Before arriving in Seattle, I scoured past posts and made lunch reservations for Elliott's and Tilth and had plans to do a coffee run. I've been to SEA before & have had Salumi, Matt's in the Market, Palace Kitchen and a few others (we once went to a Mariners game & you guys have surprisingly good stadium food). I enjoy partaking in your PNW cuisine. However, due to scheduling limitations, my dining hopes were downscaled on short order. Here is my SEA chowish (and not so chowish) recap.
ELLIOTT'S OYSTER HOUSE
The highlights of my trip were Elliott's Oyster House and Stumptown. As some threads suggested, we sat at the oyster bar and asked for suggestions. This resulted in a mixed dozen oysters (sweet, briny, small and large). I don't remember what I got (one of them was Eagle Creek), but I LOVED the variety (I believe they had 24 different oysters). They served the oysters with a champagne granita with which to top the oyster...and that was subtle, but really nice. No tabasco or horseradish necessary. We also had the garlic mussels...OMG, they were the most plump and succulent I've ever had and we finished off with a cup of oyster chowder which had two large, briny and delicious oysters. The oysters here alone can nearly move me to Seattle; for my next visit, I'll have to time it so I can enjoy Elliott's during happy hour.... $55 for 2, pre tip.
After lunch, I stopped off at Stumptown to get souvenir beans. I bought four bags and they gave me a free cup of iced coffee. When coffee is good, I drink it black; it's unnecessary to dumb it down with cream, sugar or other additives. The iced coffee was cold-brewed overnight and it was earthy and full without being sharp or acidic. It was really nice and the staff there are friendly and helpful. Another reason to move up to Seattle. $55 for 4 bags of coffee.
After Stumptown, we saw Uwajimaya and had to stop to take a peek. If you're familiar w/Southern California's Asian markets, Uwajimaya is a blend of 99 Ranch and Marukai. While they carry mostly Japanese items, there's a nice mix of Chinese and southeast asian products. There's a bookstore, a fishmarket (Chinese style, with fish in tanks), a bakery section with sweets from all over Asia, kitchenware, a (seasonal?) chestnut vendor and a nice selection of produce. Prices seem fair and the variety exceptional. A great place to go to if you ever need to make an Asian picnic basket.
Boom Noodle was a last minute decision. We were at Bellevue Square and my host had never been to Boom Noodle and I wanted to avoid national chains which surrounded us. In my research for SEA eats, I never saw a mention of Boom Noodle (good or bad) so we opted here. They serve Japanese fusion. We had a spicy noodle dish, zaru soba and potstickers. The spicy noodle hit the spicy craving spot; the cold soba dish while not completely authentic was a bit past al dente but good (not great); and the potstickers, while good with soy sauce, were presented with another fusion style sauce that I didn't "get". While this restaurant isn't completely chowish, it was interesting; and enough so that I'd wouldn't mind eating here again if I happen to be in the immediate area. Just a note: it turns out that their restroom is a few levels above, going thru darkish passages and doors; safer to go in pairs for women & children...and the journey to the restroom is definitely not ADA friendly. $33 after tax & tip.
BLUE C SUSHI
Boom Noodle and Blue C Sushi were not the same day. The Tilth brunch post wasn't overwhelmingly pro-Tilth, so I cancelled my Open Table reservation and we headed back to BS for a last minute purchase. And we were hungry. Like Boom Noodle, I didn't see any posts on Blue C Sushi and my host hadn't tried them before so we gave it a go (instead of opting for the chains). If you like specialty rolls, this place fits the bill. During our late lunch, selection was limited. There were sesame noodles (meh), salmon nigiri (decent), spicy tuna rolls (no thanks), california rolls (surprisingly good), spicy tofu (meh), and squid nigiri (okay). It wasn't bad, but it's not a place I will go to again (and it's not for nigiri sushi aficionados). $50ish for 2, before tip.
Thanks all for your help & suggestions. Unfortunately, timing and lack of time played a huge factor in my meals out...but was extremely happy to have eaten at Elliott's & gotten beans from Stumptown. Thanks all! =)