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Have to say I absolutely love this site. We travel often and I will always check here before going anywhere.

So the question is, my husband and our 16 y/o daughter are visiting November 9 - 13 for the first time. We are spending 3 nights in Seattle and 1 night in Victoria BC. We like places that aren't too noisy but interesting decor and exceptional food. Any recommendations for places we should not miss that aren't outrageously expensive -- well, maybe one dinner.

Here are some of the ideas of places that looked like something we'd like:

For pizza Via Tribunali
Quinn's
Skillet -- purely for the bacon jam
Palace Kitchen
Tamarind Tree
Spur
Salumi
Spinasse
Bakery nouveau -- for pastries
Victrola Cafe for coffee/espresso
Portage Bay Cafe
Sitka & Spruce

We really appreciate opinions on what not to miss and what to skip.

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  1. Rocky, You've done your homework well. That is a great list. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Get to Salumi 20 minutes before they open. (There will be a line already forming.)
    2. I'm not sure if Quinn's allows under 21. Check with them.
    3. The Palace Kitchen fills up fast, get there early.
    4. Tamarind Tree is excellent, I would also suggest Long's Provincial. Compare their menus and see what you think; both are excellent. (Long's is a little more edgy.)
    5. Bakery Nouveau is worth the trip to West Seattle. Don't expect to get a seat inside during your lifetime so get your pastries and coffee to go and walk the neighborhood--there is much to discover. A short drive north, over the hill provides spectacular views of Seattle from the west that many visitors never experience.
    6. For pizza, also consider the mushroom pizza at Serious Pie. (The two places have very different approaches to pizza. Serious Pie to me resembles what I experienced in Italy.)
    7. For one high-end dinner, consider Harvest Vine. (If you decide on Harvest Vine, make a reservation in the wine cellar, not the street level seating.) This is a true Chowhound destination and you will have a memorable dining experience.

    Enjoy your visit and post back what you liked!

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    Palace Kitchen
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    Harvest Vine
    2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

    Tamarind Tree
    1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

    Serious Pie
    316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

    Bakery Nouveau
    4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

    Salumi
    309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

    1. So Spinasse for dinner for sure (best pasta/italian in Seattle), and I would say quinn's as well, that's a regular dinner spot for BF and I. You can get great bistro food without breaking the bank, including foie and marrow if you like those things.
      Tamarind Tree, Salumi and palace kitchen for lunches, is my suggestion.
      Look's like Portage Bay for a nice breakfast. This place is great if you like pancakes, waffles especially, as there is the 'berry bar'. I would skip Skillet unless you just like dinner food. Go to any Metropolitan Market or Whole foods in Seattle, and ask, and they carry a BIG JAR of BACON JAM you can take home with you instead! For a great very Seattle breakfast, I recommend getting up early one morning and walking around Pike Place as the vendors are all getting ready and opening, and then when you are really hungry, head to Lowells in the heart of the market, and order a big breakfast and watch the ferry's and waterfront from the big windows upstairs...
      Yes to Bakery Nouveau - my favorite, in my neighborhood of West Seattle. Take a little time in the neighborhood, and be sure to check out the view back to DT Seattle from there, Fabulous!

      If you plan one late dinner, then perhaps you could get Tribunali for HH; the QA, and perhaps another branch have very reasonable $5 personal pies think 4-5:30 or something like that... if you had early/light lunch one day, then Via for HH, you could say, still eat at Quinn's at 8:30 or something. That's how I think if I am short of time in a city..
      I will let someone else talk about Sitka, as have not been since they moved to Melrose Mkt.
      In additions to Victrola for coffee, I really love Fonte coffee, and they have a chic coffee and wine bar on first, across (approx) from the Seattle Art Museum, and that's worth a stop as well.

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      Metropolitan Market
      1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

      Tamarind Tree
      1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

      Spinasse
      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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

      Bakery Nouveau
      4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

      Salumi
      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      1. Not sure about Quinn's, but Spur's website notes 21 and over only. You can go down the street to The Coterie Room for a different experience by the same owners.

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        1. re: tsquare

          Quinn's has a small area right at the bar that is 21+ only, the main dining room is all ages.

          1. re: tsquare

            I was going to past that Spur is a great bar with my favorite small plates in Seattle, but yeah, it's a bar. I haven't been to the Coterie room, but given my devotion to Spur, I really want to try it.

          2. Great ideas. My husband is an amateur photographer so he'll love taking pics inthe neighborhood. We'll skip Skillet, I think. Don't want diner food and just buy the bacon jam like suggested.

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            1. re: rocky559

              The views from Alki beach are spectacular, and there's always Alki Tavern if you like biker bars :)

              Whoops, editing to add that sorry, forgot about the 16 year old. But there are lots of great places in west Seattle. They're home to two of our local microbreweries, Elliot Bay has a brewpub that is all ages.

              1. re: Brunhilde

                oh, just get yourselves to WS junction neighborhod to go to Bakery Neuveau for all the dlicious pastries,and walk the hood to check it out, as Leper has said ( and myself) and then take the time to drive North on California Ave. You can go into the big Metropolitan Market at the Eastern turn onto Admiral Way to get the Bacon Jam ( and many n.w. specialties, and other great cheeses, don't know how hard they are to get where you are..). Get a snack like a great cheese, baguette, etc, and take to the park just down the hill on Admiral where the view and the Totem is; the park with the view. Eat, photograph, and enjoy!

                this would be a time to go back to the city for a visit to Salumi, as the West Seattle Bridge takes you right back to south of SODO, easy to get to pioneer square via 1st. ave, to find parking near Salumi for lunch.
                An idea...

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                Metropolitan Market
                1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

                Salumi
                309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

                1. re: gingershelley

                  Great idea.

            2. I personally would skip Via Tribunali--it is good pizza, but not as special. I prefer Besalu to Nouveau, or do both! Besalu has the best croissants in the country, on par with Paris--say some critics. Staple and Fancy is a good choice for dinner. Fancy is $45 for 4 courses, served family style and includes multiple small plate apps, a pasta, main, and dessert. Lively atmosphere. Next door is Walrus & Carpenter for oysters, drinks, and small plates. Both are minor-friendly.

              I agree to wander the Market for breakfast or snacking. I love the doughnut place. Speaking, of Top Pot is fabulous if you like doughnuts. Paseo for a wonderful pork sandwich and great black beans. I would consider Lola if you like big breakfasts. Palace Kitchen I would do late night. I don't think I have been there early, but of course it depends on what else you want to do.

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              Palace Kitchen
              2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

              1. You've got excellent food choices on your radar. My comment has to do with transportation. If you won't have a car to travel to West Seattle from downtown, I highly recommend the West Seattle Water Taxi. You'll have spectacular views of both sides of the water. Once you get to Seacrest Park on WeSea side you can catch one of several DART shuttles that will take you to the different neighborhoods. Bakery Nouveau is in the West Seattle Junction (Route 773). Have a great visit!

                http://kingcounty.gov/transportation/...

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                Bakery Nouveau
                4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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                1. re: biankat

                  Thanks so much. I was wondering if we were going to have to rent a car for a day. I'm going to make a list before we go so we can maximize our time. Thanks!