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May 4, 2009 12:04 PM

Recs near the Westin in Seattle

I will be staying at the Westin mid-May for a conference and welcome recommendations - preferably within walking distance.

I love all kinds of food so am open to any ideas and suggestions. But my real love is the type of cuisine they serve at Craft (NYC) and Michael's Genuine (Miami) if that is any help. If there were something like that with a Pacific Northwest slant, that would be ideal. But like I said, am open to anything.

Am really interested in places with bar seating since I will be travelling alone.


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      1. re: terrier

        Three recs for Palace Kitchen.

    1. Icon Grill offers dinner in the bar as well and is right out the back door of the Westin and across the street. Funky decor but decent comfort food.

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      1. re: firecracker

        Icon seems to have slipped quite a bit in the last couple of years. My last couple of meals there have been extremely disappointing and expensive for what I got. I'd skip it.

        The Westin is right downtown - walking distance to Pike Market and Belltown, and right by the bus tunnel (free rides to the International district during the week), and a bit of a longer walk or short bus ride to Capital Hill. Basically, you can easily get to just about any downtown resto you see on the board.

        There are four Tom Douglas restos right around the Westin, all good - Palace Kitchen, Lola, Dahlia Lounge and Serious Pie. You might enjoy Union - it's a bit farther of a walk, but totally doable (maybe 10 blocks).

        1. re: akq

          I work a couple of blocks from Lola and have to say I have never had a decent meal there. I'd try Dahlia or Palace Kitchen before I'd go to Lola.

          You might also like Poppy or The Tin Table on Capital Hill, nikklos.

          1. re: firecracker

            Lola's not my favorite, but I do like the spreads with pita and the lamb burger.

      2. Tavolata (Ethan Stowell).

        1. Walk down to Pike's Market, great place to visit the First Starbuck's, great food stalls. Matt's at the Market is good - need a res.

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          1. re: duck833

            Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Wound up going to Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Lola, Etta and Canlis. All were quite good. I think Etta may have been my favorite.

            One thing for sure - I definitely learned much about the versatility of rhubarb on my trip - we don't see much of it in Miami.

              1. re: nikklos

                Tom Douglas owes you a cashback reward...