Erin in Seattle

October 16, 2008 · 20 comments · Print This Post

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CK and I will be spending a week in Seattle at the end of the month. I can’t even begin to express how excited I am about this trip. Truth be told I’ve never been to the West Coast so I’m hoping that you’ll have some fabulous suggestions for our Fall excursion. So clue me in: what are your favorite restaurants? Where are the must-see sights? Or you can even just point me in the direction of your favorite Seattle area bloggers and I’ll do my own research. Of course, how I’ll possibly tear myself away from Pike’s Place Market for even a moment remains to be seen, but I’ll do my best. In the meantime I’ll be watching Sleepless in Seattle, Mad Love, and 10 Things I Hate About You to prepare.

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1 Aubrey October 16, 2008 at 12:23 pm

If you can get up to the San Juan Islands it’s well worth your time. Kayaking with the resident orca whales is amazing. Or a day at mount ranier is also worth while.


2 Anne October 16, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I love Seattle! We really enjoyed a restaurant called Brooklyn. They have a great local oyster and wine tasting plate. 94 Stewart (near the Market) is also great – try the deep fried avocado with crab.

For touristy stuff- the “Seattle Underground” tour is fun.


3 Karen October 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I live outside Seattle and I still love going to Pike Place Market. When there make sure to go to the original Starbucks and the Sur La Table store. Enjoy


4 sarah October 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm

While you’re at Pike Street you MUST try some Lebanese Whipped Garlic. Heaven!! It’s in one of the indoor vendors, far from everything. I always have to hunt around for it, but it is so worth it. And I concur with Aubrey and Ann. Kayaking at the San Juans is something everybody should do at least once. And try and hit Mt. Raineer on a sunny-ish day. They have a short, easy hike through the giant cedar forrest that is really cool.


5 Ellen October 16, 2008 at 12:57 pm

ahhh! welcome to my second home :]

while you are at pike’s place, you won’t be able to escape the good food, but my favorite stops are Bottega Italiana for some incredible gelato (get it affogato style with a shot of Illy espresso on top.) head next door to DeLaurenti’s, an italian grocer and foodie haven. then there is Le Panier. they make the most divine chocolatines (so much better than the chocolate croissant).

once you venture out a bit it is worth the time to seek out good food. check out Paseo in Fremont for the most fantastic sandwhich experience. Saley in Capitol Hill is famous around here for their crepes. The Art of the Table and Sitka & Spruce are two places with quite the buzz for their northwest style food. both places are pricey but would be worth the splurge since you’re on vacation, right?!


6 Megan October 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm

That sounds like fun! How exciting!


7 k October 16, 2008 at 1:06 pm

i’ve read your blog occassionally, and actually happen to live in Seattle. i’ll second paseo in fremont for great cuban sandwiches. ivars on lake union has a good happy hour with a great view. someone was just talking about a savour seattle tour that they really liked.

i’d take a ferry ride – anywhere. the experience is worth it. the locks in ballard are cool. you could kayak in lake union and see the house boats up close if it isn’t too cold. if you have a car, getting into the mountains is great. mt rainier is incredible on a clear day (although if it is crappy you can be on the mountain and not able to see it). okay, so i feel like i could go on forever… but let me know if you want to know more about anything…


8 zestycook October 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Lucky you – what do you have on your schedule!! I can’t wait to hear how you get along! Keep us up-to-date.



9 Jacki_Onegoodie October 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Pike Place Market is my favorite. Last time I was there, I discovered this Oyster Bar that I had never seen before. It was closed (too early in the morning) but if you do try it, you’ll have to let me know how it is. Have a great trip!!!


10 Michelle October 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Where to start? There are so many great restaurants in and around Seattle. You must check out the Waterfront. It’s touristy but attracts the locals as well. I’m a little biased, but I have to mention The Crab Pot. You get everything you’d expect from the Pacific Northwest – Dungeness Crab, local mussels and clams – in a casual restaurant. If you head outside the city, I highly recommend The Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls. The falls are beautiful and the restaurant is one of the best meals I have ever had (though pricey). Check out Uwajimaya in the International District – it’s a huge Asian grocery store and very much worth the visit. And while you’re at Pike Place Market, go to Beecher’s Cheese. The mac & cheese there is superb. I really could go on and on, but this comment is getting long. Have an excellent trip!


11 Cze-Johnson Carrie October 16, 2008 at 5:39 pm

I already gave you my two cents. I could also give you the drinking tour, or the “places I worked” tour… but I’m suspecting you might just be happier with what I already passed on.

LOVE seattle.. can’t wait for you to go visit!!!


12 JB October 17, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I miss living in Seattle so much!
The best happy hour is Contour on 1st, make sure to try El Camino in Fremont.


13 Allen of EOL October 17, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Lucky you! I’ve only been to Seattle once and loved it. When we move to Vancouver BC next year I hope to visit Seattle more often.

Near Pike’s Place Market there is a great little asian pastry shop called Mee Sum Pastry — it has delicious buns, perfect for a quick lunch or snack.

There’s also an interesting bar/lounge called Chapel Bar – it’s actually an old church converted into a bar. Gotta love it 🙂 The holy water stand now dispense matchbooks. It’s completely sacrilegious but charming at the same time.

We did the tourist thing one day and took the underground city tour. I never realized that the current Seattle is built on top of the old Seattle. They take you underneath the city streets where you can see the old storefronts/sidewalks from the past. Interesting and slightly creepy.


14 EB October 17, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Oooh! Welcome to the West Coast! (Well when you get here anyways). You’ll love Seattle. It’s a fabulous city.


15 Hillary October 17, 2008 at 1:41 pm

My brother moved to Seattle a year ago and I love visiting him! It’s so beautiful there and the food culture is truly amazing. You must go to Pike’s Place!


16 Rachel October 20, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I love Seattle! I moved from Boston to Portland, OR just about 3 years a go, and only made it to Seattle for the first time last year (says more about me than the city, I swear). Definitely check out the international district for unbelievable dim sum. OH and while you’re in Pike’s Place, the Piroshky’s they sell at a little store on the strip are the only ones I’ve ever had that even come close to my Bubbe’s. Then, of course, drink too much on Capitol Hill.


17 julia October 22, 2008 at 1:13 am

I have lived in Seattle for almost 10 years and love the so many things about this city. Here are a few of my favorite stops:

Tilth my all time favorite restaurant. Really incredible, amazing food that’s super sincere.

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream has wonderful ice cream in flavors you won’t find anywhere else. My favorite is the cardamom but the salted caramel is outstanding too.

Fun stuff to do that doesn’t involve food? Well, I’d just the rental car and drive to Snoqualamie Falls It will only take about an hour to drive there from down town Seattle (east on I-90) and it will be a pretty drive at that. If you’re into hiking, plan on hiking to the bottom of the falls for some really great views. When you’re done, have lunch at the Salish Lodge or stay for a hot stone massage at their spa.

I have lots more suggestions too — feel free to email me with questions if you have any. 🙂 I hope you have a fabulous trip!


18 matt wright October 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I have lived in Seattle for 7 years now – here are my suggestions:

Avoid Pikes Market. It’s a tourist trap. If you do go, make reservations at a restaurant called “Matt’s in the Market” for lunch.

Instead of Pikes, go see either the University District farmers market on Saturdays, or the Ballard Farmers market on Sundays. That will give you far more of an idea about what Seattle food is about.

As for restaurants:
Le Pichet – French bistro, great for lunch
Harvest Vine


19 Linda October 28, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I live in a suburb of Seattle. We have great food here. I second all the previous recs and add Sitka & Spruce. Tiny little place with a lot of great food!
Check out Seattle Times Living section. I’m a big fan of their food columnist Nacy Lesson. She’s always trying great new places.
I hope you enjoy your visit and look forward to hearing about.
PS I literally stumbled on your blog today!


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