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Peaks May 21, 2010 02:55 PM

Hi all, we will be visiting Seattle in June for 2 nights staying at the "W" downtown. Looking for a special birthday dinner for two ladies who are celebrating from Vancouver. Would like medium+ priced restaurant with great food and atmosphere, nothing stuffy but grown ups only! Seafood, great martinis, that sort of thing. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated along with any other "must sees" in the downtown area. Cheers, Peaks

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    syrahgirl RE: Peaks May 23, 2010 08:26 AM

    We loved The Pink Door, ate there last night. It is in Pike Place Market, make reservations here, it's very cool with fantastic food! We had the Beet Salad and I had the Veal Scaloppini special with Morrell Mushrooms and Asparagus, Strawberry Crisp with Lavendar Ice Cream for dessert. :)

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    Pike Place Market
    1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

    Pink Door
    1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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      Leper RE: syrahgirl May 23, 2010 11:26 AM

      I second the Pink Door. While the food is not in a league with Il Terrazo Carmine or some others, the Pink Door delivers a most unique dining experience. (The later you dine, the more the experience changes.) I think you will all have a ton of fun.

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      Pink Door
      1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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      cocktailhour RE: Peaks May 23, 2010 02:22 PM

      Restaurant Zoe, Palace Kitchen jump to mind immediately. The W bar can be lively, and try Vessel, practically across the street, also for cocktails. Purple, across the street on another side of the hotal--only for lunch.

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      Palace Kitchen
      2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

      Restaurant Zoe
      2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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        Peaks RE: Peaks May 28, 2010 02:20 PM

        thanks everyone for your input, the Pink Door sounds popular, is there a recommendation for great seafood? We will be there for 2 nights, so would like additional suggestions! Thanks so much, can't wait to get to the Emerald City!!

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        Pink Door
        1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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          chazuke RE: Peaks May 28, 2010 06:47 PM

          Great places for seafood include:

          FLYING FISH (in Belltown) - I have never been disappointed with their ever-changing menu of fresh fish.

          ETTA'S SEAFOOD (just north of Pike Place Market) - one of Tom Douglas' restaurants that also happens to offer what many consider to be a superb fried chicken (I suppose in deference to non-seafood eaters).

          RAY'S BOATHOUSE (in Ballard) - wonderful seafood in arguably the best location on the water. Ray's introduced kasu cod (grilled butterfish in miso paste) to many diners who otherwise didn't have access to Mutual Fish or Uwajimaya to make their own.

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            FoodDee RE: chazuke May 29, 2010 05:59 PM

            I think flying fish has moved to south Lake Union.

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            Lake Union Cafe
            3119 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

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          Peaks RE: Peaks May 28, 2010 02:25 PM

          p.s. A number of years ago we had a couple of terrific evenings at Place Pigalle in the Market. Can anyone update me? Is it still even there and if so, how is the food, etc? thanks all!

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          Place Pigalle Restaurant
          , Seattle, WA 98101

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            tedfood RE: Peaks May 30, 2010 06:43 PM

            Earth & Ocean at the W is excellent and sophisticated. Lark on 12h in Capitol Hill has amazing food for sharing and a great wine list as well.
            SItka & Spruce just opened on Melrose (Capitol Hill) serving robustly cooked food featuring many foraged ingredients.
            IMO Flying Fish is overrated and the cooking is pedestrian.

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              Lauren RE: Peaks Jun 4, 2010 01:12 PM

              Place Pigalle is still there and still excellent. Their French Onion Soup is one of the best in the city, imo.

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              Place Pigalle Restaurant
              , Seattle, WA 98101

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                Bethwick RE: Lauren Jun 4, 2010 06:06 PM

                I had the onion soup at Place Pigalle a couple weeks ago and it was not good. The roux had separated so the soup was grainy. I should have sent it back. The best onion soup I have had recently was at Caffe Presse.

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                  Lauren RE: Bethwick Jun 7, 2010 02:32 PM

                  That is too bad! It's been over a year since I had it but it used to be so good! I don't remember a roux being used at all - just a nice reduced stock - with a splash of sherry or brandy. I'm sorry to hear they changed the recipe. It was infinitely better than the one at Maximilian's.

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                  bourbongal RE: Lauren Jun 7, 2010 10:00 PM

                  I love Place Pigalle - I had sturgeon there last year that I still think about.

              2. amyleechen RE: Peaks Jun 4, 2010 06:29 PM

                We're fond of Matt's in the Market (yes, in Pikes Place Market). Great bartender and food. Rays Boathouse is a Seattle institution -- in Ballard and a bit further removed from downtown. The Pink Door is fun - their olive tapanade is not to be missed. However, I enjoy going there for lunch and sitting out on the deck. Chez Shea (also in the Market) would be worth looking into. Have a lovely celebration!

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                Pink Door
                1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

                Chez Shea
                94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

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                  bourbongal RE: Peaks Jun 7, 2010 09:54 PM

                  For seafood, try Etta's or Matt's in the Market.Both are wonderful.

                  I like the ambiance and funk at the Pink Door but IMHO the food is not outstanding- just good solid fare. Their patio is great for drinks if and when summer ever arrives.

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