We are popping up to Seattle for a night (2 whole days) and have time for two lunches and one dinner.
While we are going to do the obligatory tourist-y things (Pike Place, Space Needle etc etc) as this is the first time for us -- we'd love to know which restaurants/dishes the locals would recommend for lunch or dinner. That said, I would like to avoid typical cuisine that I can get at home (pizza, Chinese, Indian, Thai, whathaveyou) unless it is unnaturally good.
I assume the seafood is fresh and good, and would especially love any sort of pointers in that direction. We especially like shellfish. Any special/known dishes?
As far as price goes, I am not a big fan of the 5-star places (I find most, but not all, of such places way overrated, but do remain open-minded) --- would appreciate cheap or mid+ price ranges.
Any thoughts about the local wineries?
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Worth visiting or not so much?
Best espresso place?
Any and all tips are most appreciated. TIA.
PS I am already combing through the Chowhound archives, but would always like to know what is the latest and greatest in the local culinary scene, so please do not direct me to the archives.