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Recommendations in the University District

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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!!!!

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


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    1. re: Gizmo56

      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.

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

      1. 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.

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

          1. Coffee: Herkimer, Trabant and Zoka.

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

            1. 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.

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

                1. 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.