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My husband and I are going to be in Seattle for three days. After spending inordinate amounts of time perusing the posts on here (it's just so fun and addictive!), I have a list of 400 places we should try :o) We eat all genres of food but are probably not interested (at least not on this trip) in Mexican/Vietnamese/Thai/Indian. We'd be interested in regional cuisine, "new" American, innovative/well-executed food :o) OH and we're really big beer dorks...and would love to explore fun beer places or places that make great cocktails.

Help us narrow it down, please! We're staying by the convention center on Pike Street. Anything that we MUST try in this area (restaurants, coffee shops, bars, etc)?? Thanks so much!!

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  1. what is your budget? and, will you have a car?

    Walking distance to your hotel, I would recommend Dahlia Lounge and Union. These are the two places that I have tried since moving up here in July that really stand out. I thought Dahlia was solid all the way around, but Union was interesting and more innovative.

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    1. re: maybelle

      those were definitely two places that made it onto our looong list of places to try. we were leaning towards union, although are tempted to try a tom douglas restaurant (dahlia lounge v. palace kitchen, anyone?)

      we won't have a car so prefer things to be within walking distance but are willing to take a taxi if a place is really worth it/there are other things to do or see in that area.

      and in terms of a budget, we're willing to splurge for some great food!

      1. re: cayetano

        I know this board has a lot of Palace Kitchen fans, but I wasn't too impressed when we went. I would pick Dahlia Lounge over PK anyday! The trout I had at PK was dry and fairly boring - felt like I could make that at home. The burger too wasn't as great as I hoped. The atmosphere at Dahlia Lounge is much warmer, and the food plain better. The prices reflect all this though!

    2. Definitely try Steelhead Diner. Upscale and down home. Pike Place Market neighborhood. You won't be disappointed!

      1. Palace Kitchen. Other restaurants, depending on your flexibility: Matt's in the Market, The Corson Building, elemental@gasworks.

        Also, beer-wise: Stumbling Monk, Jolly Roger Taproom (Maritime Pacific), Elysian, Über.

        Cocktail-wise: Zig-zag, Licorous.

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        1. re: terrier

          I'd have to say I'd go with Dahlia Lounge over Palace Kitchen, but fully support the recs for Matt's & elemental, as well as the beer & cocktail choices mentioned by Terrier.

          Some other greats are Sitka & Spruce, Tilth, The Harvest Vine, Art of the Table, and Crush. One of the best treats in Seattle that's actually on the lower end of the spending scale is a Cuban pork roast sandwich at Paseo's, don't miss it.

          1. re: bergeo

            all good choices, i would put Crush at the top for a splurge (tasting menu etc). For cocktails and some New American bites I would add Spur.

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          1. Unless you don't like raw oysters, you should go to Elliott's Oyster House, 1201 Alaskan Way (Pier 56), and sit yourselves down at the oyster bar, where hopefully Dave Leck will be working that day, and have Dave guide you through the two or three dozen types of Pacific Northwest oysters they will have available. Pacific Northwest oysters are among the best oysters in the world, and you won't find a better selection of them than at Elliott's. (See my 12/5/08 Chowhound post on Pacific Northwest Oysters.)

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            1. re: Tom Armitage

              I am a fan of 13 Coins if you like a big breakfast/brunch. I have yet to get there for dinner but absolutely adore their breakfasts. Only about half a mile from the convention center.

              Also the bus system in the area of the convention center is very good and free if you stay in the inner city during the day (6am-7pm I believe.)