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Hi Seattle chowhounds...

My second trip to Seattle. Staying downtown, close to Central Library. Hanging out with dear friend, newly re-located to Pt. Townsend, so only in Seattle for a two days then off to P.T.

Would love recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have vehicle but prefer to stay within walking (or short cab ride) distance.

I like a bistro-style place with a good vibe and plenty of conviviality. Looking for great service and local ingredients. Pretty open as to cuisine but would prefer Northwest/Seafood for dinner.. Had good experience at Flying Fish when in Seattle about 5 years ago. Would like to keep dinner @ $100 for two. Am always game for small plates and/or sharing to shave the bill!

Any "musts" for Pt. Townsend?

Appreciate any and all suggestions.

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Flying Fish
2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. RN74 looks pretty sweet and I have not been to the one in SF. Wish the wine bar menu had more seafood options other than oysters. Thoughts on RN74?

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    1. re: karendor

      I'm trying RN74 next week. Looks promising and early reviews are mostly positive. But it doesn't look like a $100 for two kind of place.

      1. re: Jeffo405

        Jeff - thanks for the reply. Well in the right kind of place, I can go over budget :) so please let me know what you think next week. The" wine bar menu" would likely feed us ladies just fine, and we can always do seafood for lunch.

        Thanks for the warning for PT, below, too.

        1. re: Jeffo405

          From Open Table: RN74 Happy Hour - 5 for $5 Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm. Offer includes $5 house white, $5 house red, $5 well cocktail and 2 menu items will be offered for $5.

      2. As far as Port Townsend, I'd avoid the Silverwater Cafe.

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        1. re: Jeffo405

          So I am thinking after Seattle arrival:

          Small plates/dinner/wine bar: RN74
          Dessert: Chez Shea -- although very tempting for full dinner!
          Breakfast: Sweet Iron waffles.
          Lunch: Blue Acres Seafood.

          PT?

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

          1. re: karendor

            Jumped to PNW Board for Port Townsend seeing some good discussions, thanks. Appreciate any comments/reviews as per above selection in downtown Seattle.

            1. re: karendor

              Karen, Chez Shea is good not only for apps but for the entire dinner. Keep your budget in check by eating in the cafe (bar).

              BlueAcre is okay, but the location is large - the old Oceannaire space and not stellar.

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

              1. re: firecracker

                Thanks, firecracker.

                Yes, I saw I could do that at Chez Shea. I think they call it the lounge? Shea looks like the kind of restaurant I love. Full dinner really depends on our timing that first evening.

                Re: lunch the next day, I was reading reviews of Blueacre I gather that the location/decor is a somewhat amiss, and the service can be spotty.

                What do you suggest for a stellar, Northwest-fare lunch, near downtown (or close to where we need to catch the Bainbridge ferry)? What about their other one Steelhead Diner. Too touristy? I wasn't planning on Pike's two days in a row.

                -K

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

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

            2. re: Jeffo405

              I would second that. Used them for wedding catering (I was planning long distance) based on the positive reviews, and was very underwhelmed with both the food and the service. If you have time, I'd recommend making some time for wine/cider/mead tasting. Had a great time doing that and found a wonderful fresh ginger cider I loved.

            3. Last weekend I went to The Tilikum Place Cafe for Breakfast (Seattle brunch). Delish! The creative chef makes up new brunch specials changing weekly. Nice champagne selection for such a small place too. Service is very personal, the staff will make sure you get exactly what you desire. My spouse is sensitive to Oregano (but likes it a little) and they were amazingly "spot on" with putting only half of it in the sauce -and not garnishing with it in a dish. I asked about the level of lemon in the hollandaise (and they didn't think I was a pain in the ass). Perfect.

              I also highly recommend the Pink Door (Pike) for a leisurely outdoor lunch. They have a new summer menu right now- using lots of PNW freshness! from the Pike Place Market. We had the house antipasto platter (fab), and I highly recommend the fresh room temp summer pasta (tomato, moz, basil) ...get a chilled wine and enjoy the view of the water and the happy chatter of people enjoying their food.

