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Old 01-15-08, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by tofferman
Do go to the Pike Brewery, about 50 yards south of Pike Place Market. One of the better breweries that I have visited. Good food and awesome beer.
I find it very strange that you're from Bend and you think Pike is one of the better ones. I think Pike is completely average when compared to some of Portland's local ones and even some of Bend's local ones.

IMO, Hale's Ales in the Fremont area is Seattle's best.
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Originally Posted by El Scorcho
I'd say driving 45 mph in 60 and 70 mph zones (that's 180 miles in 4 hours --> 45 mph) isn't really driving safely at all.
Donít forget the frequently bathroom stops.

Edit to add: D'oh, didn't see Kitty's respond about her kids going to bathroon every 10 minutes.

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Ditto what Superdeluxe mentioned in his first post, but -2 points for not mentioning that the Lenin statue is THE Lenin statue, from the former USSR, and -10 for not telling him that he has to see (and preferably decorate) the "Waiting for the Interurban" statue nearby. The Lenin statue is a few blocks west of the Troll, and you'll practically pass by the Waiting piece walking from one to the other.

I would also add that since the above is just west of the UW, go east over to the U-District (where the UW is) and find Brooklyn Ave. Go all the way south to where Brooklyn dead-ends at Boat ST, and right in front of you is Agua Verde, which is a great Mexican restaurant upstairs, and a sea-kayaking place downstairs. If it's not raining, you SHOULD go seakayaking, you can see houseboats (i.e. Sleepless in Seattle) from the water, much better than you'd see them by driving around.

Oh, and if the barista at the walk-up window at Agua Verde is a woman with short grey hair and black glasses, order a drink, she's awesome. No one else there could make a decent coffee. If you don't want coffee, they make great margaritas. I used to go there after work with coworkers all the time, and if it's a nice day, there's nothing better than a margarita on the deck.


Originally Posted by superdeluxe
Make sure you have a bag of dicks
I'm glad I know you're talking about Dick's drivein, otherwise I'd wonder...

Originally Posted by superdeluxe
Also you can ride the ferry over to bainbridge island, If its a nice day you can see the Olympics.
Take the ferry over to Bremerton instead. It's an hour each way, you get a more interesting trip, and you can walk off and wander around some cool waterfront over there. If you take a ferry to Bainbridge, there's nothing in walking distance.

Originally Posted by superdeluxe
If you are into the outdoorsy thing, you can rent kayak's/canoes at UW water center, and paddle around the arborteroum.
Small qualifier: the UW aquatics center only rents canoes, not kayaks, and if you rent one from them, you can't go west through Montlake Cut to where the houseboats are. If you rent a kayak from Agua Verde, you can see houseboats, a more interesting trip at this time of year.
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
1) There's a waterfront area that was kind of touristy but there was one place that had a mini-museum of weird stuff.
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6) A trendy area called Pioneer Square (I think that is what it was called).
The weird-stuff place is the Ye Old Curiosity Shop that Superdeluxe mentioned. Oh, and Pioneer Square is where the bars and clubs are (that, and Capital Hill); when I lived there, they'd have nights of shared cover charges (i.e. pay some flat rate and get into 5 places).

Originally Posted by El Scorcho
IMO, Hale's Ales in the Fremont area is Seattle's best.
Have to agree with this one. My old church was about six blocks away, so we were always there on Sunday evenings. Great food, too.


Originally Posted by NCMojo
(Along the lines of what kvrdave posted. You know, the kind of insider information that only a local would know.)
Yeah see, you'll have to ask him, because most of us never paid (or were paid) for sex in Seattle.
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shoppingbear, those are some awesome posts.

No, wait... that smilie isn't big enough. Try: <img src=http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/thumpsup.gif height=45 width=45 align=middle>
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Re: School me on... Seattle

Originally Posted by LurkerDan View Post
Eat breakfast at the Hi Spot Cafe.
I cannot second this recommendation enough. We were going to do Hi-Spot on one morning and Beth's Cafe the next but we liked Hi-Spot so much we went back there twice instead. They have a wonderfully eclectic selection of egg scrambles and omelettes and wonderful homemade scones and cinnamon rolls.

