We're coming to town for a train convention and won't have a car for a week. I'd love your recommendations and guidance for our eight dinners.
We're staying downtown at the Hotel Murano at 13th & Broadway, and I'm looking for good places for dinner that are close to the hotel (or are easy to get to by bus/light rail or a short taxi ride).
We like world cuisine and places with creative, fresh, local foods/flavors that are quiet enough to converse without yelling. We're not into swanky/expensive food (we're not bringing our dress-up clothes), so casual to upscale-casual works best for us. In fact, hole-in-the-wall mom & pop places would be great, but I'm guessing that downtown rents don't allow for many of these near our hotel. Any place with good wine, cocktails, and/or microbrew beer is a plus, but alcohol is not a requirement.
Normally, we would seek out neighborhood bistros and hidden mom & pop world-food spots, but we're on a tight schedule for this trip (except for maybe one night).
I've done some initial research by reading a few old threads and the Weekly Volcano's restaurant guide. Places that look appealing so far:
- Villa Caffe & Imbibery
- Two Koi
- Silk Thai
- Pacific Grill (menu looks great, but would we have to dress up?)
- Over The Moon Cafe (is the food good, or just the atmosphere?)
- the new Pho 701 Bistro & Bar (has anyone tried it yet?)
If we have time, several places on 6th Ave look good - like Asado, Gateway to India, and Primo Grill - and they seem to be on the #1 bus line. Vuelva a la Vida looks great, too, but I'm not sure we'll have time/energy for the trip.
Also, we need a downtown (or close) grocery store for breakfast food and healthy snacks. Is there anything close to the Murano?
Many thanks for advice and tips!