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Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

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!

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  1. Tons of great food in Ballard & Capitol Hill, Fremont has a few good spots. Kinda depends on how far you want to travel. Seattle has great unique neighborhoods, and there are gems in each.

    What's your rough itinerary for sightseeing?

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    1. 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.

      1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

        While you're down by Lake Union, don't miss the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). It's also close to the restaurant hot spot of South Lake Union...I'd break your rule and try Shanik for lunch.

        http://shanikrestaurant.com/

          1. re: sweetpotater

            The boots are for this winter in Sacramento not to be worn for the trip. A souvenir of sorts.

            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

              For boots, and even better, a wonderful umbrella, try Bella Umbrella in the Pike Place Market. There is no 'S' on the end of Pike :) Common mistake that makes you stand out from the locals.

              1. re: gingershelley

                Thanks for the tip. The S was a typo. I am a seasoned traveler and have long gotten over the embarrassment of fox passes. It happens.

      2. Here are a bunch of threads that mention Fremont.

        http://www.chow.com/search?q=fremont&...

        We love that area.

        1. Walkable:
          Revel
          Joule
          Whale Wins
          Blue C Sushi isn't bad in a pinch
          Theo Chocolates
          Agrodolce
          Walrus & Carpenter
          Canlis, cocktails and bar food in lounge (fancy)
          Paseo
          Uneeda Burger ... sometimes
          Besalu bakery

          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.

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          1. re: sweetpotater

            I have forever sworn off Blue C, even in a pinch it hasn't been worth eating (though I've only been to the U Village one). For sushi in Fremont, I go to Chiso.

            I wouldn't say Besalu is any more walkable than Delancey, depends on where you start, of course.

            1. re: sweetpotater

              If you follow some of sweetpotaters good suggestions for Fremont ( a great neighborhood to visit if you stay there or not), I like to suggest people check into the free Theo's Chocolate tour. Interesting, and LOTS of free samples!

            2. Thanks all. I am not sure if I am staying in the Fremont area or not. Is there a good local newspaper or magazine online that has an overview of places to eat listed by neighborhoods? Are there any food bloggers aside from eater that are noteworthy?

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                1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                  If you have a smartphone, the urbanspoon app is good for searching by what's nearby or by price. Places get thumbs up/down ratings, more trustworthy than Yelp.

                  1. 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.

                    http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

                2. To avoid sounding like a tourist, it's Pike Place Market or simply The Market. Pikes does not exist.

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