This is the second leg of our tour. My family will be touring the Pacific Northwest at the end of this month by car, starting in Portland with a couple of days in Cannon Beach before venturing northward (I have a previous post for that).
On July 1st, I plan on having lunch at La Tarasca in Centralia, tootling over to Olympia, and then having dinner at Xinh's in Shelton. I was here slightly over a year ago, and was pointed to these fabulous stops by fellow CHers.
My focus will be on good food, regardless of the ethnicity although somewhat tempered by price, since it will be me and my wife as well as my 10 year old son and 8 year old daughter. My kids enjoy good food (hence the price thing) and are adventurous (but don't like hot spice yet). They are well-behaved, so I'm not too worried about making scenes.
So, probably no true intimate fine dining, but upscale casual to hold-in-the-walls are fair game.
And again, if there are raw oysters to be found, please guide me to them!
Comments on where I plan to go are appreciated, especially if kids and the restaurant aren't a good mix.
Jul 2 - would like a lunch place in Olympia or possibly Tacoma that shouldn't be missed. Will probably go to Elliot's Oyster Bar this day.
Jul 3-6 - will be in Seattle, more specifically at the Silver Cloud Inn by Lake Union.
Will spend Friday grazing Pike Place - I think I have enough info from the board to fend for ourselves for the day. Probably go to Steelhead Diner for dinner. I'm not sure if we should head to Matt's in the Market for lunch or not.
Independence Day will be spent shopping (as promised to wife) at the Premium Outlets north of Seattle. Any good places for lunch there? For dinner, we'll probably go to Shiro's for sushi.
Sunday, there seems to be a whole host of places for brunch, so I'm a little unsure of where to go around where we are staying. Suggestions appreciated for this.
Or we could go to Bainbridge Island and hit Cafe Nola.
Would like to go to one of Tom Douglas' places for dinner. Which one is more appropriate with kids?
On Monday, would like to hit either Salumi, Paseo, Baguette Box for some sandwiches - which would be more convenient for us?
Finally, I would like one dinner that either screams Seattle or is just unique in and of itself, regardless of which city it is in.
July 7 - will probably drive up to Vancouver, via Chuckanut Drive to Bellingham and stop off at one of the view restaurants or Oyster bars there for lunch. I'll have Vancouver mapped out already!
Appreciate all the information I've found on the board already and any future help!