We had the most wonderful time in Seattle, and, as with the Vancouver leg of our journey, Chowhound helped immeasurably. Highlights were:
Salumi--We arrived on Friday and headed straight there since it wouldn't reopen until after we'd left. This was a true chowish experience. The nice folks who worked there and the nice folks eating there all recommended we try the fennel sausage, which was indeed delicious. We also had this amazing zuccini salad--the zuccini was uncooked I think, and tender and sweet, mixed with rice vinegar, sugar, salt, hot peppers and fresh mint. The chef/owner (Ed?)couldn't have been a better host. He brought us tastes of oxtail stew and a pasta with prosciutto and peppers. A prosciutto like I've never tasted before. And then he gave us a tour of his samuleria. The communal seating is great too--such nice customers!
Flying Fish--another peak experience. Two amazing dishes--a whole fried rockfish, which we shredded, mixed with cilantro, basil, mint and pineapple-anchovy salsa, and served in spring roll wrappers. And a dungeness crab served with salt, szechuan pepper and a vinagrette of lime, chili peppers and fish sauce. A sensational meal.
We liked it so much we went to Fandango, where we had some very delicious things (halibut ceviche, lamb riblets) and some not as delicious (pork ribs, tabasco style paunchos). On the whole, an inventive and interesting place.
Though we were aware of the mixed feelings about Le Pichet, we were in the mood for a cozy little room one night, and it did fit the bill. I had a really perfect cheese plate and a very good plate of country cured ham, and my husband had lentil soup and sauteed escarole that he loved. It was kind of a quirky place, but it worked for us.
Etta's was a little disappointing. There were three of us, and our fish was just ok. My halibut was in a sauce containing jalapeno, which overpowered the fish, which was itelf a little overcooked. A lovely room, nice service...
We had takeout from Le Michou across from the Market and it was just perfect--polenta with spinach and parmesan, a scrumptious bruschetta with goat cheese, pesto and sun dried tomato, chopped Greek salad, marinated mozarella balls.
And by the way, we had a very good lunch at the Experience Music Project (Turntable Restaurant, I think it's called).
What a beautiful city, and it is chow heaven. Thank you for all your help.