My wife and I are going to Seattle and need a little help. We've been there before but this will be a short trip. Even though we're not going for Bumbershoot I imagine the city will be "a-poppin" as the kids say.
We're staying downtown near the market and I know the first morning will be spent at Lowell's for some oysters and eggs. For lunch I want to try Salumi but I know the lines can be impossibly long. Coming from New York I know that when someone does one thing great (In NYC it's DiFara's pizza, the Shake Shack, the Cake Man) you can expect to wait. I'd read that you can call your order in and then pick it up. Is this true? It seems like a cheat but I'd rather get my food to go and enjoy more of the city. Any suggestions for what to order? I've read good things about the beef cheeks...
For a romantic dinner we're going to 35th Street Bistro. Good idea?
We are also trying to find a place downtown to go for a large family dinner (12 people including four children). We are not having much luck finding reservations as many places won't take that many people at a time we like. We might do Iver's by the ferry terminals but we'd rather try something less touristy, even though I love their chowder. We want something reasonable and close to our hotel (the Hotel Monaco on 4th). We're thinking the Frontier Room as a possibilty (quick and kid-friendly). Any other ideas? Also, in that same Belltown neighborhood are there any good pubs for after dinner drinks where I can sample Seattle's amazing microbrews?
We still have a whole day open for a lunch and dinner (just me and the little lady). We went to Etta's last time and enjoyed it a lot. We're looking for something similar in taste and price.
Of course, we'll fit in some Dick's burgers at some point too.
I wish we were staying longer than three days. It's such a beautiful city. Any suggestions would be appreciated.