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Guy's weekend in Seattle?

For a significant birthday celebration, my brother and I are coming to Seattle for a three day weekend in September. Looking for some Chowhound advice.

* scored two tickets to the NFL opener, Seahawks vs Packers. Any must eat/drink offerings at Centurylink field?
* we will be staying near Pike Place with no car. Would love to learn about fun and delicious options for seafood, regional specialties and Asian options nearby. Our preferred mode is to sit at the bar and work our way through the menu and wine list in a friendly, not too formal environment.
* to give guidance, some of the places we love in other cities include:
Chicago: Purple Pig, Girl and the Goat
San Francisco: Coqueta, Tosca, Slanted Door
Las Vegas: Raku, La Cave
New York: Spotted Pig, Momofuku ssam, bar at the Modern,
Yountville: Bouchon, Mustards, R+D Kitchen

Thanks for any advice you can add! Looking forward to the trip.

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    1. re: chartreauxx


      Thanks so much. Which vendors MUST we try?

      1. re: cortez

        what kind of food are you looking for? off the top of my head, scout the food truck pod for something appealing, and scope out beecher's and uli's.

        1. re: cortez

          Hi, cortez:

          The vendors in Sections 105 and 128 are serving Salumi products. The rest of the concessionaires are pretty lame.

          If you're a cheesehead, Beecher's Cheese is also served in Section 123.

          The 3rd weekend in September is usually fine weather. You might try Maxmillien for deck seating and a view of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.


          1. re: kaleokahu

            try and snag happy hour at maximilien. i've had disappointing meals there in the last few years. le pichet right by the market makes a solid lunch and a standout dinner; japonessa has happy hour all but 2 hours a day in the bar and makes some rockin' fusion sushi and asian dishes.

        2. Grab a cab and go to millers guild. Great spot. Great chef. Must get the short rib. Also head up to Melrose market. Great place to grab some oysters at Taylor shellfish with a cold beer. Since you will be in on a weekday will will want to wait in line at Salumi in pioneer square or hit up il corvo. Both only open for lunch. All great spots to hit.

          1. Spur Gastropub.
            I don't care how anyone feels about the term "gastropub," Spur makes some great food and their cocktails are extremely good as well. It would be a good place to go and have fun. It's a short walk too.
            If you like sushi, go to Shiros, will be great with a party of 2.
            Chan has good kinda "urban," Korean food, it's right by the market. I've only been once but I really enjoyed my meal.

            1. I love Raku too. I would recommend Miyabi 45th for a similar experience. It's a short cab ride but totally worth it. http://miyabi45th.com/

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              1. re: Lauren

                Thanks to all for these great recommendations. Can't wait.

                Two followup questions:

                * any opinions about Michael Mina's RN74? I've been one time to his SF location for this wine-centric restaurant. How's it doing in Seattle?

                * I'm a college football nut and would love to go to a Saturday lunch at a respectable sports bar with decent to good food. Any candidates?

                Thanks again.

                1. re: cortez

                  Not a sports fan so I can't help you a ton on the sports bars, though there is one in Columbia City called Rookies that seems pretty well liked, you could easily take the light rail there from downtown. Plus Columbia City is worth checking out. Though like I said I don't really go to sports bars so I'm not the most knowledgeable person here when it comes to options.

                  As far as RN74. I'd definitely skip it. I've been once and was underwhelmed by nearly all of the food. Trendy and loud atmosphere, seems as if people go here to be seen, rather than to eat. It's a nice space, and the service is adequate, and I had an one dish that was a real "mind blown," dish (uni/cavatelli/squid ink) but everything else really left something to be desired. You can do far better than RN74 in Seattle. RN74 is one of those places that looks epic on paper, but my actual experience came up short.

                  If you are considering RN74, I'd recommend Lloyd Martin. Short cab ride, and great food, though if you order a lot it can get expensive quickly (not unlike RN74). The plates are on the small side, and their portion control is perfect though.

                  1. re: cortez

                    If you're around Sat you should go to Husky Stadium to watch the Dawgs play Eastern Washington. Not a high demand game, but a great experience and tickets will be easy to get outside the stadium before game time.

                    Sport Restaurant for good food and sports viewing... or Buckleys.

                2. Go to Quinn's for Ultra burgers and large format Belgian beers.

                  1. in belltown, shiro's is pretty special sushi if you have the budget.

                    i second quinn's, suggest le pichet (good lunch, great dinner), rockcreek in fremont (some of the best food i've eaten in years, not just in seattle either), and would also give big props to the whale wins. some of the roving food trucks (there are lots) dish up excellent eats at good prices. list, the lost pelican, and tavolata in belltown are all good, with absolutely ridiculous happy hour deals.

