I'm heading to Vancouver and Seattle for my 30th. A few notes that might help illustrate where I'm coming from:
- Coming from LA, I love great artisanal cocktails. I've been to most of the good cocktail bars in LA, and love most of them. I'm looking for well-balanced, well-made cocktails, typically (though not exclusively) with dark spirits, like bourbon or whiskey.
- I'm a chef for a profession, so I tend to enjoy interesting food. That's not necessarily only the fancy food, but just really well made, delicious food. Obviously a couple "nice" meals would be great for my birthday, but that's far from all I'm looking for. I like "interesting food," so for example a delicious off-cut of meat prepared well would be more interesting to me (generally) than a well cooked braised short rib (though both could be great!)
- I'll be staying at the Westin Seattle on 5th Street, and won't have a car. I'm not sure what the cab situation is, but certainly being close to that location is preferable, but nowhere near mandatory.
So you all don't feel like I'm asking you to do everything, I've done extensive research, including on Chowhound, and many other places. I've heard about and am considering most of Tom Douglas' restaurants, Canlis, and quite a few others.
I'd love places that speak to Seattle's specific culinary perspective, but in general I'd love just great food. To put it in perspective, I really have only limited interest in truly "sight-seeing," since my favorite things are enjoying food and good cocktails (and wine). If there are must-see locations, I'm completely game for them as well.
My vacation is going to be the 2nd week of November (from the 8th to the 10th), and I can't wait to experience everything you guys have to offer. Any help making sure it's as special as possible would be helpful.