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I'll be in town next week w/ my husband and can't wait to eat my way through the city. I'm overwhelmed by the options and reviews. So tell me what I'm missing and help fill in my blanks, please. We prefer great simple food (esp. seafood) as opposed to the adventurous stuff. Thanks!

Mon
We get in at 6pm and will probably be beat. Staying at the Paramount. Need somewhere within walking distance that is pretty low-key but still delicious.

Tues -
Breakfast at the market before our savor tour.
Tour will prob. be enough food to skip lunch.
Japonessa for early happy hour and some rolls
Late dinner @ Wild Ginger

Wed
Breakfast at Toulouse
Late lunch @ Sky City
Baseball game - beer only
Food/drinks post-game @ Urbane

Thur
Probably doing the all-day Ranier tour
Dinner @ Waterfront Grill
Dessert/drinks @ Dahlia Lounge (mainly bc I really want to try the coconut pie)

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Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. I personally would skip Wild Ginger. I think they've gone downhill. Which is not to say that you can't get something good there, but overall, I think they've slipped. Others will likely disagree. We like Tango, which is close to where you will be staying--Spanish small plates and one of Seattle's greatest desserts, El Diablo. www.tangorestaurant.com

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    1. re: PAO

      Tango looks perfect for Monday night, thanks! I was on the fence about Wild Ginger, but wanted something Asian. Husband is a sushi fan (so I figured Japonessa would cover that) but I'm not. Any suggestions. Thanks!

      1. re: strizek

        We have a handful of good sushi restaurants in Seattle, but my question is, where are you from and do you have good sushi in your hometown? Are you looking for things that are unique to Seattle, like Pacific Northwest oysters and local wild mushrooms? Almost all restaurants in Seattle have at least one or two seafood items on their menu, but if you are looking specifically for a "seafood restaurant" we have plenty of those too. We have lots of Asian options that I think are better and more interesting than Wild Ginger, but I'm not sure what kind of Asian food would fall within your preference for "simple food." For instance, Seattle has some good Vietnamese restaurants. Would they interest you? Or do you also have good Vietnamese restaurants in your hometown?

        1. re: Tom Armitage

          Following Tom's advice, I would skip Japonessa and Wild Ginger for either sushi or "Asian." If you are up for Vietnamese, I'd recommend Huong Binh or Green Leaf for a simple or lunch place, and Tamarind Tree or Long's Provincial or Monsoon for a more upscale atmosphere. For sushi, Shiro's, Sushi Kappo Tamura or Kisaku (though only Shiro's is really walking distance from the Paramount; tranist is an option for the others).

          I've never been to Urbane (and it's been a long time since the Space Needle), but based on what I've read, I can only assume that foodwise, neither is an especially worthwhile place to visit given your length of stay. For a more interesting sort of Northwest cuisine and seafood (or therabouts), I recommend Sitka and Spruce, Crush, Book Bindery, or for a more convenient destination perhaps Blueacre, Matt's in the Market or Branzino.

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          Tamarind Tree
          1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

          Branzino
          2429 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

          Space Needle
          203 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

          Huong Binh Restaurant
          1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

          Book Bindery
          198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

          1. re: equinoise

            I second Long's Provincial, a real Pacific Northwest gem.

      2. re: PAO

        Before you go to Tango, I would check with them to see if they have live guitar that night. We went to Tango not long ago on a night when the guitar player was there...he was great, but the sound amplification was way too much. It definitely affected the quality of our experience.

      3. Just a note - you can buy mini and regular size coconut pies at the Dahlia Bakery right next door to the Dahlia lounge to eat at your leisure...

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        Dahlia Bakery
        2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA