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Jul 19, 2010 10:57 AM

DC Chowhound needs help with visit with kids - seafood, salmon, and Japanese!

DC Chowhound coming to Seattle next week for a week - kind of an impromptu visit with family (near Redmond) so I apologize in advance for not doing much research.

I spent time in Seattle in early 90s but not much since. This is my first visit with my kids - 5 and 8. Although we will be doing a lot of visiting in suburbs, we will also be doing tourist stuff like the Market since my kids have not been there before. My kids are good eaters and I am looking specifically for seafood recommendations, places with good salmon, and Japanese. My kids both like salmon a lot, and my 5 year old daughter's favorite food (I am not making this up) is mussels! The problem is they don't eat huge amounts of food so I am looking for places that will let them split an entree (rather than kids menu stuff). Places can't be too fancy/quiet. Nice views are a bonus! As much as I love small plates, the kids need to eat places where the dinner is not 2-3 hours long.

Interested primarily in:
-Good seafood/salmon, near the Market maybe - have seen Etta's, Matt's, and Steelhead on the board but don't know if they are okay for kids. Especially looking for somewhere to get mussels, salmon, or crab.
-Japanese. I LOVE sushi and our sushi in DC is not that great. So this is a must for me. But my kids don't eat sushi. Have heard of izakaya (sp?) places but haven't been to one. Have heard they have sushi, but also skewers and noodles and stuff like that which kids would eat. But if it is just a young people's bar scene, then that is probably out.
-Recommendations near Redmond that aren't chains

Thanks so much for your help!

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  1. If you have the means to get to Wallingford, Issian is worth a visit for non-sushi Japanese dishes. They've got yakitori, some seafood, and many izakaya-style dishes (they do serve sushi, but I would advise against it; the various other sushi restaurants in the area are better bets) in an atmosphere that seems reasonably kid-friendly. For ice cream, Molly Moon's down the street is a popular stop.

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    1. re: lavaca

      I really like Issian. I haven't had the sushi but the cooked dishes have been good. The menu is definitely kid friendly since it's small portions and lot's of stuff kids might like. The gyoza is really good as is the yakitori, yakiton and I'm a fan of the hot wings. I also have found the service friendly and good.

      If you are in Wallingford then it's close to Tangletown and Eva usually has a good mussel dish on the menu and it's right by Kisaku. You can hang out and eat sushi while the kids dine at Eva ;)

    2. -I like Matt's and Steelhead for seafood, both in/near in the market. I think Steelhead would be more kid-friendly as it is a larger space with a lot of clamor. Steelhead has a newer sibling restaurant called Blueacre that is seafood specific.
      -There are a handul of izakaya places in Seattle, but what I've seen of them doesn't really compare to the quality of those in other cities, IMHO. For sushi, I like Kisaku the best overall, and I have seen kids there several times. They will have non-sushi items. Another alternative might be Maneki, a century old Japanese place that has both izakaya-style items and sushi.
      -Redmond actually has a alot of good non-chain foods; it's home to a fairly substantial Indian community. Alot of Eastside information here:

      Maneki Restaurant
      304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      1. Nishino is kid friendly.... at least I have seen kids there every time I have eaten there. It seems like a Madison Park family place but with great Japanese food. I really like the sushi for fish quality and style. It's not the giant slab of fish style. More the one bite, fish shaped to the rice style with really good rice. The cooked dishes have never disappointed for my wife and I. I'm not a super high end experienced Japanese food eater but grew up on grandmas Japanese home cooking and my wife lived in Japan and worked at a high end restaurant there.

        At Nishino the chawan mushi is great. We really like the new style sashimi as an app and the tempura is very good. The eggplant didn't impress us much but the grilled fish dishes did. Entree sizes are also moderate size and price.

        It's not hip but so far the best mussels I've had are the coconut curry mussels at Ivar's Acres of Clams. It's right by the ferry dock and has a view. It seems like it would be a good place for kids... it's touristy but the view and the mussels are really good.

        Ivar's Acres of Clams
        1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

        3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112

        1. Ideally, for salmon, you would go to Ivar's Salmon House in Wallingford which has some outstanding alder grilled salmon dishes. But It might be nice to take the kids to the Seattle Waterfront which is just a few blocks down from the Market. I really actually like the food at Ivar's Acres of Clams. Not sure about spliting entrees, but they do have some great salmon dishes, although I don't believe they are alder-grilled. Also the kids could feed the seagulls outside the Ivar's walkup, which is a Seattle tourist tradition.

          P.S. I don't work for Ivar's, I just love their restaurants!

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

          Ivar's Acres of Clams
          1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. I love the Market Grill (in the Market) for grilled salmon and grilled salmon sandwiches. The only potential problem is that it's very small and all counter seating, so if there are 3-4 of you it could be hard to sit. You can take food to go but geez, this time of year the market is absolutely swarmed with tourists and it can be hard to find seating anywhere.

            Another idea is Chinook's. I haven't been in a few years, so take this with a grain of salt (hopefully someone else will weigh in), but it's known as a reliable seafood place and one that is very family friendly. It's also at Fisherman's Terminal and kids (well, everyone) like all the fishing boats. My inlaws and nephews went there just to see the Deadliest Catch boat.

            Market Grill
            1509 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

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            1. re: christy319

              Immediately across Pike Place from the Market Grill (very near Uli's, where they will grill any sausage for you - get the fries), is Jack's Fish Spot. Grab a cup of Cioppino. Maybe a seared scallop chowder another few yards North up Post Alley, at Pike Place Chowder.

              Jack's Fish Spot
              1514 Pike Pl Ste 2, Seattle, WA 98101

              Market Grill
              1509 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101