I inquired for a short trip to Seattle and here is my report:
Clam Chowders - did a head to head tasting between Jack's Fish Spot's northwestern style chowder and Pike Place Clam Chowder. Jack's had a thin broth, loaded with potatoes, and with a distinct thyme flavor. But compared to Pike Place Chowder, it was almost flavorless. PPC had a very thick, creamy, almost buttery flavor to it.
Etta's - We had the Rubbed with Love Salmon; the "Thai fried chicken salad, green papaya, peanuts, plum sambal, nuoc cham"; a ravoli dish; and the "Dungeness crabmeat salad, watercress, avocado, lime vinaigrette". The salmon, although served medium rare, was dry. It needed a sauce or something. The crabmeat salad was pretty good. I was told the thai fried chicken salad was very good.
Happy Hour oysters - At Elliot's. We did the progressive happy hour. $0.50/ea at 3pm, $0.20 more every half an hour. Although they have about 5-6 different oysters per day, only one oyster is available for the happy hour. We had a dozen Effin-something oysters from BC, which came with a mignonette 'granita'. Also the fried calamari, which wasn't so good.
Salumi - got there at 10:40am, there was already four people waiting for it to open at 11. Had the porchetta sandwich "Salumi's tribute to the pig. Pork butterflied and stuffed with our own sausage meat and spices". Pig stuffed with pig. How can you go wrong? Also tried the meatball sandwich. Very coarse ground meat it was a bit of sinewy. Plate of various cheese came with mozerella, gorgonzola, and provolone.
Red Mill Burgers - I heard about this on a list titled "20 burgers you must eat before you die". It was number 17 or something. Had the Double Bacon Deluxe w/ Cheese. This was a great burger! Possibly because we all shared it, and didn't eat one each like total gluttons.
Thanks Seattle! For any tourists, do the Underground Tour, and see the Usami Noguchi exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum!