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last minute business trip help!

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I'm traveling to Seattle for the first time next week, for work. I would usually spend a lot of time researching where to eat, but this trip is super last minute.

So - any advice about where to eat? Also, I still haven't booked a hotel, so any hotel suggestions near good food options would also be appreciated. I'm in my late 20's, so I'm open to younger neighborhoods / restaurants. I'll need to reserve a conference room, though, so no B&Bs or inns.

A few details - I'm most likely traveling alone, so places where I can sit at the bar or otherwise comfortably eat alone would be great. Hopefully places where I don't need a reservation since I'm unsure of my exact schedule. I have a gluten intolerance, but it usually doesn't stop me from eating at most places. But I don't need bakery or pizza suggestions!

I have a $72 a day per diem, and I'd generally like to stay around that price point for lunch + dinner - so affordable places, please. I'll probably splurge on just one meal.

The restaurant scene in Seattle is overwhelming, so thanks for helping me make some choices!

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  1. You might consider the Hotel Andra. It is right in the midst of a cluster of Tom Douglas restaurants. Lola is literally in its lobby, Dahlia is across the street, Serious Pie is a half block further, and Palace Kitchen is a couple of blocks in the other direction. It is just four blocks from the Pike Place Market and quite close to the downtown retail core.

    http://www.hotelandra.com

    1. Olive 8 is centrally located and worst case, the restaurant there, Urbane, would be a fine selection if you get stuck with business meeting longer than you expect and miss the opportunity to walk around.

      From there you could walk up toward Capitol Hill or over toward city center and Pike Place market.

      I assume it has meeting rooms, but I guess I don't know for sure...

      1. Poppy, Le Pichet, Cafe Presse, Tavolata, Matt's in the Market (definitely Matt's) all have bar seating where you can order from the full menu. Matt's has a great happy hour, as does Tavolata (though it may be too gluten-y); Poppy has a good one. Those are very off the cuff recommendations because I have to run but you can't go wrong at any of them.