Hi, Seattle area Chowhounds! I have poured over many of your posts and am working up an itinerary for a long weekend in February. I'm coming up from San Francisco with my mom for her 60th birthday - a mother daughter weekend of food, sights, and probably shopping. We love good food (who doesn't) and appreciate use of local, fresh products. Love oysters, beer, and cocktails. We are staying at the Sheraton downtown, for reference. This is the first time in Seattle for both of us. I'd be happy to hear any feed back on my rough plans below:
arrive Friday noon (set)
* lunch: Salumi - split sandwich for late lunch and buy some meats for home
* happy hour: Elliott's Oyster House - arrive between 3 or 4 for progressive oyster happy hour
* dinner: any suggestions for something light not too far from the Sheraton?
* lunch: Pike's Place Market - stroll and snack late morning into early afternoon - What are some of the best things to hit up? Is it worth it or necessary to get a reservation at Steelhead Diner?
* happy hour: Zig Zag or Bathtub Gin - late afternoon cocktail after Pike's Place Market and head back to hotel to spruce up for dinner
* dinner: Spinasse - we have chef's counter reservations for the big birthday dinner. Is this worth it and a strong option for a "nice" and interesting dinner?
* lunch: ???
* happy hour: ???
* dinner: The Walrus and the Carpenter
* breakfast: Petit Toulouse for "happy hour breakfast" - saw this on Best Thing I Ever Ate...what do you all think? Then shopping and strolling in Queen Anne neighborhood.
* lunch: ???
leave to the airport mid-afternoon
I could use your advice on:
1 - Any suggestions or thoughts on the above in general are welcome.
2 - Will any of the places be not quite age appropriate for my mom? She's 60 and can feel a bit out of place in very hip or young bars and restaurants. Zig Zag? Bathtub gin?
3 - Are we missing anything major? Not renting a car, and mom isn't huge on public transpo, so not venturing too far in general.
4 - Is Walrus/Carpenter worth going out of our way or are there other good things nearby?
5 - I'm sure there are a lot of answers to this one: Where to go for a good cup of coffee and to feel very "Seattle"...?
6 - What else should we try to visit? Any particular specialties to seek out?
7 - The Brooklyn also sounds good, but I'm not sure how to fit it in.
8 - Do we need to try for fish and chips on the water? If so, where?
Thanks for any thoughts and info you can share!
95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101
Zig Zag Cafe
1501 Western Ave Ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA
Elliott's Oyster House
1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
Queen Anne Cafe
2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104