I'm a Boston hound visiting Seattle for the first time in many years. Visiting my daughter next weekend (Feb. 14) who is a student at Evergreen State, and we're planning a Saturday trip from Olympia to Seattle via perhaps Bremerton (Fritz's Fries?) or Bainbridge (Cafe Nola?) via ferry.
Wondering if Pike Place is sort of like Faneuil Hall in Boston; full of tourists who never really get a flavor of what Boston is all about. I work steps away from Faneuil Hall, but never eat there, preferring instead to walk an extra 4 minutes to the North End for some truly unique chow.
(My personal favourite in the North End is Galleria Umberto on Hanover St., which I would thoroughly recommend to any Seattleite who is venturing east)
Here's my question: On a Saturday venture, are there any restaurants next to Pike Place that you guys would recommend? Extra points for maybe a Vietnamese pho place as it will be mid February, but we're open to any suggestions. Thank goodness my daughter is an adventurous eater, so we're open to pretty much any ideas.
Hoping to find a parking place somewhere near Pike Place so we'd be willing to take a brief hike for the right spot.
As an aside, where else in town should we hit before heading back down to Olympia?
Also, is Xinh's in Shelton worth the trip for dinner Friday or Saturday?
Thanks in advance!