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4 nights in Seattle - 25th Anniversary

lorcaswan Sep 27, 2010 06:04 PM

What are your top ten must try Seattle food/drink experiences?

  1. b
    Brunhilde Oct 18, 2010 05:50 PM

    As far as Beer and Frites go, Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger Taproom is worth checking out. I love Brouwer's, but it can be big and warehousey, and the table service just plain sucks at times. I love sitting at the bar, by the way. The Jolly Roger makes better fries, in my opinion, and I love their imperial IPA. Sliders there are also awesome.

    1. m
      musicman Oct 3, 2010 08:57 PM

      We're just finishing 3 days of our first visit to Seattle, for our 19th anniversary. Here's what we experienced.

      As implied above by lorcaswan, Lola was terrific. The eggs bene, and the eggs with smashed potatoes were really good. The homemade donuts with the vanilla mascarpone were delicious, and the bloody mary was probably the best we've had.
      Cafe Presse was different and very cool. The Coque Madame was tasty, and the pomme frittes with homemade mayo was delicious. The staff there were really fun, happy folks, and the place had great energy.
      Planet Java had nice decor, and the food was good basic, but nothing special.

      One afternoon we stopped in at Japonessa Sushi Cocina for happy hour, and were very impressed. I'm kinda a sushi fanatic, going pretty much weekly to one of the top Boston sushi joints, Oishii. Needless to say, given the high dollars I'm used to spending back home, getting two delicious maki, a four-piece sushi set, and a bowl of miso for $16 blew my mind. The maki were very well done, and I recommend this place highly. What's interesting is that the sushi chefs are Hispanic, and apparently it is a very conscious decision to fuse the two styles. It works well.

      Wild Ginger is as good as advertised. Great atmosphere, friendly unrushed service, and really tasty food. My wife, formerly a very limited eater loved the chilean sea bass and seven flavor beef - as did I.
      The Steelhead Diner near Pike Place also offered an interesting and strong menu. Both the crawfish tacos and the salmon scored well. The service was iffy - we felt rushed - but overall we enjoyed the meal.
      Shuckers would be a good choice for happy hour with their $1 oysters, and we both enjoyed (sharing) the fish and chips. Service was friendly, and this restaurant qualifies as a safe choice.

      Two places friends raved about, but which we didn't try, were Lark and Spanisse. Both seem appropriate for more adventurous or modern appetites, and that's just not us. But again, the raves were very strong.

      Last note: we also heard great things about Gellatiamo. But what I don't understand is why a place like that closes at 6pm weekdays, and 8pm on Fri / Sat. Located across the street from Wild Ginger, we might have tried it were it open for dessert!

      Cafe Presse
      1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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

      1. klsalas Oct 2, 2010 11:04 AM

        I am guessing you have transportation so I'll assume all over town is fair game. You seem pretty conversant with the Seattle food scene.

        Oysters: so many places: The Brooklyn and Elliott's (downtown and waterfront); Anchovies and Olives (Capitol Hill); The Walrus and the Carpenter, or Rays/Ray's Cafe (Ballard).

        Gelato (midday): Bottega Italiano (Pike Place Market South); Gelatiamo (downtown, 3rd Ave), Procopio (downtown, Western Ave), DeAmbrosio (Ballard). Actually I was not aware that Stumbling Goat was a gelato destination. There is Fainting Goat Gelato in Wallingford.

        Breakfast: (sweets driven): Cafe Besalu (Ballard); Bakery Nouveau (West Seattle)

        Cocktails: Zig Zag(!) (Pike Hillclimb); Bathtub Gin, Spur, Rob Roy (Belltown);Vessel (downtown); Knee High Stocking, Tavern Law, Licorous (Capitol Hill); Sambar, Moshi Moshi, Walrus and the Carpenter (Ballard).

        Dinner: Lecosho (Where Matt went after Matt's in the Market, Harbor Steps downtown);
        La Bete (Capitol Hill); Walrus and the Carpenter (new oyster bar and small plates by Renee Erikson of Boat Street, in Ballard); Bookbindery (north Queen Anne/Fremont); Bastille (Ballard); Tilth (Wallingford); Sitka and Spruce (Capitol HIll); Spinasse (Capitol Hill). All of these are top pics with amazing chefs. I have posted other times with more dinner options. For a seafood intensive and romantic meal you might also consider Ray's Boathouse in Ballard which is right on the sound and one of the old standards for seafood.

