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Seattle -- resto guidance and recommendations requested

vancouveriste | Apr 24, 200607:45 PM     19

Hello Seattle Chowhounds,
My partner and I are headed to Seattle during the second week of May for a 3-day escape. We want it to be relaxed and casual, so no dressing for fine dining this trip.
We'll be staying at the Watertown Hotel near the University.
I've sketched out an itinerary, based on research on this board and a few other spots on the internet. That said we are open to serendipity and would greatly appreciated suggestions and guidance as we don't often get down to your city.

We'll be leaving on a Tuesday, plan to have breakfast in Bellingham, and arrive in Seattle early enough to have lunch at Salumi, which is the only can't miss eatery on our list.

In the evening we'd like to have dinner near our hotel at are thinking either Piatti or Blue Onion Bistro. Although Piatti is part of a chain, it seems attractive.

We're headed to a Mariners game on Wednesday afternoon, with seats right over first base. Unlike my husband, I've never been to a major league ball game. He and various people we know insist that the food at the ballpark is really good, especially the garlic fries and bratwursts. I'm willing to eat ball park food to get the full major league experience, but I'm wondering what you would recommend?

After the game we'd like to have a casual dinner, probably after spending some time at the Pike Street market, so we're thinking either Etta's or Matts at the Market. Any other suggestions?

Thursday morning we will borrow the hotel bikes and ride either into the university to take a look at Husky Stadium or else over to Green Lake.

In the mid morning we plan to head to Fremont, where we'd like to have lunch at Persimmon, or something like it.

I'm hoping to make a stop at Theo Chocolate at 3400 Phinney, or possibly Essential Baking to look for brands of ethical chocolate we don't get up in Canada. Are there other chocolate sellers/makers that are worth checking out?

We are also hoping to stay in Fremont for dinner, and are considering either Ponte Vecchio or 35th Street Bistro.

On our way home on Friday we plan to stop at Music Experience, and have lunch in Seattle Center. The Palace Kitchen menu looked ideal, but it seems they aren't open for lunch. We've head okay reviews of the Turntable restaurant in the Music Experience, but aren't sure it would be any better than average.

What else in the Seattle Center neighbourhood might be worth checking out for lunch?

My last question is coffee? What small, local roasters should we keep a lookout for? We are espresso drinkers.

Thanks for any help and advice you can give.

Link: http://www.vancouveriste.com

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