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Feb 15, 2009 03:16 PM

seattle lunch and dinner with kids but hound friendly...

Hi I'd like to show my wife and kids alittle seattle food for a couple days. Kids 9 and 10 well mannered and eat alot of different items. I want to also show my wife how outstanding the food can be without eating at red robin or fast food spots(because of the kids). I would like Matts but it doesn't look so kid friendly. Any suggestions would be appreciated....

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  1. Kisaku is very good Japanese (near Green Lake) and have always been great to our kids who are younger than yours.

    1. We had lunch at Matt's during the holidays, along with a four year old. Things went well enough! If your kids like food, they'll do well there. You've obviously seen the recommendations for the catfish sandwich. Soups are great, and the pulled pork sandwich looked divine. I'd say go for lunch!

      1. Seattle's pretty spread out and has choice spots and foods hiding all about, so if you can say more about where you are staying, your preferences in cuisines, locales, prices, that will help us help you.

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        1. re: mrnelso

          we are staying at the weston(4th st I think) my kids love meat. duck steak any type that is not too fancy.(no heavy sauces) they love pasta(more olive oil based) and are just getting into more fish and seafood. I really want them to see Pikes. Also pizza is high on there list. thanks...

          1. re: kevin25

            We had a family dinner at Serious Pie, a Tom Douglas Pizza place, and it went pretty is not trad. pizza, but there are options. I really love going to the Steelhead Diner and I have never seen a crowd there that would be anti-kid. I think Seattle is generally pretty cool with the kid thang...especially 9 and up. Lola has some great options for picky eaters...a lot of small inventive plates, "Greeky". Brasa is nice and loud during happy hour, so sit near the bar and kids are gonna be pig there. For a fun lunch day, run around Pike Place and nibble the way through the pork hombow at Mee Sum Pastry Shop, chowder at Pike Place Chowder, hot mini-donuts. If you want something more sit-downy, hitch a free bus from Pike Place down to Pioneer Square and check out the new cafe under the Elliott Bay Bookstore. Funky atmosphere downstairs from the world's best bookstore with a great kids section.

            1. re: kevin25

              The Pike Place Market (not Pike's or they'll think you're tourist - oh wait...) is a wonderland of great wandering food. Jack's Fish Spot, with glass tanks of live crab and seafood faces Pike Place, and has a wonderful Cioppino, made right there, and a nice real Dungeness crab cocktail. I bet for the best price in town, and the kids will get a kick out of the "atmosphere" of the little lunch counter there. 20 feet away, 3 Girls Bakery, though they no longer bake, serves great sandwiches.Immediately across Pike Place, in the covered arcade is Uli's Famous sausages, with a broad and wonderful offering of truly teriffic fresh sausages, which they will grill to order - a great lunch. Get the fries, which they serve with a very nice aioli.Right on the other side of the aisle is <arket Grill, where they will throw a clab of fresh Halibut or Salmon on the grill, for another excellent sandwich. South from there, the main building takes a hook to the East, where it passes I love NY deli (they corn their own beef, I think) and some truly mighty sandwiches. Right at First Avenue is Delaurenti's, with good pizza slices and salads.

              At the other end of downtown using the FREE bus tunnel to the last stop (buses are all free downtown, when the signs say FREE RIDE AREA), International district station (METRO HQ is a block or two away at 2nd and Jackson, for bus info). Uwajimaya is a treat for most anybody and nearby is Kau Kau and another joint whose name I don't remember, where you can get BBQ Pork by the pound - cheap. Due South of Uwajimaya 2 blocks, hiding behind the old golden INS building, is Big John's PFI, with imported delicacies of many kinds. All around the "Chinatown" neighborhood are fine little restaurants with good food. Get lovely Vietnamese at Green Leaf, tamarind Tree, Lemongrass...

              1. re: mrnelso

                Everything sounds great thanks alot. I'll start looking into these tonight. ps thanks for the " no pikes " heads up....

                1. re: kevin25

                  You are very welcome.
                  Matt's will do very well for lunch. Try a catfish sandwich.
                  Below Matt's is Pike Place Bar and Grill, which has the dubious distinction of having been in business for my whole 57 Seattle years without ever coming to my ear. I enjoyed the one sitting of beer-battered halibut very much, though. I've been thinking about being 10 or 12 at the Market (which I was, once) and thought of the following:
                  Once (and maybe still??) there was a kite shop on the hillclimb (find the stairs as you make the turn to the right, North, past Delaurenti's from First Avenue). Also there is Procopio Gelato - oh yeah. and El Puerco Lloron, the crying pig, which offers the very Mexican fare I found, living in El Paso. I like tacos al pastor and asada, always with a dozen fresh tortillas (ask, it's gone from the menu, but still available). For a real trip, stumble all the way down to the waterfront before 3:00 M-F and order up a few dozen oysters on the half shell at Elliott's (50 cents ea, but add 20 cents every half hour after, so order them all before 3:30). At 12, I enjoyed twisty little passages, all alike, so don't miss the arcade way behind the knife shop or the many levels downstairs in the main building. If there's a chance in heck they'd like to try escargot (ick, to me) go to Maximilien, where they also offer well prepared mussels. A great view is at Lowell's, which serves up reliable diner fare. Do try to get a dozen block's south, to Pioneer Square (a mixed bag, to be sure) and the International District (Chinatown), a bit to the East.
                  I have no idea if the METRO passenger ferries are running to Alki, now, but if they are, go eat Halibut F&C at Sunfish. In any event, a ferry ride is mandatory, and if you can hack it, the Argosy Cruise to Blake Island. Locals scoff at this, if they've never been, but it's worth the time and price, especially if you're 12.
                  There's a Gelato joint a few yards south of Delaurenti's, on First. Nice.

                  1. re: mrnelso

                    mrnelso, awesome post! as someone who lives in seattle but sometimes has to act a bit touristy for a "hooky" day from work I say you're spot on. wish I had seen this post last year when we were trying to figure out how to entertain a teenager for a week! (from that trip, I know it sounds silly, but she loved la panier, delaurenti's and beechers in the market. we got cheese (beechers) and a baguette (le panier) along with nibbles at delaurenti's and ate it at home later and she thought that was the coolest thing ever)

                    1. re: nseattlefoodie

                      Spunds like she found some good things and had a good time and you will be like, totally ready for the next visit.

                      1. re: mrnelso

                        mrnelso, I second the excellent post. now I just have to get the kids to eat 5 or 6 times a day while we are there.(I want to anyway). Again i'll work on your ideas on line tonight. thanks and I'll get back to you soon with more questions I'm sure...kevin25