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Seattle vs San Francisco, and visiting Seattle with no car?

ckshen | Dec 16, 201001:05 PM

Hi everyone on the Seattle board,

I am from the SF bay area. thinking about making an eating trip for the first time to your fine city later this december. since seattle and SF are both on the west coast, there are certain similarities in terms of culture, food scene, vibe. but i am sure there are also some differences. for those of you who has spent time in both areas, what are some of the larger differences in the food scene in Seattle vs the Bay Area? specifically, what are some of the things that Seattle is stronger at that is not so much in the SF Bay Area? Off the top of my head, pacific NW seafood is one that comes to mind. Would love to learn of other specific things that I should try that is not done as well back home.

In addition, is staying within the downtown area without a car for 4 5 days recommended for sampling your good eateries? prefer not to have a car, but if that means i will be severely restricted in terms of eating choices, would like to know that too. i like public transport, but sometimes it is a bit of a pain if it doesn't quite get to where the action is, or if it takes forever. may be as a compromise, a rental for part of the trip?

thanks in advance!

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