So we've had "who's-going-who-needs-a-roomie-who-wants-to-carpool", now it's time for "cool-things-to-do-in Seattle"

John Hudson's picture

Favourite restaurants?

Great shops?

Funky bars?

Best cup of espresso?

Places to buy esoteric musical instruments?

...okay, so I know the answer to the last one already.

dberlow's picture

I'd like to save "cool" for a second, and get the basics down first...

Helvetica-flavored popcorn butter? Affordable criminal lawyer? Most active lava flow? Space needle salt and pepper shakers?
Pocket-sized fire extinguisher? Shortest route to border (Mexican)? Most cmoprehensive view of thr Pacific rim? Replacement knife and lighter? Local judge who likes fonts? Active fault line map? Newspaper with FB fonts? Dog rentals? Garlic store? Hotel with free slippers and winter weight bathrobes? Dentist with offspring or spouse in graphic arts? Taxi company with glass between driver and passengers? Six mafia guys with a refrigerated truck and nothing to do for four days?...and where do they unload the king crab from the boats?

Dan Gayle's picture

dberlow:
I'm investigating the newspapers for you. Let me see...
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's primary fonts are Frutiger, Charter, and Mendoza
The Seattle Times primary fonts are Charter, Walbaum, and SunST
The Stranger uses Century Expanded and H&F-J's Knockout, according to a friend of mine
The Seattle Weekly I don't know yet...

kentlew's picture

> Newspaper with FB fonts?

The Tacoma News Tribune uses Agenda and Whitman Display in headlines -- both from FB. ;-)

> Dog rentals?

I don't know about "rentals," but when I was out there last year for my brother's wedding, my wife and I stumbled across this great doggie daycare with lots of dogs in the window, if you need a canine fix. I think it was on Bell between 3rd and 4th. Somewhere near there.

-- K.

Dan Gayle's picture

Best Seattle insurance company's commercials to watch on YouTube: Vern Fonk

Other top Dan locations in Seattle:

  • Best Burger: (tied)
    • McCormick & Schmick's Harborside on Westlake Ave - A half pound burger for less than $2, who's complaining?
    • The Frontier Room - Others will argue with me, but I believe that their Frontier Burger(/bacon) is the best tasty burger in town.
  • Best Buffalo Wings: Blue Star Cafe and Pub at 45th and Stone. My friend created all of the sauces that they use in house from a secret recipe.
  • Best Philly Cheese steak: Whatever Philly's Best is now at 23rd and Union. The old owner got shot because the place was allegedly a front for a drug operation, but the cheese steaks are Oh So Good.
  • Best guitar effect store: Al's Guitarville. It's up around 175th and 15th, but it's worth finding. They have all sorts of custom/esoteric effects. The shop is good, and the people are cool.
    • Honorable Mention: The Trading Musician on 50th and Roosevelt. They have even more effects and cool old electric guitars and synths and stuff, but they're gonna try to take you for a ride, and some of the guys are jerks.
  • More as I can think of them :)

Dan Gayle's picture

kentlew:
The Tacoma News Tribune uses Agenda and Whitman Display in headlines — both from FB. ;-)

ARGH! You got me. Funny thing is, that's actually the paper I read most because it has the best sports section in the state, except that I read it online!

Dan Gayle's picture
  • Best NFL team: The Seahawks
  • Best MLB team: The Mariners
  • Best NBA team: The Oklahoma City Sonics
  • Best NHL team: The we-don't-have-one-and-it-makes-me-sads
blank's picture

Best NHL team: The we-don’t-have-one-and-it-makes-me-sads

The way attendance has been at Caps games it won’t be long before Ted jumps on the attention your city government is giving him and ships the team your way. Of course, they’ll still be terrible, but at least you guys would appreciate having them around.

ebensorkin's picture

Not cool. Essential. Best espresso : Vivace : espressovivace.com

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&sa=X&oi...

