I'll be visiting my sister in Olympia for Thanksgiving, which is an hour away from Seattle. We'll be in Seattle on the 21st for lunch and most likely dinner, the 23rd and the morning and most likely lunch in BC, and the 24th/25th in Seattle again.
We would rather not do huge heavy meals (we don't eat pork, I personally very rarely eat beef, and at home tend to prepare foods from the farmers market), and am flexible on price, atmosphere... from the vegan/health/organic/local scene to casual to upscale, I do it all. We prefer seafood, but in general, I love most foods. I have a particular affinity for the Cal cuisine, Japanese (esp. sushi), Contemp/New American, globally influenced foods and combining foods in ways you cannot create yourself, I LOVE seafood and raw bars as mentioned, Mediterranean influenced food (which encompasses a lot... my parents are Israeli so I love Med fare, and all things Med influenced...African, Morroccan, French, Vietnamese, you name it.). But other suggestions are welcome, as we love to try different ethnic cuisines.
Other things I should mention:
1. My dad is obsessed with coffee, so obviously Seattle is the place to be for that.
2. My sister may be coming along to some of the food places, and she has a 4 year old and a 6 month old... something to consider
3. Any other recs for food (not just restaurants) in terms of markets, stores... we love walking and going into places. I also adore cheese and other specialty items. Anything from in Seattle/BC that you guys thing I HAVE to see being a foodie. For example, when I went to SF everyone told me that I had to go to Ferry Plaza, go to the Cheeseboard, June Taylor Jams, Cowgirl creamery...etc...
And any other helpful suggestions! Thanks so much and looking forward to the recs :)