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Jul 25, 2011 07:18 AM

Chicago CH looking for lunch

Mr. CG and I are going to be visiting relatives in Seattle later this week and have one day (weekday) on our own to play in Seattle. We've been to Pike's Market and the Rock & Roll History Museum (although it might be fun to go back there) and we haven't decided what we're going to explore that day. Since we are chowhounds, maybe we can design the day around a great lunch! Thinking about Chinatown and Henry's Taiwan.

What would you recommend?

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  1. The Szechuan Crab at Seven Stars restaurant in the International District will give you a memorable Seattle food experience.

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    1. re: Leper

      This is probably the single most recommended food item in all of Seattle on chowhound! I'll add the 2nd most, drop by Salumi, especially if you can go at a slightly off hour. Check ahead, though, they've been closed lately. Actually, I'll add a third -- if you have transpo, grab a sandwich at El Paseo, maybe the most beloved sandwich in town.

      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

    2. and i’ll recommend something in the opposite direction: lunch at Mistral Kitchen is awesome .. same awesome food as dinner, great wines by the glass and of course amazing cocktails ..

      Mistral Kitchen
      2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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      1. re: oliveoyl

        Thank you everyone for your suggestions. We wound up at Salumi. Wow.

        After a day of sightseeing, we arrived late. Which was good because there were no lines. What we didn't anticipate was that Salumi was also going to be out of bread. No matter.

        We approached the counter, where they told us what was still left. We ordered a gazpacho and the Salumi cured meat platter with cheese and olives for two and they set us up on two stools in the window.

        Minutes later we were served the most amazing cured meat platter (that did include two ends of bread [hurray!]).This was amazing. It fairly glistened with the sparkle of a special effects lens. I didn’t think it was possible to find this kind of Italian sausage meat outside of Italy. The plate was covered with paper-thin slices of Finnochiona Salami, hot Soppresata Salami, Mole (Yes, chocolate!) Salami, Anice Pepperoni, Coppa-cured Pork Shoulder… and, of course, Salumi Salami. That was topped with slices of sweet, creamy gorgonzola (if you ever thought you didn’t like blue cheese, I promise Fellow FoodBeest, this will change your mind) and a sharp Provolone Piccante that firmly places the plastic packaged stuff in the world of fragrant wax. Some oil-cured olives, a bottle of San Pellegrino, and we devoured everything

        There is little to say about the gazpacho. It was tasty, rather garlicky, and rustic. I kept pulling tough, unpleasant red pepper skins out of my mouth. If you visit Salumi (and I highly recommend that you do) don’t bother with anything but the meat. Ah, the meat.

        We also had dinner at Flying Fish, which was awesome. More here:

        Flying Fish
        2234 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        1. re: chicgail

          Your "fragrant wax" comment is so right. Do any local cheese outfits carry a decent provolone picante? Salumi sells me a chunk now and then, but it's pretty dear...

          309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. re: mrnelso

            We got some provolone picante at Bayleaf in Coopville on Whidby Island. Pretty excited after our introduction to it at Salumi.