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May 3, 2012 06:41 PM

Mother's Day weekend in Seattle

Mothers Day weekend in Seattle

I'm headed to Seattle to celebrate Mother's Day with my college son (Seattle U). Looking at some new restaurants to try - considering Teatro Zinzanni for Mothers Day lunch (in a separate thread), but also looking for other weekend restaurant suggestions.

We both love seafood, although he is not a big sushi fan, so sushi is out. We have tried most of the Tom Douglas restaurants, except Dahlia's. We also love La Presse, but have been there several times and he will want to venture away from campus. He has overdone the Pho restaurants - --great for the student budget though. We have also been to Blueacre , Ivar's, Elliots & Steelhead Diner.

Also not looking for super fancy.

We will not have a car, so interested in restaurants with easy public transportation access - downtown, capitol hill, etc.


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  1. You might try Quinn's which is a great Gastropub in Capitol hill. Great food, interesting choices and a great room, albiet a bit loud (if you sit upstairs - the noise rises). Everything from a great burger, to seasonal specials like a great creamy nettle soup.

    1. Have a good time. Hopefully the weather will hold.

      One place you should hit is the Melrose Market. You could go to Taylor's Shellfish for oysters. They will shuck them right there for you and have great chowder. You can also grab some great sandwiches at Homegrown or have a wonderful meal at Terra Plata - although if you want to have brunch there on mother's day you might want to make a reservation.

      1. It has been awhile, but I did want to report back on our restaurant finds from this original post. Thanks so much for the suggestions, we tried several, all great food and will keep the others in mind for a return trip. Here are some culinary details from our weekend:

        Friday dinner: We had a play to attend, so dinner had to be quick. We ended up going to happy hour at my hotel, The Sorrento. They had a special deal with a plated stack or 3 appetizers for $18. We shared this along with a ceasar salad that we split - perfect for a light quick meal. We tried the grilled lemon asparagus, lamb meatballs & yogurt sauce & corned beef sliders. All good. I liked the lamb meatballs the least, a little dry, but my son liked them a lot.

        Sat. breakfast: I have been wanting to try Cafe Campagna for ages and never seem to work it into my trip:It is near Pike's Market, so we waited just a short time and had a lovely basic breakfast. I liked it, but wouldn't go out of my way to go back there. Well, actually I would like to try it for lunch. I do have to say that breakfast was marred for me a bit by a family sitting next to us with a toddler that was sneezing and coughing everywhere. I am a bit of a germaphobe, and that always makes me a little paranoid, especially as the kid was leaving and stuck his hands all over our table. I love kids, but sick ones, I keep my distance, unless it's my own, in which case, I just wash my hands a lot!

        We went over to the Seattle Center to walk around - my son had a field trip to the theatre with a class so I saw him off and wandered a bit myself, peeking through the fence at the new Chululay art glass exhibit, which had not opened yet. We saw a few food trucks and sampled some lumpia from one of them. A great little snack!

        Dinner: We had an early dinner at Quinns, which has quite an interesting small plates menu. We ordered a selection of goodies to share. Loved the salt cod fritters (fish balls)! We will be back to this one as I see other interesting items that I want to try.

        Sunday brunch: It was Mother's Day and we did not want a buffet & did not want to wait anywhere. We ended up at Terra Plata just as they opened and it was a perfect choice. Great latte and fresh squeezed oj to start. Then I had a steak salad with tomatillo and cotija cheese - love the combination. My son had a hangar steak and eggs with roast potatoes. Sounds pretty basic, but it was all cooked perfectly. I sampled his potatoes, roasted to perfection. Service was a little slow since the place began filling up, but we did not care as we were not in a hurry and the servers were quite friendly and competent, just busy.

        Lunch: We took advantage of the very beautiful sunny day (80 degrees - in Seattle!!!) and walked through some parks and just enjoyed being outside in the Capitol Hill area . Lots of lovely old homes there. Late afternoon we had worked up an appetite so we stopped at Oddfellows Cafe for sandwiches. It is a large with a small outside area. I have seen a few complaints on-line about their prices. However, the ingredients are fresh and high quality - you have to pay for that! I had a turkey blt. They forgot the turkey, but quickly remedied it for me. My son had the french dip with provolone. It was just wonderful.

        All in all, a lovely weekend and we were especially happy to try all of the new restaurants. Can't wait til the next time!

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