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obsessive east coast chef seeking Seattle opinions/options

michel | Jul 24, 200201:55 PM

First let me say you Pacific posters r gr8. Been checking out this site so long today may not stand again!So on to biz.
Will be in Seattle first week of Sept. on the first leg of our flee America tour. Biggest purpose of trip is to make pilgrimage to Pike Mecca Market. Will definitely be checking out Matts and Market Grill.The Pink Door is that near the market-seems like another must visit.Le Pichet was another oft mentioned place.Do we need reservations there? Is it hard getting around the city-seems like there are many incredible hoods in Seattle. How far from the market is the International District. Will most assuredly be going there for oriental food. Seems to be some dissension regarding Tai Tung. If you were only going to eat 1 Chinese meal would it be there or Ho Ho Seafood. For Thai, I've heard Wild Ginger and Thai Thai. As this will probably be my only visit to Seattle want to get to the ultimate best.There are a few places I've read about that didnt see mentioned. McCormicks Fish House, Cascadia, Saltys on Alki Beach, Fandango, Earth and Ocean and the Ivars. Like any good compulsive, I have buried myself in travel guides and they were mentioned frequently.Hubby will want at least one killer meat meal. Any opinions on Metropolitan Grill. Read about a burger chain Red Robin-fancy Mickey D's or really good burgers.Hubby also likes brew pubs-suggestions?We are spending our first night in Tukwila without a car. Any suggestions for eats within walking distance or reasonable cab fare from the Comfort Inn Fun Center. Unfortunately already have paid for reservations in Lynwood, which seems to be a culinary wasteland. Is there not one good place to eat there. What r the best times to head down to Seattle to avoid rush hour(none)?
After Seattle will be heading to Snohomish and then Port Townsend for boat show. Recommendations for those areas anyone. Will catch ferry-Coho-out of Port Angeles. Any good lunch spots in Port Angeles.Will be spending 1 night in Sidney. Heard aobut Dock 503 any other hot tips for cool eateries?
Also anyone have any suggestions for Salt Spring Island? Will be there 3 days and know about the Saturday market and the artsy fartsy nature of the island, but havent heard much about the food there. They must eat on the island. Question is where.
Oh I forgot-I am a glass collector and read Icon Grill is excellent place to see glass while I eat and I really don't mind pink. Anyone have suggestions for hot shops and glass galleries. Am crushed to find out I wont be able to go to Pilchuk. but will be clam happy to tour galleries.
Last question-traditionally what is Sept. weather like in Seattle. Will a simple rain slicker do or do I need to get out th Nor'wester gear.
Thanks ever so to all you great posters who can help me out.

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