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Aug 6, 2009 05:30 AM

Yummy Eats in Seattle for a Newbie =)

Hi Everyone!
I will be in Seattle (for work) from Sept 17-25 and will be staying at the W Hotel. I would love it if you guys can give me advice on where to eat. I wont have a car, so the closer to my hotel the better. Im open to everything, but am on a budget. I dont want to spend more than $15 for lunch and no more than $20 for dinner..I dont drink nor do I ever order dessert. So for a first timer, what are the MUST eat places? Im am SUPER excited about visiting Seattle!


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  1. Your hotel is downtown. Plenty of good stuff within walking distance. Spend some time poking around on this board and you'll find lots of recommendations. The board's search function might aid you in your quest.

    1. You could try taking the new light rail down to the ID district (or walking - it is not that far) and going to Tamarind Tree.
      There is also Salumi for lunch (an expensive sandwich, but within your budget and worth it).
      Or you could go to Elliot Bay Books and the cafe in there.

      One thought for cheaper dinners in nice places is the Happy Hour. Places like Elliott's Oysters have good happy hours

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      1. re: PaqpIn

        What are some of the "must eats" around my area?

        1. re: mymomisthebestcook

          What does everyone think about 'Icon Grill' and 'Pamelas Fine Foods'? Are they near where Im staying?

          1. re: mymomisthebestcook

            We just returned from there! I think that you might like Purple. It's a happening cafe and wine bar that serves a full menu including tapas. You also might like Wild Ginger, it's very popular and you can eat in the lounge.I second the rec for Elliot's. The seafood was very good!
            Don't go over to Pioneer Square alone at night!

            1. re: compucook

              Purple looks really good! And so does Wild Ginger! =)

              1. re: mymomisthebestcook

                We just got back from Seattle and also stayed at W Seattle. I also vote for Elliott's. Love the happy hour menu from 3-6pm. It's a quick walk downhill from W Seattle to Elliott's (I'd say 10-15 min). For breakfast, I'd recommend the Crumpet shop by Pike Place (photo below), i love their crumpets and cappuccino! Something different from just regular breakfasts. We went to Flying Fish as a celebratory dinner for the last day of our trip, a bit of a longer walk (20-25 min), but the food was delicious with lots of choices for diffferent kinds of seafood. The servers were amazingly nice. Oh, if you are in for sushi, try Shiro (also within walking distance of 20 min), sashimi were really fresh. One of the best jap food place ever.

                We were in a group of 5 the entire time, the walk from Shiro and Flying Fish can get a little sketchy after dark depending on which avenue you walk along. I'd recommend walking down 3rd or 4th Avenue rather than 1st or 2nd Ave where these restaurants are located.

                Edit: Ooo...just read about your budget part, the Crumpet shop and Elliott's happy hour would definitely be within your budget.

                1. re: overseastar

                  Thanks for the info overseastar! What part of Seattle is that considered? How was the W hotel? Are there any small grocery/convenience stores near it? Where did you guys have lunch? dinner?

                  1. re: mymomisthebestcook

                    The W is right in the middle of downtown. There is a tiny convenience store/teriyaki place in the parking garage on the same block as the W. There is a Krese supermarket on third, one block down and maybe 1-2 blocks over.

                    You can walk to Pike Place, walk or free ride to th International District, walk/fast ride to Capitol Hill, walk to Belltown.

                    1. re: mymomisthebestcook

                      There is a grocery store (Essential Market) in the bottom of the Cobb Building at 4th and University - just 1 block North of the W.

              2. re: mymomisthebestcook

                I eat at Pamelas Fine Foods all the time! A line develops around lunchtime, especially on weekdays, but it is definitely under $15 and its definitely worth it! Also don't forget about Minimus-Maximus pulled pork sandwiches. Absolutely within your budget.


          2. Pike Place Market and Chinatown are just 5 or 10 blocks from the W and entirely walkable, though also within the free ride trqansit zone, and each presents plenty of reasonable options for good food.

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            1. re: mrnelso

              What are the TOP 5 places that I MUST eat at?

              1. re: mymomisthebestcook

                Does your budget of $15/lunch, $20/dinner include tip? If so, you're going to have a tough time in downtown Seattle.

                1. re: firecracker

                  I would like it to include tip, but chances are it wont. So since Im staying at the W downtown, what are the top 5 lunch and dinner places I should eat at? My trip is next week...!!!

                  1. re: mymomisthebestcook

                    Some ideas-
                    Salumi- lunch
                    Green Leaf- lunch or dinner
                    Market Grill- lunch/early dinner
                    Matt's in the Market- lunch
                    The Palace Kitchen (apps/famous burger/etc)- lunch or dinner
                    Serious Pie- lunch or dinner
                    Le Pichet- lunch or dinner
                    Steelhead Diner- brunch/lunch
                    Lola- brunch/lunch
                    Umi Sake House- happy hour/dinner
                    Brasa- happy hour
                    Oddfellows Cafe (capitol hill)- brunch/lunch
                    Quinn's(capitol hill)- dinner
                    THE PIKE PLACE MARKET-

                    Take a peak at this list-