Unpretentious homestyle food downtown?
Any recommendations for unpretentious homestyle breakfasts, lunches, dinners downtown, for someone staying in core downtown area for several days? Easy access a must.
You can't do better than a turkey sandwich (made from whole fresh-roasted turkey) and turkey-noodle soup at Bakeman's. The meatloaf sandwich is good too. The drill here is to know what you want to order and order it quickly so as not to hold up the fast moving line. For the turkey sandwich you can specify white meat, dark meat, or mixed, and ask for cranberry sauce. Bakeman's is a Seattle classic.
I second Bakeman's--a Seattle gem. The hamburger at Two Bells Tavern is Americana comfort food. Emmet Watson's at the Market offers classic, diner seafood preparations. Lowell's for breakfast if the tour boats are not in town. (Order a beer and tomato juice so you look like a local.)
Two Bells Tavern
2313 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Both of these are in Pike Place Market:
Cafe Yarmarka - homey stuffed cabbage rolls
Three Girls Bakery - a great meatloaf sandwich and BLT
Three Girls Bakery
1514 Pike Pl Ste 1, Seattle, WA 98101
1530 Post Aly Ste 3A, Seattle, WA 98101
Piroshky on 3rd (at 3rd and Cherry, next to the Arctic Club Hotel) does really nice Russian style lunch plates--things like stroganoff, stuffed cabbage, and stuffed peppers; evrything comes with mashed potatoes, salad and roll. Every day it's a different couple of plates. Their soups and piroshkies are great as well--they love to give out soup samples if, like most of us, you don't recognize the Russian words ie solyanka.
Buffalo Deli is close by and is a non-pretentious sandwich+soup place.
2123 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121