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36 hours in Seattle - need the best of the best

CityFoodNY Mar 29, 2011 08:16 PM

I will be in Seattle next week, whats the best dinner spot I cannot miss?

All recommendations appreciated.

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    SeattleSam Mar 30, 2011 10:34 AM

    I would recommend as follows:

    The Book Bindery
    Art of the Table
    Corson Building
    Lark (for quintessential Seattle)

    Art of the Table
    1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103

    Book Bindery
    198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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    1. re: SeattleSam
      equinoise Mar 31, 2011 02:03 PM

      These are smart recommendations. One quibble is that I consider Corson Building--or its sister place Sitka and Spruce--more "Seattle" than Lark, which IMO has trended away from a creative seasonal local menu. Note that it's a communal dining experience at Corson, which may or may not be more "quintessential" (or agreeable to you).

      Don't think a Tom Douglas dinner makes the cut for 36 hours, but you could hit up Snackbar for lunch. Spinasse > Barolo, but a New Yorker has Italian galore; curious that the NYT recommended that.

      There is lot of recent hype and love over Walrus & Carpenter too, and slurping puget sound oysters is essential for your visit, but those may be on offer at one or more places on Sam's list, and certainly makes for a good pre-dinner session whever one can find the bivalves. Inquire locally.

      1. re: equinoise
        SeattleSam Mar 31, 2011 02:13 PM

        Actually, I neglected to put Sitka and Spruce on my list, which I heartily recommend -- and it is, indeed, quintessential Seattle. The only reason I wouldn't put Corson on that list is that's it's a little high end to be considered "quintessential." But we're splitting hairs here.

    2. EATTV Mar 30, 2011 05:25 AM

      Like the East Coast Grill here, Tom Douglas's spots, especially The Dahlia Lounge are always unforgettable occasions. http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=...

      Dahlia Lounge
      2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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        clearskies0810 Mar 30, 2011 05:16 AM

        The NY Times answers this exact question earlier this week in an article likewise titled "36 hours in Seattle": http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/travel/27hours-seattle.html?_r=1

        Overall, pretty solid reccomendations with the exception of Barolo - I think you could do better at Spinasse or Volterra for Italian.

        Looks like the times likes to hit this topic every two years or so:

        2008 version: http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/travel/23hours.html

        2006 version: http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/08/04/...

        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

        5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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        1. re: clearskies0810
          HeatherHeatherHeather Mar 30, 2011 09:02 AM

          I wish I could "like" this post

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          AsterMax Mar 29, 2011 09:07 PM

          We're loving Marjorie on Union St. in Capitol Hill. It's a "can't miss" intimate bistro.
          Be sure to save room for the best bread pudding in the world!

          1412 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

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            Simon Mar 29, 2011 08:18 PM

            Lark is wonderful...and Matt's in the Market is classic Seattle

            there are many new places since my last visit a couple years ago too...a great food city...

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            1. re: Simon
              c oliver Mar 31, 2011 02:33 PM

              We had a super lunch at Matt's a couple of weeks ago. And a great dinner a Staple & Fancy in Ballard.

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