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NY Foodie Looking For 1 Awesome Meal in Seattle

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Hi all,

Thanks in advance; I see a lot of postings but none very recent. I live in NY, so fortunately, I have access to a lot of great ethnic food, fine dining, and everything in between. I only have 1 night to eat dinner in Seattle and I want it to be memorable - and it's a special occasion. I have seen a lot of places coming up over and over but then I see some negative reviews of them, so I'm really thrown (Sitka and Spruce, The Corson Building, Spinasse, How to Cook a Wolf, etc) I'm open to expensive if it's special, I just want to make the most of my 1 opportunity. I would deeply appreciate your input - more than 1 is great, in case the first choice is booked up.

Many thanks!
Linda

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  1. I forgot to include canlis - is it worth it?

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    1. re: ImHungry5

      I've liked Canlis at my last two dinners there but I ordered the tasting menu. I talked to two different friends who have eaten there with in the last six months, both ordering off the regular menu, and their experiences weren't nearly as good.

    2. Canlis will treat you well, but if I had one dinner and a night to stay outside the city, I'd surely drive up to Willows Inn on Lummi Island. It's about 2 hours' drive (and a short ferry ride) north of Seattle and is exactly the sort of food and experience you can't get in New York.

      If I had to stay in Seattle proper (don't want to drive, can't spare the time, etc.) I'd have oysters at Taylor Shellfish followed by dinner at Sitka & Spruce. They're essentially next door from each other in the same building, and also feature some of the best of what's produced locally. But really, I'd try to make dinner and a night at Willows Inn work first.

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      1. re: terrier

        I agree with terrier on both in city and outside the city suggestions and would add Walrus and the Carpenter to the in city list.