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best (nearest/cheapest) parking for salumi? + wait time suggestions 7/25/13?

visiting seattle next week
mom wants to see the hotel at the corner of bitter and sweet
conveniently, it is only a few blocks from salumi
so i am going to wait in line to pick up some sandwiches

what has the line situation been like lately?
am planning on getting there before 11, should i be thinking 10:30 or so?

mahalo (thanks) in advance

aloha

steve

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  1. We'll be up in mid-August so looking forward to this answer. Not concerned about parking as we'll be on public transpo but interested in the wait.

    1. my research comes up with this
      $3 an hour parking just north of salumi 300 2nd ave ext
      is this my best option?

      1. I tend to go late, after the big lunch rush, usually after 2:30 or 3 pm. The lines are much shorter then--not more than a few minutes. They might have run out of a few things, but I can always find something I want! However, do note that they have been known to close up early, shortly after 3 pm, if they've run out of too many things.

        At that hour I've often found street parking in front of Seattle Lighting, right across 2nd Avenue Extension S. (this is Google Maps' label for this street--I can't remember seeing "Extension" on the street signs. Of course, there is also another 2nd Avenue S. a couple of blocks west of there). If that doesn't work, there is a pay lot around the corner, behind Salumi, at Main and 2nd Avenue S. (the other one--not the Extension). If I'm determined enough to go there that I'll pay, this is where I park.

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        1. re: MsMaryMc

          much mahalos
          what about the opening line?
          are people still sending their flunkies/personal assistants/paralegals/gofers/mailroom staff etc to stand in line?
          how early should i line up?

        2. It is the summer, so the lines can be worse. Getting there at 10:30 should ensure you of being among the first people served. Getting there are 11 sharp, there is normally a 15-20 person line. They work fairly quickly, but it is still a wait. There is plenty of on-street parking around there for the downtown rates ($4/hour if I remember correctly)

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          1. If worst comes to worst and you can't make it to Salumi, DeLaurenti Specialty Foods in Pike Place Market sells a pretty large selection of the meats from Salumi, and they've always been super-nice and patient about seling me packets with 8-12 thin slices of the different meats to sample on my own. You'll probably want to visit Pike Place Market anyway, so there's a backup plan for you.

            (I should note that I've been to Seattle twice now and was never able to make it to Salumi, but I've hit DeLaurenti both times).