              I go to PT frequently, and honestly...my favorite quintessential PT resto is Waterfront Pizza. Window seat- looking over the town, eating the pesto moz and fresh tomato pizza and a big bottle of Chianti. PT is not a much of a "fancy" restaurant place....go with what they do best- NW casual/hippie/fun...not to far from the Green EyeShade (kitchen/dining store) if anyone wants to do some foodie shopping!

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              Pike Place Market
              1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

              Pink Door
              1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

              Waterfront Pizza
              951 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

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              1. re: sedimental

                All three of these sound wonderful. I was thinking of Dahlia Lounge as I see they have a three course lunch for $15, but Pink Door sounds very appealing, especially outdoors.

                Will check out Waterfront Pizza, sounds amazing! Thanks, and apologies to all for skipping an "L" in Seattle in my OP headline. :)

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                Pink Door
                1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

                Waterfront Pizza
                951 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

                Dahlia Lounge
                2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

                1. re: karendor

                  The weather here has been very weird this summer (as most of the rest of the country, really). So who knows if September will be nice for you? But, if it is- the Pink Door has kind of covered outdoor patio seating, which is nice.

                  1. re: sedimental

                    Sedimental and chowhounders...

                    Well I would love to eat outdoors, but we'll see.

                    I realize that I do not want to do Pike's twice --and I am already reserved for dinner at Chez Shea the night before. (See above - very excited!)

                    I am really thinking about that 3-course lunch special at Dahlia's Lounge but it is not always the best idea to get boxed into the restaurant's 3-course selection.

                    Any other faves for *fun lunch* on a Thursday, not touristy, not too corporate? What about Elliott's Oyster House? I am not a big oyster person but maybe my mind needs to be opened.

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

                    Elliott's Oyster House
                    1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101

                    1. re: karendor

                      You could try Farestart for lunch. It's a great program that trains homeless folks to enter the food industry. They have a very nice restaurant close to downtown (7th and Virginia) and on Thursday nights they have a guest chef dinner, reserve in advance. But the weekday menu can be interesting and the $ goes to a good cause.
                      Or at the other end of the spectrum, Mistral Kitchen has lunch as well. Happy Hour is much more affordable.

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                      Mistral Kitchen
                      2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

                      1. re: tsquare

                        Great idea regarding Farestart, I love Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans, similar idea for the young' uns. Check it out if you are in NOLA.

                        http://reconcileneworleans.org/cafe/c...

                        Considering "my crowd" the sentiment/mission of Farestart sounds perfect.

                        Not sure about Mistral because of the "industrial chic" decor.

                        [Just found out we will have a third with us, and she *may* be vegan so I may have to start a new post. Also, first lunch -- just off the plane - may be in Georgetown.

                        ]

                        But so far, I have some great ideas from this group:

                        Chez Shea, dinner reserved!
                        Pink Door, a possibility for lunch depending on weather/crowds, if not this trip the next.
                        Farestart, lunch potential
                        RN74, possibly for drinks/wine bar menu. Can always go in SF.
                        Dahlia's Lounge, for prix fixe lunch, if we want a smancy place.
                        Salumi, no sit down right? Sounds perfect for taking platter or sandwich on the Ferry.
                        Waterfront Pizza, in PT; avoid Stillwater

                        karen

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                        Pink Door
                        1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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

                        Waterfront Pizza
                        951 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

                        Farestart
                        2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

                        Salumi
                        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                        1. re: karendor

                          There is, indeed, a common table in Salumi, just past the cash register.
                          While most go to Salumi for the salumi sandwiches, they also offer Italian home-cooking specials in the Kitchen, in weekly rotation. You'll see these listed on a sandwich board on the sidewalk, a blackboard inside.and exhibited in the glass case just inside the door.
                          In summer, they usually offer a wonderful sandwich of prosciutto and fig confit.
                          If you are not getting a sandwich, you can just go around the sandwich line and straight to the common table (seats about 10 and a couple of two-tops in back). This is right outside the kitchen, and you can order directly from the chef there (and pay on your way out).

