I'll be visiting Washington for my sisters for Thanksgiving, but my dad and I are making a drive to BC. We're leaving early Friday morning (at around 6:30) from Olympia and so may or may not need a breakfast spot, maybe some excellent coffee place on the way (we are obsessed with coffee). I am looking for recs on one lunch and one dinner with my dad. We'll probably leave early morning Sunday to get back in Seattle for a brunch, but just in case, might need a rec for a breakfast place as well.
So here are some criteria:
We would rather not do huge heavy meals (we don't eat pork, I personally very rarely eat beef, and at home tend to prepare foods from the farmers market), and am flexible on price, atmosphere... from the vegan/health/organic/local scene to casual to upscale, I do it all. We prefer seafood, but in general, I love most foods. I have a particular affinity for the Cal cuisine, Japanese (esp. sushi), Contemp/New American, globally influenced foods and combining foods in ways you cannot create yourself, I LOVE seafood and raw bars as mentioned, Mediterranean influenced food (which encompasses a lot... my parents are Israeli so I love Med fare, and all things Med influenced...African, Morroccan, French, Vietnamese, you name it.). But other suggestions are welcome, as we love to try different ethnic cuisines.
But a word on ethnic cuisine for this criteria... I know there is a large Asian population, but I tend to dislike Chinese food. Dim Sum is pretty good if it's done well, but otherwise I'm usually underwhelmed. I've had some wonderful shark fin steamed dumplings at a hole in the wall dim sum spot in SF, but I'm not sure if there's a place that replicates that experience :) I like Vietnamese, Thai, and Malaysian food much more, but again if done wrong/greasy I really dislike it... If there are great fusion restaurants, I would definitely be open to trying. Japanese food, though, I absolutely love as I mentioned above.
So far from searching the boards I've come across mentions of:
Salt Tasting Room
Ethopian restaurants (although specific names weren't mentioned)
Whether it be upscale, trendy, cozy, or a hole in the wall, my focus here is just on amazing food that is really just an experience and enjoyable.
Thanks so much in advance!