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Nov 20, 2011 09:27 PM

Seattle Trip - Must Eats!

My foodie friend and I are headed to Seattle next weekend for the Seattle marathon and would love your top recommendations on where to eat!

We're always after a good meal and tasty adventures and are wondering where we should venture for 4 fabulous dinners (Sat-Wed), and what your recommendations for happy-hours, lunches and any other foodie/wino activities are (wine or coffee tastings?)

We'll be staying at the Grand Hyatt downtown and plan on staying in that general vicinity (but don't mind walking, hoping on a bus or grabbing a cab if necessary)

What are your MUST tries?!

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  1. CB4, Here is a list of where I take visiting Chowhound friends who visit Seattle:

    1. Dinner: Harvest Vine (reservations are a must; request seating in the wine cellar.)
    2. Lunch: Szechuan Crab at Seven Stars Szechuan restaurant.
    3. Dinner: Long's Provincial for a most unique menu.
    4. Lunch: Salumi (Get there by 11:00 a.m. if you want to get a seat inside.)
    5. Dinner: The Palace Kitchen
    7. Lunch: Matt's at the Market (reservations suggested)
    8. Dinner: Il Terrazo Carmine

    Enjoy your visit and let us know what you liked.

    Palace Kitchen
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    Harvest Vine
    2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

    309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

    1. Here are some personal favorites to take foodie friends or IMHO anyone who likes just eating really good food.
      1. Dinner at: Staple and Fancy mercantile in historic Ballard, a short cab ride from downtown. We usually opt for the family style chef's menu just tell the waitperson any personal dislikes or allergies and they will accommodate. Just let the chef(s) decide based on what's seasonal and refional. Truly excellent.
      Reservations are highly recommended but you could try to snag seats at the bar if you don't have reservations.
      2. The Walrus and Carpenter behind Staple and Fancy for drinks and oysters and or a light dinner. No reservations so be prepared for a potential long wait.
      3. Dinner/Happy Hour (sort of): Art of the Table in Wallingford (short cab or bus ride from downtown). They have a small plates Monday and Thursday with everything is of course seasonal and regional. Dishes are inventive and delicious. House cured charcuterie is excellent. They have a more set supper club dinner on Fridays and Saturdays.
      4. Dinner or brunch at Tilth in Wallingford. I love it because it's in my neighborhood and I love the food. Frank Bruni also likes Tilth too.
      5. Lunch/Dinner Revel in Fremont (short cab ride or bus ride). Refreshing take on Korean Comfort food. short rib bibimbap is a personal favorite.
      6. Lecosho downtown on the Harbor Steps. Everything pork and more, need I say more.
      7. Lunch: Salumi in Pioneer Square.
      8. Happy Hour and Late night: Showa in Fremont. Izakaya with a twist.
      There are so many other excellent places here but those listed are just on my shortlist of favorites.
      Other favorites:
      Sitka and Spruce, Anchovies and Olives, The Corson Building, The Boat Street Cafe, How to Cook a Wolf, Marjorie, Poppy, Monsoon (Modern Vietnamese), The Kingfish Cafe (soul/southern food), Baguette Box (a little walk up from downtown on Capitol Hill), Quinn's (great for late night eating up on Capitol Hill from downtown.
      Hope you enjoy your stay here and the great food available.

      Boat Street Cafe
      909 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

      Baguette Box
      1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      Art of the Table
      1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103

      The Corson Building
      5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

      5 Replies
      1. re: mchutch

        Thanks so much for everyone's recommendations! We ate at Barolo last night and had some highs and lows - not super impressed but onwards and upwards. We enjoyed the crab pasta and veal carpaccio and thoughts the sea bass and top sirloin were total duds that could have had a lot of potential!

        We have resos for Staple & Fancy on Tuesday night and haven't decided on where to eat tonight. Coterie Room has been mentioned, and we're heard good things about Palace Kitchen and Sitka and Spruce!

        Palace Kitchen
        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. re: chowbaby4

          Anyone know if Coterie Room has the same menu at lunch and dinner? I love the online menu but don't want to go for lunch if we're likely to get a "dumbed down" menu.

          1. re: uhockey

            To my knowledge, coterie room does not sell lunch. They do have brunch on the weekend and I would imagine it would be a different menu.

            1. re: dagrassroots

              ...their website indicates lunch and brunch both, as does their Opentable reservations queue. It only lists one menu, however.


              1. re: dagrassroots

                Looks like they gave up on lunch. It was different - 3 course menu that included a non-alcoholic drink as a course.