I visited Seattle for the first time July 4th weekend and then returned this past week July 21-25.
Dahlia Lounge - A solid restaurant with tasty food but very overpriced for what it is. It is not an extraordinary place, just very good. Given it had won a James Beard award I was expecting better. They goatcheese salad was a small wedge of goatcheese and a couple of sprigs of greens for $9.50!!!! My companion had the small fish appetizers and he was very disappointed by the anchovy which he said tasted like something out of a can. My crab cakes were very good, and contrary to some other guy who posts on here, I loved the coconut cream pie. I would eat here again but I do think it is overpriced.
Flying Fish - I loved this place. Everything I had was very tasty and delicious and different. I started with the caesar salad which had a great dressing and croutons. The menu is such that you can get 2 or 3 appetizer small plates and have a great meal or you can get entrees so it's nice to have that variety and choice. After the salad I had the smoked shrimp springrolls which were piping hot, very crispy and mildly spicy. I wish they had given more dipping sauce but they were really delicious. Then I had the grilled bronzini which was magnificent, a nice smoky grilled flavor. Really enjoyed this dining experience.
Macrini Bakery - has delicious scones and other baked goods and a great brunch on Saturday and Sunday. During prime time you have to wait for a table but it's worth it. The staff can be spacy and slow but the food is first rate. I'm surprised I haven't seen this place mentioned on here, it's superb. A famous chef friend of mine recommended it to me and I love it.
Etta's - I had the corned beef hash and it was very tasty with an extra kick from jalepano peppers. One problem in Seattle for people from the East Coast as far as breakfast/brunch goes. THEY DON'T HAVE BAGELS AND CREAM CHEESE! So if you are in the mood bring your own.
LOWELL'S - a great view and average food with not so great service and the young lady who was cashier was somewhat surly with me unlike most in Seattle who are very nice. I had the shrimp and chips and it was perfectly acceptable although the cole slaw was completely without character. It almost tasted as if they just shredded some cabbage into a cup.
A TIP FOR HARBOR CRUISES - If you are interested in a Harbour Cruise you can get tickets for half price at the booth in Pike Market. That was a very pleasant surprise for me because in NYC you can only get tix to theater and performing arts at those booths but here you can get tix to harbour cruises by Argosy, including some dinner cruises!
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