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May 16, 2011 09:58 PM

Torontonian coming for a short visit - approve?

Hello Seattle!
I'll be in the city for a last minute and very short visit. I'm ditching the May-24 weekend celebrations in my country (Canada) to check out your city!
I'm arriving on Thursday night and leaving Monday afternoon.
So. I'm interested in having really great local food in places with good vibes (well, who isn't?). For instance, in San Diego my favourite eat was fish tacos from a Mexican food truck - so much better than the pricey one that I tried elsewhere! Toronto doesn't do Mexican or street food right :)

On Friday, I'll be downtown, working on Stewart & 9th Avenue. Any recs for good coffee shops (because, afterall, I'm in Seattle) in the area, or lunch spots?

Otherwise, I'll be based out of 4th and 112th - no car!

This is going to sound odd, but a friend swore that he had the bet fried chicken in Seattle. No idea where he had it though - anybody want to shed some light?

Is there anything other than coffee, seafood, and rain that Seattle is known for?

- Flying Fish
- Sitka & Spruce for localvore
- Market Grill for fish sammies
- Maximilliens for mussels

Interesting & Delicious:
- Long Provincial
- Quinn's (but the frog legs aren't on the menu now! aw...)
- Revel or Joule for inventive Korean

Simple yet darn good:
- Nettletown
- Serious Pie

Things that Toronto isn't so hot at:
Laos food at Savatdee Thai

"Tom's Big Breakfast" @LOLA
Fun Brunch at the Kingfish Cafe

Annnnd it seems like going to the market would be a fun time. I'm a wanderer - not much of a sightseer - so neighbourhoods with attitude would be a plus :)



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

Flying Fish
2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Market Grill
1509 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

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  1. Erin,

    I think that your level of homework before posting is refreshing and much appreciated and should net you many helpful responses. Welcome!

    Your friend may have had Ezell's fried chicken. Few on this board would say it is the best fried chicken but it is good. Because Oprah has endorsed this place some people do tell their friends that they went there and had the "famous" chicken.

    Paseo has been getting a lot of national recognition lately (rightfully so) and it seems that Seattle may soon be known for the Paseo sandwich in addition to the coffee and seafood.

    I think that Flying Fish is solid but wouldn't make the short list. I also wouldn't say that Maximillien's mussels are noteworthy. I like the seafood at Anchovies and Olives. Checking out the Walrus and Carpenter would get you over into the fun Ballard neighborhood.

    I would add Poppy to your "interesting and delicious" list.

    Breakfast at Senior Moose might be interesting for you in that it gets you some quality Mexican food and breakfast in one.

    Have a great time!

    Flying Fish
    2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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    1. re:

      I always wonder if the folks who recommend Maxamilien's mussels have been recently. I went twice last year and they were inexcusably awful. Since you can get mussels so many places I wouldn't go there. BOKA at 1st and Madison does a nice mussels and frites happy hour meal for $9, if you are craving them, though I wouldn't recommending ditching anything on your list for BOKA (again, unless you really want mussels).

      And ditto, Poppy belongs on the interesting and delicious list. I like Long P. but if Toronto has good Vietnamese, skip it.

      I know others asked you about this already but 4th and 112th could be a lot of places, depending on if it's 112th North, or NW, or S, or SW...That address could actually be outside of the city altogether.

      I bet the chicken is Ezell's. It's a Seattle institution.

      1. re: christy319

        Yes - so sorry! I'm at an area called Bellevue. I'm such a tourist...!
        Poppy shall be added! Well, Toronto apparently has good Vietnamese but I haven't had it. But my friends claim that I go to the wrong places all the time...ehh. The onyl place that I've enjoyed Viet food is in Sydney, Australia, and I no longer wander the streets of toronto like I used to due to my travels!

        Thank you for the warm welcome!! Senior Moose - Mexican for breakfast sounds deeeelish!
        Ezells might be right...hmm!

        1. re: ekim256

          Getting from Bellevue to Seattle without a car is not very convenient but doable. Still, I'll add some recommendations for you in Bellevue to have as options - there are a lot of chain restaurants and places that feel like chains in the downtown Bellevue area but some of the best options are: Monsoon East (a newer branch of an established Seattle restaurant) for some inventive and flavorful Vietnamese food (they do not strive for authenticity though). Facing East for some Taiwanese food (I would eat lightly here and stick to the pork burger appetizer and one other dish that looks good to you). And John Howie Steak offers some pretty tasty items and a good happy hour. But definitely try to get over to Seattle whenever possible.

          Monsoon East
          10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

          John Howie Steak
          11111 Northeast 8th Street, Suite 125, Bellevue, WA 98004

          1. re:

            oh how silly of me. I'm the most disorganized tourist - I thought that Bellevue was a district of Seattle. I believe the bus ride is only 30 minutes so I'm not knackered over it :)
            Excellent options though - Monsoon East and Facing East will be added to my food map :)

            Monsoon East
            10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

    2. I think the "best fried chicken" might have been the Monday-night-only fried chicken at Spring Hill, which is now sold out until it ends for good this summer.

      1. You have done your homework well, grasshopper. The Kingfish Cafe has excellent fried chicken as part of their brunch menu. (Their biscuits are destination dining.) Also, the Steelhead Diner's fried chicken is really quite good.

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

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        1. re: Leper

          I second fried chicken at Kingfish Cafe. Additionally, Joule has some great fried chicken. However, when I was there last week it was off the menu, so it may not be available while you are here.

          1. re: Mike CP

            I have had outstanding fried chicken at Flying Fish, though I haven't been since they moved.

            Flying Fish
            2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

            1. re: pusherman

              Best dive chicken is at the Waterwheel Lounge, 7034 15th Av NW.
              It's a unique experience.

        2. Good coffee is better up on Capitol Hill at Victrola Coffee Roasters or Stumptown, but certainly give Motore (at the corner of 4th and Stewart) a shot...I mean you can't beat that convenience. I'd hit up Barolo or Farestart for lunch within a few blocks of work.

          Are you staying in White Center?! Yikes, not a lot of good food options within walking distance there. Certainly check out Full Tilt Ice Cream (dairy-free options as well) and um...maybe Proletariat Pizza across the street. If the weather is nice go to Alki to walk/take photos/get a unique view of the city. I'd recommend spending Sunday in Ballard...hit the farmer's market on Ballard Ave, grab coffee at Nervous Nellies if you visit the Ballard Locks, or at Cafe Besalu (you can't miss's the one with the line out the front door and down the street) or even at the Dutch Bike next to Walrus and the Carpenter (good coffee out of a bike shop - strange I know).

          1115 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

          Victrola Coffee
          310 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

          Cafe Besalu
          5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

          1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

          2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

          Full Tilt Icecream
          9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

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          1. re: HeatherHeatherHeather

            PS-great research already! Sitka & Spruce, Nettletown, and Long Provincial = yummm

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

          2. Hey Erin:

            Based on the business address you provided it sounds like you will be in Bellevue - not Seattle. Please confirm so we can steer you in the right direction. Bellevue is located across the lake east of Seattle and would require public transporation, seeing that you will not have a car at your disposal.

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            1. re: LemonyRoux

              Yes - Bellevue is correct! Apologies!