Help me impress my husband with Seattle...
I'm coming out there for a few days next week with my foodie (.... did anyone say food snob?) husband. I'm desperately trying to impress him with Seattle - I very much want to move back there. We will only be n town for few days (Wednesday through Sunday afternoon). We live in Brooklyn and husband is very fond of the food choices of NYC but I feel like Seattle has quite a lot to offer. Anyway, anyone have suggestions? Here's what I'm thinking of doing:
happy hour at Sazerac (nice and delicious cheap cocktails and finger food)
dinner at La Medusa
lunch at Cafe Nola
lunch at Salish Lodge
happy hour at Elliot's (he's a big oyster fan)
We've really enjoyed Salumi in the past as well as Etta's.
What else should we think about doing? What should we avoid? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Places to wow him with-
Cafe Jaunita- Bothell area
Art of the Table(serves dinner Thurs, Fri, Sat)- Wallingford- coursed theme dinners- change weekly
Elemental- Wallingford- Food and wine pairings selected by hosts
Crush- Capital Hill/Madison- Chef got James Beard award
How to Cook a Wolf- QA
Springhill- West Seattle- Got Food & Wine best new chef award
Quinn's- Capitol Hill
wow..that's a tough one, IMO. NYC food is as good as it gets. Truthfully, I don't know how you'd convince a foodie to move back here. There are decent places out here but I'm hard pressed to find something to impress a NYC foodie. So I would stick to what's really stellar out here in the PNW....and harder to find in NYC.....so my picks would be:
BRASA (really inspired Spanish/Meditteranean created by a chef who competed on the Iron Chef America FoodTV show and came up strong!)
CANLIS (because it's a uniquely located-in-Seattle-with-a-magnificent-view elegant place) ..with impeccable, orchestrated service and very good food.
McCormick & Schmick's HARBORSIDE for fresh OYSTERS and a great view of the marina on Lake Union (also a very lovely Seattle location) (get there way before the sunset)
CAFE NOLA for lunch
MIKE's CHILI PARLOR in Ballard...a REAL dive and very 'old Brooklyn'.....good, fun food and fun people
CYCLOPS in belltown....edgy, East Village atmosphere....w. 'fringe-types' waitstaff menu:'creative riffs" on classic American standard dishes....all good and not expensive.
"56" at the EDGEWATER HOTEL for happy hour.....'rustic-elegant-outdoorsy' PNW decor....you feel like you're on the water and the food is good happy hour fare and the cocktails interestings...the view, the view, the view,.....the decor, the decor, the decor.....
re: Green Eggs and Ham
An idea that's been missed- take him to a farmer's market- Ballard or U-district. My take on Seattle so far is that this city excells for some ethnic food, is decent at the high end, though stumbles in comparison to places like Le Bernadin, Per Se, Craft, Spago, Providence, etc; is very strong for the upper-mid range- places that aren't 'special occasion' but are a reasonable run to on an impulse (many fantastic options for great dinner without the bank being broken); and has produce unsurpassed by any place in the US. I don't think there's a better place to live if you like to cook.
re: Green Eggs and Ham
There's many spots he is fond of - we live right off of Smith street so we go to Chestnut, Zaytoon's, Po when we can. He really likes macro spots like Angelica's in the East Village. He also likes Blue Ribbon (and Blue Ribbon Sushi). We aren't too rich so big splurges like Masa or Jean-Georges don't usually happen. What do I like - simple, down to earth (not into the current froth thing going on here in NYC) fare. My favorite spots in Seattle before I moved were Tulio, Asteroid Cafe, Cafe Nola, Cafe Flora, Szmania's and a few others. It's been 5 &1/2 years and I can see the landscape has really changed.