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Jan 4, 2011 11:04 AM

Aimless (DC) Tourist, Looking for Non-Tourist Spots

Does anyone ever say they *want* tacky tourist spots? Anyway, I'm finally taking my first trip to Seattle for a long weekend in 2 weeks. We have no particular plans, other than walking, eating, and drinking. I know (of course) about Seattle's reputation for coffee and beer, and the Pike Place Market, but I'm ashamed to say I don't know too much else. What should we be seeking out? (Mr. Arkham doesn't eat meat, but does eat fish and seafood.)

We're staying in the Alexis Hotel and not getting a car, but we generally use public transit when traveling. Cheap eats to mid-range places, nothing too fancy or formal. Thanks in advance!

Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

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  1. Joan, Seattle's International District offers tons of Chow-worthy options. Especially noted is the Szechuan Crab at Seven Stars restaurant. (This will be your husband's most memorable Seattle meal, I guarantee it.) Nearby is also Tamarind Tree and Green Leaf for excellent Asian. Humble Hing Loon looks like it wouldn't be anything special but it is. (Especially the shrimp won-ton soup.) (Up the street from your hotel is Long's Provincial which is an upscale off-shoot of Tamarind Tree. Both are recommended highly.) Visit Serious Pie (just up from the Market) and order the mushroom pizza. Local additional favorites are The Palace Kitchen, Matt's at the Market and Maximillien's at the Market. (The upstairs bar, not the downstairs restaurant; order the Mussels.) If you dine after 9:00 p.m., I suggest the Pink Door which, with the right amount of libations, gives you a Toulouse Lautrec experience. Enjoy and write back your faves.

    Palace Kitchen
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    Tamarind Tree
    1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

    Pink Door
    1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

    Serious Pie
    316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Hing Loon Restaurant
    628 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

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    1. re: Leper

      Thanks for the list! I'll be sure to report back. (And I'm now craving Chinese food and mussels at 8:30 in the morning...)

    2. I am a tireless advocate of Savatdee, a Lao run Thai/ Lao restaurant on Roosevelt NE at about NE 58th . It is on a frequently running bus line to downtown. I love the catfish soup, deeply spicy and satisfying. All of the larbs from the Lao menu with their tripe and chicken innards are so surprisingly savory. There is beautiful quail and sticky rice. This is not food readily available at this level of quality anywhere I know of around here and I don't think there is likely to be a lot of Lao food in DC. It is a pleasant room and the family who runs it are very gracious.

      1. take a cab (or bus, though i'm not sure what line) up to capitol hill and try Pike Street Fish Fry--a little hole in the wall with tasty and hot fried seafood and fries. while you're up there, you might head over to Oddfellows cafe--i don't recommend for dinner, but drinks and dessert are awesome, plus the atmosphere is really cool. Smith is a really great gastropub up on 15th ave (probably need to take a short cab ride) and if you're up there and looking for a more substantial dinner, Poppy is a really neat experience--they serve "thali's" which is a plate of 7-11 small dishes that all complement one another. nice atmosphere there, too.

        1. Thanks again, everyone! We didn't have nearly enough time to get everywhere we wanted, but we enjoyed:

          Café Campagne for breakfast (got in before the rush, too!)
          Serious Pie
          Piroshky! Piroshky! (craving the Moscow roll ever since we got back to DC...nothing like it here that I can find)
          Nijo for an excellent sushi happy hour

          We also nibbled our way through Chinatown, and had lunch at a Cambodian soup place whose name I forget. And we made a point to never stop at the same coffee place twice. Really, I don't think we ate or drank anything that wasn't good. Next visit we hope to have time to explore the outer neighborhoods as well as Olympia and some other towns.

          Serious Pie
          316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

          86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101