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NYC chower needs your help! Large group breakfast and drink options downtown Seattle

littlewilson Jan 5, 2009 05:32 AM

A large group of girlfriends will be descending on downtown Seattle for a brief visit this weekend. I'm hoping to find some good options for breakfast on Saturday and then for drinks / light fare on Saturday night.

I need places that won't be fully overwhelmed with 10 or 12 people coming in, that can handle us without a reservation (even if it means some waiting), but are still delicious if not fully Chowish, and more Seattle than tourist. Walkable from downtown/market/hotels area. The drinks option could be anything from a cafe with a nice bar to a hotel bar to a jukebox joint with a good bartender.

Any ideas that fit the bill?

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  1. terrier RE: littlewilson Jan 5, 2009 07:01 AM

    That many people, downtown, and no reservation? Dim sum at O'Asian.

    Drinks, depends on the time - if you're drinking in the evening, Zig Zag.

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      littlewilson RE: terrier Jan 5, 2009 09:54 AM

      Definitely evening for the cocktails. Thx for your rec.

      As for breakfast, I'd definitely prefer table-service, but maybe even a more casual counter-service option would work? Another option is to split into 2 6-top groups.

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      NWWanderer RE: littlewilson Jan 5, 2009 10:00 AM

      One of my favorite places downtown for breakfast on the weekends is Cafe Campagne in the market. But with a group that size, I'd call ahead if you can, even if it's just that morning.

      1. natalie.warner RE: littlewilson Jan 5, 2009 11:02 AM

        Lola for breakfast and Brasa for drinks light food

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          terrier RE: natalie.warner Jan 5, 2009 11:48 AM

          Lola is my favorite breakfast downtown but there's no way they could handle 10 people without a reservation. I don't think they could even handle 2 six-tops.

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            bluedog67 RE: terrier Jan 5, 2009 03:20 PM

            Boat Street for breakfast - belltwon may be a little out of the way, but managable

            zig zag for drinks.

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              littlewilson RE: bluedog67 Jan 5, 2009 07:37 PM

              Zig Zag sounds great. In case it doesn't work out though, any ideas for a more dive-y type of bar with a low-key vibe and good prices?

              Thanks so much for the tips thus far!

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                BallardFoodie RE: littlewilson Jan 7, 2009 03:12 PM

                The Nite Lite on 2nd between Stewart and Virginia is about as divey as it gets in the downtown area. It is unique, though.

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          DTeater RE: littlewilson Jan 7, 2009 11:49 AM

          How about Steelhead Diner for breakfast/brunch (opens at 11). It's a pretty big room so your group size should be manageable, but I'd give a quick call before you head in.

          I agree with Zig Zag, but per your last q, there aren't very many dive-y spots right in the heart of downtown, alas. Maybe the Green Room at the Showbox Market. A couple other options for drinks Sat night; Purple Wine Bar (lots of food options here too), Alibi Room, Marcus' Martini Heaven in Pioneer Square (not for food.) Good hotel bars: Oliver's (Mayflower Park Hotel), the Four Seasons or the W. None of those are bargains though. Could consider the "musicquarium" lounge at the Triple Door (under Wild Ginger)--fits the bill for food, drinks and space for a group, but the service was abysmal last time I went.

          Enjoy your visit to Seattle!

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