Elliott’s Oyster House is the frattiest place to eat seafood, thankfully without any Vineyard Vines or fear of getting Smirnoff Iced. It’s best to hang out here with out-of-towners, but it’s also fun to come here and pretend you’re on vacation. Yes, it’s a tourist move, but the view of the water is excellent, it’s a festive place to slurp down oysters, and you can spend a few hours on the patio day-drinking and catching up with friends. If oysters aren’t your thing, the salmon pesto sliders will be.
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Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
Din Tai Fung is a popular dumpling empire that originated in Taiwan and is now Downtown. Good luck getting a table.
Ghost Alley Espresso
Ignore the gross gum wall in Pike Place and make your way to Ghost Alley Espresso for interesting lattes and much fewer tourists.
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Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks is a small shack on the side of the road in Georgetown serving authentic Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches.
Some Random Bar
Some Random Bar is the perfect Belltown bar-with-food to keep in your back pocket for a first date or night out with the gang.
Bellevue Brewing Company
Bellevue Brewing Company is a pretty standard taphouse in Bellevue with American pub food and homemade beer.
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Ray’s doesn’t have the best seafood in Seattle (or even Ballard), but when the sun comes out, the patio here is where you want to be.
100 Pound Clam
The seafood at 100 Pound Clam in South Lake is great. Just know you’ll be eating it next to a screaming two-year-old and a dad wearing Sperry’s.
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
Taylor Shellfish in Pioneer Square is one of the best oyster bars in Seattle.
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