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3 nights, 3 days--Where to eat in SEATTLE?

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pigfish Jul 29, 2011 06:46 PM

My husband and I--both huge foodies but new to this site--will be in Seattle in 2 weeks for a conference. I haven't even begun figuring out what I will do during the days he is at his conference but first comes first--food. We have 3 dinners together, 1 lunch together and I have 2 lunches on my own (one of which will definitely be Elliot's for Oysters since I'm the only oyster lover in the family).

First, after some research on the web, chowhound, etc.--the following are the restaurants I'm thinking for dinner:

Poppy
Staple and Fancy Mercantile
Dahlia Lounge
Shiro’s (is this the best sushi in Seattle or is there another you recommend?)
Sitka and Spruce
Harvest Vine (I'm reading mixed things--what do you think?)

Any thoughts on narrowing this list down to 3?

Second, for lunch. Thoughts on the following:

Steelhead Diner
Salumi
Walrus and Carpenter
Elliot’s

Am I missing anything?

Thanks for your suggestions!!!

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Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

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

Shiro's
2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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    bluedog67 RE: pigfish Aug 1, 2011 12:39 PM

    Without knowing too much about your dinner 'goals', you have made good choices. Know that not all are in the downtown area, so transportation will be needed. Dahlia is a seattle icon, solid choice, but less creative than some of the newer places. they all offer something different, so hard to steer without knowing your hopes.

    For lunch -

    I think walrus and carpenter is better for oysters, good lunch choice (check that they are open for lunch - i've only been @ dinner), and nice neighborhood for strolling. elliotts is best for the oyster happy hour, so maybe salumi for lunch right when they open (which is only weekdays) and then you'll be ready to eat oysters by then? the progressive pricing of oysters is a bargain, and fun. steelhead is another good choice for both of you.

    good luck, not a bad problem to have with those choices!

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      sweetpotater RE: bluedog67 Aug 2, 2011 01:05 AM

      Walrus and Carpenter isn't open for lunch. I like Sitka & Spruce best at lunch; the Melrose Market is vibrant during that time. After two dinners at Poppy I am sort of over it. I think about 60 percent of their dishes on the thali are good, but that's not a great success rate.

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

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      Leper RE: pigfish Aug 1, 2011 02:07 PM

      Pigfish, I think the mixed feelings about Harvest Vine are from people who are not true Chowhounds. (The PF Chang crowd.) I highly recommend Harvest Vine, but make sure you have reservations in the wine cellar for a better experience. Shiro's is certainly in the top three of Seattle's sushi restaurants; the best bet is to try the chef's Omakase approach rather than ordering off the menu. (Get there early for a seat at the sushi bar.) Consider a visit to Salumi as a sacred Chowhound right of passage without having to actually genuflect in public.

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      Harvest Vine
      2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

      Shiro's
      2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

      Salumi
      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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        PAO RE: pigfish Aug 2, 2011 08:25 AM

        Elliott's is a good bet for oysters on the half shell, but I wouldn't order anything else there.

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          macaronette RE: pigfish Aug 3, 2011 07:55 AM

          Excellent choices.

          If it were me, I would go Dahlia Lounge (my favorite favorite) and Staple and Fancy for dinner, Steelhead Diner and Walrus and Carpenter for lunch. Steelhead diner is a must - it's so wonderful!

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

          Dahlia Lounge
          2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

          1. gingershelley RE: pigfish Aug 3, 2011 09:52 AM

            Pigfish, I agree with some of the other comments here;
            Poppy is overrated (sometimes I think the Thali thing is a way to have less servers there - they don't have to time courses or bring them - everything ends up kind of lukewarm and some of the options are not very successful) - but GREAT desserts here.
            Of your list, for dinner I would do Staple and Fancy (do their chef's menu, please!). Shiro's, and Harvest Vine. A nice range of experiences as well. Agree with Cellar comment.
            For lunch, Salumi - 'right of passage' is true, even waiting in line is fun there! Stealhead Diner is great, and then you have a 'day' to spend in the market; I would do Sitka and Spruce for lunch. Agree with comments on Melrose Market. you will have fun their too, and can walk over to Pike/Pine for some strolling and good street scene.
            If you guys can plan this activity together, an excellent option is to visit the sculpture Park, have a drink on the deck at Waterfron Seafood for it's killer view (not great food - overpriced), but the deck is AWESOME.. then on to one of your dinner choices from there.
            I second the vote on lunch at Salumi with oyster happy hour later on. Get there when it starts. If price is no worry for your oysters tho, know that HH oyster is chef's choice and limited. If you really want the best they have - sit at the oyster bar and talk to the shucker - he will help you pick out a dozen selection of the days options. Many more kinds and usually better than what is on HH offer.
            Have fun, and report back!

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            Harvest Vine
            2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

            Shiro's
            2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA

            Salumi
            309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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