My first trip to your lovely looking city, coming from Minneapolis. Traveling with the relatively food adventurous and pretty mature 17 year old son to follow the (very bad) MN Twins play the (very bad) Seattle Mariners in August. Hey, at least we can get seats, and as a bonus we have tickets to the Sounders game on that Saturday against the Whitecaps. No MLS team in MSP, so we are excited.
Staying at the W right downtown on a good rate, no car as you have awesome (though incredibly varied) public transit. I actually love varied public transit to explore with, so I'm excited and if I can find a train/streetcar/ferry to take us to your destination, its all fair game, as are pretty reasonable walks.
Hoping the chow community can give some advice on a couple of areas. Obviously not looking for the romantic settings or the 21+ clubs -- just some place a dad and son can get good but possibly interesting food. We both love fresh seafood, sushi, thai, junky bar food, and regional specialties. We don't need recommendations for your most outstanding hot dish or lutefisk place....got those covered here in the heartland.
1) Obviously any gems in the downtown core, or any tourist traps to avoid. I'm looking at Pike Place skeptically, but happy to have you tell me I'm totally wrong -- though of course we'll go see it regardless. I do need a good place for oysters, as the young lad isn't there yet, but I love Kumamotos and we get them out here but on an irregular basis. So I must have some....maybe more than some.
2) On Saturday we have the Sounders at noon and the Mariners at 6:00. What is the best place to eat in between games? We will be in Sounders jerseys by that point I'm sure, so nothing upscale.
3) Anything that is interesting near the space needle, aquarium, or that we could take a ferry to, since I'm sure we'll do all those things.
Thanks so much chowfolk! Very much appreciated for any advice.
PS -- I foolishly signed up for the Lake Union 10K that weekend as well, since it looked fun. Well, fun before you wake up at 6AM on vacation and actually have to run. If you see a guy in a Twins cap looking lost, happy to say hi! The pancakes afterwards look promising!