I'll be in Seattle (with a zillion other people) for a conference 1/4-1/9 at the Convention Center. I'll be staying at the Red Lion Hotel at 1415 5th Ave. There are no really fine restaurants where I live, and very little even passable food, so I have been perusing the boards (and some links/menus) with more and more excitement and jealousy. Super excited at the incredible options for seafood (blueacre, Matt's at the Market, Pink Door, Seatown, Etta's...!), Vietnamese (Long's Provincial), and other foodie joys (Spur Gastropub? Restaurant Zoe? Marjorie, Palace Kitchen?) and if I can get down there, some rockin' Sichuan, Malysian, etc in the International District. In fact, it's unclear to me why I would do anything in Seattle BUT eat at 3- or 4-hour intervals. I'm throwing my budget out the window. I can NEVER, EVER eat like this at home. It's chains and bulk almost everywhere here.
Two questions: are any of the yummiest, walkable places better or worse for solo dining (since conference-goers have a really annoying way of being unable to make up their minds and ending up at Starbucks as a default), and do I have a hope of getting in without a reservation (eat at the bar? I don't care, just show me the food!!) or do I actually have to make plans and CHOOSE AMONG THESE AMAZING PLACES?
Thank you all even if you don't answer because your posts on the board have been really helpful!