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Help Me Refine my Seattle picks, please?


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Help Me Refine my Seattle picks, please?

rlh | | Nov 2, 2009 12:55 PM

I have been lucky enough to get to Seattle several times over the past year and loved it every time - my wife is joining me on the next trip and hasn't ever been there. We are staying downtown at the Monaco Wed-Sun. without a rental car, but happy to walk long distances and use public transport. We are from Boston but consider fresh Pacific seafood a top pick - we are likely to skip on upscale Italian or French. Our budget is hugely variable - it's all about value vs. prices.

We love carefully-crafted cocktails, amazing, original food , and casual/smart atmosphere with genuine, even geeky/passionate, service/owners. We often dine at the bar in upscale spots rather than a formal dining experience.

Here's my must-do list so far:

Matt's in the Market (probably lunch - catfish sandwich for me)
Salumi (another lunch and some to go provisions to aromatize the hotel room)
Zig Zag Lounge - Murray is one of, if not, the best bartenders - ever.
Starbucks #1 (both of us are coffee fiends - how can we not?)

Here's are the other options we are considering as well:
Elliott's Oysters
How to Cook a Wolf
Wild Ginger

These are on the margin, about to be deleted from the list:
Dahlia Lounge
Chez Shea

What should I reconsider from these notes (any that have closed? changed hands for the worse, etc.)?

Where is the best cup of local-roasted coffee available?

Where is the best affordable sushi?

Thanks very much for your insights and recommendations - I will report back and am happy to help with anything I can about Boston.


Zig Zag Cafe
1501 Western Ave Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101

Chez Shea
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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