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May 31, 2012 07:12 PM

Uniquely Seattle and Walkable...

I'll be in Seattle next week for around 48 hours. I will have about two meals' worth of free time to get out and run around. I'm dying to eat somewhere that's uniquely Seattle, completely unlike anything we've got back in New England, and within walking distance (less than a mile or so) of the Fairmont Olympic hotel, where I'll be staying.

At first glance, the food immediately around doesn't look very exciting. I was thinking of hitting up Unicorn, Honey Hole, or even Mistral or Sitka and Spruce if I can wrangle the dough. I'm into weird, experimental, blatantly regional, bizarre foods. Bonus points if I can buy an eclectic t-shirt on site.

Let me know what your favorites are- I don't want to have to eat an $18 burger at the hotel!!!


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  1. Get geoduck at Taylor Shellfish before you head inside to Sitka and Spruce.

    1. I'd go to Matt's in the Market. It's such a great space in the Market. It's not bizarre or weird in any way but neither are the places you've come up with. For a very casual lunch place I'd get a grilled salmon sandwich at Market Grill.

      1. I think that, with careful time budgeting, I can manage one lunch, one dinner, and one snack run. I'm thinking that either Lunchbox Lab, Mistral, or RN74 for lunch will be fun, Molly Moon's for a snack, and Unicorn for dinner and drinks before my flight. Have you guys had any luck with those?

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        1. re: zammdogg

          I don't know that I'd consider Unicorn a foodie destination but mmmmmcorndogs! I like the regular corn dog best, but the one that has potatoes & cheese on it (Narwhal dog, maybe?) is pretty good too. I've never eaten anything but corn dogs there so can't speak to any other food. Their specialty drinks are SWEET, but I think they have a full bar so you could order whatever, not necessarily one of their house concoctions. It's definitely a unique space.

          1. re: zammdogg

            Molly Moon is outrageously good, and you can score a good t-shirt there. Personally, I don't think Lunchbox Laboratory has maintained the level of awesomeness it had before the original owner passed away, but it's still pretty good, and a fun place. I don't recall if they have t-shirts, but it's the kind of place that ought to have them and I'd be surprised if the current owners haven't thought of it.

            Another possibility is Po Dogs on Capitol Hill. There are some hot dogs on the menu that I would call weird and experimental, and they have the Seattle Dog (cream cheese on a hot dog is pretty uniquely Seattle). They're just a couple of blocks from Molly Moon. Again, if they don't have t-shirts, they should.

            1. re: MsMaryMc

              I've put PO Dogs on my list- that menu looks righteous!

              1. re: zammdogg

                Zammdogg - Po'dog is OK, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it, really, if you're looking for a true Seattle experience you'd be better off hitting the street vendor hot dog places for a "Seattle Dog" (cream cheese and sriracha). In the same neighborhood, you might want to consider one of two gastropubs, Quinn's (my preference) or Oddfellows.