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Looking for good places near our hotel-- we are going to be staying at the Homewood Suites on Western Avenue. Anything in the area to recommend? I noticed on a map that there are Boat Street Cafe, Tini Big's Lounge, the People's Cake, Uptown Chinese and Buckley's on Queen Anne in the area. Anything worth checking out at any of these places? TIA

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  1. You're more in Lower Queen Anne than Downtown. Toulouse Petit is just up the street and good. Will you have a car/other transportation? Are you okay with taking short bus rides?

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    1. re: Brunhilde

      We are happy to take a cab to whereever. Thank you for the rec.

      1. re: Brunhilde

        Based on your post and Leper's about Toulouse Petit, I decided it would be worth getting a rental car so we can get to and from the airport easily and around town. Thank you.

        1. re: dimsumgirl

          IIRC, downtown onstreet parking is metered, expensive and limited to two hours.

          1. re: c oliver

            Parking at the hotel is $20 a day also. I'd stick with the cabs unless you can get a really steal of a deal on a car.

          2. re: dimsumgirl

            Well I have a reservation for a car ($13 a day) but if a cab and public transit and walking are better, I can cancel. Thanks for the info about the expensive parking meters.

            1. re: dimsumgirl

              A $13 car is nothing to sneeze at (parking is the big cost), but consider a visit to a transit information kiosk at METRO HQ, at 2nd & Jackson, or under Macy's at Westlake Plaza. There are tons of buses that travel the north-south avenues every few minutes, a few that do east-west crosstown routes, a handful that travel the 'downtown transit tunnel'. These alternate every 10 minutes with light rail that goes to SEATAC airport (!), which is seriously worth investigating. You are so very near the Seattle Art Museum sculpture garden and the Pike Place Market (lots of posts here), and then the waterfront down to Chinatown and Jackson Square - restaurants coming out your ears here. "Lower Queen Anne" has Seattle Center (Rat City Roller Girls - believe it - are the anchor tenant for the Coliseum these days, and a hoot. For Pizza, Bambino's at 4th & Cedar. | Tillicum Place Cafe (brunch!) is near, right by the Five Points cafe, an esteemed hangover-breakfast spot, and the Mecca (hash browns), where you might achieve said hangover. Unless you got it at Two Bells - house-ground hamburger as rare as you like and the Tavern Burger is killer. Top Pot doughnuts is legend (maple old fashioned...), Ten Mercer has good cocktails and happy hour. Pagliacci pizza is across the street. Green Leaf is under the Labor Temple on First Avenue - very good and cheap Vietnamese. North of you is a light-industrial wasteland til you get to Fishermen's Terminal, heart of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, with Chinook's Seafood Restaurant. Cross the bridge to visit Ballard (Golden Beetle) and Fremont (Revel HH - the whole menu and a cocktail). You may be in the perfect center of the local food map. Have fun and please report your findings. Go climb the water tower in Volunteer Park and see the view from Kerry Park.

              1. re: mrnelso

                There used to be a free bus from the ID to downtown but do I remember that that went away? When our daughter started at UW, she and we were so pleased with the public transpo.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Yeah, cuts to transit have been harsh and the lovely "free ride zone" downtown is gone.

                  1. re: mrnelso

                    But public transpo is, IMO, THE way to go. Like SF or NYC, just on a smaller scale.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      No question. 1964 voters told uncle sugar to take his transit experiment to San Francisco, because we couldn't afford it. sic. k.

                2. re: mrnelso

                  Hi, mrnelso:

                  Re: Tillikum...

                  I tried going there for breakfast 3 weeks ago, and was turned away because I didn't have a RESERVATION.

                  Good God, the hubris.

                  Aloha,
                  Kaleo

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Oh, yes. I forgot to mention you are in Belltown. Could be worse - you could be in South Lake Union.

                    1. re: kaleokahu

                      I guess the economy is good for somebody

              2. re: Brunhilde

                LOVE Toulouse Petit for breakfast--one of the best in town. Happy hours are good, too, but very popular--get there at the start if you want a table.

              3. Boat Street is a favorite of mine, but I've heard a couple of folks who were disappointed there recently. I'd recommend going at least for a drink, and their pickle plate (a spiced, vinagered selection of fruits and veggies that totally and deliciously turns the pickle plate concept upside down).

                I used to work next door, and would always end the week there with a glass (or two) of wine, some pate and the pickle plate. I've had many excellent meals there, but not in the last few months, so I can't comment on whether they've had a genuine downhill slide.

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                1. re: Booklegger451

                  Good to know that Boat Street is reputable. We could eat there since it is not too far a walk. Happy to take a cab elsewhere just don't know Seattle so don't know where or what to do...

                2. The 5 Point if you like dive bars with excellent food (seriously, my favorite chicken fried steak in town and their chicken wings and fried cheese curds are stellar).

                  Bambinos for great pizza and an awesome tap list if you like good microbrews. Tilikum Place Cafe is good, they have a nice brunch on the weekend.

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                  1. re: Brunhilde

                    Thank you. I will try to map them out in the next week or so.

                  2. We go to Buckleys to eat a burger and watch a game. Decent/good bar type food.

                    Tini Bigs is decent for a cocktail.

                    1. I second Toulouse Petit, a fun place with good food. You won't lack for dining options.