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Jun 27, 2010 04:37 PM

Seattle Iconic Restaurant recommendations??

Going to seattle for the first time in 2 weeks. We'll be staying downtown for 2-3 days. Would appreciate a few recommendations for some famous Seattle eateries. For instance, if someone was coming to LA I'd answer with places like Pink's Hot Dogs, Philippes, Tommy's Burger, etc... the places that have been around for 50-80 years and are part of the fabric of the city. Thanks!

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  1. Red Mill burger, it was named the best burger in the US

    1. Probably the restaurant that would be considered the most iconic in Seattle would be Ivar's on the waterfront. Probably not the best food you'll find (or even the best seafood for that matter) but its long history and the legacy of Ivar Haglund are worth the trip at least once.

      1. Tai Tung in the International District has been operating since 1931. Like Ivar's, it is not the best food in the district, but is still a classic among locals. Bakeman's for lunch offers turkey sandwiches that have kept them going for decades. The upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market for mussels (not the downstairs white table cloth restaurant). Salumi for lunch is fast becoming a Seattle classic for many, many reasons. The Pink Door at Pike Place Market for a Toulouse Lautrec experience--especially after 9:00 p.m.

        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        Pink Door
        1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

        Tai Tung Restaurant
        655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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        1. re: Leper

          For yet a third Seattle "classic" that's been there forever and has bad food, try Thirteen Coins.

          Thirteen Coins Restaurant
          125 Boren Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

        2. Pho Bac



          Oyster happy hour at Elliott's on the waterfront

          Brunch at Salty's or Ivar's Salmon House

          Canlis Restaurant
          2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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

          1. I feel like I get this request alot.
            Some others that haven't been mentioned that immediately come to mind.
            As others have noted they are of varying quality and beloved-ness.

            Portage Bay Cafe
            Market Grill
            Space Needle Restuarant

            Lockspot Cafe
            3005 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107

            Portage Bay Cafe
            4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

            Market Grill
            1509 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

            Space Needle
            203 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109