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Apr 8, 2009 12:05 PM

Where to go with a picky eater? (SEA)

I'm originally from the Seattle area and will be back for visit in May, and am excited to try some of the new restaurants that have opened since I moved to London over 5 years ago.

However, my very English husband is not what one would describe as an adventurous eater – he likes simple food that is well cooked, but his interest in food ends there. He is also quite picky about what he eats, and while I finally got him to try figs and foie gras earlier this year, I fear that the menus at some of new restaurants will send him running.

When we’ve been in town before, he liked both Lola and Purple, but I want something new. Are there any more places between the chains and the more adventurous experiences? So far I’ve come up with Barola, Maximilien, and perhaps the Dahlia Lounge – none of them particularly “new”.

I don’t think a place like Crush, Lark, or How to Cook a Wolf is going to be his sort of thing. We’ll be near the convention center, so places nearby would be a bonus.


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  1. Spinasse might fit the bill well. Simple and perfectly crafted food (the pastas will blow your mind!) Opened last year, it's still my favorite new restaurant in Seattle. It's not quite a mile's walk (or a short cab ride) up Pike from the convention center to 14th Ave.

    1. I'm thinking of Restaurant Zoe, or the Queen City Grill. Or Crow on lower Queen Anne. Each has fabulous meat and poultry dishes. I've taken a picky eater friend to all of them!

      1. Quinn's. You can have your foie and he can have great pub food. Cafe Presse is another fun place that picky eaters can also enjoy.

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        1. re: Lauren

          Thank you very much for all of your suggestions, I have a much better list.

          1. re: Lauren

            I agree with these two suggestions, especially if your husband is a carnivore. Excellent meat dishes, things he will recognize (and enjoy) and very good quality. The roasted chicken at Presse is awesome, as is the steak frites

          2. he can still get his beef and potatoes at Crush (I gave an unadventurous friend and his wife a gift certificate to go there, they ordered that (among other dishes) and said that was their favorite dish). Barolo is another good choice, if you are looking for Italian. you can go to Maximilien's for lunch where he can get his bavette steak frites (dinner would be much more expensive there than lunch). I would agree that Lark could be too precious for him.

            1. Steelhead Diner in the Market might be a good choice. Crush and Barolo are also good choices.