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i'm new to seattle and job-hunting. i came here from new york where i ate out more than i ate in, and my favorite spot was a little place near my apt. where my husband and i could linger over amazing pasta and a couple glasses of wine and get out for under $40.

we're on a budget but we still need to get out of the house--does anyone have any suggestions? i feel like seattle is populated with good restaurants, but so far i don't know of a lot that won't break the bank. i'm trying to be money-smart and still indulge, which i hope is possible......ideas?

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  1. I feel like Cafe Presse is perfect for you.
    Inexpensive food items, nice affordable wines by the glass.

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    Cafe Presse
    1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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    1. re: GreenYoshi

      you're right--cafe presse is just what i was looking for....

    2. There a good brazailian rest in the U district around 55th

      1. I'd recommend checking out some of the great happy hours around town. My favorite is the extended happy hour (3pm - close) at Ivar's Acres of Clams restaurant on Pier 54. The spicy cilantro grilled shrimp is absolutely delicious...

        There's a website with all the happy hours around seattle with a great search feature where you can find any happy hour currently happening.

        http://www.gotime.com/seattle

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        Pier 54
        Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98101

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        1. re: soypower

          Yes, happy hour (and Cafe Presse, which I like to think of as a constant happy hour!) is your best bet. There are SO many, and it seems like new ones are being added everyday. It's one of the pleasant side effects of this economy. You can check out Brasa, Union, Matt's in the Market, Campagne (and Cafe Campagne) and many, many more for a song.

          In addition, there are number of coupon sites that often feature good restaurants - I would suggest signing up for Groupon, Living Social and Tippr, to get started. If you're not already familiar with The Stranger (a local alt-weekly), check it out. They have this thing called "Strangermart" where you can buy restaurant gift certificates for 50% of their face value. They come out with new ones every Wednesday (although there are several that seem to remain constant week-to-week). Last but not least, get yourself a twitter account (if you don't already have one!) and start following some local restaurants. Coastal Kitchen has been known to offer half price "early bird" dinners to their twitter followers on a regular basis, and many restaurants announce special deals here. Facebook too, but twitter seems to be most popular with businesses. With all these deals, I've actually found it hard NOT to be getting some sort of a discount when dining out : ) Happy (cheap) eating!

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          Cafe Presse
          1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

          Cafe Campagne
          1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

          Brasa
          2107 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

          Campagne
          86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

          Coastal Kitchen
          429 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

        2. If you can narrow it down by cuisine or neighborhood I think you'll get many more suggestions;, or you can search the board that way. I think all of my favorite ethnic places are that inexpensive as are a lot of my neighborhood favorites (but those might be very inconvenient for you). You'll find that Seattle is a great city for moderately priced restaurants--it's fine dining where we're lacking. I'm always a little surprised when I travel to other cities (such as NYC or SF) to find $40+ entrees and $18+ cocktails at restaurants that aren't even high end.

          1. Happy Hour at List sounds like it would be right up your alley. $14 bottles of house wine and the menu is half price. It's an Italian lounge... I'm still meaning to try because I keep hearing how good it is. http://www.listbelltown.com/

            1. In Wallingford I like Issian for HH food or happy hour drinks and food from any part of the menu. It's an Izakaya and we been a couple times and been very happy for under 40 including tip. The yakiton skewers [kurobuta pork belly] are really good. Drinks are dirt cheap with house sake, wine, Manny's or Sapporro for $2.80.

              1. Ivar's Salmon House has Happy hour 7-days 3:30 to close

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                Ivar's Salmon House
                401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105