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Chicago Foodies in Seattle--Bday Dinner?

Four of us will be in Seattle in early July, on either side of an Alaskan cruise.

The day we get back from the cruise, which happens to be July 4th, is my wife's bday. I'd like very much to arrange a memorable meal to celebrate.

Initially, I wanted to do Sitka & Spruce, but they are closed for the holiday. So, we have reservations there before we leave for the cruise, instead.

Now, I'm looking for other suggestions. A little guidance: we are four 30-32 year old Chicago foodies, wanting to experience something we can't experience at home. We definitely would prefer something a little higher end, as it is for a special occasion, but it doesn't have to be super high-end or super fancy schmancy in order to be memorable. In other words, special doesn't always mean fancy. However, for this meal, dives would be out.

Typically, we love inventive, local cuisine, and places with a focus on small plates are always a plus for groups.

We wouldn't want sushi or a seafood-focused restaurant, as my wife doesn't love seafood as much as the rest of us.

Any ideas? We're staying near Pike's Market, but we are willing to cab it anywhere.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. I don't know what you can't experience at home as I've never been to Chicago (close to the top of my list for US cities actually) but here is a list of places I like that may fit the bill.

    Spinasse
    Lloyd Martin
    Harvest Vine
    Spur
    Altura

    All a cab ride from downtown

    If you feel a little adventurous you could take the light rail from downtown to Columbia City and eat a delicious Sicilian dinner at La Medusa.

    Don't know if these places are open on the 4th, you'd probably have to call them.

    1. If you did a late dinner to watch the fireworks I'd say call up Westward and see if you can get a reservation.

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      1. re: venice4504

        I would second this for sure. Very Seattle and fireworks too! Here's more info and how to get tickets. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/even...

        1. re: Lauren

          This Westward thing actually sounds awesome! What a great way to end a 2-week trip and to celebrate my wife's bday. Two questions (considering the $175/person price): Will we have a good view of the fireworks? And is the food there good (or is it all about the atmosphere)?

          Thanks for all the replies!

          1. re: emiliewasmyeve

            I loved Westward the few times I went. Food, cocktails, and atmosphere are all good.

            1. re: emiliewasmyeve

              Westward has waterfront seating along Lake Union. IIRC, there are two long communal tables as well as a fire pit with seats around it. You will have a fantastic view.

              And their food was wonderful during my two visits.

              1. re: emiliewasmyeve

                Westward is solid. They definitely go with lighter fare, which is nice when you're out on their patio on a sunny day.

                1. re: GreenYoshi

                  I agree with Yoshi, they're solid and reliable. One of the three places I take out of town business guests for dinner (along with Seastar and Il Terrazzo Carmine).

                2. re: emiliewasmyeve

                  I've liked everything I've had the four or five times I've gone. This looks to be a special menu with paella, etc. so I obviously haven't tried any of it. The chef, Zoi Antonitsas, was on Top Chef one season so you may be familiar with her.

                  And the view from there can't be beat. The fireworks display is on a barge almost directly in front of the restaurant.

            2. At first I was thinking you should consider Tilth in Wallingford. The food is all local, organic, and really creative and NW focused. They also do small plates. The will always have both seafood and non-seafood on the menu. It is only a short cab ride from downtown but unfortunately on the night of the 4th the city's fireworks happen along the route you would have to take - you would have to time your meal to not be in transit around 10:15 when they happen. Better options might be Terra Plata on Capitol Hill - as easy walk from downtown - or Lecosho, which is central downtown.

              1. Good rec's have already begun flowing in. I would just add that our wonderful market's name is Pike Place Market.

                Not "Pike's."