I was hoping to attend a professional conference in Seattle this summer, but it turns out I might get to come sooner: for a few days in March while my wife attends some classes there. I am thrilled, because I've lived in Florida my whole life, and Seattle has always seemed like my dream city. I think I would love everything about it -- the culture, the geography, the politics, even the weather. And of course, I'm looking forward to the food.
If this trip actually happens, it looks like we'll be staying downtown at a Best Western Plus Executive Inn, at 200 Taylor Avenue N. My wife has some mobility issues and can't do much walking, but we aren't opposed to taking cabs for really good meals and experiences.
Meanwhile, while she's busy with the class, I intend to explore as much as I can on foot and via Seattle's famous public transportation. I'd love to take the Seattle Underground tour, unless everyone dissuades me from it.
We definitely want to hit Pike's Place Market at least once -- we love markets like that, and have visited the Reading Terminal Market in Philly and the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Aw, who am I kidding, we'll almost certainly go more than once. I also really want to make a pilgrimage to Salumi, since I love cured meats and Italian sandwiches more than just about anything.
Beyond that, please recommend us some great places in the general area that we can get to easily on foot, or not too far out of the way via cab. Local seafood would be great, especially places that aren't too fancy and expensive (although we'll probably have one splurge meal). When it comes to seafood, I especially like casual, divey places with shellfish and smoked seafood, but I'll eat anything, anywhere -- can't ever go wrong with good sandwiches and burgers.
My wife isn't big on French, Korean, Indian, or Ethiopian food, but likes almost everything else. We also have world-class Vietnamese food here in Orlando (believe it or not), so that's not on our list. Neither of us drink at all, but we have no problem eating good food at pubs, especially gastropubs. And a few incredible places for desserts, sweets, and snacks would be very much appreciated as well.
Any advice would be more than welcomed. Thank you so much, Seattle-ites! I am thrilled about finally (hopefully) getting to visit your beautiful city in a month.