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Jan 25, 2011 11:06 AM

Upcoming Seattle trip

I'm planning a trip to Seattle in just less than a month and was planning to get some good eats. I haven't booked a hotel yet, so I'm hoping to find one that's close to a good area for food and drinks. I love all foods and am very excited to try some local food. I would love to find restaurants that are "locavore" (I hate the term) or at least have a heavy focus on local products. I'm not really interested in seeing Maine Lobster on the menu.


1. Do you have any recommendations on a reasonably priced hotel in a good dining location?

2. What restaurants would you recommend? I'm hoping to eat at both high end and casual places, so all suggestions are welcome.

3. Any good places for a great craft cocktail?

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  1. A bar in downtown area called the Zig Zag, Murray was voted Bartendar of the Year. The votes are cast by Bartendars nationwide.

    If you drink a lil. Go to Contour lounge for a really cheap happy hour. Go early, eat a couple things, drink more, leave when its over. walk to zig zag drink something from Murray. Taxi over to Daniels for their 9pm? happy hour eat a lot here. drink a Mac&Jacks.

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

    1. I second Zigzag. The atmosphere is so-so but the cocktails are top notch.

      Hotel Andra is right downtown, rates vary but since it's not summer, you should be able to get a deal. You're within walking distance of Pike Place Market, all of Tom Douglas's restaurants, Top Pot donuts, I love Matt's in the Market and Le Pichet (great for lunch -- french onion soup and a demi-pichet of wine).

      If you're willing to venture to Ballard (north of downtown) you've got plenty of great spots there. La Carta de Oaxaca for Mexican, Ocho, Walrus and the Carpenter, Staple and Fancy. There are tons of shops and a movie theater as well, you could make an afternoon and evening of it.

      Pike Place Market
      1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

      Le Pichet
      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

      2325 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

      1. Winter is off season, so you should be able to find a decent deal on a hotel, especially if you stay over a weekend. I'd suggest just do a priceline for downtown Seattle, from downtown, there are many good food options: Capitol Hill, the market, Belltown, South Lake Union, and Pioneer Sq are all walking distance.

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

        1. I ended up finding a pretty good rate at Alexis Hotel. Any more suggestions on great restaurants in the downtown area?

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          1. re: ecwashere7

            Since you're in the south end of downtown, you might want to hit Salumi for lunch. Check reviews here to know what you're in for though, it's a long wait for a sandwich, not a linger-over-wine kind of lunch spot.

            309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

            1. re: caraely

              I have lingered long at Salumi's common table many times. As an alternative to the excellent services of the sandwich line, you can just slide along the wall back to the kitchen. There, you can order the kitchen specials directly from the cook. There is usually a soup, a salad, a pasta dish, and maybe a vegetable. Good, rustic food. Try to go late. After 2:00, there is less discomfort from the people watching you from the line you avoided (please do not ask the kitchen staff for sandwiches, for that, you stand in line). See the kitchen specials on the sandwich-board in front, and also displayed in the window of the old little salami-hanging room inside the door. Once you get to the common table, you can order what you want, maybe order a bit more after a while, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy conversation with your table-mates, many of whom will probably have traveled far and sought this place out. On the way out, pay the cashier for whatever you ate/drank. Here, please be patient, as the people who have been in the line have waited long enough...

              309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

            2. re: ecwashere7

              Alexis is a good property. Small and you will enjoy it. No restaurants are too far away. Try a salted carmel truffle from Fran's in the lobby of the Four Seasons (door to the street as well). Tulio's, Sazerac - there are many good restos in the area! Enjoy and report back, please!

              1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

              Four Seasons
              820 Griffin Ave, Enumclaw, WA 98022

              1. re: firecracker

                Seattle is a foodie's heaven! Last visit we found Anchovies and Olives and Pink Door, both were very, very good! Etta's, Maximillen @ the Market, Cafe Campagne, Georgian Room@ the Fairmont Olympic where have stayed twice, Dahlia Lounge are all wonderful! If you get to Etta's, don't miss their Coconut Creme pie, yummy! :)

                Cafe Campagne
                1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

                Pink Door
                1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

                Dahlia Lounge
                2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

            3. Alexis Hotel is slightly south of most restaurants in downtown Seattle. However, a quick cab ride or a 20 minute walk will get you to some great places. I would highly recommend any of the Tom Douglas restaurants. Dahlia Lounge never disappoints; Serious Pie serves delicious high-end pizzas; and Etta's is great for seafood.

              There are also some nice places along the waterfront, namely Elliott's Oyster House and the Edgewater (both of which have great happy hours, as well).

              As for cocktails, I would recommend Zig Zag just below Pike Place Market or Tavern Law (a speakeasy in the Capitol Hill neighborhood).

              Here's a list of some great casual, but nice restaurants:

              Toulouse Petit (Queen Anne neighborhood, creole inspired. Deliocious)
              Peso's (Queen Anne, same owners as Toulouse. Great mexican breakfast)
              Ballard Loft (Ballard neighborhood, pub food. Fun environment, games upstairs)
              Pink Door (Pike Place Market, nice place w/ amazing Italian food)
              Bastille (Ballard, french cuisine, cool vibe)
              Umi Sake House (Belltown neighborhood, great sushi)

              That being said, if I could recommend one neighborhood to check out, I would have to say Ballard. There are tons of restaurants and shops. Very cool area.

              Hope that helps! Enjoy Seattle!

              Pink Door
              1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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

              Serious Pie
              316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

              Elliott's Oyster House
              1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

              Umi Sake House
              2230 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

              Dahlia Lounge
              2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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              1. re: pwmac17


                don't let your visit be complete without a visit to Capitol hill.. the lively bustling streets of the pike/pine neighborhood are super fun for people watching, and the food scene is incredible. Everything from take out fish from a window - superb! (Pike street Fish Fry), to upscale - (dinner at Anchovies n Olives, Tavolata), great noodles - Boom! Noodle house, and 20 more, from dive bar happy hour to lauded cuisine. Oh, and Melrose Market.
                Take a cab up the hill from downtown, then walk back down, watching and eating on the way. Trust me. Look up threads on here, and you will find much information on all mentioned.

                The Alexis is good, and the Bookstore is a nice bar within for a happy hour if a rainy day - but get out into the neighbohoods, as Alexis as some have said, is toward the financial district and can be quiet after business hours. Let us know what you do!

                2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121