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Hi there people of the chow. Ive been stalking some of you for a few weeks now in preparation for my upcoming trip. Id like to say that from all of the websites that I have come across this has been the most enlightening on the subject of what I want to know. And that is Good Eats. I feel like I wont be able to give the Emerald City its due with only being able to be up there for 3 nights. If anyone could lend me your expertise and most importantly your criticisms of my choices id be so very much in your debt.

A little about us... Middle aged couple who lives around the outskirts of Portland. What we really enjoy is simple food where the food stands up on its own. (Yes that old line) Would really appreciate not going to any pretentious restaurants, If I feel the need to have an uppity waiter have his nose in the air ill go to one of the many Portland area restaurants who strive for this . For food dislikes the only thing we both agree on not enjoying are Oysters. Also my wife is someone who even though sometimes will be adventurous with myself on trying new and different things is what I like to refer to as being very Vanilla in her foods.

22-23rd Staying in a cabin on Mt. Rainier.

Staying at the Hotel Monaco 24th- 27th

24th: Driving up to the outlet mall and any other mall we find so she can basically shop til she drops. :)
Lunch : Paseo
Dinner: Quinns
Drinks / Dessert: Tentative Spur. This is very open largely based on the extra drive time this day.

25th: Doing Pikes place.. Considering the Underground Tour / Or maybe a walking eating tour.
Coffee: Pikes maybe that Starbucks but as the list goes its on the bottom.
Breakfast: Pikes
Lunch Pikes. Thinking maybe Steelhead or something as simple as the mini eateries.
Dinner: We want some very good sushi. Wasabi's menu looks nice, but is Shiros the place to go? Would love some leads on this dinner. Is there another sushi restaurant Ive missed in my searches?
Drinks / Dessert: Open

26th: Space Needle / Music Museum / Open for wondering around the areas of our meals.
Coffee: Victorla
Breakfast: Cafe Besula
Lunch: The Coterie Room
Dinner: Spinasse
Drinks / Dessert: Open

27th
Coffee: Somewhere very close to the Hotel
Checking out then heading to Salumi for food and the dreaded I5 South for hours.

As you can see we're really lacking in the after dinner / drinks department. Would love to be able to walk back to the hotel but a cab for sure isn't out of the question.

Thank you to anyone who can give me any hindsight into what id be missing with the choices Ive made thus far.

From a Rookie Chowhounder who will be around for along time. Thanks.

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  1. Have a good time. It's actually Pike, not Pike's or Pikes. And you can call it The Market and everyone will know what you're talking about.

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    1. re: PAO

      Thanks for pointing that out. I'm sure I am saying a lot of things that will peg me as a tourist.

    2. 24th: Driving up to the outlet mall and any other mall we find so she can basically shop til she drops. :)
      Lunch : Paseo- Do it
      Dinner: Quinns- Do it
      Drinks / Dessert: Tentative Spur. -- I would do poppy for dessert. Closer and just as good.

      25th:
      Lunch Pikes. Lunch at Le pichet would be good.
      Dinner: We want some very good sushi. Wasabi's menu looks nice, but is Shiros the place to go? I would say sushi kappo tamura
      Drinks / Dessert: Open

      26th: Space Needle / Music Museum / Open for wondering around the areas of our meals.
      Coffee: Victorla
      Breakfast: Cafe Besula
      Lunch: The Coterie Room
      Dinner: Spinasse
      Drinks / Dessert: Open

      27th
      Coffee: Somewhere very close to the Hotel
      Checking out then heading to Salumi for food and the dreaded I5 South for hours.

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      1. re: dagrassroots

        Thanks for the ideas.

        1. re: KevinULI

          +1 on Sushi Kappo Tamura

          If you're going to be at Spinasse for dinner on the 26th there are a number of places to have a nice drink before or after, Artusi next door to Seattle makes some nice amari (italian bitter aperitif/digestif) cocktails, Tavern Law, Rock Box etc.

          Also Molly Moon's for ice cream!

      2. On the 24th, I assume you mean the outlet mall at Tulalip? That's a 40 minute drive North of Seattle, you'll want to have lunch at Paseo first and then spend the afternoon there.

        The Underground Tour begins in Pioneer Square - which is closer to your hotel. Although touristy - the Ride the Ducks tour is quite fun. It begins near the Space Needle.

        Wasabi Bistro is not very good. If you want to stick to places downtown, I would suggest Shiros. If not, check out Kisaku, Nishino or Sushi Kappo Tamura (which dagrassroots mentions below).

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        1. re: Lauren

          Thank you for your reply. I will be changing my sushi restaurant and looking into the Ducks tour. Ya that is the right mall... basically making the trip there for the Burberry outlet. :( That is her only request of the trip and I cant let her down there.

          1. re: KevinULI

            Make sure you buy a quaker on the Ducks Tour.
            Make reservtions ahead of time for the underground tour they fill up fast.

          2. re: Lauren

            The Underground tour is great. If you have tIme it is very unique, while Duck Tours are in many cities. There is also a ferry ride as part of city pass if I remember right that was good.

          3. I just got back from a business trip to Seattle and if you are going to Pike Place Market make sure to have lunch at Market Grill. It is on the top floor where you walk in. Also, make sure to try Piroshky Piroshky for lunch or dessert.

            Both places may seem touristy, but they are really good.

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            1. re: shaytmg

              Piroshky is on my short list of eateries in the market. I'm going to fully accept the touristy trip and do everything I can even if it is extremely touristy.

