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Mar 29, 2011 08:16 PM

36 hours in Seattle - need the best of the best

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

All recommendations appreciated.

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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

      1. The NY Times answers this exact question earlier this week in an article likewise titled "36 hours in Seattle":

        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:

        2006 version:

        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

        1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

        5411 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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        1. Like the East Coast Grill here, Tom Douglas's spots, especially The Dahlia Lounge are always unforgettable occasions.

          Dahlia Lounge
          2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

          1. 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

              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

                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.