Heading to Seattle in June for the first time for my birthday weekend with my girlfriend. We live in Los Angeles and are very excited to finally visit! We are staying at the Ace Hotel and will probably rent a car. I've been reading through the boards and have gotten a ton of valuable info from you guys and my itinerary looks like this so far:
Arrive at 930pm
-Drinks/light food at Rob Roy and maybe Shorty's
-Late lunch at The Walrus and the Carpenter (going to arrive at 4pm to avoid lines)
-Birthday meal at 930pm or so
-Le Pichet for brunch/lunch
The meal I can't decide on is my birthday meal on Saturday night. Places I have been considering: Sitka & Spruce, Spinasse, MPC, Staple & Fancy, Altura...etc
What we typically like are places with small plates or shared plates - in LA, we love Littlefork, The Hart & The Hunter, Ink...more modern/hip places that don't have white linen table clothes and have exciting food. I like to try a lot of different dishes and flavors. Would love to hear any of your opinions on the itinerary and the meal for Saturday night.
Lastly - I'm a huge coffee fan. My favorite is Blue Bottle out of SF, but I also really enjoy Coava, Victrola and Stumptown. I know the last two places have spots in Seattle, but are there any other must try places? My coffee bar in LA serves the last three I mentioned, so if there is another Seattle institution or maybe even a place with siphon bar, I'd be into it.