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Sep 1, 2011 09:09 PM

Seattle near convention center

Seattle chowhounds, need your help! I'm going to be in Seattle for a conference from next Wednesday until the following Monday. I'm staying at the downtown Sheraton without a car. I've visited once and enjoyed wonderful meals at the following places: Le Pichet (breakfast), Salumi (lunch), Matt's in the Market (lunch), Elliott's Oyster House (happy hour), Mashiko (omakase), and one place in the International District for hotpot whose name I've forgotten. I'm not shy about returning to places I enjoyed, but I'm also looking for new places to try that are within walking distance, short cab rides, or within one bus or light rail ride.

With the exception of Wednesday, all other dinners will likely be after 8pm. I would like to stay around $20-30 per dinner or averaged as such over the course of my visit. Sometimes I will be on my own, other times in a group of 5-10 people.

Here's the list of meals needed:
Wednesday dinner
Thursday breakfast and lunch
Friday dinner
Saturday lunch and dinner

My preference is to eat foods that are either done exceptionally well or that I have a hard time finding in Baltimore unless I go to Philly or DC or make it myself. In no particular order, my wish list is for hot pot, soup dumplings, noodle soups, sushi, dungeness crab, oysters, and salmon. Off-the beaten path is good.

Oh, and if there are any good microbreweries within reasonable distance of the convention center, that would be great.

Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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

309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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  1. Hard to be near the Convention Center yet off the beaten path. Plus not much Asian downtown Sushi is available at Tsukushinbo (515 S. Main), both lunch and dinner in the ID, a short bus ride away. In addition to sushi, I recommend ordering off their specials menu for items not usually available in Japanese restaurants in the US. Their noodles are fabulous--udon and soba. Noodles (except for ramen) and specials available only at dinner. Go either early (6 pm) or late, to avoid waiting for a table. Don't remember how long they stay open--maybe till 10. Service can be slow if they're crowded, which is often. BlueAcre is a seafood restaurant a few blocks away from the Convention Center, open for both lunch and dinner. I have not been there for dinner. This is not on your list, but I like Tango (Spanish small plates), just a few blocks up the hill from the Convention Center. Their signature dessert--El Diablo--is not to be missed (chocolate and hot chilis). They have a happy hour, I think, and are open for dinner only, not lunch. Do you get Vietnamese where you live? I recommend Green Leaf in the ID.

    515 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104

    1. I enjoyed a recent dinner at Lecosho, which is located at Harbor Steps just off First Avenue near the Seattle Art Museum (so an easy walk from the Sheraton). The fish, salads, and gnocchi were excellent. Also, if you enjoyed Matt's at the Market, this is Matt's restaurant these days.

      1. Convention center is a bit of a dead zone, but you are very close to some good eating areas. Tom Douglas-land is close by and your hotel concierge will no doubt be happy to send you there; might be a stretch to fit under $20-30, but I can recommend Palace Kitchen, which is also open late for dinner.

        Most of your requests can be easily satusfied in the Int'l District, which is not really walking distance from the CC, but is a short / cheap cab ride or a pretty easy trip via the bus tunnel from very close to the CC, so that might work for you. For hot pot I like Sichuan Cuisine (12th/Jackson, probably plan for a cab).

        Also, the CC is a close walk to the west side of Capitol HIll, which includes great restaurants like Tango, Sitka & Spruce, Baguette Box and Homegrown for lunch, and many others you'll find on this board if you search for the neighborhood.

        re: microbreweries -- there is one downtown I know of, Pike Place Brewing (1st at maybe Union), and there are two brewpubs on Capitol Hill -- Six Arms (part of the McMeniman's chain) is an easy walk just up Pike but beer is just kind of OK; Elysian is a longer walk, but better beer (Pike/12th). Most bars in Seattle have local micros; very close to the Convention Center is Taphouse, which is kind of an icky chain bar, but with a great beer selection; a few blocks away is Virginia Inn (1st /Virginia), which has a good beer selection and good food.

        Palace Kitchen
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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

        Baguette Box
        1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. Lunch a few blocks away at Baguette Box. Flavor everywhere, even in the (excellent) grilled tofu sandwich.

          Baguette Box
          1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101