Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start
- free sample addict aka Tracy L Jul 26, 2014 06:36 PM
On a whim I bought a cheap flight to Seattle for 6 days/5 nights. I am have reserved a place in Fremont to stay just in case my options are limited closer to my trip. After reading the reviews on this board and other internet sources I am a bit overwhelmed. I have a rough idea of an itinerary for sight seeing, but need some guidance as to where to start looking for places to eat. For the most part I stick to bargain spots to eat with one big treat/spendy spot. I will be visiting from 9/12 - 9/16. Any advice on periodicals, guidebooks, blogs, web sites that will give me a snapshot or an overview of restaurant offerings in the Seattle area? Thanks!
re: babette feasts
I usually play a lot by ear when traveling. I want to see Pikes Place Market, the Chilhuly Garden, the observatory at Columbia center, the wooden boat center, ferry ride and outdoor walks in places like Washington Park. I am also meeting up with a friend's brother for some sightseeing. I need to shop for rain boots too. I plan to do Pikes, Chilhuly and the Columbia center on a weekday when there are fewer tourists. I prefer to pack snacks and a lunch with me and save my $$ for dinners and other travel expenses.
Blue C Sushi isn't bad in a pinch
Walrus & Carpenter
Canlis, cocktails and bar food in lounge (fancy)
Uneeda Burger ... sometimes
A walk with bites at Golden Beetle, Pestle Rock, Ocho, D'Ambrosio Gelato
Not walkable, but Delancey in Ballard is my favorite pizza. Next door, Essex for cocktails.
A walk through Capitol Hill starting with bites at Taylor Shellfish, Terra Plata, Mamnoon.
Eater Seattle is helpful.
re: babette feasts
In terms of apps, I like Eater blog's app.
It gives you their "Essential 38 Seattle Restaurants" on a map, as well as other "Hot" places.
I think Eater can be a little too hype heavy about new places at times, but their set of places to eat isn't a bad place to start.
You can search advice right here on the Seattle board by neighborhood. I always suggest people create a google map of where they are visiting and 'pin' places to it that sound good to you, and then just have that on your phone to help you navigate anywhere you happen to be.
As for your visit to Chihuly, it might be nice to plan on breakfast or HH at Lower Queen Ann's Toulouse Petit. Well priced, interesting options and a fun atmosphere.