Lunch and Dinner in Downtown Seattle this Friday with adventurous kids
I have one day and night to spend with Bothell grandsons - 9 and 14. They are well behaved and adventurous in their food choices - mussels, sushi, crab. I'd like to drive downtown, PARK the car, then walk to someplace fun for lunch and dinner. We'll stay overnight at the Edgewater Hotel and have breakfast there. Then back to suburbia.
Right up the stairs to Pike Place Market. Kids will go nuts, grazing. Google "mrnelso Pike" to find many posts on the market. Or just go.
A couple notes first, though. On First Avenue, near the bottom of the stairs on the Pike Street Hillclimb is El Puerco Lloron, for Mexican food like I ate so often in El Paso - order a dozen tortillas, even though they are not on the menu. Procopio Gelato on the stairs too (are they still there?). On up the stairs and across Pike Place (not street, that's around the corner) go to Jack's Fish Spot for Cioppino and maybe oysters on the half shell. Jag up Post alley from Pike Place to Pike Place Chowder for fish or seared scallop (yum). A few yards North on Pike Place is Mee Sum, for baked BBQ Pork Hum Bao. Back across Pike Place to Uli's for a grilled sausage on a bun with fries, or just across the aisle to the little stall of Market Grill for a grilled Salmon or Halibut sandwich. Avoid Lowell's, the Athenian, and the Market Bar & Grill (way different from Marget Grill - think Denny's). Gyros, Sushi, Fried Chicken, Pizza, (avoid the hot-dog stand), Borek, Talash, Pastry - it's all there. Go upscale-sitdown at Cafe Campagne, or eat snails or mussels at Maximilien.
Get gelato on First Ave, just around the corner from Delaurenti, at Bella Botega, about which there are many posts here.