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Nov 6, 2008 05:29 AM


Hello all, i've never been to Seattle and i'm looking forward to exploring what I hear is a wonderful food scene. I will be happy to help any of you when you come to DC with DC related questions in the future (perhaps for inaguration) Here is what I would like to know. I will be staying near the university of washington (my friend is a post doc there). We will have acess to a car and i'm willing to travel.

1. Are there any must visit lunch places in that area?
2. Are there vendors that are must see at pike place market?
3. What are you favorite coffee shops for chill atmosphere (i'm talking beat up couches that feel like living rooms). Bonus points if the coffee and food are awesome!
4. I have three dinners saturday sunday and monday night and at least one brunch. My friends i'm staying with don't have tons of money so moderately priced is best and not super fancy. I enjoy asian cuisine (i'd love to try some sushi or thai). I also would like to try the local cuisine (crab maybe...i'm not really sure whats local in seattle). I also love italian, indian and good old fashion american.

Any help you can give would be appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

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  1. I took all of your requirements into consideration and this is what I came up with- Hope it is helpful!
    1. Skillet!, SALUMI, Paseo (Cuban sandwiches), Matt's in the Market (get the seafood! Catfish sandwich!), Honeyhole, get fish and chips in the market at Jack's
    2. + Market Spice, all the fish vendors, the dried fruit people next to the daily dozen, DeLaurenti's!
    3. Stumptown, Cafe Vita, Caffe Ladro, B&O espresso
    Dinners= Tamarind Tree(Viet.-do it!), UMI sake house (sushi), La Isla (Puerto Rican and has great seafood!), La carta de oaxaca (Best Mexican! in urban restaurant),The Pink Door (Italian in Pike Place), Swingside Cafe (Italian), The Palace Kitchen (Tom Dougals) for burgers, Serious Pie (Tom Dougals pizza), Black Bottle (wine and small plates), Txori (Spanish tapas), Roti (Indian), Spur (Gastropub), etc (check out the lists bellow
    )Brunch= Portage Bay Cafe (local ingredients and dishes to die for), Kingfish Cafe (Southern- wonderful!), Coastal Kitchen/5 spot/HI-Life, &

    A list of ethnic places-
    A list of places for out of towners-
    "Foodie" laces I have tried-
    And HAPPY HOURS- a great way to eat cheap*-

    Regional food specialties- shellfish, seafood, berries, seasonal veggies, organic and local source cooking, apples, pears, lots and lots of fruit (seasonal)

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    1. re: natalie.warner

      When we first moved to the PNW we stayed downtown and fell in love with Sam's Sushi. It's laid back and informal (the sushi chefs dig basketball) but the sushi is great! Super fresh sushi, friendly chefs and waitstaff, good sized rolls, good prices. The dragon rolls are incredibly fresh and colorful. It's also across the street from the AMC movie theater and the Seattle Chamber Music Society is down the street a block so it makes for a good night out. We used to walk past Safeway (a block or so away) and pick up ice cream as we headed back to our suite to round out the evening. Have fun! Seattle is a great place to explore!

    2. natalie.warner has outdone herself in your service and I hope to fill in some oddball praticulars: The Market is a great slow-stroll. Just wander through and eat when the food speaks to you. That catfish sandwich at Matt's is for sure and every Seattleite has their own short-list of Market favorites. Mine includes Matt's, Pan Africa Market (great njera with the platters), Crumpet shop (sandwiches, soups), Market Grill, Jack's (oysters, Dungeness crab cocktail), World Class Chili, Turkish Delight, Uli's Famous Sausages (grilled to order - eat in the new Biergarten).
      There is an oddball sub-mezzanine at Cherry Street Coffee House (on Cherry) fit-out exactly as you describe, with tattered old overstuffed furniture and lots of tables. The CSCH location on 2nd near Marion takes advantage of the public-space in the lobby of the office tower they inhabit. A little sterile, but nice, and you can probably get the wi-fi from the shop. If you find yourself available to Wallingford some morning, Irwin's Coffee shop has good (caffe vita) coffee and super blueberry muffins and other baked goods from their kitchen. Cafe Besalu for pastry in Ballard.

      Seattle benefited greatly from an influx of Vietnamese and there are many good and cheap options. Chinook's at Salmon Bay does a good job of seafood, though a bit chainy in presentation and price.Skillet is tasty, as is Lunchbox Laboratory. For local fish and chips, Pacific Inn is a favorite, as is Sunfish on Alki (for the [good] halibut and [paltry]chips).

      Stellar Pizza in Georgetown has a great potato-gorgonzola pie. Tutta Bella offers salads (Solerno is the Caprese style) on a freshly pizza crust, on the menu as Pizza Ensalata.

      1. I just want to say thank you so much...this is very helpful...keep them coming. Right now I think i've picked cherry street coffee house for sure and Matt's. We have a lot of good vietnamese in DC so i'll wait on that. i'm keeping the other options open although the mexican described may have me sold. thanks.

