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Jan 10, 2009 11:54 AM

Seattle dinner, no alcohol -- recs?

My SO and I are in the middle of a post-holiday "dry" period -- no drinking. We are going out to dinner tonight and I'm wondering if there are any restaurants which would be particularly good to try while we are not drinking. It sounds like an odd question but I'm wondering about...

A: restaurants that don't have a liquor license but have great food
B: restaurants that have a very overpriced wine list but are a great deal when you aren't drinking (this may apply to 99% of the restaurants in Seattle, I suppose...)

We've been eating out at our usual spots and not ordering drinks, which is fine, but I'm just curious if there's something we should try before we go back to our typical wine-with-dinner habit.

We'd want to stay in the greater Seattle area, and under $50pp for dinner.


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  1. I'm not sure there's a restaurant anywhere with great food but no liquor license--that's where they make a large % of their money. And I agree with you on B! You might consider Cafe Flora--because they're a vegetarian restaurant, there seems to be less "pressure" or "expectation" that you're going to order wine with dinner, or even drinks.

    1. As someone who recently gave birth, I spent the last nine months avoiding alcohol in Seattle restaurants. One thing you could consider is choosing a place that does fun non-alcoholic drinks. Lola comes to mind, and I think Tilth as well. Crush will make you something yummy sans alcohol too.

      1. How about Lunchbox Laboratory or a number of great little Pho places. I can't remember if Fu Man Dumpling House offers liquor or not, but its tasty! Good luck and happy dining!

        1. If it were me, I'd go to one of the great Chinese places and drink tea. I'm thinking of Szechuan Chef in Bellevue or Seven Stars Pepper in the ID.