Si_Daniels's picture

Sadly Key Arena, where our WHL team plays, is not big enough for an NHL team. Urban legend dictates that the Sonics were behind that move. I won't miss the Sonics when they go to OK-C or wherever. However when the Jail-blazers move up to Seattle from Portland I'll give them my support.

Cheers, Si

PS did I mention Seattle was the first US team to win Lord Stanley's Cup?

Dan Gayle's picture

I won’t miss the Sonics when they go to OK-C or wherever.
Blasphemer!
Choosing Mr. Allen's team over the Sonics? That M$ blood runs thick, don't it?...

Go Sonics! No, I mean, Stay Sonics!

raph's picture

You guys are making me jealous - I so wish I could be there. Alas, I have an unbreakable prior commitment to spend that week with the family. Ah well.

Is there someone who's going who can get the Spiro demo loaded on their computer? This will be the first TypeCon at which the code is actually released and I'm able to talk about it openly.

ebensorkin's picture

Ralph, what do you have in mind? What OS? Does it matter?

Probably somebody other than myself will be more ideal because I will be shooting photos a lot. But it sounds to me as if more info/context would be probably helpful.

John Hudson's picture

Eben, thank you so much for the Vivace info. Espresso is a Very Important Thing. If you're ever heading to the Vancouver or Victoria area let me know, and I'll point you to the best coffee.

David mentioned king crab legs. I don't know where they come off the boats, but I had a very tasty and highly entertaining time whacking these and other shellfish with a wooden mallet at the Crabpot restaurant on Pier 57. Half the fun on that occasion was the look on the faces of the visiting Indian font developers who had never seen a meal served in this way before.

Dan Gayle's picture

Best Espresso? I'd like to throw in my two bits. The Lighthouse Roasters are amazing. A cup of their drip whips most espressos hands down. Their espressos make Starbucks want to hide their heads in shame.

Dan Gayle's picture

FB font sighting:
I may be wrong, but I believe that Qwest Field, the home of the Seahawks, uses Agency FB all over for signage and whatnot. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, I just got back from a Mariners game, and the price of the beer may have fogged my brain.

And if anyone is interested in seeing a random 4' ampersand, there's one on a garage door over by 40th(give or take a few blocks) and Stone for some apparent reason.

dezcom's picture

I am willing to try all the espresso suggestions! That should keep me awake for all the sessions :-)

ChrisL

vinceconnare's picture

Best chinese restaurant and bar and staff = Uptown China say HI to Yumay for me and if Fred is there tell him Vinnie said 'ah,. you c---' and he'll no what I mean.
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/1/676/Seattle/Queen-Anne/Uptown-China-Restau...

Best espresso: Uptown Espresso
http://www.uptownespresso.net/location.html

Best Steak sandwich or Burger and pint of beer (they have an unfortunate love of the Blues which sometimes is annoying) Bad Albert's Tavern on 5100 Ballard Ave. Ballard.
http://www.badalberts.com/

Best English pub : George and Dragon pub. Fremont.
http://www.georgeanddragonpub.com/
ManU v Chelsea (community shield - it's back already!)Aug 5, 9am LIVE 6pm repeat.

Best ice rink : Olympic View Rink in Montlake Terrace
http://www.olyview.com/
as the name suggests it's olympic size 60m x 30m

dezcom's picture

"unfortunate love of the Blues "

To me, that would be fortunate so I might have to check that place out!

ChrisL

John Hudson's picture

Their espressos make Starbucks want to hide their heads in shame.

Well, that's hardly difficult. Starbucks is like a methodone clinic for people with caffeine addictions. Flavour clearly has nothing to do with it: the fully-automated machines they use actually make it impossible to pull a proper espresso shot

Ale Paul's picture

I will definitly try Bambuza Vietnamese Bistro
http://www.bambuza.com/food.html

I think I m not going from Buenos Aires to Seattle to eat burguers! A lot of crabs and pacific fishes are waiting for me!