              1. re: shaytmg

                +1 on Market Grill--it's really, really good! They just do chowder, grilled fish, and sandwiches, but they use VERY fresh fish, and good bread, with house-made tartar sauce or rosemary mayonnaise. I walked by them for years, thinking it's so small (just a handful of stools around a counter), it must take forever to get a seat--but once I stopped and gave it a try, it was surprisingly quick. And once you're seated, you have such a great ringside seat to the craziness of the Main Arcade--it seems like the whole world goes by you in just the time it takes to eat a sandwich!

              2. I don't know if there are a ton of places worthy of a special trip for dessert. Like PDX, there are great bakeries here, and quality restaurants tend to have quality desserts, but there are not a ton of must-haves or superstar pastry chefs. If you're inclined towards dessert, have it at the restaurant where you have dinner, or pick up extra sweets from Besalu or Honore in Ballard, Le Panier in the Market, or something from Fran's or the Chocolate Box (both near the Market). Unless you want drinks FOR dessert :)

                1. + le Pichet. It's wonderful. Make sure you arrive in advance of peak hours. It fills up fast.

                  Some on this board will disagree, but I really like Steelhead Diner. I been many times. The food is fun and good, and the service is always nice. Ask for a seat at the kitchen counter.

                  You didn't mention which Paseo you will visit. The Fremont location is in the middle of a casual food mecca. Right near Paseo is Dot's Deli, serving wonderful lunches, housemade charcuterie. And U-Needa Burger.

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                  1. re: val ann c

                    I'll give you a +1 on Steelhead...I wouldn't drive all the way up from Portland for it, but it's a semi-regular in our local rotation, very good food and OK pricing for downtown, also a nice location right in the market.

                  2. Have morning coffee and frosted cake donuts at Top Pot in Capital Hill, believe me!

                    1. Thanks for all the info so far.

                      1. Updated Plan... Thank you for your help.

                        24th: Driving up to the outlet mall and any other mall we find so she can basically shop til she drops. :)
                        Lunch : Paseo
                        Dinner: Quinns
                        Drinks / Dessert: Sticking with Spur.. Read about another dessert on here that I need to check out.

                        25th: Underground tour and the duck tour.
                        Coffee: Somewhere in the market.
                        Breakfast: Bouncing around to all the spots in the market.
                        Lunch: Le Pichet
                        Dinner: Going to Sushi Kappo Tamura
                        Still need an after hours bar close to our hotel. But I am sure winging this wont be that big of a deal.

                        26th: Space Needle / Music Museum / Open for wondering around the areas of our meals.
                        Coffee: Victorla
                        Breakfast: Cafe Besula
                        Lunch: The Coterie Room
                        Dinner: Spinasse
                        Drinks: Same as night before.

                        27th
                        Coffee: Somewhere very close to the Hotel
                        Checking out then heading to Salumi for food and the dreaded I5 South for hours.

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                        1. re: KevinULI

                          Music Museum? Are you talking about EMP? This is the Experience Music Project funded by Paul Allen. It's a treat and you will enjoy it. Don't bother with the resto there - it's not so good.

                          Le Pichet and its sister resto, Cafe Presse, are really good. You'll enjoy. Just know you need to get to either well in advance of the rush to get a table. Glad you've abandoned "Pikes" and are now using "The Market". Smart move! You're sounding more like a "local"!

                          1. re: KevinULI

                            Though SBC and Starbuck's both have coffee, and, I'm sure, fans, just a block or 3 more gets you to Cherry Street Coffee House. Just so you know, Ballard Bridge Motors was in Kirkland, last I saw, near no bridge at all, and Cherry Street coffee is now at 808 3rd Avenue, a few windows south of Marion, as well as 1st & Cherry and a few more new addresses. In fact, there are so many coffee shops around here, one might consider just getting one small cup at every coffee shop you pass, until you are adequately oriented and wired. We hope have fun and report, whatever you do.
                            When heading South, by the way, consider 99 to 599 to I-5 at SouthCenter, to skirt the ugliest of downtown interchange traffic. Last I saw, there was still an entrance to Southbound 99 at Columbia Street at First Avenue.

                          2. 26th: Space Needle / Music Museum / Open for wondering around the areas of our meals.
                            Coffee: Victorla
                            Breakfast: Cafe Besula
                            Lunch: The Coterie Room
                            Dinner: Spinasse
                            Drinks: Same as night before.
                            After going to Cafe Besalu in BAllard, it is just a short 10 minutes back to the Queen Ann neighborhood where Seattle Center & EMP are. You might have a coffee at Uptown coffee's QA location, on 'lower Queen Ann", and park in this area, then you can just walk across the Seattle Center campus to EMP which is on the East side of it. After that, it is just 5 minutes from Lower Queen Ann to the Coterie room. After that, if the weather is co-operating, you might add in a walk through the Olympic Sculpture Park; a nice walk right on the waterfront at the North end of it.
                            Definetely dinner at Spinasse!

                            For after dinner, you might try Il Bistro tucked under the market. Very romantic and a nice bar with classy cocktails and dessert, or, if you want to stay up near Spinasse, it is a hop and a skip to go to Cannon on 12th Ave E. where the esteemed Murry Stenson is in residence. Just google him, and you'll know what I'm talking about. Bragging rights for when you get back to Portland to have a Stenson-made beverage on your trip:)