A week in Seattle
Wife and I are going 7/27-8/3. We both love seafood. She loves crab. I'm a fish guy. I'd also like to try some good syushi but at a place with a full Japanese menu. My wife doesn't do sushi. I don't mind spending the bucks if the abng matches. We really like the places wher the natives eat. Think Parasol's and Liuzza's in New Orleans. We are primarily looking for lunch spots although one nice evening meal would be an option.
We are also taking day trips to the the lavender fields one day and Mt. Rainier another. Any help with these would be nice. Thanks
I don't eat seafood myself, but many people's whose opinions I trust love Anchovies and Olives in Capitol HIll and I hear nothing but good things about Walrus & Carpenter in Ballard -- despite good reputations, both are relatively "local" and also both are in neighborhoods with many good restaurants, bars and things to do.
My wife (who is Japanese) likes the high end sushi place that recently relocated to Eastlake -- Sushi Cappo or something similar? I'm sorry I don't have the details, but I'm sure someone else on the board does; or else she goes to Shiro's downtown. Since I don't eat sushi myself, we tend to favor places like Octo (Cap Hill) or Cutting Board (Georgetown) that have both sushi and non-seafood options.
Mount Rainier is a great day -- but be sure to check the weather and road information before you go, I think there is still snow at Paradise.
2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
For a good combination of sushi and full Japanese, Maneki is a good bet
http://www.manekirestaurant.com/ it is only open for dinner and does not have the best sushi in Seattle, but it is quite good and for the overall experience it is a classic Seattle experience. For something a little higher end there is Chiso http://www.chisofremont.com/menu_lunch.htm which also has good sushi and a full Japanese menu.
For the crab/fish combo you could try Seatown http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=counter-lunch or Elliot's. Elliot's is more known for its oyster's but also has good crab and fish.
http://www.elliottsoysterhouse.com/menus/ As far as a view/location and casual outdoor eating experience for lunch you could try the deck at Ray's http://www.rays.com/café
For a lunch place (only during the week and it gets crazed) that both locals and tourists frequent you could try Salumi http://www.salumicuredmeats.com/ and if it is a nice day you could get the sandwiches to go and take them to the waterfront. You could also do the same thing with Paseo http://www.paseoseattle.com/
Wandering around Pike Place Market you will find a number of good places. For a casual breakfast you could try the Crumpet Shop: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-crumpet-shop-seattle
One of the new favorites on the scene is the Book Bindery http://www.bookbinderyrestaurant.com/menu/ and if you are looking for Italian you arguably cannot do better than Spinasse http://www.spinasse.com/ or for a casual lunch you can try the new pasta place on the hill climb right below Pike Place market. Very limited, but good: Il Corvo http://ilcorvopasta.wordpress.com/
You might also enjoy Poppy if you like ethnic: http://poppyseattle.com/about
Just a starting point, but I hope this gives you some good ideas.
Enjoy your visit.
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Redstickboy, check out my final report a few threads down on my trip to Seattle two weekends ago. I gave my thoughts on many restaurants and received excellent advice on others. I also dined at some of the restaurants mentioned by Paqpin. I loved, loved Book Bindery, Elliot's (for oyster happy hour), everywhere in Pike Place, Lola (for Tom's big breakfast, octopus with eggs? yum!) and Revel. I also really enjoyed Staple and Fancy and Poppy. Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard is also supposed to have excellent oysters. Enjoy the trip!