Seattle put on a beautiful show for this Bay Area chowhound and family. Sunny,nice weather and generally good food. We were downtown without a car, but walk a lot. With two small kids we were somewhat limited but they are good in restaurants and not terribly picky.
Matt's at the Market: We went for lunch. I had the special - halibut with a fennel salad. It was delicious, fresh and cleansing. Not intense, but perfect for lunch. DH had the asparagus salad - he is seafood phobic - and enjoyed the texture of the goat cheese, but wanted more "goat tang." Kids had the tomato soup and loved it. The bean soup on the menu wasn't our favorite and kids didn't like the jalapenos in it.
El Puerco Lloron: Dinner here was very good. We are Mexican food fanatics, and while I can't say it was the absolute best food we had ever had (that is reserved for Las Tarascas in Provo, UT of all places), it was very solid. My husband had the Carne Asada, which was not great, but fine. The carnitas was flavorful and tender, and the fresh corn tortillas, mmmmmm... Kids liked the beef tacos stewed with tomatoes and peppers. Second time (did I mention we loved Mexcian?) DO had the rellenos and was really impressed. Not greasy, flavorful and nice sauce. I was not a fan of the chicken stocky rice the second time we went.
Dragonfish: Stopped in for a quick lunch. Since I can't have soy sauce and they couldn't accomodate, I just had an omelet. Fine, nothing spectacular. Husband had a stirfry - I can't remember which, but it was recommended by the server. He wasn't so excited about it. It was served without the noodles accompanying it, and the waiter didn't notice before serving. The service there was strange. Not really responsive or willing to go the extra mile. Wouldn't go back.
Palace Kitchen: Very solid. My 4 year old is in love with this restaurant and liked the pickled green tomatoes on the hamburger. My fish was excellent, cooked perfectly, with a wonderful green bean, tomato salad with cream vinegrette. DO had the bread pudding which he said was fantastic. Assertive but complimentary flavors.
Thai Ginger: OK thai food. Pad thai was way too sweet, but kids liked it. Panang curry was also lacking depth, but fine for a quick lunch. Liked that they had brown rice.
Pan African Market: Very tastey. Large portions. The groundnut chicken, African sampler, and beef tips were all flavorful and made for a nice picnic at the park in the market. I especially enjoyed the green lentils and DH said the bread was good.
Lola's: We were heading out to Etta's, but son didn't want to walk. We enjoyed the chicken kebabs - really loved those. The harissa kebobs could have been spicier, but were still very tastey, and the salmon kebabs were also nice. The greek salad was solid, and DH LOVED the minted peas. SErver was good, and when he brought out the wrong dish by mistake, he just left it. I hate it when they just throw out the food. So, son and DH got to try the speghetti. Good. Pricey, but high quality.
Zum Zum: Not at all impressed. Flour tortilla does not equal naan, and the food had little complexity or flavor. Not worth the trek from our hotel, but coming from the bay area we are picky about Indian/Pakistani food. Price is good though.
Copacabana: Good for what it is. We had salads which were good. Refrigerated tomatoes didn't suffice, but the vinegrette was good. DH like the vaca fritta type meat on his salad. The kids had the chicken with onions and tomatoes, which they were lukewarm on, but I liked. Not strong flavors, but fine.
Rose's chocolate treasures: Tucked away in post alley, this is a cute little shop. I am a complete choco-hound. We enjoyed the truffles. Not the absolute best I had ever had (I am partial to Rechuitti), but solid. Loved the anise-rose (more anise than rose), and the tomato balsamic. DH loved the wasabi and tamarind truffles. Had an all chocolate breakfast one day - what is vacation for?
Thanks Chowhounds for the wonderful recs and sharing your fine city!