Bumbershoot Festival weekend (Sept 3-5) - recs for eats?
I've almost attended every year of the Bumbershoot Festival in the past 10 years and strangely still have no clue where to eat when I'm there. When my partner's brother lived there, he took us to places I vaguely remember (tapas, diner-style sandwiches) or cooked for us (nice, eh?). We also ate at the festival (tasty but pricey and not so healthy after several days) or stumbled upon a place and hoped for the best. This year I'd really like to have a list of places to check out.
We're looking for tasty but low-cost eats and also somewhere to grocery shop. My partner and I are omnivores, do not have any food allergies and like a wide variety of cuisines (though he recently OD on Mexican so I don't think I can persuade him towards that during our visit). I'm a little health conscious but I certainly wouldn't be adverse to one gluttonous treat during our visit - NPR's Sandwich Monday reviewed Salumi (http://www.npr.org/blogs/waitwait/201...) and I really want a sandwich from there but sadly they're only open Tues-Fri.
We're within walking distance to the Bumbershoot Fest and will be walking everywhere, so that's a consideration for us too.
Thanks in advance for your help!
re: jubilant cerise
In that case, Whole Foods on westlake & denny (but if you are downtown go east on blanchard and it converges) is probably your best bet for groceries, or the Pike Place Market. And you can do a happy hour crawl through Belltown just about every night. When it's not happy hour, Local 360 is good and fairly affordable, on 1st and Bell. For something more gluttonous, try Mistral Kitchen, Spur, or Bisato. I have not actually tried Bisato but the chef is highly regarded.
Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
A few ideas in the area:
Toulouse Petit ("New Orleans French Quarter") - Queen Anne & Mercer
Tilikum Place Cafe (American with continental influences) - Cedar between 4th and 5th
Bambino's (pizza and beer) - 4th & Cedar
Boat Street Cafe/Kitchen (French) - Denny & Western
For casual/cheap, you could try Tup Tim Thai, Than Brothers for pho, or Genki for sushi. I second the Metropolitan Market suggestion for groceries and sandwiches.
If you just need a break from the festival, try McMenamins for beer and Cajun tater tots
Toulouse Petit and Peso's have late-night happy hours, though I suspect they will be mobbed.
Though not a sandwich from Salumi... Metropolitan Market sells sandwiches made with Salumi salami and they also sell the salami in the deli. The other thing to get in the deli there is the Hempler's chicken breast. They have peppered or sundried tomato and it's a great for sandwiches or plain as a little treat.
I'll second Bambinos pizza. One of my favorites in Seattle especially at happy hour when you can get beer for $2. The beer they have on tap is great stuff. They often have Pliny the Elder and generally all is interesting and not what you find on tap at every other place in town.
Genki Sushi or Sushiland for the cheap kaiten sushi. The tonkotsu ramen at Genki is very good. I like it more than other more celebrated ramen like Samurai and Fu Lin and at $3 it's a bargain.
Citizen is a good place to stop for breakfast.
1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA
So I might get a semi-Salumi sandwich at MM? ;) I'm thinking they look a little far, even from the Bumbershoot site. Maybe next year if we find a place to stay on that side of the site, I'll be able to check it out.
Thanks for mentioning the microbrew at Bambinos. We like checking out the craft beers too, so that sounds great. And I am all over the sushi and ramen recs, yum!