                    1. Two places some friends who had a food-oriented guys' weekend there earlier this year absolutely loved were The Walrus and the Carpenter (for oysters) and Billy Beach (because the sushi there was really fresh and they feature some of the more unusual fish). They're both on my list of places to try the next time I go to Seattle. You'd have to take a cab or bus, but when I stayed carless near Pike Place Market a few years ago, I found Seattle extremely easy to get around by public transportation.

                      This is a second-hand recommendation, so if these guys were way off, I hope some Seattle 'Hounds will comment.

                      1. Near Pike Place with no car for 3 weeks is a dream. You are in the heart of the city and METRO buses and LINK Light Rail will take you out to many more neighborhoods for food, entertainment, and shops. LINK shares a tunnel through downtown along 3rd Avenue and continues to SEATAC airport. Visit METRO HQ at 2nd and Jackson (International District tunnel-LINK station), or the mezzanine kiosk below Macy's for transit information.

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                        1. re: mrnelso

                          Jeez, mrnelso, when did we get a real rapid transit system? You make it sound like it's a real system.

                          1. re: kaleokahu

                            Wait, I took the light rail to lunch yesterday. Or was it a dream?

                            (To keep this comment food related, I went to Il Corvo and had prosciutto with spicy pickled celery and torchietti with lovage pesto)

                            1. re: Brunhilde

                              Well, yeah, you can ride a Monorail here, too, but I wouldn't brag about how many places it will take you to out-of-towners who have extensive RT systems back home. ;)

                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                I will say that three minutes from Westlake to Capitol Hill will be a game-changer for tourist/convention drinking and dining.

                                1. re: kaleokahu

                                  i have not used seattle public transit but if i lived in seattle i would consider not having a car because of traffic and parking.
                                  it looks like an underground bus station right next to the id international district aka chinatown, also vietnamese etc. pioneer square with salumi is a few short blocks the other direction and safeco field is also close.

                              2. re: kaleokahu

                                Kaleo: I fear I have misrepresented my attitude. I am the original cynic about Seattle and transit, having watched a perennially benighted electorate reject the Feds proposal to pay 90% of a BART-style model system (or was it 95?) fifty years ago. Dolts. Meanwhile, I try to make the best use of what little opportunity our paltry transit does present to dash about to the scattered deliciosities of our neighborhoods. The poster proposed to lodge near Pike Pace, which is effectively on the light-rail line and thereby niftily accessible to the newly developing food scenes growing around the stations. Speaking only for myself, of course, I commonly ride transit when I travel so I can see what's on the street and jump off where I see promise. In DC, it was Eileen's, where I got the best pupusas of my life along with a monster spread of great Mexican fare. Seattle's beleaguered system has been in bone-headeadly dire straits always, to be sure, but a modicum of effort will enable planning of blitzkreig strikes to lovely neighborhood joints all over town, with all the sights available from a tour-bus. The C-line, for one example, will take you up to West Seattle and Bakery Nouveau; the D to Ballard, for Fishermen's Terminal and of Ballard Avenue. I take your point, and continue to be disgusted at short-sighted penny-pinching by voters who won't take yes for an answer, but as under-funded and miserable as our transit system is, a little planning can ferret-out the few good parts that exist and this poster is in position to easily reach all the best parts, as disappointing as even these may be. I have begun building a list of food venue highlights for each light rail station and now this conversation has got me thinking of clusters of such venues along bus-lines.

                                1. re: mrnelso

                                  Where will you be publishing this Food Lovers' Guide to Link? Definitely interested. (Would also make a great sticky if CH still did stickies.)

                                  1. re: mrnelso

                                    Hi, mrnelso:

                                    Very well-worded and -reasoned piece.

                                    I glossed over the bus component. I was also zeroed on the short distance these guys seem to have planned between the Market and Century Link. Unless the weather is nasty, I would walk A-B instead of playing Whack-A-Mole in the tunnel.

                                    I like your idea of plotting worthy food venues along the various routes. If I had a smart phone, I would pay for that app.

                                    In this vein, is there a transit-ey way to get these boys to Georgetown? If--as I sense--they're from Chicago, a little extra testosterone may be in order. My beloved Ballard is suffering from some culinary/nightlife hypogonadism lately, IMO.


                                    1. re: kaleokahu

                                      From 3rd Ave the 131 shoots straight down to Georgetown in 17 minutes.

                                      1. re: mrnelso

                                        Then I think this group should do a crawl in Georgetown; maybe a little dinner fun in Brass Tacks' secret room.

                                1. re: Worldwide Diner

                                  OP here:

                                  I'm searching for terrific and fun places to eat in Seattle. About 5 days ago, this thread took a radical turn towards all things public transport related. I don't care if we walk, bus, taxi or train to great restaurants.

                                  Any further recs?

                                  Thanks very much.

                                  1. re: cortez


                                    The Book Bindery
                                    Le Zinc
                                    Walrus & Carpenter
                                    The Corson Building
                                    Il Terrazo Carmine

                                    You figure out how to get there.