The better-half and I will be visiting SEA for a long weekend mid-Nov after a decade's absence and would like a local's perspective on our tentative dining plan.
Arrive late Thurs, three hours behind the time: We'll probably be too tired for dining, but one of my goals is to have at least 20 beers that aren't available east of the Cascades. (Not necessarily in one sitting, but a man can dream...) Is the Tap House Grill a good choice in the downtown area, or should we look elsewhere? I am especially interested in cask ales, if they're available.
Friday: Lunch @ Salumi unless the line is too long; alternate suggestions welcome.
Supper @ Veil or Lark - It took some effort to get the res at Veil, so I'm generally inclined to go, but the website is so self-consciously hip that I'd like some reassurance that the food really *is* that good. On the other hand, Lark's no reservation policy and boisterous background noise makes me hesitant... am i right in comparing it to Avec in Chicago? A two hour wait is not acceptable for a weekend jaunt, but i absolutely refuse to grease the palms of commerce.
Saturday: Lunch @ Matt's or some other venue near Pike Place Market
Supper @ Poppy or Zoe - I like the look of both menus, but lean towards Zoe. How fusiony is Poppy? We've enjoyed Vij's in Vancouver and Indika in Houston, but the better-half is South Asian, and she is exceptionally picky when it comes to Indian food. If the "thali" thing is a gimmick, this isn't the place for us.
Sunday: If the weather is accommodating, we're thinking about a day trip either to Victoria or Mt. Rainier. Otherwise we'll want one more taste of the PNW before our midnight red-eye back to the grind. What are good Sunday options?