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jevi Mar 2, 2013 05:52 PM

I'll be in the University District (Watertown Hotel) for conference and I unfortunately won't have a car. Any recommendations for coffee-spots and restaurants would be really welcome. We don't eat meat, but other than that we're pretty happy eaters...thanks!!!!

  1. babette feasts Mar 5, 2013 09:51 AM

    I like Chili's on 50th and the Ave for tasty inexpensive Indian. Not much in the way of atmosphere, but plenty of veggie options.

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      Brunhilde Mar 4, 2013 10:48 AM

      If you want to get really drunk on the cheap, Earl's on the Ave will help you out.

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        chococat Mar 3, 2013 07:11 PM

        Take a walk up the Ave (University Way) to 50th-- on the southeast corner is a little tiny spot called Nook. They sell biscuits, and variations thereof: sweet, savory, breakfast sandwiches, with mushroom (or sausage) gravy. They open at 9am and close when they run out of biscuits (which can be as early as 10:30 on weekends, and noon-ish on other days). Really, really, really good.

        You're less than a block from Portage Bay Cafe, which has already been mentioned. You'll be across the street from Trinity Market, which is a convenience store... but so much more. They have good coffee, excellent sandwiches, an impressive grocery section with a selection of good cheeses, and a surprisingly large beer/wine selection.

        There's a small coffee shop/grab-and-go on the first floor of the hotel (Pineapple Cafe?) that I haven't tried, but it's there in case it's pouring down rain.

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          Scrofula Mar 3, 2013 07:09 PM

          Coffee: Herkimer, Trabant and Zoka.

          What sort of restaurants are you looking for (cuisine, price range)? There are a lot of options.

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            PAO Mar 3, 2013 01:12 PM

            Samurai Noodle on University Way NE ("the Ave") serves tasty noodles. Also recommend U:Don for delicious udon, also on the Ave.

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              OrigamiDuck Mar 3, 2013 12:43 AM

              One of my favorite cafes in the city is Trabant on 45th and University.

              For food, the options are not the best along the Ave. I would recommend Savatdee Thai and Laotian, which is a little bit of a walk, but not too bad. I've heard decent things about U-DON but haven't checked them out myself yet.

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                andyeats Mar 2, 2013 10:02 PM

                Ugly Mug Cafe, Shalimar (Indian/Pakistani), U-Don (Japanese udon noodles), Araya's Place (vegan Thai)

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                  Gizmo56 Mar 2, 2013 05:58 PM

                  The Portage Bay Cafe on Roosevelt should work nicely for you.


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                    bourbongal Mar 3, 2013 07:57 AM

                    Second Portage Bay Cafe. Very good food with great non-meat options. Note that weekend breakfast and lunch can be packed but you can call ahead and make a reservation.

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