Okay, so this is a little overdue, but we ate very well in Seattle, thanks for all the tips!
Dahlia Lounge -- really liked this place a lot, a great unfussy dinner our first night in town. We were too full for dessert so we returned the next night for dessert. Also excellent. And the following day stopped by Dahlia Bakery--got a slice of "world famous" coconut cream pie, didn't eat it until the next morning. It was good but the hype was through the roof, so... Also got a chocolate butter pecan sandwich cookie which was amazingly delicious.
Le Pichet -- another dinner at a well-regarded French bistro was very nice, good housemade charcuterie, good wine, reasonable prices (thanks, Zataar)
Long Provincial Vietnamese -- a downtown spot by the owners of Tamarind Tree, a popular spot in the International District, I guess. Given the name ("provincial") and the above comment about Seattle Vietnamese, I had higher expectations. I should have known better eating downtown. Food was fine to good, but didn't seem to sparkle or surprise like I would have guessed.
Absolutely loved The Crumpet Shop, I don't know why crumpets haven't caught on. I do get them at Hy-Vee once in a while and enjoy them, but these were really fantastic. It's amazing what they can do with a microwaved egg. I'd never have guessed. Lovely spot for a quick breakfast bite.
Le Panier is a madly busy French bakery in the Market that seems way overrated. It was okay, and I'm pretty picky about my French bakeries in order to really give high praise. Didn't seem worth the wait in line to me. Macarons were a far cry from the delights we sampled in Tampa recently.
We made a stop at Armando Batali's Salumi, despite being nearly sure it couldn't live up to the hype heaped upon it over the years. It was a last-minute decision and we got there 15 minutes prior to the 4:00 closing time. The sign, in fact, said closed, but the door was unlocked. A surly waitress screeched, "Didn't you see the sign?" to which I responded, "You mean the one that says you're open until 4:00?" Apparently they closed because they were out of bread. Uh, that's not what we came for. Despite the rudeness, I wanted some salami, so we bought a fennel and one other one. We didn't cut them open until back home, but I must say, these were among the finest salamis I've ever eaten. Definitely worth a trip, rudeness and all.
Lunches were fine. One was at Ivar's House of Clams, a touristy spot down on the sound that served a nice salmon chowder and fish and chips with a surprisingly delicate touch. Better than it has to be as its reputation ensures big-time business. The other was on Bainbridge Island at a place called Cafe Nola. Cute spot, food was fine, not a destination for the food, but seemed like a pretty nice room and very thoughtful bar if your lunching on the island. Note: had some very poor ice cream at a fancy looking place called Mora, also on Bainbridge ("ice cream...as it was intended"). Uh, I don't think so. I threw half my cone away, and I don't ever remember having done that.
Only other place I recall for eating was Top Pot Doughnuts, which seems to be a big local hit (doughnuts are big here, apparently), but I thought they were pretty mediocre.
For drinks, I made a solo stop at Zig Zag Cafe. The famed Murry was not behind the bar, but whatever young fella he had trained was in fine form. Again, was it the pinnacle of cocktail culture, well, no. But you can sure get a damn fine drink, there is great respect for the craft behind the bar, and some really fantastic spirits back there as well.