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Lunch places this weekend

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Heading to Seattle this weekend for the first time in a decade. We have dinner reservations at Book Bindery and Spinasse but I'm still at a loss for lunch places. Not needing anything too fancy but looking for something unique maybe in Capitol Hill or Ballard area.

Thanks in advance for the help.

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  1. In the Capitol Hill area, consider the stops at Melrose Market (Sitka & Spruce, terra plata may have brunch going, Taylor Shellfish, or bar ferdinand - or picnic supplies, but too cold for that.) Close by is Baguette Box. If you want really not fancy, how about Pike St. Fish Fry (at 10th) for fish and chips (or shrimp, squid, cod, halibut, salmon... whatever is on the board.)

    In Ballard, you could try The Fat Hen (I haven't yet) and have an excuse, if you need one, to go across the street to Honore for baked goods.

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    1. re: tsquare

      I second tsquare; capitol hill is a great destination for lunch. Start at Melrose Market, get a dozen oysters shucked for you at Taylor Shellfish, and have a glass of wine, then next door for a small plate at Sitka & Spruce.
      Then stroll up Pike/Pine and check out all the interesting shops. I highly recommend SugarPill, in the 900 block of Pine, for artisanal salts, interesting condiments, and more...

      Up the hill there is all kinds of other food goodies, caffe vita or Bauhaus for a local espresso joint, and perhaps head to B&O Espresso for a yummy baked good... they are closing after something like 30 years due to development. End of an institution. :(

    2. I would recommend Paseo for lunch there is a location in Fremont as well as Ballard. It is take away but excellent Caribbean sandwiches.

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      Paseo Caribbean Restaurant
      4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

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      1. re: pairswellwithwine

        Paseo is closed for their winter break.

        1. re: NYPORK

          Bummer. In that case I would recommend Skillet Diner on Capitol Hill.

          1. re: pairswellwithwine

            Or go across the street to Dot's Deli (but never on Sunday.) http://www.dotsdelicatessen.com/about/

            PS- NYPORK - is that both locations?

      2. cbcpapa, I recommend the Jules Maes Tavern in Georgetown for a terrific, home-made chicken fried steak. (These ARE NOT Sysco dreck.) They serve outstanding Bloody Marys in an atmosphere that is rustically unique. We recently had a good lunch at the Brave Horse Tavern--one of Tom Douglas' new spots near South Lake Union.

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        1. re: Leper

          Agree on the chicken fried steak. Also love the hashbrowns and biscuit with jam that comes with it.