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Seattle/Tacoma Dinner/Lunch Recommendations

I will be in Seattle 01/12 - 01/15 and Tacoma 02/23 - 02/26 on business. I've been looking at this board for some recommendations and I think I have found some options but I wanted to get your opinion.

I'm staying at The Paramount Hotel in Seattle on both trips. I will have a car and I don't mind driving 20-30 miles to get a decent meal.

I would like to stay under $30 for dinner and under $15 for lunch but I don't mind spending extra for a good meal.

Here's the list of places I have so far;

1) Wild Ginger
2) Red fin
3) Matt's
4) Steelhead
5) The union
6) Pacific grill
7) Indochine
8) The matador
9) Vuelve A La Vida
10) The matador
11) Asado
12) Dhalia lounge

I will be working couple of blocks away from The Paramount hotel so let me know if any of these places are close enough for a quick (about 1 hour) lunch.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. RJ, You've done your homework well--especially your Tacoma destinations. At Vuelva A La Vida order seafood. Also recommended in nearby Fife is Sapporo for Sushi and Japanese cuisine. Very humble, but wonderful people and food. (The soft-shell crab appetizer is an amazing bargain. A great lunch or dinner destination.) In Tacoma, avoid the Harmon at all costs. Since you are near the Paramount, check out Dinette and Quinn's. Both quirky and good.

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    1. re: Leper

      I can't speak to the Tacoma places, but in Seattle I can't heartily reccommend Wild Ginger (relatively expensive, gringo-friendly pan-asian cuisine), Red Fin (mediocre sushi) or Matador (fairly poor gringo-mex/spanish/pan-latin). I like Matt's, Steelhead Diner and Union very much. There are alot of good choices within a mile of the Paramount, in the Capitol Hill, Pike Place and Belltown areas.

    2. The Baguette Box would be a good place for a quick lunch and is right up the street from the Paramount http://www.baguettebox.com/capitolhil...

      I second the Quinn's recommendation. A good place for dinner http://quinnspubseattle.com/

      Also another fun place on the Hill that is open late is Cafe Presse. http://www.cafepresseseattle.com/page...

      Pike Place Chowder in Pacific Place would also be good for a quick lunch http://www.pacificplaceseattle.com/re...

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      1. re: PaqpIn

        So I Pike Place Chowder, but the one in the market seems SOOOOOOO much better than the one in Pacific Place. I'm sure they're the same recipe and everything, and I'm sure a big part of it is that my perception is skewed from just being at the market (coming in from the cold, more energy, etc), but the soups from the one in Pike Place just seem to taste better

      2. Pike Place Market will be a great resouce for you for lunches- Piroshky Piroshky, Market Grill, Matt's in the Market, Steelhead Diner, Pike Place Chowder, Cafe Yamarka, Three Sisters, DeLaurentis, I love NY Deli, etc, etc

        IMO-
        No to Wild Ginger and Matador (great for happy hour food and that is it)
        Yes to Dhalia Lounge (thought I like The Palace Kitchen better), Matt's, Steelhead, and Union is debatable (I would try Anchovie & Olives instead- it is in Capital Hill a mile+ up Pine- it is another Ethan Stowell restaurant that just got rated top 10 by GQ)

        Ideas-
        -Long's (downtown) or Tamarind Tree (International District)
        -UMI (Belltown on first) for sushi- I have had many great meals at the sushi bar solo
        -If you venture to Ballard- Bastille, La Carta Oaxaca, and La Isla
        -Le Pichet (French bistro brunch, lunch, or dinner- by the market)
        -Dinner in Capitol Hill- recommended ( all are sort of in the Pike/Pine area east of Broadway- which is the main drag in Cap Hill- which is a hill climb up from your hotel)- Anchovie & Olives, La Spiga, Quinn's Gastropub, &Oddfellow's Cafe (lunch & dinner) & dessert at Cupcake Royale or Molly Moon's- maybe coffee and relaxing at Cafe Vita or Stumptown

        1. Oh!! also! Honeyhole (sandwiches) is a couple blocks up Pike from your area- so good! Hot and cold sandwiches- developed and flavorful

            1. re: natalie.warner

              Natalie - thank you so much for all your recommendations. Looks like I'm going to need a 3rd trip to try all these places :)