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Dinner for two elderly folks around the University District

I'm headed to Seattle next week for business and wish to take my aunt to dinner early Monday evening. I'm 63 and Chris is a lot older - but still very mobile. Looking for a good restaurant, not real adventurous food, within about 10 miles of Wash U. I'm thinking about Ivar's Salmon House? Suggestions please.

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  1. That is possible. North on 25th NE and Frank's Oyster House are also possible, both close to the UW. 10 miles is a long way. It takes you WELL out of the City in at least 3 directions. You might want to limit yourself geographically. And it's the University of Washington, not Wash. U.

    1. I think you all would be comfortable in the District Lounge at the Hotel Deca at 45th & Brooklyn:


      1. I'd second Frank's, and I'd add their sister restaurant, Pair, which is a few blocks further. My parents, who are about your age, are also very big fans of Chloe, which is a french Bistro not too far away. Closer to the univeristy, there's mostly cheaper food, either poor quality or what I think you'd categorize as 'more adventurous.

        Ivar's Salmon House is not great food. The fish is fairly good and well cooked, but the sides and other food are mediocre at best. The view is lovely, but not worth the prices that you're paying for mostly not great food. Here was my take a few months ago: http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voraci...

        1. If old-school Italian works, Salvatore is also good with fish.

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          1. re: mrnelso

            Salvatores is closed Mondays. I don't think Ivar's Salmon House is such a bad choice, especially for an early dinner. Close parking is a real plus, too.

          2. I should also mention Ciao Bella for reasonably good northern Italian food.

            1. Cafe Lago also fits the bill.

                1. re: HungWeiLo

                  Thanks to all for your suggestions! We are going to try Cafe Lago. I will let you know how it was.

                  1. re: bluescatch

                    Just got back from my Seattle trip. Thank's to all for your suggestions - I took my aunt (a very spry 88 years old) and her two adult grandsons to Cafe Lago and we had a delightful time. The food was very good and the service was excelent in a refined, casual atmosphere.

                    Driving back downtown after dinner I stopped at the Ravina Ale House hoping to find a local wheat beer. The bartender was great and recommended a local red ale, saying that locals love their hops, so it may be a bit bitter for my taste. It was good, but still too hoppy for me. I asked him if there was any other joints heading back to downtown where they had a large selection of tap beers. He told me that I should head to Die Bierstube on Roosevelt Way for real helfweizen from Germany and that they may have a local rendition.

                    The Bierstube was packed because a local brewer, Manny Chao of Georgetown Brewery, had tapped the first keg of Georgetown's Octoberfest Bier earlier in the evening at Die Bierstube. I had a great hour tasting small glasses of bier and talking with the locals (I wish we had a real Gasthaus style German place in Wash/Balt). I sat at a long table by the dart boards and asked a young man and woman if they were regulars and if the place was usually so grand; turns out they were a waitress and chef from another location owned by the same folks. I explained that I was from out of town and looking for local establishments with good food and drink and they wrote down about 10 places that they thought were the best. I will dig the list out of my travel bag and post the locations, in a few days, to see what others think of their choices.

                    That was the first of four nights, the others weren't as much fun but were still great. Seattle now ranks as my third favorite mid-large American city; behind New Orleans and San Francisco, and slightly ahead of Portland.

                    1. re: bluescatch

                      :) Nice report.

                      Who was it said that "there really are only 3 cities in America: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans....everything else is just...Cleveland." ?

                      1. re: bluescatch

                        Very nice report! Thanks for sharing. It is always so gratifying when people come back and share their experience after asking for advice.

                        Look forward to hearing the 'industry folks' recommendations...

                        1. re: bluescatch

                          Y'all come back now, y'hear? There is that little place across the border, too, eh?