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        1. re: stephrotull

          Mexican can be sketchy, even here, but La Carta is quite good. Senor Moose has fans (me among them). Cheap and reasonablyt authentic eats can be had at El Puerco Lloron, at the Pike Place market hillclimb (order a dozen tortillas on the side - this may seem extreme, but the price is right and I can eat the whole dozen with ease in addition to my carne asada taco plate (the carnitas are good, too - heck, it's all good).

          You will be the hero of the evening if you go to Fremont (about 43rd and Femont Ave) to Paseo and grab-up several dinners to go (you can even call them in ahead). Take your bags of styrofoam containers and go home and plate them up. You'll be shocked how much food (rice, black beans, salad [get extra beets] and an entree - pork tenderloin, fish, chickem, scallops - everything is good). It's all powerfully flavorful and there willl be plenty to share, so get a few different ones At about $13 per dinner, it's a great meal. A bottle of a nice white and you are all tucked in (Trader Joe has a reasonable Reisling [heh] for about $8 - Holy Cow, I think).

          Please let us know what you discover...

        2. 1. Lunch places: Aqua Verde (Burritos) in U District, Cafe Presse (Casual French) on Capitol Hill

          2. Pike Place: Not a restaurant, but a specialty Italian grocery store... hit up DeLaurenti's if you want to do "take-in" at home... they have incredible cheeses, cured meats and homemade ravioli.

          3. Coffee shops... I don't think that the "living room" style is characteristic of Seattle. I would suggest Cafe Vita on Capitol Hill or Cafe Ladro on upper Queen Anne if you want to experience typical Seattle coffee culture.

          4. For Breakfast/Brunch: Portage Bay Cafe (South Lake Union location is better as it doesn't seem to get as busy), Hi Spot Cafe in Madrona, Crave on Capitol Hill. All of these can be busy on weekend mornings, but they are worth the wait.

          For Dinner: Ototo Sushi on Queen Anne, Wann Japanese Izakaya in Belltown, Mamma Melina's (Italian) in U District, Osteria la Spiga (Italian) on Capitol Hill. The city has tons of good Thai restaurants... but none of them standout as being exceptionally better than others... a few ideas are Ayutthaya on Capitol Hill or Orrapin on upper Queen Anne. Local cuisine in Seattle would be seafood of all kinds... clams, mussels, oysters, salmon, halibut. Unfortunately, it's hard to find good casual, inexpensive seafood. If you're up for happy hour on Monday evening, I highly recommend The Brooklyn... it is a downtown seafood spot that is pretty pricey but has the best happy hour in town (IMO) with incredible raw oysters and other shellfish.

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          1. re: Lisa329

            natalie.warner has posted a great list as someone has already to add to the list....
            For Breakfast/Brunch, I really like Monsoon (although the last time, the service was a bit off) and Macrina. We also really like Volunteer Park's pretty cozy.
            For lunch/dinner,
            I would not recommend Aqua Verde unless it's summertime and gorgeous out.
            To add to the Vietnamese list, I would also consider Greenleaf. Crave, I believe is closed.
            We also like Maneki for a japanese comfort food, Barolo for Italian, Kingfish cafe also does dinner, and I think there's better Indian food on the eastside.
            For coffee, maybe try Victrola on 15th? They have couches in the back.

            1. re: karen2006

              Crave is closed?

              1. IN YOUR AREA. Thai Tom is absolutely fabulous on the Ave. Your post-doc should be aware. Also that falafel place right off the Ave... Can someone help me out with the name...?
              3. IN YOUR AREA. Cafe Allegro is the only espresso I'd trust.
              CAPITOL HILL. Stumptown is the best espresso in Seattle. Don't miss it. Bonus, Duane Sorenson is the king of conscious coffee. Joe Bar (my second home) for cozy, dirty beautiful, artsy Seattleish mood and lovely crepes. Victrola is Seattle standard. For a reason. Skip Caffe Vita. Ladro is fine; not fabulous. I also really adore Uptown Espresso, but it can be inconsistent.

              4. (My picks from the above suggestions.) PASEO!! Matt's catfish sandwich!! Salumi. GREEN LEAF! Maneki. Macrina and Volunteer Park Cafe. Palace Kitchen and Serious Pie.

              I would add Vios, because I love it so. (19th and Aloha, Capitol Hill.)

              I'm going to be in DC for inauguration. CAN'T WAIT.

              Enjoy Seattle.// Maybe you've already come and gone. Please report back.

              Armandino's Salumi
              309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

              Matt's In the Market
              94 Pike St Ste 32, Seattle, WA 98101

              Paseo Caribbean Restaurant
              4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

              Green Leaf Rstrnt Vietnamese
              418 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

              1115 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

              Victrola Coffee & Art
              411 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA

              Thai Tom
              4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

              Cafe Allegro Expresso Bar
              4214 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

              Joe Bar
              810 E Roy St, Seattle, WA

              Uptown Espresso & Bakery
              2504 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

              Maneki Restaurant
              304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

              Macrina Bakery & Cafe
              2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

              Volunteer Park Cafe & Marketpl
              1501 17th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

          2. In expensive, only truly authentic Malaysian food in the northwest is Satay Hut in little saigon between 12th and Boren 2 blocks north of Jackson