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Feb 5, 2009 09:45 AM

36 Hrs in Downtown Seattle - Where to eat?

My fiancee and I will be heading to Seattle on Valenties weekend with another couple.
The guy from the other guy, along with my self LOVE food. I'd love to hear the best places to hit while in town.

There are a just a few conditions. We want good food, at an affordable price. As much as we both love high-end restaraunts, we are looking at more affordable food this time. it doesn't have to be cheap street food, but just a great value for you money.

We will be getting into Seattle not until around 9pm on the Friday, so I'd like to hit the ground running from there. The first night we will be staying at Pan Pacific, so some places in that area would be good.

Day 2, we will be staying around 7th & Vine, and we have all day to kill for eating food!

I'd like to find:
Affordable Oysters
Seafood that is not overly dressed or done up, somewhere that just lets the seafood shine
Plus anything else that makes Seattle great.

I have done some research, and have come up with a list of places that I would like to hit.

Top Pot Doughnuts
Pirosky Pirosky
Jacks (Maybe this is the best place for good seafood?)

What are your recommendations? Keep in mind, everything needs to be walkable.

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  1. Affordable Oysters--Eliott's, The Brooklyn or Flying Fish, at happy hour. Some of these will require a longer walk or bus.
    Chowder--Jack's Fish Spot, much better than Ivar's. Really just a fishmonger with a counter selling very good fish and chips, raw oysters, cocktails, chowder and cioppino.
    Seafood that is not overly dressed or done up, somewhere that just lets the seafood shine--Jack's (see above), or maybe Steelhead Diner. Don't know what "affordable" means to you; if you can spend more, maybe Matt's or Flying Fish.

    Top Pot Doughnuts--everyone's favorite doughnuts. I personally prefer Mighty O, but that is in another neighorhood not at all walkable.
    Beechers-Cheesemaker in Pike Place. I've heard their Mac n Cheese is great, but I've never tried it.
    Pirosky Pirosky--for russian pastries and sides, I prefer Cafe Yarmaka, which is also in Pike Place.
    Jacks (Maybe this is the best place for good seafood?)--see above

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    1. re: equinoise

      Tell me about the Happy Hour at Brooklyn ... I wanted to look at their website but it appears they no longer have one. (?)

    2. Oysters-
      Elliot's at happy hour & I have heard good things about the Brooklyn
      Pike Place Chowder in the market... it has won a few awards and is cute tucked away in the alley
      Jack's Fish Spot

      I agree with Top Pot (I am also a Mighty-O fan- which is sometimes sold at Starbucks)- make sure to add- The Crumpet Shop, Daily Dozen Dounuts, Market Spice Tea, Bavarian Meats, buying Salumi meats at De Laurenti (Mario Batali's father) etc while in the market*

      This list might help-

      This might be of help too :)

      1. Thanks for all the input so far!

        Affordable would be somewhere that is $15-25 mains. Well maybe this is more on the line of cheap, but since I will probably shop lots on the way down, I'd like to say money on food!

        Also, what is a recommendation for a great hot dog/corn dog?

        Does Elliots/The Brooklyn/Flying Fish offer Oyster Happy Hour on a Saturday?

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        1. re: CdnLifeguard

          You're in luck! Most Seattle reastaurants- even the Tom Douglas empire- have menu options that fit in your price range... and is not order a bunch of small plates of a few of the starters :)

          1. re: natalie.warner

            Thanks Natalie.
            Any recommendations for restaraunts on the Saturday night? Tom Douglas' Lola look's quite nice. But of course there is HTCAW.......

            Also, back to my previous question....Oyster happy hour on Saturdays...does it exist?

              1. re: CdnLifeguard

                While it maybe a bit (ok a bit more than a bit) on the tourist side of things, take a trip out to the Native-American buffet out in the middle of the harbour.
                Tilicum Village?
                And I need some help here-what is the name of the burger joint-Red Barn? Red Mill?

                1. re: Jon1856

                  A native Seattleite, I agree. First, that Tillicum Village is touristy, but more important that it is memorable and entirely worthwhile. Be ready for steam-table potatoes and noisy masks - fun trip.

                  JON: if in N Seattle, Red Mill, but save yourself the trip as RM is pedestrian. OK, but ordinary - See Kid Valley and Lunchbox Laboratory for better. Some, including me, confess to Dick's.