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One great meal in Seattle

dlgoldie Oct 4, 2008 07:51 AM

My family will be traveling through Seattle on October 14. We will be coming from the north and driving to SEATAC. We're flying out on a redeye, so we'll have time for one great, leisurely meal and a few hours of sightseeing.

Here are the challenges:

We don't want to go to the fanciest, most expensive restaurant, but we would spend up to $150 with wine for the three of us for a really rewarding meal.

My son is a vegetarian who will eat sustainably fished fish. He has never been to Seattle and really wants to enjoy his 12 hours there.

I have spent a fair amount of time in Seattle and while I like it, I like Portland and Vancouver much more. I'd love to have the perfect afternoon and evening so that I can finally fully embrace Seattle.

Got any ideas for us?

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    tastycakes RE: dlgoldie Oct 4, 2008 08:35 AM

    quinn's - the food is amazing.


    1. terrier RE: dlgoldie Oct 4, 2008 09:44 AM

      I like Quinn's a lot, but it's not veg-friendly.

      The Palace Kitchen has a better menu for picky eaters in my opinion. I recommend ordering a lot of the small plates and splitting entrees. (The staff won't bat an eye at this.)

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        Walters RE: dlgoldie Oct 4, 2008 02:56 PM

        DLG, Both suggestions are excellent. If you would like to enjoy food as you would experience in Italy, I suggest Il Terrazo Carmine. Great food, old-school professional service and a leisurely pace.

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          zoogrrrl RE: dlgoldie Oct 4, 2008 06:36 PM

          For some reason what comes to me is Queen City Grill on 1st, just north of Pike St. Mkt. Kinda cool and good seafood and meat.

          1. natalie.warner RE: dlgoldie Oct 6, 2008 03:15 PM

            How to Cook at Wolf, Matt's in the Market, Moxie, or The Palace

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              bbqer RE: natalie.warner Oct 7, 2008 07:57 AM

              She means Palace Kitchen and How to Cook a Wolf.

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                natalie.warner RE: bbqer Oct 7, 2008 08:34 AM

                Thanks bbqer :) I guess I type lapsed

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                  GreenLakeDave RE: natalie.warner Oct 7, 2008 02:21 PM

                  Palace Kitchen generally only has a single veg entree, not sure about HTCAW. Tango is much more veg friendly.

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                    bluedog67 RE: GreenLakeDave Oct 7, 2008 04:12 PM

                    while i have nothign against Tango, I don't think i would pick it for selling seattle over portland or to a pesco-vegatarian. matt's seems like a better evening to highlight that you are in seattle.

                    good call on QCG, zoogrl. haven't been there in a while. makes me thing it is time!

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                      GreenLakeDave RE: bluedog67 Oct 8, 2008 01:03 PM

                      As a pescetarian, I think Tango has the most menu options at the best price/quality combination in town that I've tried. From what I can tell, Matt's has a cheese plate and salad that's vegetarian. Their website doesn't mention anything about the origin of their seafood.

                      That said, I've also been meaning to try QCG, it looks good!

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                    shaneschnell RE: natalie.warner Oct 8, 2008 04:29 PM

                    Looks like HTCAW doesn't take reservations... if you wanted to go there on a thursday night at 7:30, what are the possibilities that you'll get a table?

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                      Lauren RE: shaneschnell Oct 9, 2008 08:51 AM

                      Depends on how many in the party, but it will probably be a 45 - 60 minute wait. The bar at Opal makes a nice place to have a drink while you are waiting.

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                        natalie.warner RE: Lauren Oct 9, 2008 08:56 AM

                        I got in at HTCAW in about 30 minutes on a Thursday and enjoyed a nice glass of wine at Opal, a few steps, away as we waited. It was a great combination- I would highly suggest it.

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                        nseattlefoodie RE: shaneschnell Oct 9, 2008 09:36 AM

                        we had went on a wed night, around 6 and had a 30 min wait. also went to Opal for drinks (had awesome service there, btw). plus, HTCAW will call you on your cell when your table is ready, and were great about letting us finish up our drinks at Opal.

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                  dlgoldie RE: dlgoldie Oct 17, 2008 05:10 AM

                  Thanks for all of your suggestions. We visited Queen Anne and Capitol Hill, the market, and then had happy hour at Anthony's on the pier. Great prices on beer drinks and oysters. The clouds passed and we could see Ranier. We went to dinner at the Palace Kitchen and thought it was the most creative food we had had in a long time. My son the vegetarian felt that the vegetarian options on the menu were thought through with the same care as the meat and fish options. Great suggestion!

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