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I'm going to be in town for work and will have limited time for meals -- it is my first time in Seattle so I want to eat well! What are the MUST VISIT places in Seattle? Where is the BEST salmon? What other local specialties should I not miss?

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  1. There are many places to choose from. I highly recommend Salty's on Alki. The have an amazing brunch. I went there for my birthday this year.. Here's a video that I uploaded on youtube. I took several shoots of the food, and the beautiful view from the restaurant. http://youtu.be/7vBPzZIHByQ

    1. Salumi for lunch and Spinasse for dinner - both Italian and both were excellent

      1. if not Salumi's for lunch, must go to Paseo's.

        if you are looking for Pacific NW cuisine, I would recommend Sitka & Spruce or Corson Building (Owner, Matt Dillon just won a James Beard).

        as for best salmon, its a little harder for me to pinpoint just one place. I would say go for a highly regarded restaurant with good local sourcing, then pick on the skill level, cuisine, and location. Avoid menus with Atlantic Salmon and go for salmon with Wild Coho or Sockeye or those Salmon caught in Alaska. I can say I've had good salmon and seafood at

        Mistral Kitchen, Anchovies & Olives, Elliots, Ray's Boathouse (View is better than their food), and Nishino or Sushi Kappo Tamura (if you want your salmon raw or grilled),

        edit: Also a good thread and list to check out of everyone's top 5 Seattle Restaurants http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/763997

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        1. re: shaolinLFE

          First Copper River salmon will be flown in on Thursday. If you see it on a menu, be sure to order it, maslovma.

          1. re: firecracker

            I think the best salmon I've had in recent memory was the Copper River King I had last year at Ponti Seafood Grill.

            1. re: knowspicker

              +1 Ponti, though we are rich in well-prepared seafood.