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Help! Visiting Seattle with a picky eater

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  • Pezzy Oct 9, 2011 10:37 AM
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I've never visited Seattle neither has my picky brother. We are doing this last minute (Monday-Thursday) of this week and I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for restaurants that may satisfy both of our needs. I'm from Los Angeles and I'm not picky at all. I love the diversity of cuisine that's offered in my city and hope to fall in love with some of your favorites. I'll have a rental car and will be in the "SeaTac" area but am willing to drive for good eats. I'm looking to keep most meals $-$$, with a few $$$ being okay.

He really does like breakfast food so any recommendations for a place that does traditionally American breakfast (waffles, french toast, bacon,etc) really well would be fabulous. Or somewhere that serves really well done pastries or donuts and coffee (coffee for me!).

He likes fast food, so maybe a pub or a place that serves some upscale fast food or fast food done out of the ordinary.

He likes Italian or pizza joints as well.

Is there any must try restaurant with a broad American menu? Even if it is a bit touristy, we'd probably get a kick out of it. I may just have to force him to get a bit out of his comfort zone! I want a Seattle experience! I'm really just trying to get a feel for the local flavor. Is there anything that I'd be able to find in Seattle that I might have difficulty finding in LA, or that you all think is done better? Haha, dont' want to start too many arguments though! :P

Second question: Any recommendations for two kind of bars, one that will make good old-fashioned and any recommendation for a good wine bar or place to take in a wine tasting?

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  1. One more question: is there any place to get some good poutine?

    You're closer to Canada than we are! :)

    1. Breakfast: Portage Bay Cafe has a topping bar (fruit, whipped cream, etc) for waffles and pancakes, and also makes a mean eggs Benny, along with many other items.

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      1. re: Brunhilde

        Steelhead Diner, perhaps? http://www.steelheaddiner.com/index.html. Skillet's food truck serves poutine. http://www.skilletstreetfood.com/.

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

        1. re: PAO

          How about fish and chips or a bowl of chowder on either the waterfront or at Fishermen's Terminal? The two fish and chip bars I like the best are Anthony's on the Seattle Waterfront (don't particularly care for the sit down restaurant) and Little Chinook's at Fishermen's Terminal. http://www.yelp.com/biz/anthonys-fish...; http://seattle.citysearch.com/profile.... Tulio's downtown serves good Italian food and I believe there's pizza for lunch. http://www.tulio.com/index.php

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          Tulio
          1100 5th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

          1. re: PAO

            Thanks, I'll definitely go try the poutine amongst other things.

            1. re: PAO

              Skillet DOES NOT serve poutine. They serve cheese fries. There is a difference.

              1. re: GreenYoshi

                Sorry. I haven't tried them. They advertise them as poutine.

            2. re: Brunhilde

              Thank you, this looks like something right up his alley and like something I may enjoy as well. :)

            3. The Copper Leaf restaurant at the CedarBrook Lodge in Seatac is great. The bar has decadent burgers and chicken sandwiches, along with finer fare for you, you can order off the bar menu in the main dining room so you can both get a great meal that you enjoy. Thirteen coins in Seatac is decent for breakfast and has nice bar seating looking over the kitchen, and they are open 24 hours so you can stop in for a late late night/early morning breakfast. For pizza and beer you can't beat Bison Creek the OLD OLD pizzeria in Burien, a not pretty hole in the wall but they have great pizza and a full bar with great beer selections.

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              1. re: foodfamily1

                Agree that Copper Leaf is a great restaurant. Haven't had the bar menu, but dinners are very good. And a great atmosphere.

              2. I googled "Poutine in Seattle" and got a bunch of recommendations, and the one that stuck out was "Hattie's Hat" which advertizes to a local clientelle known for it's left-leaning lifestyle. (They advertize on AM1090, not that one leg is shorter than the other!)
                Try the google route, and call the restaurant you mightt want to visit about the availability of Poutine.
                This place is indeed closer to Canada, but it's farther from Quebec than you are. (What I mean is that Quebec food and culture is definitely not appreciated in British Columbia)
                So it's available around town, in several places, and you can even buy fresh curds in the local grocery stores. (they don't squeak when you break them)

                1. Go to Lowell's at the Pike Place Market one morning for breakfast. Good traditional breakfast, atmosphere of the market and a great view of the Sound. It is a tourist "not to miss".

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                  Pike Place Market
                  1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

                  1. You guys might have a really good time heading to the Junction neighborhood of West Seattle; about 1/2 way between SeaTac and DT - there is a great bar with kind of a 50's vibe called West 5 that has a great happy hour, and there is the always highly rated Jak's steak house across the street with really great old-school steaks, burger, salads - but not nearly as $$ as places like Ruth's Chris or Morton's. Very Seattle:). This is a fun neighborhood to stroll around. You can also get GREAT coffee here and pastries at Bakery Neuveau (sp?), which has won a number of awards. From this neighborhood it is just a hop down the street toward Alki beach, which even in fall is worth the drive around it for the view back to DT Seattle.
                    You might also try heading to Burien, which is even closer to SeaTac, and has a cute, walkable DT of it's own. Old Burien, has a couple of great reasonably priced lunch/dinner sit down spots that always busy - I really like 909; interesting daily specials. Live music some nights. Check website or call. Hey Paisano! is here as well, great for super homemade old-school Italian grinders, meatball sandwiches, and GREAT cannolli, plus it's a hoot to chat with the staff.
                    I second the rec's for Cederbrook, and eating from the bar menu at HH is a good deal, and great food.
                    Let us know where you end up!