        Beer and pommes frites. The number one place that jumps out at me is Brouwer's (Fremont). Great frites, about 60 well chosen taps, heavy on NW, CA and Belgian beers, 200-300 bottles. Quinn's on Capitol HIll would also fit the bill but won't be open late afternoon. This would be predinner or maybe post dinner. Other great beer destinations in Seattle (so many!); Naked City (Greenwood); The Dray (Ballard); Stumbling Monk (Capitol Hill); Collins Pub (Pioneer Square), Pike Place Brewing (downtown); Elysian Brewing (multiple locations, SoDo, Greenlake, Capitol Hill); Maritime Brewing (Ballard); Hales (Fremont-Ballard), Fremont Brewing (Fremont ... limited hours but great beer and unique urban beer garden inside brewery)

        Other breakfast options: Fonte Coffee downtown (good savory and sweet food options and amazing coffee); Athenian Inn (Pike Place Market); on a Sunday, Bastille for brunch (Ballard); Cafe Presse (Capitol Hill - the same owner as LePichet with authentic Parisian, newsstand, soccer bar, cafe feel and has hours from 7am to 2am, regular menu starting at 9am with petit dejeuner 7-9am.

        Here is something I came across on oysters on the hood canal
        I am not really very knowledgeable about oyster bars/restaurants on the hood canal but Taylor Shellfish has a shop in Shelton.

        Hope that helps

        Ray's Boathouse Restaurant
        6049 Seaview Ave., Seattle, WA 98107

        Cafe Presse
        1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

        Zig Zag Cafe
        1501 Western Ave Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101

        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        Cafe Besalu
        5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

        1400 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

        Boat Street Cafe
        909 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

        Bakery Nouveau
        4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

        Collins Pub
        526 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

        Athenian Inn
        , Seattle, WA 98101

        1. b
          Bethwick Sep 28, 2010 07:53 PM

          These are not my ten favorite restaurants or a direct answer to your questions, but what I would recommend to someone visiting Seattle for a range of our dining scene.

          Rovers - elegant, creative French/NW cuisine
          Bisato - small plates (IMO one of the best of many restaurants with this concept)
          Chinooks - a Seattle seafood institution for families, go for lunch and see the boats
          Sushi - I'm not an expert on this one, do a Chowhound search
          Maximillien’s - good market restaurant with a view - go for lunch
          Sutra - creative local vegetarian food with a Seattle vibe
          Hilltop - a neighborhood pub with good food (one of 3 places run by the same owners)
          Long Provincial- Vietnamese food, located downtown, or go to Tamarind Tree in the ID
          Baguette Box - excellent sandwiches (2 locations, check out the Fremont scene)
          Place Kitchen - fun, the best of the Tom Douglas empire

          Please report back !

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          1. re: Bethwick
            bluedog67 Oct 1, 2010 10:58 AM

            late afternoon pint and pomme frites - Brouwers in Freemont (belgian brewpub) - a must!

            and for oysters - sounds like you are planning an excursion - so not exaclty hood canal, but in the south sound, in Shelton is Xihns - worth the trip!

          2. l
            lorcaswan Sep 27, 2010 06:36 PM

            direct me a little more, but this is what I'm leaning toward:
            Late night oysters at Dahila (where else is best for oysters)
            gelatto at stumbling goat - midday
            Mighty O french toast donuts for breakfast
            Matt's At the Market for a swanky dinner
            Boat Street for another swanky dinner
            Virginia Inn for olives and a pint of Boundary Bay
            Zig Zag for a pre-Matt's cocktail
            Serious Pie for a pizza to share on the flight home
            Salumi for sliced meat to nourish us between meals
            Stumbling Monk for a late night drink
            where to go for late afternoon pint and pomme frites?
            where to go for breakfast besides Lola?
            where to go for more oysters?
            what is the best/most romantic dinner currently (seafood and local fare?)
            Where to go fo Sushi?
            Where is the best place for oysters along the hood canal?
            Where is the best place for a 10AM pint of local IPA (Boundary Bay) and espresso?

