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In Seattle for 3 days - Can you help narrow down my list?

foodloverlh Jul 14, 2010 12:40 PM

Hello all,
Heading to Seattle for 3 days/3 nights at the end of the month and have been doing some research on where to eat but I was hoping that you could help me narrow down my list.
We are a 40ish couple from Toronto on vacation looking to have some great food in a great atmosphere. We like most types of food but given that most types of cuisine are quite well represented in Toronto, we are not on the hunt for anything in particular - although I love seafood and DH loves steak. We are staying in the Pike Place area but do not mind travelling around the city for a great place. As it is just the two of us, we are not all that fond of the communal table idea. We will be there Thurs - Sat
Here's my list so far but please feel free to add to it if I've missed somewhere:

Serious Pie
Café Campagne

Oysters/Happy Hour

Dalia Lounge
Palace Kitchen
Spring Hill
Restaurant Zoe
Anchovies & Olives

Thanks in advance for your feedback - it is most appreciated!!!

Palace Kitchen
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Restaurant Zoe
2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

Anchovies & Olives
1550 15th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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    DonJ RE: foodloverlh Jul 14, 2010 01:33 PM

    We ate at Spinasse last night, after an absence of several months. They have eliminated the group tables, and the food was perfect. We ordered six dishes between us, and all were spot on.I would strongly recommend it for your visit.

    Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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      seattleviking RE: foodloverlh Jul 14, 2010 02:44 PM

      Since you are at the Market Le Pichet is really good for a French cafe experience.

      Le Pichet
      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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        bluedog67 RE: foodloverlh Jul 14, 2010 04:55 PM

        This is a good list. There are other favorites, but everyone has an opinion, right?

        You have 4 Tom Douglas restaurants (Etta's, Palace, Serious Pie and Dalia). All are good, but since you have limited time, you may be overlapping. (Lola is the only one not on your list, btw). I think Dahlia is the most iconic, and I really would eat at Matt's over Ettas for a lunch near the market.

        Also, Salumi is only open M-F, so schedule accordingly.

        Serious Pie
        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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          Leper RE: foodloverlh Jul 15, 2010 06:09 AM

          You've done your homework, grasshopper. Be sure to get to Salumi early when they first open. (11:00). I would add one lunch in the International District. I strongly suggest the Szechuan crab at Seven Stars restaurant. An amazing seafood dish. Also, hang with some appetizers and drinks on the deck at the Pink Door--weather permitting. Enjoy your Emerald City visit!

          309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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            foodloverlh RE: Leper Jul 16, 2010 07:11 AM

            Thanks for your feedback everyone!
            Just to confuse matters, does anyone know when Staple and Fancy is set to open? Union would have been on my list before it closed so I was just curious.

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              Lauren RE: foodloverlh Jul 16, 2010 10:01 AM

              It's set to open around the time you will be here, but you know how those things go. Here's the web site so you can check on it while you are traveling: http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com/st...

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            PAO RE: foodloverlh Jul 16, 2010 09:09 AM

            Salumi is a "one of." Definitely keep it on your list, but be prepared to wait in line. I also like Elliott's for oysters.

            309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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              foodloverlh RE: foodloverlh Aug 18, 2010 02:13 PM

              Thanks for the great recommendations Chowhounders.
              Just wanted to post a little trip report on our food filled time in Seattle.
              We had a few travel complications so our trip was cut short by a day but we still managed to fit a lot in. We arrived late on a Thursday night with little sleep and just wanted to have a bite before we passed out.
              Went to The Brooklyn which wasn't on my original list but it was right around the corner from our hotel. So glad we did because I had the best crab cake there - topped with balsamic strawberries on a mango and wasabi cream sauce - YUM. Had some chowder and oysters that also hit the spot. The Baker's Dozen Oyster plate is a great way to get familiar with the various PNW oyster varieties.
              Friday morning had breakfast at Cafe Campagne - best quiche I've ever tasted!
              Friday lunch - Sulumi - so glad we went!!! Line-up wasn't bad (15mins) , we had no trouble getting a seat at the back and I had the best meatball sandwich!!!
              Friday Early Evening - Elliots - we didn't make it for happy hour but sat at the bar and enjoyed 2 doz - glad we made a stop here.
              Friday dinner - Cascina Spinasse - thanks for the reco DonJ, we loved the atmosphere and the food. The proscuitto and roasted strawberries were fantastic even though you wouldn't think they are a likely combination.
              Saturday breakfast and lunch - ate at the market - all I can say is that I am dreaming about having the Pike Place Chowder clam chowder. It is truly the best chowder I've ever had.
              Saturday Happy Hour - back to The Brooklyn for another crab cake
              Saturday Dinner - Crush - what started out as a dissapointment - we had to wait for our table for 45 minutes ended up being the best thing that could have happened. They made such an effort to make it up to us that we ended up getting to sample most of the menu. Everything was fantastic and would return in a heartbeat.
              Sunday brunch - Etta's - awesome! Wish there was somewhere in Toronto to get Eggs Benny with crab.
              I can't wait to return to Seattle!!!

              Cafe Campagne
              1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

              Pike Place Chowder
              600 Pine St Ste 404, Seattle, WA 98101

              Cascina Spinasse
              1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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                Lauren RE: foodloverlh Aug 19, 2010 01:19 PM

                Thanks for the report. Of course, Staple & Fancy is open now so you'll definitely have to come back.

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