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mrsjoujou Aug 8, 2011 03:16 PM

We will be in your city for the first time with no car from OC, CA from sept 4-7th and since monday the 5th is the labor day that has some limitations on restaurants that are open that day. Originally I was hoping to do the following:

Sun anniversary dinner at the Mistral kitchen, too bad we can't do the Jewel Box

Mon dinner at the Book Bindery

Tue dinner at the Bisato

Unfortunately due to labor day, Book Bindery is not open on mon and I had to book it on tue night and that means no Bisato. I really wanted to try this place, but they are not open on mon either.

Sun-I am hoping to get to our hotel(Pan Pacific) on sun around one and I need a brunch/lunch place for something not too heavy since we have a dinner reservaion at Mistral Kitchen @6. Looking at the map and reading many posts I have come up with Tilikum Place Café, Portage Bay Cafe or Serious pie, since they are near each other. If PB is too busy we can check out serious pie. As far as the food goes, which one has a better quality of food? I couldn't find a menu for TPC.

Mon- I really wanted to try Cafe Besalu for breakfast, but they are not open on mon and tue!! You see the pattern here!! I guess we can walk to Pike Place and try Le Panier for breakfast. Is there a better place for croissant in the area? For lunch after many phone calls, I was happy to learn that Stika and Spruce is serving lunch on the labor day so that is where we are going. I haven't found any place for dinner yet due to labor day or the fact that many restaurants are not open on mon(Joule, Corson Building,Spinasse). I know Golden Beetle is open for dinner and we can check out the Locks in that area, but is the food good enough for us to go all that way? Any other ideas? Too bad Bisato is not open on mon. We basically like creative French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, ...

Tue- looking for another bakery maybe Macrina for breakfast. I don't have any plan for lunch yet, but we are going to the Book Bindery for dinner. Is there a creative place that we can go for lunch?We might take the ferry to Bainbridge Island so a breakfast or lunch around that area would be nice.

Wed- All I konw is I want to go to Salumi on our last day.

Now I need your help for coffee shops, bakeries specially french ones and gelato and ice cream shops. After reading for a while I have come across this names:

Coffee- Fonte espreeso, Caffé Vita

Gelato and ice cream- Bluebird ice cream, Gelatiamo

Bakery- Cafe Besalu, the only day they are open during our stay is wed and going there for breakfast and salumi for lunch, I think is too much of a runing around on our last day. I hope you can direct me to a good French bakery.

I can't wait to come to Seattle and appreciate any help I can get from you.

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Cafe Besalu
5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Gelatiamo
1400 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Portage Bay Cafe
4130 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Book Bindery
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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    PAO Aug 8, 2011 03:38 PM

    Belle Epicurean is a nice bakery. http://www.belleepicurean.com. Also Fuji Bakery (yes, it's Japanese, but he makes French pastries, some but not all, with a Japanese twist) and the croissants are very good. http://www.fujibakeryinc.com/stores.html. For something completely different, the piroshky place in Pike Place Market has good piroshkies. Alas, Honore Artisan Bakery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. On Bainbridge, Cafe Nola is OK for lunch. For good American type baked goods, Bainbridge has two excellent bakeries, Blackbird and Bainbridge Bakers, within walking distance of each other and the ferry. The main drag on Bainbridge (Winslow) is torn up for some major repairs, however, but walking is still possible. Town & Country Thriftway, also on the main drag, close to the ferry, has a good deli.

    If Golden Beetle is still serving Basteeya (sometimes spelled Bastilla), I highly recommend it.

    For something totally different, you might try Kabul, an Afghani restaurant. http://www.kabulrestaurant.com/ I love it. I'm sure most Afghanis in Afghanistan don't eat as well.

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    Pike Place Market
    1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

    Cafe Nola
    101 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    Honore Artisan Bakery
    1413 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA

    Bainbridge Bakers
    140 Winslow Way W, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    Belle Epicurean
    1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

    Fuji Bakery
    526 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

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    1. re: PAO
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      mrsjoujou Aug 8, 2011 04:30 PM

      Thank you. I knew about Fuji bakery, but they open at 11:00 and that is too late for breakfast. I have heard of Belle Epicurean also and we might try that. I think we are going to take the ferry to Bainbridge walk around for few minutes and come back. What I meant was if there is lunch or breakfast place in the seattle side of town.

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      Belle Epicurean
      1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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        pusherman Aug 8, 2011 04:48 PM

        The ferry terminal is only maybe 10 min walk from the market, so any market recommendation would work in combination w/the ferry. Also, if timed right, you could hit Salumi and picnic on the boat (though other passengers might not be able to resist raiding your lunch).

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        Salumi
        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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          christy319 Aug 8, 2011 08:07 PM

          Oh,. that's too bad because Fuji is fantastic and unique. I really want to like Belle but have found myself disapointed there too many times. I'm sure it would be okay for breakfast, just not too special. I am also not a huge fan of Le Panier (again, it's not terrible just not great), BUT it's neat to be at the Market in the morning before the cruise ship daytrippers arrive. If Dahlia Bakery is open, consider that. I like them better than Belle or Le Panier and I hear they make a fantastic egg sandwich, though I haven't had it. There's no place to sit there, though. Macrina is nice for more rustic, homey pastries and I think they have a number of true breakfast items (egg sandwiches, etc) on their menu.

