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Sep 21, 2012 08:10 AM

Asking for rec's for a few areas of focus

On a forthcoming trip keen to focus on 5 key areas:

- oysters (and related: shellfish of all kinds)
- crab
- "only-found-in-Seattle unique and long-established and off-the-tourist-beat places"
- cask-ale outlets
- Superior Irish & English Pubs

While knowing that there are copious lists of all these out there, could I ask the benefit of some focused (and current) recommendations in these areas?

Thanks so much. Be there next week.


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  1. (Along with all the above, I had a particular craving for a REALLY GOOD Ploughman's Lunch.) Is a trip to England the only way or can Seattle oblige? :-) Thanks again for any/all rec's.

    1. Oysters: Walrus and Carpenter for the vibe and the food; Elliot's for tradition and a great oyster happy hour; Taylor Shellfish - just to sit at the oyster bar and have them shuck them for you. Plus you will like the Melrose Market.
      Crab: Seatown; Blueacre; Chandler's Crabhouse has a great view
      Only in Seattle: Terra Plata; Salumi; Paseo; Quinn's; Boat Street
      Cask Beer: There is Bottleworks and you could try Brouwer's Café for a good pub. You could also check out Full Throttle Bottles.

      1. Hilltop Alehouse usually has a couple of cask brews. Currently Diamond Knot IPA cask and Boundary Bay ESB cask. These are two of my favorite Washington state breweries... I'll admit that in part because not that many places seem to carry them on tap but they are both really good. Hilltop is also a pretty nice place to hang out and food isn't bad. The other Seattle Ale House place usually have a cask, too but Hilltop is more in my neighborhood... after a walk up from the cheap seats.

        If you make a trip to Diamond Knot Brewery and Ale House they have Cask Night every Thursday and I think it's worth the trip. It's been a while since I've been but when I did go they had some great stuff.

        While not cask... if you are in the area Bambino's pizza has a good bottle menu and they have some great beers on tap. HH is $4 beers and house wine... my HH beer today was Pliny the Elder with the best pizza in town. [just my random plug for my favorite pizza and beer establishment that I want to thrive for selfish reasons]

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        1. re: knowspicker

          Hi, knowspicker:

          Wahine drug me to 74th Street this afternoon as a matter of fact. I'm not understanding your rec for beer there--there must be 50 places within a mile that have better depth and breadth of selections. I say "drug" because IMO this place is a real clip joint--any beers of note are $5.75. Two pints and a minuscule serving of cashews there is a $22 outlay with tip. Actually eating there is priced at least two tiers above the quality (except for their Gumbo).

          I always leave there (and Hiltop, etc.) thinking they took their pricing lesson from Hooters, but omitted the hooters.

          However, I couldn't agree with you more about Bambino's--their list is pretty short, but they go 'way outta their way to bring in fantastic beers, like the Pliny.


          1. re: kaleokahu

            I was really thinking only that it's one of the places that regularly has cask conditioned ale. I don't usually eat there but they generally have a pretty wide selection of drafts including a quite a few that I like. But this was really because they usually seem to have a couple of casks on tap and don't see that many around.

            I don't often see a cask conditioned ale at Bambinos but I completely agree have the most interesting taps in town... When I was there on Friday they are now up to 7 taps and put bar seating and now have backs on the chairs.

        2. "- "only-found-in-Seattle unique and long-established and off-the-tourist-beat places""

          so you want the special tourist treatment, the kind of thing that isn't available to ordinary tourists like Tony and Andrew. Sorry, that's going to cost you! We don't give that kind of information for free. :)

          Do locals even think in those terms? We all have neighborhood establishments that we frequent, and rarely see tourists, but are they Seattle unique, especially in the long-established sense?

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          1. re: paulj

            Undercover cash drop could be arranged.

            I don;t know Seattle so well. In the Twin cities it might be MaMa's Pizza. Totally unassuming, but excellent pie (wares). In Detroit it might be the Dakota Inn Rathskellar. In Milwaukee the pub that plays Wagner (some of the best drinking music available!).

            The Seattle equivalent of Calvin Trillin's anathema to the Maison de la Casa haus "there's an old black guy out on the highway."

            A place the "Best o Seattle" would not alert me to.

            Again, state terms and whether prefer cash or bearer bonds.

            Thanks a lot. And thanks for the other recommendations. Looking forward to the trip.


          2. A few VERY SEATTLE places - IMO;

            The 5-Point Cafe - for breakfast (especially late at night when the bar side is packed!). Great home-style diner food, made with care. Great cafe Vita coffee, house roasted turkey in the sandwiches, great hash browns. This place runs on whiskey and beer consumed by many, many famous Seattle musicians, and many not so famous as well.

            2-Bells Tavern for a beer and the iconic 2 bells burger.

            Happy Hour at Ivars Salmon House. Because you can get Alder smoked salmon here, and Alder planked I believe. Watching the boat traffic going from Montlake to Lake Union is VERY old-school Seattle...

            +1 on Taylor Shellfish (and Melrose Market) as this is VERY Seattle, in it's hip, foodie and delicious current incarnation. Just checking out the meat case at Rain Shadow meats is exciting, plus those nice shucking guys at Taylor that are so happy to help:)

            Ride the ferry over to Bainbridge (you have to ride a ferry while here - this is very SEATTLE), and eat at Marche, Greg Atkinson's restaurant. He is the former foo columnist for the Pacific Magazine in our Sunday SEA Times, and was the former head Chef at Canlis. I here the pate's are excellent, as are clams with chorizo.

            Spend Sunday in Ballard; do the Farmer's market, visit the locks, go to Cafe Beselu for pastries, linger at a sidewalk table for coffee somewhere and watch the people on Market Street. Go to Walrus and the Carpenter for dinner.

            Walk up and down the Pike/pine corridor. Many nifty shops, pastry places, Molly Moon ice cream, coffee mecca's.... dinner at Quinn's, a show at Neumo's.

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              1. re: bishopsbitter

                Hi, bishopsbitter:

                gingershelly's list is spot on--as usual.

                I might add Dot's Deli in Fremont for charcuterie and other delectables. The cookbook store in the same block is worth snooping, too.

                Have fun when you're here.


                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Mahalo, Kaleokahu:) As are your recs' -

                  Why didn't I think to reccomend the Dot's neighborhood!

                  You can't get much more SEA than that couple of blocks right there - Uneeda Burger is there, bleeding soccer kid families lining up for burgers on a Saturday, people in and out of Dot's, trying on glasses at Eyes on Fremont (very Seattle place to get glasses!), into Book larder for a browse, or across the street for an Espresso.... perhaps down the street a block to Paseo!

                  Go upper Fremont!

                2. re: bishopsbitter

                  I would add to the Bainbridge reco - Hitchcock is also great and open when Marche is not (on Sundays and Mondays). They have a special "Americana Mondays" menu on Monday.