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Hey Hounds,
Headed for Seattle 5/4-5/7. Looking for unique foodie experiences. Any great food shops or neighborhoods unique to Seattle that we must explore? How about Sunday farmer's markets? Looking also for cooking or preferably a baking class. How about wine and spirits...I've read there are over 30 wineries within the city. Where can I get some info?
Also there are a few restaurants I'm looking at Miller's Guild, Brimmer and Heeltap, Rockcreek, Tanglewood Supreme....would love to hear your thoughts.
Finally.....best ramen bowl in town?
Thanks!!!

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  1. Pike Place Market is probably already on your list--if not, put it there. The food choices--fresh produce, seafood, artisanal prepared foods, interesting imports, good restaurants, great street food--are amazing. Go early in the day (you can get breakfast at Lowell's or the Athenian at 7 am), and be sure to poke around in the back corners and lower levels and far-flung buildings. A lot of visitors never see anything but the Main Arcade, and that's a shame.

    The place where you'll find a lot of wineries concentrated together (plus a few breweries and micro-distilleries) is Woodinville, about half an hour east of town. Take a look at http://woodinvillewinecountry.com/ . Join a tour, or rent a car for the day. It's a pretty area to just explore.

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    1. re: MsMaryMc

      Definetly when your at the PPM, get down on Western Ave (bottom of the market) and check out World Spice shop, The Spanish Table & it's sister store Paris Grocery. World spice has the freshest spices in town, and supplies many restaurants in the city with herbs, spices and custom blends. Also salts.

      If you can get to the stadium district - check out Big John's PFI. All things wonderful in imported gourmet food. http://www.bigjohnspfiseattle.com/. This shop has made a grown man gourmand weep on his first visit...

      1. re: gingershelley

        Big John's PFI is a treasure indeed. When visiting family, we always have a relatively early, weekday dim sum at Jade Garden, shopping at Uwajimaya (another rec for OP)and then PFI. Our shopping bags over-runneth :)

        We love Matt's in the Market across from the entrance to the market on the second floor.

        http://www.mattsinthemarket.com/

    2. I'll play devil's advocate a bit here and say that if food is your main interest, the Main Arcade and the area just across the "street" from it -- the street is really not much more than an alley with parking -- is all you need to see at Pike Place. The lower levels (the street level where you enter is actually the top level) of the main building are almost entirely touristy junk faux-antique and collectible shops that don't feature much, if any, food-related stuff, just comic books and beads and other stuff that you don't need to spend time on unless you absolutely have nothing to do and need to kill a few hours.

      On the flip side, the lower levels really still feel like 1970s Berkeley, if that's your thing -- hot and stuffy and musty and nostalgic at the same time. My MIL loves this and I feel like killing myself every time she drags us down there while she pokes through every item on the shelves. The deeper you go, the more it smells like your grandmother's attic.

      The area across the alley, though, has many great seafood and produce (and inside the building, butcher) shops that are worth seeing, as well as Beecher's cheese, which is fantastic if obscenely overpriced at the main store (Costco has their Flagship cheddar for about 1/3 the price).

      Woodinville is indeed where to go for both wineries and distilleries. There are two areas -- the scenic valley down below and the "Warehouse District" which has many fine wineries clustered in a very small area closer to downtown, and some nice restaurants nearby. Check them both out.

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      1. re: acgold7

        As to the Woodinville wineries, the majority in the Warehouse District are only open on the weekend and even in the tourist district, most are not open 7 days/week. It would be a good idea to check days and times, especially for the smaller ones.

        1. re: acgold7

          Acgold - check out my post/reply above; if you go ALL the way down to Western, there is World Spice and Spanish Table, which are great food destinations!

          1. re: gingershelley

            Yes, thanks for pointing that out. You can take the elevator down to the street from the skybridge and can bypass all the other nonsense.

        2. With respect to the ramen question, you might want to check out Hokkaido Ramen Santouka in Bellevue. They just opened and I haven't had a chance to visit the Bellevue location yet, but the menu is identical to the Hokkaido Ramen Santouka in Vancouver, which is fantastic. The toroniku (pork jowl) is pork perfection that just kind of melts on your tongue like good sashimi.

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          1. re: creepygirl

            Thanks sounds like a place I'd like to try!

          2. West Seattle has a great farmer's market on Sunday's, and bonus if you make the trip; one of SEA's best French bakeries down the street for pastries/coffee beforehand, and a chance to check out the awesome view back toward DT Seattle afterward.

            http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/...

            http://www.bakerynouveau.com/welcome/

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/hamilton-view...

             
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            1. re: gingershelley

              Sounds good. Is West Seattle near the airport at all. We'll be coming in that day and that would be a great first stop. Thanks

              1. re: In2food

                It's not what you'd call *near* the airport but nothing in Seattle is too far away from anything else. Probably less than a half hour once you hit I5 from the airport, especially on a Sunday.

                1. re: acgold7

                  AC; to get to West Seattle from airport, you don't take I5, but the 518 and 509.... why travel so far East, just to swing back West? :)

                  1. re: gingershelley

                    You can tell I don't get out to West Seattle much, especially from the airport... ;-)

                    But as you describe your shortcut below as your own little secret I don't feel too bad... Living in the Northern reaches of the Eastside I've never taken anything but the 405.

                    1. re: acgold7

                      I get it ACGold..... we West Seattle-ites feel like the Viaduct, 509 and 518 are our own private freeways, which we grudgingly share with folks from Burien, Des Moines, etc. and all the cabs and town cars heading too and from the airport:)

                2. re: In2food

                  Actually, yes; West Seattle can be completely on the way from the airport IF you take the alternate route from airport by skipping I5, and instead take the 518 to the 509 (toward the Viaduct), and hop off onto the West Seattle Bridge.

                  This route is the way all the towncars and cabs take from DT Seattle to the airport. It can be much faster than I5 as well. All of us West Seattleite's keep this 'fast back route' to ourselves....just look it up - easy peasy:).

              2. Delancey in Ballard has a cooking class class associated with it. It has been popular, so the classes may already be full.

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                1. re: BallardFoodie

                  Thanks. How is the food at Delancey? Also anyone eaten at Miller's Guild?

                  1. re: In2food

                    Delancey Pizza is great. Chewy and on the quite-charred side; which I happen to like. Essex, their bar next door is very preciously cool - kind of hipster. The Pantry at Delancey just hosted David Leibovitz a couple weeks ago for a book signing lunch, so that says something about quality.

                    Miller's Guild is top notch for craft cocktails and plates.