growing weary of hearing how awful the deli and the bbq are in seattle and following the excellent lead a little way down the board, i suggest indicating those areas (and there are several) at which our overgrown lumber town offers world-class cuisine. my initial offerings:
vegan/vegetarian fare - unmatched anywhere i know - vegie bistro (6th/king), moonlight cafe (20th/jackson) - globe cafe (14th/pike) - cafe flora (madison valley) - even many resaturants not specializing in vegie fare can easily accomodate which rarely happens elsewhere
northwest seafood - seems like a no-brainer for mussels, geoduck, razor clams, black cod and did i mention salmon - ray's (shilsole bay) remains my top choice but i have been pleased with cutter's (pike palce market), oceanaire (a chain but excellent) and the local anthony's group.
vietnamese - some of the best in this country - than brothers (several) for pho; tamarind tree (hidden at 12th/jackson) for everything else
"alice waters" northwest regional - union (1st/union) remains the top of this list and steelhead diner (1st/pine) fresh out of the gate but there are many talented players
artisanal breads - sure, no rye bread (to match the no pastrami?) but some of the best chewy, crunchy loaves at tallgrass (ballard) and, wonder of wonders, superb delivered loaves at dilaurenti's and even (gasp!) qfc
coffee - no one does it like we do, eh? (double tall half-skinny unleaded no-foam, please)
local produce in season - no one can match us for plums, cherries, peaches, mushrooms, apples, hops, tulips (not food but gorgeous) and on and on...
comments and emendations gratefully sought....