Boston chow in SEA, looking for dinner recs
I am from Boston, and will be in Seattle for a few weekdays in the coming week. I am staying down near Pikes Market, but have a car and am looking for a couple dinner recommendations:
1. A sushi place. Whether it's a hole in the wall, or the 'place to blow your yearly bonus from work that Seattle sushi-lovers put on their special list', I am open to anything.
2. Something 'uniquely Seattle.' Whether that means dishes that include local seafood, or local veggies or just a place that reminds you of your home city/region.
I am not looking for anything formal (more than a pair of slacks for men).
As you might imagine there are a ton of sushi restaurants in Seattle, but if I had to pick one that's not trendy, kind of a hole-in-the-wall, affordable and yummy I would send you to Maneki. It's in the International District off of 6th and Jackson, so not far from where you are staying and there's a really great teahouse around the corner that has awesome green tea lattes. Another place that is one of my all-time favorites is a Vietnamese restaurant also in the International District called the Tamarind Tree. It's in a strip mall and from the outside looks like a total dive, but it's beautiful inside, the food is INCREDIBLE and really affordable. I love just about everything on the menu. One thing that I never would've tried was a three-bean desert that is like nothing I've ever had. They also used to have a kumkaut (sp?) martini. Another very unassuming place is called Paseo Carribean...there's one in Fremont and another now in Ballard down on the waterfront. If you eat pork, the best thing is the Pork Sandwich...slab of pork with cilantro, onions and other goodies on a delicious roll. The place in Fremont has a few indoor seats and I think the Ballard joint is just takeout.
I could go on and on, but I'll stop there. Just depends where you're going to be and what neighborhoods you want to check out.