While touristy, we both enjoyed The Crab Pot for dinner. Expect a pretty decent wait for a table though.

I thought the EMP was pretty badly overrated.

Walking around Pike Place market was definitely worth it. I wish we had spent more time there.
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shoppingbear, those are some awesome posts.

No, wait... that smilie isn't big enough. Try: <img src=http://images.dvdtalk.com/images/smilies/thumpsup.gif height=45 width=45 align=middle>
Thanks, I never saw this.




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Re: School me on... Seattle

Originally Posted by shoppingbear View Post
I would also add that since the above is just west of the UW, go east over to the U-District (where the UW is) and find Brooklyn Ave. Go all the way south to where Brooklyn dead-ends at Boat ST, and right in front of you is Agua Verde, which is a great Mexican restaurant upstairs, and a sea-kayaking place downstairs. If it's not raining, you SHOULD go seakayaking, you can see houseboats (i.e. Sleepless in Seattle) from the water, much better than you'd see them by driving around.

Oh, and if the barista at the walk-up window at Agua Verde is a woman with short grey hair and black glasses, order a drink, she's awesome. No one else there could make a decent coffee. If you don't want coffee, they make great margaritas. I used to go there after work with coworkers all the time, and if it's a nice day, there's nothing better than a margarita on the deck.
Quoting myself to say I MISS the coffee at Agua Verde. The coffee in Seattle is awesome, SO much better than the coffee in CA. Makes me sad.



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*BUMP*
Before anyone gets mad, yes I have read all the threads about Seattle here in DVDTalk. I have done an ungodly amount of research for our stay next week (no kids). I have very specific questions that were not discussed/answered on the other threads.

1. Weather - it looks like rain every day next week. Is the rain continuous all day or intermittent? Do I have to bring an umbrella or can I get away without one? (I hate lugging an umbrella so I'm hoping I can get away wothout one)

2. Fremont - we are staying near Seattle Center and do not have a car. Is there an easy way to get to Fremont to see the Lenin Statue/Troll/Paseo? I assume that its not walking distance from the Seattle Center. I can't seem to find out if there's a bus that can take us there fairly easily (i.e. no need to make multiple bus transfers).

3. Transportation - do we need exact change to pay? Do they not have those cards that you can swipe in like in NY? Is there no tourist deal where you can have unlimited rides for a flat fee?

4. Ballard Locks - Is it even worth it going there next week (December) or is it out of season? We don;t have a car, is there a bus that will take us from Seattle Center to Ballard? (Ballard is a neighborhood right?)

5. Restaurants - we have plenty of recommendations downtown. However, we need some recommendation in the Queen Anne area. All I know is that there is a food center by the space needle. I would also like to try Dick's drive thru but looking at the menu prices ($1.70 for a cheeseburger; $1.40 for fries) are they like sliders? Should I order 3 cheeseburgers and 2 fries just for myself?

6. Fish & Chips - my favorite lunch item. Any recommendations other than in the Pike Place Market? I thought I read somewhere before that there was a good one in the food court in Westlake Center? There is also supposed to be another good one in the Queen Anne area. I can't find those threads anymore though (they were not DVDTalk threads).

7. Filipino Food - this is a long shot but are there any restaurants that serve filipino food in the downtown and Queen Anne's area? I know that there are restaurants in the Southcenter Mall at Tukwila and there's supposed to be one at the Pike Place Market as well (Oriental Kitchenette).

8. Is Uwajimaya in the International District worth the trip? I'm not sure if its a restaurant or a grocery store or both. Where do I find some good Mongolian Barbecue? Someone mentioned Kinokuniya but I'm not sure if they were referring to Mongolian Barbecue or some other type of food.

Whew! More questions to come I'm sure. Hoping someone who lives in Seattle can help. Thanks in advance.
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Re: School me on... Seattle

Originally Posted by sinned View Post
*BUMP*

1. Weather - it looks like rain every day next week. Is the rain continuous all day or intermittent? Do I have to bring an umbrella or can I get away without one? (I hate lugging an umbrella so I'm hoping I can get away wothout one)

8. Is Uwajimaya in the International District worth the trip? I'm not sure if its a restaurant or a grocery store or both. Where do I find some good Mongolian Barbecue? Someone mentioned Kinokuniya but I'm not sure if they were referring to Mongolian Barbecue or some other type of food.