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          Dahlia Bakery
          2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

          1. re: christy319
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            mrnelso Aug 9, 2011 01:37 AM

            At le Panier, do try the Dauphinois

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              mrsjoujou Aug 9, 2011 09:45 AM

              Thanks Christy. If a bakery is not great why bother. I love Tartine in SF and I always look for great bakeries when we travel. I called Dahlia bakery and they are open on labor day. So we will check it out. As far is Fuji, it is very unusual for a bakery to open so late.

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          pusherman Aug 8, 2011 04:38 PM

          I don't even know where to start -- I appreciate your well-researched trip planning!

          I'll toss in a few suggestions around the edges -- for espresso my favorites are Fuel and Vivacce. There's a vivacce not too far from your hotel across the street from the REI flagship. If you're lazy, there's a Starbucks on the first floor of the same complex, too. Fuel isn't as convenient, but if you're on the hill, they serve it at High Five at 12th/Madison (I wouldn't bother with the pies).

          For frozen deserts, my vote for gelato is Fainting Goat in Wallingford on 45th, unbelievable! For ice cream, Molly Moon's is love it / hate it around here; I'm on the love side, they are on CapHill at Pine/10th and in Wallingford on 45th. But actually, I prefer Old School Frozen Custard on the Hill (Pike/13th), and I also like Blue Bird (also Capitol Hill).

          re: dinners- you have a lot of fairly fancy places on your list...in the same vein, is Spinasse open on Monday? Could be a good choice, but I know they keep limited hours even in normal weeks. You could go a bit more casual and try the excellent Quinn's, which is my go-to for out of town guests in Seattle, or maybe Lark down the street.

          Finally - lunch on your day of arrival -- Tilikum Place and Serious Pie are both great options; also not bad is Tutta Bella in the same complex as your hotel -- their small salad is enough for two people, or you could split one of their pizzas; not nearly as good as Serious or some of the other well-reviewed places, but good and can't beat the convenience.

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          Spinasse
          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

          Serious Pie
          316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

          Blue Bird Cafe
          308 N Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223

          Tutta Bella
          4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

          Old School Frozen Custard
          21210 State Route 410 E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

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            mrsjoujou Aug 9, 2011 12:31 PM

            Thanks pusherman. I appreciate all the help. I have to call later to see if Quinn's is open mon night and already marked Vivacce on my map.

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            Brunhilde Aug 8, 2011 04:45 PM

            I'm sorry you'll miss Bisato, as it's one of my favorites, but for a more relaxed small plates meal I also love Spur gastropub. It's in the same area, and open daily. I don't know if they'll be open labor day though.

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              mrsjoujou Aug 9, 2011 12:39 PM

              Thanks. As far as Bisato, I was tempted to go there with my luggage before going to the airport!!! Unfortunately Spur is not serving on labor day either. Double bust there for me.

            2. knowspicker Aug 9, 2011 08:11 AM

              Le Reve on Queen Anne would be a good stand in for Cafe Besalu. I think they are as good as the things I've tried from Besalu. Best pain au chocolate I have tried. The almond croissant is also great, twice baked and plenty of almond. The bacon/cheddar croissant is delicious and they also have a breakfast sandwich though I haven't tried it.

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              Cafe Besalu
              5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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                Brunhilde Aug 9, 2011 03:28 PM

                Monday is a hard day to eat in Seattle! It looks like Tavolata is open on Labor Day, along with Golden Beetle, Tilth, Bastille, Ray's, Blueacre, Emmer & Rye, Poppy (I'm just checking availability on OpenTable, so it's probably good to double check).

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                Tavolata
                2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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                  mrsjoujou Aug 9, 2011 05:11 PM

                  Thanks. I have been checking Open Table for a while now. Is Travolata just a good Italian or great one?

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                    Brunhilde Aug 10, 2011 12:22 PM

                    I don't really frequent Italian restaurants much, but I enjoyed my meal there. I wouldn't say it was great, but perhaps another Hound can elaborate on it's merits. Honestly from the available restaurants that I saw I would go to Poppy. Some may not enjoy the Thali idea but I like trying lots of little dishes.

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                      christy319 Aug 10, 2011 10:13 PM

                      I love Tavolata (they have an amazing happy hour--excellent food and entree sized portions of pasta for $8), but Poppy is my favorite restaurant, and there's nothing else like it. So you should go to Poppy. :)

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                      Tavolata
                      2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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                        pusherman Aug 11, 2011 05:18 PM

                        Tavolata is probably on the line between good and great. They have a super nice space, and if you're staying downtown, it's handy to be able to walk to Belltown, and / or combine it with drinks at one of the neighborhood bars, among which you will be spoiled for choice.

                        Among the OpenTable choices, you probably can't go wrong with Tilth, Emmer or Poppy. None are maybe in my top ten local places, but all are very good and very Seattle-y, and Poppy is also just a kind of unique experience. Like Tavolata, also in an area with lots of pre- or post-dinner going out opportunities.

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                        Tavolata
                        2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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                    firecracker Aug 13, 2011 12:41 AM

                    Emmer & Rye is a MUST SKIP. Food is very hit or miss - mostly miss. Try other places first....

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