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Mar 5, 2009 05:42 PM

Four nights in Seattle

We'll be attending a conference in Seattle next week (Wed - Sat.) Staying basically at the Convention Center (no car). We might have to attend a corporate function or two, but we're pretty much on our own other than that.

We really want to try some Northwest seafood, and we love Asian of all kinds. I've read about some of the great sushi places in Seattle, but I'm not sure if they're accessible via our location (if we don't want to take a cab).

Love to hear anybody's suggestions. Thx.

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  1. Try Dragonfish. It's walking distance from the convention center and great.

    1. Two on the best sushi thread are within walking distance to the convention center. One is Shiro at 2401 2nd Ave and the other is Saito at 2120 2nd Ave.

      1. You are within walking distance of many excellent restaurants. I agree with the recommendations for Shiro's, but also suggest the Mussels at Maximillien's in the Market. (Their upstairs bar is rustic, fun and has the same menu as the downstairs restaurant.) TXORI in Belltown has some great tapas including amazing clams. The catfish sandwich at Matt's in the Market is Chow-worthy. Excellent raw oysters at the Brooklyn. The dish that is worth a cab ride and that will make your trip truly memorable is the Szechuan crab at Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan restaurant. A remarkable dish. They are located in the International District about 2 minutes from downtown proper. (Almost walking distance but not quite.) Enjoy your visit!

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        1. re: Leper

          Thanks for the response. We don't mind walking a mile or so beyond the Convention Center, depending on weather of course. Looks like it will be in the 50s next week.

          1. re: edub23

            Remember that weather in the 50s in Seattle means RAIN -- prepare accordingly.

            You're near tons of good restaurants. I don't know much about Sushi, but in the area of "Northwestern" I can strongly recommend Palace Kitchen (5th / Lenore), which is only 10 min walk. It can get busy on weekends unless you go early. It's run by Tom Douglas, who is a well-known local restaurant operator, and actually all his places are pretty decent -- but I'd say Palace is the most genuinely "Northwestern."

            A nice walk uphill is Quinn's (Pike / 10th), about which you can read much gushing commentary here -- a true gastropub, great food, fun bar. Also gets crazy crowded on weekends, but you can get on the list and then go across the street to the great Moe Bar for a drink while you're waiting.

            Also, some good non-Northwestern places in the vicinity I can recommend -- think about Purple (roughly University / 4th), a wine bar with good small plates; and the Belltown trio of Txori (Basque-style tapas), Tavolata (upscale Italian) and Kushi Bar (Japanese street food). All are great spaces with really good food. I think all take reservations, and you'll likely need them. All are located along 2nd Ave roughly at Bell St (they are on two adjacent blocks).

            Have fun!

          2. re: Leper

            My brother recommended Shiro's as well. We're at 7th and Pike, or thereabouts. Got a good scenic route we can take?

          3. All walking distance downtown and recommended-

            UMI- hit up the 2 happy hours- great innovative sushi- wonderful space- fun vibe- don't miss it
            Txori- newcomer to Seattle scene- real Spanish tapas- do drinks at Spur and food here or vice versa- not to be a meal but snacks
            Lola- do lunch here! it is a scaled back menu with better prices- I recommend the many many spreads with homemade pita and a seafood kabob- or something else special
            Dahlia's Lounge- go here for a late night dessert- best coconut creme pie!
            Brasa- for swank happy hour and drinks- met food by celebrated Seattle chef- she was on Iron Chef
            Matt's in the Market- go here for the catfish sandwich- enjoy the market views and the great restaurant space
            Palace Kitchen- heard great things about the burger- most celebrated Tom Douglas restuarant- a dinner destination
            Le Pitchet- French foodie bistro- close to the market- has jazz on some nights- good for all meals
            Pike Place Chowder- go to the location in the market and try the northwest seafood chowder
            Stalls in the Pike Place market... The Crumpet Shop- Piroshky, Piroshky- Three Girls Bakery- Cinnamon Works- I Love NY deli/ & the Swedish bakery one stall over

            Helpful Lists?

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            1. re: natalie.warner

              Thanks, all, for the suggestions. Unfortunately I had limited internet access in Seattle, so some of these suggestions arrived too late. Here's what we did:

              Wednesday, lunch @ Athenian in the Market. I was starving hungry after arriving a bit late into town, so I really wasn't very discriminating. Anyway, we had a nice water view and the chowder was fine.

              Dinner @ Palace Kitchen. Got seated right away. We basically ate off the appetizer menu. I had to have some Pacific Northwest oysters (fried, in this case). They were excellent, as were the grilled wings. My s.o. had a bowl of the sweet potato soup and the salad w/ the giant crouton. Can't say it was the greatest meal, but the atmosphere was lively and now I can say I've eaten at a Tom Douglas joint.

              The next two days most of our meals were provided by the conference. We did have lunch at Saigon, near the Convention Center. Can't say it was all that positive, especially the slow service. I was almost done with my meal (a combination with meatballs, shrimp on sugar cane, and a spring roll) before my s.o. got her bowl of noodles.

              I snuck away Saturday afternoon and had lunch at Elliott's Oyster House. Sat at the bar and watched basketball and had fried razor clams, which was a fine thing to do given that the weather had turned to rain.

              That night we wanted to walk to Shiro for sushi, but the weather prevented us. Rather than take a cab, we decided to eat the Typhoon!. Since it was relatively early (we had an event later that night, but not for hours) I wanted to sit at the bar and have a glass of wine and again watch some basketball. We were told by the hostess that because of a large number of reservations that evening, the bar was closed. On a Saturday night? At five in the afternoon, with a virtually empty restaurant? Oooohkay. So we took a table. A few minutes later she returned and told us she was misinformed and the bar would be closed the following day. Too late, though.

              Anyway, we had a very nice meal. "Fish on Fire," basically a flambeed halibut in a spicy sauce, along with dungeness crab pad thai. I know Typhoon! is a chain, but it's some of the better Thai food I've had recently. (We don't have any Thai close by in the Springfield, MA area).

              Sunday was getaway day, but not til after 10 p.m. This time I took my s.o. down to Elliott's. She had salmon sliders and a salad. I think it's the only salmon we actually ate the entire trip (though I brought a piece of smoked salmon home). I got one bite and thought it was great. I had fried oysters as my last big Seattle meal. Since the weather was really nasty at that point (40 mph winds, rain, snow, etc.) it was very nice to be enclosed with a view of the very choppy bay and the ferries going in and out of the harbor.

              Overall, although we never got the sushi we wanted, I think we got a good sampling of Seattle cuisine.

              1. re: edub23

                Thanks for the follow up. You'll have to come back and give our sushi a try.

                1. re: Lauren

                  We tried, honestly. We actually walked by Saito, but it was Sunday so it was closed. It was too early to eat anyway, so that's when we went back to Elliot's.

                  I hope there's a next time. I love Seattle.