Long Layover at SeaTac
On Sunday I'll be arriving around 11 AM and will depart around 6 PM. I'm thinking of renting a car and hitting someplace good for seafood, specially the local fresh stuff. I will be dressed casually, jeans and a long sleeve shirt, am familiar with the area having worked there extensively about 8 or 9 yrs. ago and will have a GPS. Do you have any suggestions for the general area around the airport? Lacking anything specific I might just head over to the Pike Place Market/Pier area and maybe do an the Iversons in that area. All cuisines are acceptable, as long as they include fresh local seafood.
Matt's & Etta's are both very good. I would also recommend the International District for Asian seafood. Seven Stars for Szechuan crab, Ho Ho Seafood, Green Leaf and Tamarind Tree all offer excellent seafood preperations.
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Ho Ho Seafood Restaurant
653 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
Seven Stars is much beloved here, and many would rank the crab as a quintissential (sp?) Seattle meal -- but I'll note that if you're hauling bags, it's a pretty long uphill walk from the Int'l District rail stop. If you're really sold on Asian food in the ID, there are other closer options (I have a soft spot for Samurai Noodle & Hong Kong Homestyle), some of which mentioned above.
Hong Kong Restaurant
302 N Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223
606 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
You could try Copperleaf. It is a new place in a hotel right near the airport. It has an airport shuttle and has wonderful local sourced foods (including some good seafood dishes).
The staff is nice and the location is very pretty.
Copperleaf at Cedarbrook Lodge is getting rave reviews online. I'd suggest this be on your list for sure. I would guess it to be a 5 minute walk from the airport. Google Map it - and click walking directions - take International Blvd. If you book a dinner reservation they might even send their shuttle to pick you up. Cedarbrook sits on 18 acres of wetlands - it's kind of like a hidden oasis out by the airport. Food is delicious. Culinary Director comes from French Laundry and he's pretty amazing.
I'd also suggest Salty's at Redondo. Waterfront dining - and the weather is conducive now for outdoor dining. I like the Chef there - nice guy - really passionate about his food. Fresh seafood for sure. They too have a shuttle but I don't think they could pick you up at the airport. If you call ahead and place a reservation ask about their shuttle. I've heard they will drive to the hotels by the airport in the Salty's shuttle bus and pick up visitors. You might be able to walk across the street from the airport and have their shuttle pick you up at the hotel.
And I saw another comment about Link Light Rail - it's super easy to use. Plan about $5.00 round trip. Runs often like...about 20 hours a day it's running back and forth from the downtown station at Westlake to the Airport station. Hope that helps!