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Must try restaurants near Sea-Tac airport-4 hours layover

Dear Seattlites or Washintoneans,
We will be Seattle in a few days and we will have 4 hours layover. Since I haven't been to Seattle, I really like to get out of the airport to have a taste of Seattle. I am guessing a trip to a restaurant will be a good way to startt. Any suggestions? Since we will be flying in, we will only rely on public transportation such as train or bus. We may run into delay so restaurants required reservation will not good fit for this trip. Thank you for your help.

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  1. If you're doing public transportation, take the light rail downtown. Leaves airport every 15 min, and it's 45 min one-way to downtown. That's 1.5 hours round trip. Plus lining up through security again, plus possible delays on light rail. Plus 5-10 min for finding your way to the restaurant. Plus at least 30-45 min for actual eating.

    4 hours is probably cutting it a bit close. I wouldn't not go for something like that maybe unless you're taking a cab.

    1. I agree with the above poster...taking public transit would cut it real close going all the way to downtown Seattle. A cab to downtown and back will run you almost $100. There are decent food options in Burien and White Center, but not what I would classify as "Seattle flavor".
      Instead of going to downtown, maybe light rail part-way to Columbia City for food? Breakfast at Geraldine's Counter, the bakery, coffee @ Empire, walk around, head back to the airport?
      Honestly, you're kinda SOL.

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      Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
      4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

      1. What time and day of the week? Taking a cab may make for a doable meal in Seattle but it would help to know exactly when you're landing.

        1. I agree - 4 hours is too close to get into Seattle for a meal from Seatac without a car or taking a cab.

          Maybe try the Copperleaf restaurant in the Cedarbrook Lodge near the airport. I haven't been but I've heard some great things about it.

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          Copperleaf Restaurant
          18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

          1. I second the recommendation for Copperleaf. I have been there. It is a great overview of PNW cooking in a really nice setting and it is only a few minutes from the airport. They have an airport shuttle for the hotel. Do not know if you can use it just for dining, but you could ask. Taxi would also be really easy.
            http://www.cedarbrooklodge.com/copper...

            Only drawback is they are not open between lunch and dinner - so depending on time that might not work.

            Geraldine's Counter is a good bet and a fairly easy taxi ride. Problem with the light rail is that it really is pushing it to get to downtown and back and clear security again and the good dining places in the Rainer Valley are not that close to most of the light rail stops.

            Elliott Bay Brewing in Burien is also pretty good and an easy taxi ride.
            http://www.elliottbaybrewing.com/loca...

            If you get delayed and get stuck eating in the airport you could do worse than the Anthony's in the airport. It is decent and has basically the same menu you would get at any of their other locations. Not the best choice, but would be decent if you are stuck. Have a good trip.

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            Geraldine's Counter Restaurant
            4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

            Copperleaf Restaurant
            18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

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            1. re: PaqpIn

              I will be in Sea-Tac airport in the weekday around 2:00pm so I guess I am out of luck for Copperleaf. I guess I will settle for bakery items, dim sum to go, or anything can pass airport security. Thank you all your responses. I can really feel the warmness of Seattlites or Washintoneans. Thanks again.

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              Copperleaf Restaurant
              18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

            2. I will be in Sea-Tac airport in the weekday around 2:00pm so I guess I am out of luck for Copperleaf. I guess I will settle for bakery items, dim sum to go, or anything can pass airport security. Thank you all your responses. I can really feel the warmness of Seattlites or Washintoneans. Thanks again.

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              Copperleaf Restaurant
              18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

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              1. re: sherry2010

                Okay, 2 pm...As long as you land on time, I think it's possible to take a cab to the Pike Place Market, spend an hour wandering around and gathering food (lots of threads here on the Market), and get a cab back. You could easily get a cab at the Inn at the Market. That would be very "Seattle" too.

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                Pike Place Market
                1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

                1. re: sherry2010

                  Actually there are dining options at copperleaf all day. Although Lunch is 11:30-2pm and dinner is 5:30 - 9:30 pm, the Lounge opens at 2p-10pm and offers a menu which combines both the dinner and lunch items all day. Its in Cedarbrook Lodge. Stop by and check it out. You can even sit outside and dine after memorial day, but no one will stop you from sitting outside and having one of the many micro brews offered on day like today!

                  Cheers

                2. Dear Seattlites or Washintoneans,
                  We managed to get out of airport by light rail to Chinatown. It took us 25 mins. walk from concourse S to light rail and another 30 mins. to Chinatown. We are a fan of beard papa's cream puff so we went to Uwajimaya. We couldn't take chance to walk to jade garden or tea garden and foud out we have to wait or most items were sold out given the time of the day so we fixed our lunch/dinner inside Uwajimaya food court which is one block away from the Chinatown station. We spent 80 mins inside Uwajimaya then another 30 mins. on the light rail back to airport station. It took us 20 mins from airport station to through secruity and another 10 mins back to concourse S. We were so glad we went out of the airport to see the beauty of Seattle. We will definitely visit Seattle again. Thank you all for the suggestions.

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                  Uwajimaya
                  600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA