The hardest part about our visit to Seattle was how many places we wanted to try and, how little time we had to try them. Mr. CG and I were in town for a family wedding. That meant that a lot of our meals were planned and/or catered meals at homes. We were also traveling largely with vegetarian relatives who are relatively disinterested in food as a possibility.
So here are the highlights:
London Plane in Pioneer Square (with the vegetarians) for lunch.
It was perfect. No worries for them about staying inside of their comfort zone and we got to go outside of ours.
Bread was great. We shared an assortment of dips and an assortment of salads, both perfect for them and for us. Far and away our favorites were the red pepper and cashew spread. We loved the red beet hummus, if only for its bright, appealing color. Of less interest was a pine nut, olive and bread dip, which was surprising given that it sounded the most appealing.
Our favorite salad was a kohlrabi and fennel slaw. We also enjoyed a wheatberry (farro?) salad. The roasted and marinated zucchini was least interesting to all of us.
Mamnoon in Capital Hill (with the vegetarians) for dinner.
Also a good choice for the four of us. The grilled octopus was our favorite appetizer. We also had fried cauliflower. The vegetarian relatives most enjoyed the muhammara pepper paste with walnuts. We had a chicken meatball entree that was not particularly memorable.
Gourmet Dog Japon near Pikes Market for just us.
Sheer luck brought us to this food truck/stand - that we almost walked right by -for a late afternoon lunch. I had a samurai: chicken sausage topped with grated radish, Japanese onion and wasabi mayo. Mr. CG's choice was even more interesting: a kilbasa garnished with Japanese seaweed nori, carrots, Japanese mayo, and teriyaki glazed onion. It's called a Matsuri and it is killer good. What a great idea to take local sausages and add lots of nifty Asian toppings.
Macrina Bakery in Belltown for brunch - just Mr. CG and me.
Highly recommended to us, but not all that memorable we thought. I had an egg dish that included artichoke hearts, dried tomatoes and green olives. Way too many intense flavors in one dish. Mr. CG ordered a smoked salmon bialy. Neither of us were thrilled. Note to self: when dining at bakery, order more baked goods. Just saying.
Seatown Seabar at Pikes Market with local friends.
We got some (overpriced we thought) local oysters that were good: sweet and briny. We also shared a bowl of steamed clams and mussels and a lovely dungeness crab BLT. The best thing about this place was our discovery of shrubs: fruit macerated in sugar and vinegar and mixed - in this case - with vodka. It's on my "must-make" list. Totally refreshing, not too sweet.
We were starved when we arrived after our 4-hour flight from Chicago, but when we got there, they only had their "happy hour" menu available. We had some decent creamy deviled eggs and an ok salumi plate. Disappointing by-in-large, but we were very hungry and didn't care all that much. Would love to try again at a better time.
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. Can't wait to go back and try new restaurants, but that was all we could do in a few days.