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Apr 9, 2011 09:47 AM

Inventive downtownish place

A few years ago we were in Seattle on business and had a memorable meal at a place called Cascadia (maybe in Belltown, not far from downtown?). It was memorable because it was extremely local and inventive cuisine (I still remember having something that tasted like pine needles smell...). At any rate, we're going to be downtown for one night this June and are wondering what place local Chows might recommend along those lines?

Cascadia Restaurant
2328 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

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  1. For "local", "inventive", and "downtownish", I would recommend Sitka & Spruce. The chef combines influences from all sides of the Mediterranean with Northwest ingredients and preparations.

    Cascadia's chef is now cooking at ART near Pike Place Market (I have not been).

    1. I would second Sitka and Spruce but would also suggest Poppy as a consideration.

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      1. re: Leper

        Here's another vote for Sitka & Spruce. Be sure to make a reservation.

      2. You might try Book Bindery.

        Book Bindery
        198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

        1. Bisato is inventive and really unique dishes.

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          1. re: savvy savorer

            The chef from Cascadia is now at Art in the new Four Seasons hotel.

            1. re: bluedog67

              We just ate at Art of the Table last night. It was fantastic - great flavors, excellent presentation, and a very inventive tasting menu for Restaurant Week. The sunchoke bisque soup was one of the better soups I've had in years. Only downside (or upside, depending on your taste) - very empty - only about 3 other tables filled while we were there.

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

          2. Thanks much Chows! These are great suggestions, some I had not heard of before. Sadly, we'll only be there one night and will have to pick only one. Thanks again.