Whew! More questions to come I'm sure. Hoping someone who lives in Seattle can help. Thanks in advance.
I'm not a local but did spend several weeks (on a couple occasions) with friends out there and felt like I could weigh in on these two items.

I also hate carrying an umbrella. My trips were always in the Fall but I was told the weather was similar throughout the winter as well. It rained a little every day but it was intermittent and I never felt like I needed an umbrella. Simply having a hoodie or a windbreaker to keep the water from soaking in was enough for me.

I really liked Uwajimaya and insisted on visiting each time. It really will depend on how into Asian culture you are. There is a book store the size of a Borders in the building that has a ton of books (many in English and many in Japanese - possibly other Asian languages as well but I only recognize Japanese). Then there is the grocery part that is (imo) huge and is the size of a full grocery store. I found all kinds of imported goods I couldn't locate on shelves in many other places. There is then a gift section with rice cookers, dishes, toys, decorations, etc. There is enough Hello Kitty stuff in that section to kill someone with cuteness.

I easily spent a few hours browsing and shopping - but again - it will depend on your interests. I spent probably 45 minutes just going through and picking out books on Go. I think most of the Ishi Press, Kisiedo, and Yutopian Enterprises catalog was in stock there.


edit: If you are interested in video games there is a cool video game shop called Pink Godzilla which is relatively close (iirc). Pink Godzilla is also in the same building as a Japanese-style karaoke place. That karaoke place has been some of the most fun I have had out with friends. You get a small private room for just your group. A karaoke machine with a ton of songs and you can order snacks/drinks to enjoy while making fools of yourselves in the privacy of the little room. It was awesome fun.
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Re: School me on... Seattle

If you end up in a gay bar while you're there - there's nothing wrong with that, btw - and if someone comes up to offer to help push in your stool, you should politely decline.
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xmiyux - thanks for the feedback, I'll put Uwajimaya on the "definite" list. I can't read Japanese but it sounds like a very interesting place! Didn't know there was a bookstore as well. The place sounds huge (doesnt seem like it on the pics of their website).

kenbuzz - thanks for the advice, are you speaking from experience
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^ no, it's just the standard advice I provide to folks traveling to new and interesting places.

Besides, I enjoy adding posts to randomly bumped out of date threads.
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Re: School me on... Seattle

Originally Posted by sinned View Post
*BUMP*
Before anyone gets mad, yes I have read all the threads about Seattle here in DVDTalk. I have done an ungodly amount of research for our stay next week (no kids). I have very specific questions that were not discussed/answered on the other threads.

1. Weather - it looks like rain every day next week. Is the rain continuous all day or intermittent? Do I have to bring an umbrella or can I get away without one? (I hate lugging an umbrella so I'm hoping I can get away wothout one)
The Rain is usually not hard or heavy, but it does tend to linger all day, Most outsiders bring Umbrellas, but if you have a poncho with head gear it should be good enough. You shouldn't get too soaked.

2. Fremont - we are staying near Seattle Center and do not have a car. Is there an easy way to get to Fremont to see the Lenin Statue/Troll/Paseo? I assume that its not walking distance from the Seattle Center. I can't seem to find out if there's a bus that can take us there fairly easily (i.e. no need to make multiple bus transfers).
The Metro website has it so you can enter in your starting point..and your ending point..and it will give you all the different Buses that you need, I do believe there are direct buses from downtown to Fremont.

website:

http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

FYI, Paseo is closed for the Holidays, Their last open day was December 19th, they won't be back till Feburary.

And Fremont is not walking distance from the Seattle Center area


3. Transportation - do we need exact change to pay? Do they not have those cards that you can swipe in like in NY? Is there no tourist deal where you can have unlimited rides for a flat fee?
You can buy day passes on Saturday and SUnday on the bus, for other days go here for pass options:

http://buypass.kingcounty.gov/

No you don't need exact change, but they don't give refunds either.


4. Ballard Locks - Is it even worth it going there next week (December) or is it out of season? We don;t have a car, is there a bus that will take us from Seattle Center to Ballard? (Ballard is a neighborhood right?)
Yes, there are buses that run from Seattle to Ballard, not sure about Seattle Center, use that tripplanner website I posted above.

