Hi Folks, I returned from a great vacation in Seattle and I wanted to pass on my experiences. Thanks so much for everyone's suggestions! Here goes:
-Matt's at the Market: My first meal on Saturday, I had the oyster sandwich and mrs. b had salmon. Delicious. Picked up some 'donut' peaches on the way out. I've never had one and they are great. Wish I could find them here.
-Sazerac: In our hotel, I can't say enough about this place. I had salmon for dinner, wife had Ono. We got married on Oahu so any time we can score some Hawaiian fish, it's a bonus. What I loved about our meal was the simplicity of the preparation. Not oily or too 'busy' with so many different ingredients. I ate here 2 more times during our trip, my first ever room service experience and we got french toast with banana's foster sauce. Yum. Great Hurricanes at the bar, too.
-Etta's: Went here twice for lunch, got the fish and chips first and then a fish stew the next time. Food and service were great on both visits.
-the New Orleans (pioneer sq.): Went here solo and ate at the bar. Had the chicken gumbo and an etoufee' (sp). Not bad but there was only 1/2 a crawdad to be found, mostly shrimp. Friendly place, though, and the music was good. Good Hurricane too.
-McCormick and Schmick: Lunch here, we had a seared tuna app. and I had a fish sandwich (don't remember the name, it was like catfish). Mrs. b had a salmon cake sandwich and didn't like it. She sent it back and ordered a halibut dish which they got right out to us. Great service and lunch was good.
-Malay satay hut: I wanted to like this place. I'm sure it is good, perhaps I just ordered wrong. I ordered the obligatory roti canai but it never came out. My mango shrimp arrived and I wasn't impressed. The mango wasn't very sweet but the shrimp were fresh, plump and plentiful. No big deal. I stopped at Jack in the Box on the way home. We no longer have Jack's here in NY and I have a strange attachment to their taco's (goes back to high school, don't ask). I ordered 2 but only ate 1.
-Shiro's: Great fun and food. We sat at the sushi bar and told Shiro-san to hook us up. We felt like regulars immediately. We had spanish mackeral, smelt, some spicy tuna and eel. A bunch of Sashimi, tried the black cod. Ate all we could, bascially. It was funny, my wife said "what do you have that's real FRESH today? Shiro pulls out a live prawn from behind the bar and my wife is like "put that thing away! ahhh I don't want that!"
-Wild Ginger: Lunch, in the bar, of course. No reservation. I missed beef with all the fish I was eating all week so I had the seven spice beef (I think that's what it was called). Very good..
-Harvest Vine (last meal, sigh): We went here after taking the 2.8 mi hike around discovery park. Great Tapas and wine. I had eggs w/ chorizo and potato. Also ordered goat cheese, the olive plate, smoked fish. Salads. Wanted to try the octopus but had no room left. Took the red-eye back to NYC and ordered a pizza (patsy's) that night. Good to be home but I hope to return to your great city someday. Thanks for reading!
By the way, I drank Seattle's Best every morning during my stay. How do the locals feel about Starbuck's anyway? Here in NY you can sit in one Starbucks and look at another (but that's another topic for another day).