Aug 25, 2008 10:42 AM

    Panos is near the Seattle Center. Great Greek appetizers. They have dinners as well, but the appetizers (and there are pages of them) are what they do best. Order several small plates of different kinds with some of the best pita in town and have a feast. Very reasonably priced. From the Center area, public transit is pretty good into the Downtown or up to Queen Ann Hill, so you could expand your horizons.

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      bluedog67 Aug 25, 2008 12:47 PM

      Top of Queen Anne Hill is 5 Spot Cafe - is a diner style with a little creativity. They have a rotating theme (geographically) every couple months. They have other locations, with different themes. http://www.chowfoods.com/

      As seen on Diners, etc is the Big Star Diner on Bainbridge Island. It is fun to take the ferry over (great view of the water and city -cheap if you walk on) and you can walk to the diner. Classic diner food - the chrome diner itself was brought in from Jersey or somewhere.

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      countgrog Sep 10, 2008 07:05 AM

      thanks we will probably try all these? Any reasonably priced seafood places by Pike Market or is that an area to avoid eating in?

      How about Portland?

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        bluedog67 Sep 11, 2008 11:02 AM

        No, there are lots of cheap eats in the market. NY Deli is good, lots of bakeries, etc to get picnic/to go, inside the market are 2 dines, one where Sleepless had a scene..also in the market isEmmet Watsons - a total dive, but best place in town for oysters IMO. Also the International District has lots of places to eat cheap if you like Asian. Sea Garden or 7 peppers are a good starting point....

        Can't help you w/ Portland, but search this board. There is a lot of banter about Kenny & Zukes deli, and some great pizza.

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          SauceSupreme Sep 11, 2008 04:49 PM

          In fact, there was a bit of chatter on portlandfood.org about nominating K&Z for DD&D.

          A great way to eat well and cheap in Portland is via the food carts. Check out foodcartsportland.com or just walk around Downtown near 10th and Alder and you'll see that street food is alive and well here in PDX, and in fact there are a couple of new pods that I mean to check out.

          You'll get the usual suspects when you do a search for Portland, as it is a small town, but some under-the-radar places that I enjoy are places like Puerto Marquez and La Catrina for Mexican, Ngoc Han Bun Bo Hue and Pho Oregon for Vietnamese, Tanuki for Japanese, and Cool Moon Ice Cream for the obvious.

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            countgrog Sep 12, 2008 08:36 AM

            thanks. A friend mentioned Voodoo Doughnuts? Is it worth a visit while in Portland?

            also in Seattle is Matt's the place to eat at Pike market?

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              bluedog67 Sep 12, 2008 05:17 PM

              Matt's is wonderful, but look at the menu, as it may be less diner and more restaurant than you seek. Wont break the bank, but not of the diner price range.

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                mrnelso Sep 15, 2008 05:33 PM

                Haven't been since the remodel, but used to enjoy a catfish sandwich and sop for less than $15. Dinner is steeper.

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                  countgrog Sep 22, 2008 03:18 PM

                  not all about a diner, enjoy a restaurant as well just not looking for fine dining

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                  not the bad Steve Sep 16, 2008 10:20 AM

                  I found it to be a total dump, but I understand some to feel charmed by the dumpiness. If you can get out of town (Rent bikes if you're not driving.), the shouldn't miss is Pine State Biscuits.

                  Pine State Biscuits
                  3640 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

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                    Leonardo Sep 22, 2008 09:17 PM

                    PSB is extremely easy to reach by bus, about a 10 minute ride on the #15. Or you can just go on Saturday to their booth at Portland Farmers' Mkt.

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              Lauren Sep 11, 2008 01:17 PM

              A group of us are eating at all the Pike Place Market lunch spots. You can read about it here: http://mouthfulsfood.com/forums//inde...

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                countgrog Sep 12, 2008 08:40 AM

                thats helpful the NY deli looks like it will get a visit while I'm there

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                mariezee Sep 15, 2008 04:59 PM

                For lunch at the Pike Place Market, try the Market Grill. It's a wraparound counter with seating where you watch them prepare your order. They serve quite good market-fresh grilled salmon and halibut sandwiches or fish served on a bed of brown rice. Orders come with a zesty coleslaw and you can get a nice green salad with the platters. I'm told the clam chowder is wonderful although I'm not a chowder fan. I used to be a regular when I worked downtown but haven't been since February and at that time there was market gossip about it being sold, so not sure of the latest there.

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                staffstuff Sep 11, 2008 03:13 PM

                Mike's Chili Parlor in Ballard (easy & quick busride from where you're staying) and was featured on Diners, Drive INs & Dives. It's a great old place with just the kind of interesting dive-y food you're looking for and the atmosphere is top-notch Dive including the 1940's architecture....and it's a fun-time joint. Also, Cyclops is downtown & is definitely an enjoyable 'dive'.

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                  mrnelso Sep 15, 2008 05:45 PM

                  World Class Chili, in the Market, behind and below deLaurenti's is presented by Texas chili cookoff judge JoeCanavan. This is not chili out of a can. All good - even the vegetarian has robust flavor. The Cincinnati (with cinnamon way in the back) is much better than they serve at the best-known chili parlor in Cinci.

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                    chefguy Sep 16, 2008 09:25 AM

                    Seeing as you're from North Carolina, and live informal places, I'd suggest you try Apizza Scholls for pizza and some of the great taco places in Portland. The truck at Killingsworth and Interstate is fabulous. Also, Por Que No (Alberta and Hawthorne locations) is a good one.

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                      SauceSupreme Sep 16, 2008 09:55 AM

                      If you're going to drop a PQN suggestion, I'll throw in Nuestra Cocina, La Calaca Comelona and Autentica. My favorite non-truck Mexican place is actually Puerto Marquez.

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                        countgrog Sep 22, 2008 03:21 PM

                        thanks many great taco trucks here in NC but will explore west coast Mexican while we are out there. a few years back we went to San Francisco and chowhound sent us to a wonderful out of the way Mexican place

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                      mrnelso Sep 22, 2008 04:56 PM

                      "The Seattle Center area" covers a lot of ground, but it all has buses and most territory fitting that description is within walking distance to the METRO Bus "Free Ride" zone that extends from the South edge of Belltown through downtown. Get more bus information at METRO info HQ at 2nd & Jackson. In any event, the Pike Place Market has tons of cheap good food and you can eat well there for not much. There are many posts on this board with details, but just going and wandering around will probably fix you up. Grab a burger and a beer at Two Bells, too.

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