But no, nothing really going down there until the salmon are spawning that is in April.


5. Restaurants - we have plenty of recommendations downtown. However, we need some recommendation in the Queen Anne area. All I know is that there is a food center by the space needle. I would also like to try Dick's drive thru but looking at the menu prices ($1.70 for a cheeseburger; $1.40 for fries) are they like sliders? Should I order 3 cheeseburgers and 2 fries just for myself?
Food center within the Space needle is like mall food don't go there. Tons of ethnic food around the Queen Anne area, I hope you like ethnic food.

I use yelp for good recommendations:

http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc...lt=restaurants

Dicks: No they are not sliders..3 cheeseburgers is alot lol.


6. Fish & Chips - my favorite lunch item. Any recommendations other than in the Pike Place Market? I thought I read somewhere before that there was a good one in the food court in Westlake Center? There is also supposed to be another good one in the Queen Anne area. I can't find those threads anymore though (they were not DVDTalk threads).
I found this link over at yelp:

http://www.yelp.com/topic/seattle-best-fish-and-chips

Sunfish on Alki and Pacific Pub Inn, Pike Street Fish Fry, Alki crab and fish co. got several mentions

7. Filipino Food - this is a long shot but are there any restaurants that serve filipino food in the downtown and Queen Anne's area? I know that there are restaurants in the Southcenter Mall at Tukwila and there's supposed to be one at the Pike Place Market as well (Oriental Kitchenette).
There is a place called Oriental Mart in pike place market that servces good Filipino food.

GOod luck

8. Is Uwajimaya in the International District worth the trip? I'm not sure if its a restaurant or a grocery store or both. Where do I find some good Mongolian Barbecue? Someone mentioned Kinokuniya but I'm not sure if they were referring to Mongolian Barbecue or some other type of food.

Whew! More questions to come I'm sure. Hoping someone who lives in Seattle can help. Thanks in advance.[/QUOTE]
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I know it's kind of odd but you can go visit Bruce Lee if your a fan.

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Wow super deluxe thanks for a Very helpful reply! I'll be busy these next few hours going thru the info you gave me! I forgot about Yelp, that may have been where I initially saw some the best fish and chips in Seattle thread. Thanks again!

I'll have to check out if the Bruce Lee grave is easy to go to and not out of the way. Thx for the suggestion.
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If you have good rain gear, something water resistant (a good fleece, for ex), you probably don't need an umbrella. Cotton outerwear would be a bad idea.
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I'm planning to bring my wool jacket (with hoodie), would that work? A google search tells me that wool is water resistant but gets smelly if drenched. My jacket is 54% wool and 29% polyester.
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My thoughts:

1) If you carry an umbrella in seattle everyone will know you're from out of town and will be laughed at. I've lived in the northwest my entire life and haven't used an umbrella since I was 8 years old at the bus stop (and even then I knew that was incredibly lame).

2) Plan on ordering 3 burgers from Dicks, I was just there last Saturday night (to see Tron in the IMAX 3D theater at the Pacific Science Center - cannot recommend that experience enough), I'm no longer a heavy-weight and knocking back 3 burgers and a shake wasn't a problem.

3) I will second that the Food Center is 90% crap food. There's a seafood joint in there that's not entirely terrible, but massively overpriced for what you get.

4) If you're a fan of Battlestar Galactica there's an exhibit at the Sci-Fi museum as well. Unfortunately I didn't get to go while I was up there.

5) If you're going to the Lenin statue do me a favor and urinate on it for me. Not only will you be doing history a favor, but according to cat-law you will own the statue.

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I'm planning to bring my wool jacket (with hoodie), would that work? A google search tells me that wool is water resistant but gets smelly if drenched. My jacket is 54% wool and 29% polyester.
You will get drenched. Don't bring that jacket. Buy another one.
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Thanks for the advice dan30oly. I went out to buy a jacket today but could not find a good one. So I'll just pass by the big REI store there (if I can find it). I'll try to find a North Face store as well. Hopefully, things will be on sale.
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If you can't find the REI find a Fred Meyer. I picked up my last jacket there for about $50 and it does great in the rain.

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