            Zig Zag Cafe
            1501 Western Ave Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101

            Serious Pie
            316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

            Boat Street Cafe
            909 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

            309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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            1. re: lorcaswan
              loveeatingout Sep 27, 2010 08:41 PM

              late night pomme frites sounds like you can get something at Le Pichet
              Oysters: Blueacre
              Romantic Dinner: Canlis

              Canlis Restaurant
              2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

              Le Pichet
              Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

              1. re: lorcaswan
                Leper Sep 28, 2010 09:00 AM

                Afternoon pint & pomme frites: The upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market.
                Breakfast: Lowell's at Pike Place Market
                Sushi: Shiro's
                Romantic dinner: Rovers
                Oysters, Mussels& Geoduck: Xinh's in Shelton (west of the Hood Canal.) Dinner only.
                (Reservations needed if it's a weekend.)

                Pike Place Market
                1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

                2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

                1. re: lorcaswan
                  seattleviking Sep 28, 2010 12:38 PM

                  Afternoon pint and pomme frites... well, just good fries. Icon Grill have really good thin fries, skin on. You can get them with gravy, molten cheese or chil con queso. Happy hour is 3-6.

                  1. re: lorcaswan
                    firecracker Sep 28, 2010 08:39 PM

                    Chez Shea will out swanky Matt's in the Market any day. Same floor of the Market's corner building as Matt's.

                    Chez Shea
                    94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

                    1. re: lorcaswan
                      equinoise Oct 1, 2010 10:39 AM

                      where to go for late afternoon pint and pomme frites? Quinn's, if you can wait till 5pm. Does Presse have pints of beer?

                      where to go for breakfast besides Lola? East/west style dim sum at Monsoon; smoked seafood at Seatown Snackbar; deluxe diner fare at Geraldine's Counter

                      where to go for more oysters? The Brooklyn or Elliot's

                      what is the best/most romantic dinner currently (seafood and local fare?) Spinasse, Rover's, Crush, Canlis. Sitka and Spruce(?)(haven't been to new space).

                      Where to go fo Sushi? Kisaku, Kappo or Shiro's

                      Where is the best place for oysters along the hood canal? I don't know

                      Where is the best place for a 10AM pint of local IPA (Boundary Bay) and espresso? Tough one. Who serves boundary bay at 10AM? Is Brouwer's open then? Maybe Oddfellows?

                      Canlis Restaurant
                      2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

                      2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

                      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

                      Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
                      4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

                      1. re: lorcaswan
                        landguy Oct 13, 2010 04:12 PM

                        Definitely check out The Walrus and the Carpenter. My favorite new bar/restaurant in town. When we went this week they had 8 kinds of oysters on the menu. The small plates were also outstanding as were the sparkling wines we had by the glass. The ambiance is very intimate yet energetic. The irony is it's connected to Staple and Fancy at the rear of the building which I believe is one of the more over rated new restaurants in Seattle.

                        1. re: lorcaswan
                          pusherman Oct 14, 2010 09:41 AM

                          You've already got a ton awesome recs here, I'll just tack on a few votes for some of my favorites-

                          Afternoon Pint / Frites -- they have outstanding frites at Presse, but no beer selection to speak of; if you're on the Hill, I think Smith would hook you up, good fries and good beer selection; otherwise, the oft-recommended Brouwer's in Fremont is a good pick.

                          Breakfast besides Lola- I like Portage Bay Cafe (South Lake Union and some other locations), as apparently does everyone else because it's always packed. If I'm down south, Geraldine's in Columbia City is good.

                          Oysters- I don't eat 'em, but I have heard many recs for the place next to the Fisherman's Terminal -- "Chinook" maybe?

                          Most Romantic- My wife and I just had our anniversary dinner at Spinasse in CapHill and it fit the bill

                          BTW, loving the call-outs for Stumbling Monk and Virginia Inn -- two of my favorite places and very underrated in Seattle.

                          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

                          Portage Bay Cafe
                          4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

                          Lake Union Cafe
                          3119 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

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