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Apr 30, 2011 09:27 AM

Two days for a solo walking/diner near Pike's

San Francisco/Napa hound is heading to Seattle late next month for my birthday. I'm staying at the Edgewater and will only be walking everywhere so as much as I'd like to head to The Herbfarm in Woodinville, that would require transportation I don't have.

Matt's In The Market and Wild Ginger are the only restaurants I've eaten at in Seattle. Matt's was fabulous for a lunch excursion and Wild Ginger was too much like the Asian-fusion I can find here in California.

Two whole days; a Saturday and a Sunday, before I take the ferry over to Victoria. There is nothing I don't eat and as a solo diner, I have no problem pulling out a book while working through a long tasting menu on a white tablecloth, or saddling up to a gastropub bar. I'd love fabulous local seafood or perhaps small plates or Cuban?

I walk a lot so a mile or two is not a problem, as long as I can walk back to the hotel in relative safety. Help me devise my dining itinerary!

The Herbfarm
14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

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  1. My favorite spot for a solo meal: the kitchen counter seats at Steelhead Diner. I've been there many times and I always love the food.

    Le Pichet is very nice. As a solo diner, I might go during off hours. It tends to get very crowded.

    On Sunday morning, take the bus to Ballard and go to the Ballard Farmer's Market. http://ballardfarmersmarket.wordpress...
    The market is a fun scene with some good street food. And along the street are many nice cafes and boutiques. You can walk over to the Ballard Locks for the botanical garden.

    Have a great time!

    Le Pichet
    Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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

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    1. re: val ann c

      Thanks, Val - but I'm not sure Steelhead is for me based on this recent thread:

      Le Pichet is a little more intriguing at least.

    2. Lecosho is the restaurant that Matt (formerly of Matt's in the Market) has opened. I had a very good dinner there last fall.

      You can walk to Salumi for lunch (call in your order and you won't have to wait on the long, long line).

      My very favorite restaurants are actually not downtown, so I'm hesitant to make other recommendations. I've heard good things about Chez Shea, Tavolata, and Local 360 , but haven't been to them myself.

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      1. re: Thiebaud

        Salumi is not open on the weekend.

        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      2. Place Pigalle and Maximillians both have phenomenal views of the Sound and both are right in The Market next to Don and Joe's Meats. Restaurant Zoe is also very good and very walkable from the Edgewater. Cafe Campagne offers good food as well. As Thiebaud points out Chez Shea and Local 360 are very good as is Bisato.

        Enjoy your stay in our city!

        Cafe Campagne
        1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

        Restaurant Zoe
        2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

        Chez Shea
        94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

        Place Pigalle Restaurant
        , Seattle, WA 98101

        1. Sitka & Spruce is well within walking distance from downtown, and dining there solo may increase your chances of scoring a coveted seat at the communal kitchen table. The style is Northwest via all sides of the Mediterranean, with an emphasis on small to medium-sized plates. Don't forget to check out the shops in the building.

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          1. re: lavaca

            Lavaca! Thanks so much - Sitka & Spruce looks exactly like the type of place that will entice and beguile... Perfect!

            Sitka & Spruce
            2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102