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Oct 1, 2009 04:55 PM

Seattle delicacies

I will be in Seattle next week. Whenever I travel to new areas I search for unique local foods (ex “Beef on Wick” – Buffalo). Anything I should not leave Seattle without trying?


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  1. My first three recommendations are:
    1. Pacific Northwest oysters
    2. Pacific Northwest oysters, and
    3. Pacific Northwest oysters.

    1. Szechuan Crab at Seven Stars Restaurant in the International District....

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      1. re: Leper

        Oh, and I forgot to mention, Oysters...

      2. Dungeness crab. Anthony's offers all-you-can eat on Sundays (at locations other than Pier 66).

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        1. re: Emilyroo

          Will Dungeness crab be in season on October 23?

          1. re: rp1760

            The Crab Festival is next weekend 10/10-10/11/09. YUM.

            Be careful with Anthony's crab feed - they don't use the best crabs and often overcook them. I end up getting the chilled crabs so they aren't as overcooked as the hots. :(

            1. re: akq

              Ugh, hot crab. Such blasphemy. Eat them cold regardless.

          2. re: Emilyroo

            This kind of stuff depresses me:
            Eating dried-out, cleaned-out, hacked-up restaurant crab that's being tossed around by the masses in a restaurant chain, and then being charged an arm and a leg for it (pun intended).

            Go to Ranch99, get a dungeness out of the live tank for $3.99, and have them steam it for you for free. Then it's really fresh, really tasty, and you get to enjoy the tomalley and the crab butter.

            Anthony's and Arnie's are great if you're over 70 and can't taste your food, and have enough money to throw away on it.


          3. Agree about the oysters and crab. And salami or other cured meat from Salumi near Pioneer Square. Given the time of year, also consider the humble Washington apple from a local vendor at Pike Place or one of the other farmer's markets. I've been munching my way through a fresh 5-lb bag of Honeycrisps from Anderson Acres in Yakima all week. The apples from Eastern WA will cause you to re-think the fruit entirely.

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            1. re: bourbongal

              I'm not crazy about most of the Eastern Washington apples -- they tend to be monocrops of the sort of generic varieties you find in supermarkets or exported. My favorite apples are the varied, misshapen heirlooms you're more likely to find at small farmers' markets. Jones Creek up on highway 20 (where I just picked 50 pounds of all sorts of apples), places like that.

              Other recs: Northwest style smoked salmon (Pike Place market or Wilson Fish at the Ballard farmers' market), fall's wild mushrooms, Ethiopian food.

            2. Any complete Seattle trip deserves some serious time wandering the Pike Place Market. It's not the same old Rouse Mall Food Court thing you might have learned to expect. For one thing, chains are not invited, so you will find no Quizno's or Cinnabon here. You will tell grandchildren that you had Cioppino at Jack's Fish Spot, a freshly grilled Andouille sausage at Uli's Famous Sausages (how did a German dude ever cotton to this?), Carne Asada tacos at El Puerco Lloron, a snappy little salad at DeLaurenti's, and the list goes on - a wonderful way to spend a day.

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              1. re: mrnelso

                I have to agree with the oyster/crab recommendation. Elliott's Oyster House, on the waterfront, has an awesome oyster happy hour every day. I think its from 3-6p. Oysters start off super cheap, like 25/50cents?, and go up a quarter every half hour.

                If you don't have much Vietnamese food where you live, Seattle is packed with Pho joints. It is a tasty meal on a cold, Seattle day. I like Pho Cyclo in Capitol Hill, but there are a million places to pick from.