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One great meal in Seattle

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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    1. 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.)

      1. 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.

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

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            1. re: natalie.warner

              She means Palace Kitchen and How to Cook a Wolf.

              1. re: bbqer

                Thanks bbqer :) I guess I type lapsed

                1. re: natalie.warner

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

                  1. re: GreenLakeDave

                    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!

                    1. re: bluedog67

                      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!

                  2. re: natalie.warner

                    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?

                    1. re: shaneschnell

                      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.

                      1. re: Lauren

                        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.

                      2. re: shaneschnell

                        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.