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One night near Westin - Boston CH needs tips!

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I am in town for one night and will be near the Westin, without a car. Looking for something interesting for dinner; unique to Seattle would be a plus - nothing tremendously expensive, please. No real restrictions other than that - I'll try just about anything -

Oh, and tell me what to order once I am there!

Thanks -
Cork

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  1. I know the Tom Douglas haters will show up any minute, but:

    1. Serious Pie (tough to go wrong here...but my personal standouts are the guanciale / soft egg / arugula and the yukon gold / pecorino)
    2. Palace Kitchen (anything from their grill is generally great...also try the chicken wings)
    3. If you don't mind walking a few blocks to the market, I'd look at Matt's in the Market for NW style cuisine...also Il Bistro (less "unique" to Seattle but a great little Italian spot). Either spot will give you that "Pike Place market experience" - very cool.
    4. Restaurant Zoe is another solid choice in the neighborhood - try the tuna tartare if it's on the menu.

    Have fun and good luck!

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    Palace Kitchen
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    Restaurant Zoe
    2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

    Serious Pie
    316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Il Bistro
    93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

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    1. re: erik h

      It's not about "hating" Tom Douglas. It's just such an OBVIOUS answer.
      Let's get a little more creative with ideas...

      How about Icon Grill for example. I haven't been in a couple years, but it used to be a favorite of mine. It's definitely fallen off the list with all the new places that have opened over the past couple of years (and their lack of innovation). Anyone been recently?

      Or Seastar. I wasn't expecting a whole lot the first time I went, but my meal at the Bellevue location was very nice. I haven't been to the Seattle location.

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      Icon Grill
      1933 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

      1. re: GreenYoshi

        Someone once said on this board (years ago and I forget who - can't find it in the search engine) that within Icon Grill beats the heart of an Applebee's.

        In hindsight, the poster might have been talking about the actual ownership of the restaurant (there were persistent rumors that they were owned by the chain) but I can't think of a more trenchant and accurate description of the place in my experience.

        Seastar (the Seattle location,) on the other hand, I can recommend. It's not cheap, being basically a hotel restaurant at the Pan Pacific, but I felt I got adequate value for money in the seafood department. It's also relatively close to the Westin. (I would surely go to Palace Kitchen, though, if I had only one night in town.)

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        Palace Kitchen
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        Icon Grill
        1933 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

      2. re: erik h

        I second Palace Kitchen. A long time favorite of mine, we just had an exceptional experience there including truly professional service (again). Try the fried pig tails appetizer. Killer. If you go to Maximillien's at the Market, go to the upstairs bar rather than the downstairs restaurant. (The mussels are not to be missed.) Serious Pie is a pizza destination restaurant for this region.

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        Palace Kitchen
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        Serious Pie
        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. re: Leper

          I think the app is actually fried pig ears, but you're right that they are killer. I had them last month when I was in town and they are addicting. The Palace burger is also fairly incredible, as is the rotisserie chicken.

      3. Steelhead Diner. Maximillian's at the Market. Place Pigalle.

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

        Place Pigalle Restaurant
        , Seattle, WA 98101

        1. Cork, as you are coming from Boston, I would send you to Palace Kitchen. The menu changes frequently so can't tell you what to order. I can't recommend Serious Pie as I think it is way overpriced for what you get.

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          1. re: Bethwick

            Let's make it nearly unanimous -- I was also all set to recommend Palace before I started cruising the threads -- a good place, not too expensive for downtown (though not cheap), very Northwestern, and also very close to your hotel.

            Can't go wrong with Steelhead Diner, either, though a longer walk (10-15 min). I really like Serious Pie, but wouldn't necessarily recommend it as the only place for an out-of-towner to go, as unique as it is, it's still pizza.

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

            Serious Pie
            316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

          2. Thanks all for the rec's

            Ended up meeting some friends who had made a reservation based on a rec from another local -
            We hopped in a cab and ate at Joule -
            Really neat menu and quite tasty!