I'm a NY Area Chowhounder heading to Seattle for the first time with my girlfriend. I've been reading the Seattle board, the Frank Bruni piece, and some random internet sites, and have come up with a possible itinerary. Any comments/suggestions are welcome! Everything is up for reconsideration, though perhaps my last meal is not:
Thursday - Arrive at 11am
Lunch near Pike's Place (Matt's, Etta's ,something else?) - of course I would be willing to travel elsewhere for lunch. Preferably though, I'd want it to be next to something touristy because this will be my introduction to the city.
Dinner - Joule
Brunch at Cafe Champagne
Daytrip - Hiking on Mt. Ranier? Snoqualmie Falls? Any advice on the best hiking or sights for a daytrip would also be appreciated
Dinner - Poppy at 8:15 (Looks amazing!)
After Dinner drinks - Tavern's Law (it's nearby right?)
Brunch - Madison Park Conservatory (is there anything to see or do out this way? It seems a bit far out. Any other recommendations for brunch or lunch near a good area to explore/sight to see would work too!)
Dinner - Book Bindery
I plan on stopping at Salumi at 11 when they open, grabbing sandwiches, then heading up to Lummi Island for dinner at Willows Inn for 5pm cocktails. Am I leaving myself enough time? I'm VERY excited for this meal.
Monday - departure from Bainbridge for the airport.
Questions - Are Book Bindery, Joule, and Poppy a good cross-section and cream of the crop of the Seattle dining scene? Where can I go for killer oysters? I seem to be lacking in this department. As you can see, my preference is for more creative cuisine, with a de-emphasis on Italian because it is so abundant back home. Also - my preference is for a restaurant that is in an easily accessible OR happening area, where I could walk around and grab a cocktail after would be preferred, as I don't have a car and will be taking taxis. But of course! If something is in the boondocks and is worth it, I'll make the sacrafice!
Other restaurant's I'd been looking at are: Staple and Fancy (based on the reviews only, the menu didn't grab me. Perhaps the "Fancy" Menu is worth the while?); Monsoon (for lunch); Mistral Kitchen (looks excellent); and Spruce and Sitka. While Rovers and Crush certainly looked great, I think I'll give my wallet a break and make Willows my only blow-out meal.
Thanks in advance for the advice. I'm very much looking forward to this trip!
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109