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                          Salumi
                          309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                      2. re: karendor

                        You should go to salumi. Hot meat platter if it is only you. If there is another with you get the cold meat platter as well.

                        1. re: dagrassroots

                          Wow, dagrassroots, great advice! I forgot about Salumi. It certainly fits the bill for the OP's request for "bistro-style place with a good vibe and plenty of conviviality:"... very unique!

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                          Salumi
                          309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                          1. re: sedimental

                            Update: Friend picking me up from SEA, possible stop in Georgetown. Either way, looks like we will be able to stop by Bakery Nouveau for first lunch (and takeaways!) Based on other posts, this looks like an iconic Seattle spot.

                            From reading other threads, I sense that Elliott's and Salami may also be "musts?" I wish I liked meat and oysters more. But they both sound fun, and that is the top ingredient.

                            Any other ideas in Georgetown. Wed pm only option, so not sure if Corson Building is a fit.

                            k

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                            Bakery Nouveau
                            4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

                            The Corson Building
                            5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

                            1. re: karendor

                              Salumi does have sit down. It's best to avoid lines by getting there at 1050 am to ensure you get a seat.

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                              Salumi
                              309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                              1. re: dagrassroots

                                You can also go latish for no line; call ahead and make sure they're open.

                                The common table is very cozy and nice, but watch out - last time I was there my neighbor dropped a meatball on my shoe. Guy just kept eating and pretended nothing happened.

                                1. re: pusherman

                                  Drooool - "In summer, they usually offer a wonderful sandwich of prosciutto and fig confit."Sold and Sold!

                                  With Bakery Nouveau on Wed. and Salumi on Thurs. sounds like a slice of Seattle-style heaven. Table or no table! And I can bring a bagful of yum back to the place in PT.

                                  Thank you... interesting how we got to this when I thought I needed to go to Blueacre for lunch.:) Hooray for Chowhound. Will let you know how it plays out!

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                                  Bakery Nouveau
                                  4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

                                  Salumi
                                  309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                                  1. re: karendor

                                    Have a great trip, Karen. I'm heading north to Vancouver BC (another foodie mecca) but I look forward to reading your report on your Seattle chow adventures!

                                    Enjoy your stay. BTW, avoid advertising you're a tourist and refer to Pike Place Market or simply The Market. Calling it Pike's will definitely make you a tourist!

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                                    Pike Place Market
                                    1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

                                    1. re: firecracker

                                      Fire...

                                      Thank you for any advice to help me avoid "touristspeak." Very much appreciated.

                                      Trip update: Staying an second night in town before heading to PT, and will be joined (most meals) with a vegetarian/foodie. Former vegan. She is also a Seattle resident and open to new places!

                                      Both friends have enjoyed Sitka and Spruce, so we may go to Melrose Market. (Assuming it is Ok to call that Melrose Market?)

                                      However, respecting our vegetarian traveler might make Salumi an issue. Even Chez Shea's lounge menu appears to have pretty limited veggie choices:

                                      http://www.chezshea.com/index.php?Dep...

                                      Oh such difficult choices. Well, I have two months, so plenty of time. Will definitely give a report.

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

                                      Salumi
                                      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                                  2. re: pusherman

                                    The risk you run by going late is that they will be out of something, but you can cruise the menu on their website and call the day before, or early in the day and they will be ready for you when you get there.

                  2. We went to PT a couple years ago and found an absolutely divine breakfast place. Sweet Laurettes is up on the hill (not in the downtown near the water). We were in town for 3 days and had to go there for breakfast twice. Most amazing french toast I've had and my wife swears by the Benedict.

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                    1. re: BallardFoodie

                      Sounds great and my kind of place. Am going to send your delicious comments to my PT friend. A friend (and former Seattle resident) just recommended the following for our visit:

                      Tilth
                      Via Tribunali
                      Monsoon
                      Serafina
                      Ciccetti

                      Thoughts? Again, we now have a vegetarian in our group.

