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4 Meals in Seattle - looking for Pacific Northwest cuisine

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I'll be in Seattle for a day and a half and I am looking for something unique to Seattle for dinner at least. From some of the research I've done some restaurants that are unique to Seattle for Pacific Northwest cuisine are:

Canlis
Herbfarm
Poppy
Dahlia Lounge

Are these worth a try, if I have only one dinner in Seattle? Also looking for one breakfast and lunch spot (can be any cuisine) and a good place for Sunday brunch. Will be staying in the Downtown - Pike Place area.

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

The Herbfarm
14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. Ashley, I would definitely recommend Poppy or the Dahlia Lounge for your dinner experience. For breakfast, try Tom's big breakfast at LOLA. Lunch: Matt's at the Market. If you want to avoid steam-table generic brunches, try the traditional from-the-menu brunch at Maximillien's at the Market, Etta's Seafood or the Steelhead Diner.

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

    Etta's Seafood
    2020 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

    Dahlia Lounge
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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    1. Leper has great suggestions. Definitely skip the Herbfarm. Maybe try to get in to Staple & Fancy for a NW dining experience in a uniquely Seattle neighborhood.

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      1. re: Jeffo405

        Jeffo405, tell me about your experience at The Herb Farm. I haven't been for dinner, but passed by and looked into doing a bday party there. It just seems so romantic, lovely... tell me your thoughts.

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        Herb Farm
        14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

        1. re: FoodKitCat

          I felt like I was at a theme park. Everything and everyone had to be introduced. Cookbooks and other merchandise were shamelessly pushed. In the end, the meal seemed secondary to the commerce. It was our anniversary, and, while I appreciate the thought, the little hand-lettered picture frame they gave us had "anniversary" misspelled. I wish I had had the chance to dine at the original Herbfarm, which has a near-legendary reputation.

      2. I had an incredible dinner for my first (and unfortunately last) anniversary with my (ex) fiance at Canlis. It's legendary and worth it. The service is impeccable. The night we were there, Howard Schultz was there and we marveled at how each diner at the 4 top got their own server. Alas, we were two, and only got one server, but were very happy. We even saw the famous "Betty" with her famed signature champagne glass. Wine list is like War and Peace. Wonderful.
        Dahlia Lounge is romantic and delicious. All fish dishes as I remember and a good wine list.
        I have passed the HerbFarm on a bike and really, really wished we'd gone for dinner. The place is SO romantic. Looks like an Irish farm. Smelled like that fabulous wood fire yummy smell. They do prix fixe dinners for only one seating a night I think. One menu for whoever the lucky diners are. Highly recommend Crush in Madison Park. Owned by Chef Jason Wilson a James Beard winner. In a little Victorian House, food: incredible. Wine: excellent. Modern interiors, moulded chairs and white linens. He did a special chef's dinner for a birthday party we threw. I loved it. Presentation first rate. For brunch, I adore La Campagne on Pike's Place. Traditional French -- killer Bloody Mary's.

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        Canlis Restaurant
        2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

        Campagne
        86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

        Dahlia Lounge
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        1. I wouldn't agree with that list at all if you want the PWN experience. Lark, Sitka and Spruce, Cafe Juanita, Matt's in the Market come to mind. Many more options, do some additional searches on here.

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          Cafe Juanita
          Kirkland, WA, Kirkland, WA

          1. It's not downtown, but close - Nettletown in Eastlake is very northwest-y. Great for lunch or lunch/brunch on the weekends. Unique food using local wild ingredients. I like the oil poached tuna sandwich, or the elk meatball sandwich which has gotten rave reviews. Actually every sandwich has been great there. Also really enjoy the swiss version of spatzle that she makes, with a poached egg on top. Yum. She also usually has great salads and soups.
            http://nettletown.com/index.htm
            http://www.yelp.com/biz/nettletown-se...

            We also really like Sitka and Spruce!