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Seattle/Portland - Itinerary Critique

cindyum | | Jul 7, 2009 03:40 PM

Hi - My boyfriend and I are going to be in Seattle (4 days) and Portland (2 days), starting this weekend. I've been doing some research on food options, with the goal of trying as many of the great places as possible while still having a fairly relaxed trip. We live in NYC and love the dining options here, but are both born southerners and are happiest with a mix of chill and adventurous dining experiences. Definitely trying to focus a bit on seafood/PNW-style food. Any thoughts/recommendations on the itinerary below will be much appreciated! It's our first time in the PNW, so we're psyched!

Saturday -- we get in really late Friday night and are staying out near the airport that night, with the plan of heading out to Snoqualmie to check out the falls during the day on Saturday. (the rest of the time we're staying in Belltown)
Breakfast - Geraldine's on the way out of town.
Lunch - any recommendations for picnic food that we could grab, either on the way out of town or on the way out to Snoqualmie?
Dinner - we're heading back into the city and have a reservation at Cafe Juanita, but I am thinking of canceling it in favor of something else. (We have lots of great Italian in NYC). Suggestions?

Sunday - Brunch - Spring Hill, then check out West Seattle
Lunch - At the Mariners/Rangers game
Afternoon snack - check out Capitol Hill, Vivace for an afternoon coffee
Dinner - Sitka & Spruce

Monday -
Breakfast - grab a croissant in Pike Place
Lunch - Either Matt's in the Market or fish n chips (Jack's or Anthony's?)
Happy Hour - Elliot's
Late Light Dinner - Spur or Elemental Next Door

Tuesday -
Breakfast - Dahlia Bakery maybe. Anything else good for bfast in Belltown area?
Lunch - grab Salumi and take it to the ferry across to Bainbridge
Snack - the Bainbridge ice cream place
Dinner - with family, and they are picking the place

Wednesday - head to Portland in the morning (we are staying at the Ace Hotel)
Breakfast on the road - thoughts?
Lunch - Pok Pok (no one on the board seems to eat this for lunch, but it seems to work unless someone tells me otherwise)
Dinner - Navarre

Thursday -
Breakfast - Ken's Artisan Bakery or Gravy (which to choose?)
Lunch - Clarklewis
Dinner - Clyde Common (close to the hotel and we're leaving early Friday morning to drive down to Mendocino that night)...

I keep hearing that Toro Bravo is a must-do for Portland, but the boyfriend doesn't love tapas, and I feel like maybe that's something we could get just as good in other cities. Thoughts?

Anything we're totally missing out on in either city? Any feedback is much appreciated!

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