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Downtown Lunch Seattle

Hanads Dec 15, 2008 07:11 PM

I was hoping to get some recommendations for delicious lunch options in the downtown Seattle area. I work in the medical/dental building across from Westlake Center and I generally have 45min - 1 hour for lunch. Are there any can't miss lunch spots I should try? I'm especially interested in spots near Pike Place.

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    firecracker RE: Hanads Dec 15, 2008 10:53 PM

    Icon Grill. Make a reservation and tell them about your time crunch at the time you make the reservation.

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      ecpkngt RE: Hanads Dec 16, 2008 10:48 AM

      Ooo, If you head up just a touch north of Pike Place, right past where the street name changes, though I forget what it changes to- there's Etta's. It'd be on your right, sort of across the street from that little grassy mini-park that overlooks the waterfront if I remember correctly. Touch pricey but not too, and everything is well worth it- fresh, real food, perfectly cooked and oh-so-good. Mostly seafood. All delish.

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        bourbongal RE: Hanads Dec 16, 2008 07:49 PM

        I second Etta's - it is on Western. Also Matt's in the Market, Il Puerco Llorn on the Hillclimb west of the Market, an Italian sausage sandwich from Uli's in the Market, and last but not least, grilled ham and cheese on black rye from Three Girls Bakery.

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          laurahutch RE: bourbongal Dec 17, 2008 04:20 PM

          Ooh... Three Girls Reuben is to die for...

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          samlev RE: Hanads Dec 23, 2008 12:36 PM

          If you time it right, and let me emphasize time it right, there is Salumi. Excellent sandwich. If you don't time it, you will be waiting in line.

          In Pike's Market across from Uli the Sausage maker is a little lunch counter style place that serves fantastic grilled salmon sandwiches. Highly recommend. Finally, if you like Piroshky, Piroshky Piroshky is right there in the market as well.

          Samlev

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            mrnelso RE: samlev Dec 24, 2008 05:00 PM

            And Uli's will grill any sausage and serve it on a toasted bun for you in their new biergarten, with good fries and a very nice aioli.
            The market is stuffed with great, cheap, fast lunches. In fact, there are so many nice surprises in cheap, fast, good lunches there, I advise you to adopt a search-pattern strategy and start working your delicious way through them all.
            Don't miss pizza at Delaurenti's (with a nice salad), World Class Chili, I love New York deli, Pike Place Grill, right across the aisle from Uli's, - oh, this is silly, I'll be listing a hundred lunches. Go eat...

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              terrier RE: mrnelso Dec 24, 2008 06:48 PM

              I am sad to report that World Class Chili has closed for good. Their last day was apparently the 20th of December. I went to pick up some chili for my better half on Monday and discovered the unfortunate note in the window.

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                mrnelso RE: terrier Dec 24, 2008 07:13 PM

                Thank you, Terrier, for very sad news.

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                  FoodDee RE: mrnelso Dec 25, 2008 07:27 PM

                  The owner died while on vacation in Hawaii last month.

                  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

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                    mrnelso RE: FoodDee Dec 26, 2008 12:33 PM

                    Thank you, Foodie, for the link. Joe was a very special man. Yes, his chili truly was world-class (we had him bring gallons for our wedding) but we'll miss even more his smile, his humor, and that incredible twinkle he'd get. He made big and welcoming space for everybody. We will always love him and be grateful to have known him.
                    Eric Nelson and Aspen Swartz

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            stolenchange RE: Hanads Dec 24, 2008 07:07 PM

            If you want something quick and not too pricey, I love Beechers. They have fabulous paninis and their mac and cheese is amazing.

            If you're looking for something more sit-down and bit more $$, I also love Cafe Campagne. Amazing lamb burger served with frites and a side of aioli. Nom nom nom.

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              zoogrrrl RE: stolenchange Dec 25, 2008 06:59 PM

              We treated ourselves to lunch at Matt's at the Market on the 23rd. The grilled tuna cheese sandwich special was incredible, as was the often-mentioned catfish sandwich. Soups were great, and the ice creams divine. And with a few glasses of wine, one could almost forget the slushy nightmare outside!

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              StripperingGourmet RE: Hanads Dec 27, 2008 12:55 PM

              Haven't read through all the reply posts yet but I think a good option would be Le Pichet. Not that far from Pike Place and it's overflowing with delicious Parisian classics.

              Between Virginia & Stewart.

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