lunch choice for out of town foodie guest
Hi - I've just agreed to take a visiting business associate to lunch on Tuesday. He's from Manhattan, a foodie, and wants to go someplace "special." I don't see him taking him to a hole-in-the-wall ethnic food place, nor to a stodgy steakhouse. Anybody got any ideas? Thanks!
You could consider Etta's or Dahila's Lounge. That way he can say he has been to a Tom Douglas place and both are pretty good.
Depending on how far from downtown you want to venture you could also go to Sitka and Spruce. It is really not a bad walk up Pike and then you can show off the Melrose Market as well. Which really does have a lot to attract a foodie.
If food is the most important aspect - Mistral Kitchen
For professional service with good food and a Seattle power lunch scene - Il Terrazzo Carmine
For NW cuisine and a pretty space - Dahlia Lounge
For quiet elegance and a view of the sound - Art
For Vietnamese not in a hole-in the-wall space - Long Provincial
For what it is worth, I recently had a NYC foodie guest in town and went to a few places for lunch including Matt's (quality does not match the price) and Mistral Kitchen (a little too similar to places available in NYC). The place he was most happy with was Monsoon for high end Vietnamese food. (Just realized we were hitting up mostly "M" restaurants).
I very much enjoy Monsoon but don't know if I would consider it one of my top 10 restaurants in Seattle but the guest loved it.
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