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                      Via Tribunali
                      317 W Galer St, Seattle, WA 98119

                      1. re: karendor

                        All are very solid and popular places.

                        Speaking purely personally, for the same types of food I might substitute Spinasse for Serafina and Serious Pie for Via Trib. Via Trib is a good neapolitan-stype pie, but Serious is a very wierd and unique place (well, as wierd and unique as you can get with pizza) and something you'll only find in Seattle. I'll warn that both are very busy and it can be tough to get a table. Between your Italian places, Serafina is good, but fairly typical of upscale Italian places more or less anywhere, while Spinasse really seems to be hitting on all cylinders right now, and is producing some of the best pastas I've ever had, and in a cool, intimate setting. Note it is a bit more upscale, used to be a tough table, but they have expanded recently, so probably not so bad.

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                        Spinasse
                        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

                        Serious Pie
                        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                      2. re: BallardFoodie

                        Second Sweet Laurette. Seafood Chowder on Saturday(brunch) is really really good.

                        1. re: wallyz

                          Pusherman and wallyz, thank you both so much. Great feedback. When I saw the Serious Pie website I was pretty curious, and serious!

                          We now have two nights, and my friend wants to hit Georgetown at some point.

                          So maybe we will do this:

                          Wed:
                          Stop at Bakery Nouveau
                          HH: Via Tribunale (Georgetown) or Serious Pie, depends on agenda.
                          Dinner: Chez Shea Lounge or main dining room.

                          Thurs:
                          Bk:Sweet Iron or The Crumpet Shop
                          Lnch: Skillet Diner or Pink Door
                          HH: Elliott’s
                          Dinner: This is really going to depend on our "eating stamina" if we can do a dinner after Elliott's HH. :)

                          Friday
                          Salumi. Call first, get “to go” for the Ferry.

                          PT
                          Waterfront Pizza, avoid Stillwater
                          Sweet Laurette’s for Saturday brunch
                          Ciders -- I love ciders! Who said ciders?

                          Thanks... how this list has evolved!

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                          Pink Door
                          1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

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

                          Serious Pie
                          316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                          Bakery Nouveau
                          4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

                          Waterfront Pizza
                          951 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

                          Salumi
                          309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                          1. re: karendor

                            I agree that Port Townsend isn’t a great eating destination. I’m not a big fan of the pizza at Waterfront Pizza, which in my opinion isn’t better pizza than you can get almost anywhere, although I agree that it captures the “hippy/causual” ambience of Port Townsend. Although I’ve had mixed experiences at almost all Port Townsend eateries, I recently had a very enjoyable and nicely prepared lunch at T’s Restaurant, which is located on the waterfront at the very northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula at Port Hudson Marina. On a warm, sunny summer day, you can sit out on the deck and enjoy the magnificent view. If you are in Port Townsend on a Saturday morning, you should go to the Port Townsend Farmers’ Market, which very much captures the spirit and local culture of Port Townsend and is a lot of fun. If you are travelling between Port Townsend and Seattle, you can get a very good lunch in a very unique ambience at the Port Gamble General Store, just a stone’s throw from the eastern end of the Hood Canal bridge, or good BBQ at Mike’s Four Star BBQ, also in Port Gamble, or some good Vietnamese noodles at Pho T & N in Poulsbo.

                            1. re: Tom Armitage

                              Just got back from PT. Waterfront pizza is still the hippie fun place to be- trivial pursuit cards on the table..... pesto, mushroom and tomato pizza. Really nice.

                              I also went to Eaglemount for wine and Cider tasting. http://www.eaglemountwinery.com/

                              Really fun, casual, cool, and tasty! I bought a few bottles...the perry cider is a terrific pear cider -and the semi dry is very apple-y delish! As for wines... the Eaglemount Red was exceptionally good this year...better than the Raptor and cheaper too!