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Jul 6, 2010 03:23 PM

Everyday eats on First/Capitol Hill?

I am back in Seattle for a short while and have less than three weeks left before I'm back to Vermont and a dearth of restaurant variety. I'm staying on First Hill near Seattle U and want to make the most of the time I have in the neighborhood. What are some good, everyday places to go for happy hour, lunch, dinner, snacks, late night, anytime?

I'd like some places that are relatively inexpensive ($10-15 for dinner entrees would work) and have a casual vibe. Some suggestions for pricier, more upscale fare wouldn't be a bad thing, either.

In the area, I recently tried Lark and had a positive experience; have been to Quinn's (varying degrees of quality); I love Cafe Presse (cold chickennnn). And I usually end up at Old School Frozen Custard for my random, frequent frozen dessert cravings.

I've been wanting to try Unicorn but haven't had the chance. Any other recs for solid places nearby?

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  1. Try El Mestizo - it's a great newish Mexican restaurant on south Broadway:

    El Mestizo
    526 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

    1. Happy Hour at Poppy
      Tavern Law is good
      In the ID, Lemongrass and Tamarind Tree for Vietnamese.
      Seven Star Pepper for chinese
      Phnom Penh for cambodian
      Crawfish King for Cajun

      Baguette Box for sandwiches
      Catfish Corner for southern
      Luc for more french bistro food.

      Catfish Corner
      2726 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

      Tamarind Tree
      1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

      Baguette Box
      1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

      1. On the Capitol Hill side of First Hill, in addition to the places already reccomended (+1 for Cafe Presse), I would reccomend the Oddfellows Cafe (well executed and reasonably priced American), Rancho Bravo (cheap, flavorful Mexican eats), and Pike Street Fish Fry (late night fish, chips, and more).

        Spinasse is a bit beyond the 10-15 range, but worth the indulgence for the amazing antipasti, house-made pasta, and delicious entrees. Molly Moon's (ice cream) would make a good addition to your frozen dessert roster. The dessert thali at Poppy is perfect for sharing with anothe person (or two), and is one of my favorite desserts in the city. Other than Poppy, which is on the north end of Broadway, all of these places are only a few blocks from each other.

        On the International District side of First HIll, I would add Saigon Deli (bahn mi - the one on Jackson, not the one in the strip mall), Samurai Noodle (stick with the tonkotsu ramen), Pho Bac (the one on 7th), Jade Garden (Dim Sum), and 663 Bistro (the best Chinese bbq in Chinatown and great HK/Cantonese food). All of these options are incredibly affordable. Maneki is great for Japanese, but will likely be outside the 10-15 range - not by a lot though.

        Would only disagree with Tamarind Tree - popular and beautiful place but the food has gone downhill (e.g. the bun thit nuong, one of the most basic Vietnamese dishes of grilled pork over vermicelli noodles, was one of the worst I had in recent memory - very few Vietnamese people dine there nowadays).

        Cafe Presse
        1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

        Tamarind Tree
        1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

        Pike Street Fish Fry
        925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        Saigon Deli
        1237 S Jackson St Ste E, Seattle, WA 98144

        Jade Garden Restaurant
        7th S King S, Seattle, WA 98101

        Samurai Noodle
        606 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        1. Some lunch, get the Reuben at George's Deli, 907 Madison Street

          1. Thanks for all the great suggestions so far! I forgot about Luc and I've been to Poppy for dinner but never happy hour or dessert so I'll have to do that one of these days. Will also try to find El Mestizo and Spinasse.

            I already have my faves in the ID and am there often -- not a fan of Tamarind Tree; I am a supporter of Lemongrass, between the two. They have more variety of regional dishes that don't get much attention in most restaurants.

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            1. re: calmossimo

              Oddfellows Cafe, Annapurna, Broadway Cafe for happy hour, Poppy for DESSERTS & happy hour, Tin Table for happy hour/late night, happy hour at the new Ethan Stowell restaurant, to-go food at Rancho Bravo, a bite at the Elliot Bay Cafe