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Hubs and I will be visiting Seattle at the end of August. We will be staying at Hotel 1000 Seattle - where BOKA is located. We live in the Phoenix burbs so we have plenty of Mexican food. I am Korean-American and we eat a lot of Asian food - Thai, Sushi, Vietnamese.

That said, I am looking for seafood recs. Not too touristy but "where locals eat." We will be going to Pike Place Market but I'm assuming locals actually eat there :-) No fine dining. I love (cooked) seafood and I can't get it here in the desert!

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Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

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  1. Baxterita, Some of the best seafood is in the International District. The Szechuan crab at Seven Stars is not to be missed; the crab at Ho Ho Seafood Restaurant is excellent as well. (Prepared differently.) Also recommended are Tamarind Tree and Green Leaf. Downtown don't miss Long's Provincial for a unique blend of French & Vietnamese. At Pike Place market, the Mussels at Maximillien's at the Market. (Go to the upstairs bar, not the downstairs restaurant.) The Salmon at Steelhead Diner (at the Market) is very good. Etta's seafood at the North end of the Market is recommended as well. Finally, don't miss the pizza at Serious Pie. You won't find anything like it in Phoenix. Have a great visit!

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    Tamarind Tree
    1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

    Steelhead Diner
    95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

    Serious Pie
    316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Ho Ho Seafood Restaurant
    653 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

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    1. re: Leper

      I would agree with most of the recommendations except the comment about Serious Pie. It is good, but a pale and wan comparison to Bianco's. Even Delancy (which in my opinion is a better version here in Seattle of the same kind of pizza) is not as good as Biancos. Having said that if you really want pizza while you are here it is right downtown and good.

      If you like oysters you should stop at Elliott's. You also might want to check out Poppy and Quinn's up on Capitol Hill. They may be a little bit pricier than you are wanting (places in Seattle tend to be on average more expensive than Phoenix), but worth if and different from most things you can get in Phoenix.

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      Serious Pie
      316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

    2. My fallback for a casual seafood restaurant is always Ray's, in Ballard. It's got killer views and the Cafe upstairs really is not expensive for seafood. You have to pick carefully though because some of it is only ho-hum (though not bad). They have a great happy hour that includes a good version of fried calamari and a curry mussels dish great for soaking up bread.

      In downtown though, I'd agree on the Elliot's rec for oysters. Oysters only though, their dinner plates is pretty awful.

      I love Ethan Stowell so would recommend Anchovies and Olives or How to Cook a Wolf (which is a bit further away if you don't have a car since it's in Queen Anne). A&O has a lot of seafood options that are interesting.