Linda Cunningham's picture

If you've never been to Seattle before, you have to visit the Pike Place Market -- it's foodie heaven. ;-)

And for the adventurous with wheels, you can drive to Woodinville (20 miles east of Seattle) to the Redhook Brewery: their Blackhook Porter is exquisite....

vinceconnare's picture

Chris, Bad Albert's (named after the owners former cat)I believe Thursday nights use to have a funny Annie organ woman playing, a teacher. But the weekends they have the Blues.

They might still have Polaroids of the early days and I'm in one pic with a RED scarlet girl (Aimee)near the toilets.

Dan Gayle's picture

Speaking of Buenos Aires, I live right above the Buenos Aires Grill on 2nd and Virginia downtown, a nice, classy joint with great food and a great atmosphere. The people there are very cool.

Dan Gayle's picture

And you can buy an Alaskan Rockfish in the Pike Place Market:

A little butter, and you're all set

Ale Paul's picture

I always suggest people to never try a argentinian restaurant outside of Argentina :(

dezcom's picture

"...I’m in one pic with a RED scarlet girl (Aimee)near the toilets."

Vince,
How did you get such a choice location :-)

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Ale,
I went to an Argentinean restaurant in Virginia and was disappointed. I guess I will have to visit the real ones in your homeland some day to taste the real thing!

ChrisL

John Hudson's picture

Yep, Pike Place Market is great. The cheese shop across the road is excellent, too.

Next door to the market is the South Arcade, which is where those esoteric musical instruments are.

ebensorkin's picture

'Matt's in the market' ( pike place ) has some seriously happening Gumbo. And other fine victuals as well.

vinceconnare's picture

All the pics are by the toilets if they are still there. Look out for Aimee she holds the key!

vinceconnare's picture

best Take away Burrito= Burrito Express in Northgate.
http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/d...

handy burrito = Fremont Taco Del Mar if it's still there near the Lenin statue.
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/WASEAlenin.html

dberlow's picture

"the Crabpot restaurant on Pier 57"

Thanks John, I'll pack a real hammer.

"A little butter, and you’re all set"

...ever notice that fish start to look like the people who catch them?

Si_Daniels's picture

I think Matts is closed for renovations.

dezcom's picture

"...ever notice that fish start to look like the people who catch them?"

LOL!!! Maybe I would look like a big mouthed Bass :-)

ChrisL

ebensorkin's picture

I think Matts is closed for renovations.

I had heard that too but supposedly they will re-open in time for type con. But of course maybe they won't...

robb's picture

-the (tea and) crumpet shop which serves green eggs. up the street from the market, across from a glaringly pink-signed smut theater.

-the best cup of coffee i ever had was in Ballard, some hot rod yellow cafe which is hopefully still there. utterly blanking on the name.

vinceconnare's picture

The best sandwich was probably a place in Pikes Market that served a Meatloaf sandwich.

dezcom's picture

That redhead is one rough lookin' lady, Vince. I would really have to go badly to get up the nerve to ask her for the key resting over her heart :-)

ChrisL

will powers's picture

So where's the best place in Seattle to hear good local jazz? Good bop or avant [or whatever the heck it is called these days]. Just no smooth jazz. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

thanks.

powers

crossgrove's picture

Robb: it's funny; you're remembering the color but not the name of everything. That's often how I remember things. But what about flavor?

If you're lucky you can visit Brighton's best English pub later this year, for authenticity. Meanwhile about that crab.... Does anyone have a sushi recommendation? I'm assuming the seafood will be good all around. John thanks for the crab tip.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Yes! More Sushi!!

John Hudson's picture

Since a few people have responded to the crab tip, I should probably provide a little more information in case people are surprised. Crabpots is not fine dining in terms of atmosphere. It's very kid-friendly and can be quite loud.

You come in. You sit down. They tie a plastic bib round your neck. You order. They lay out a big sheet of butcher paper on the table. They bring you a wooden block and a mallet. They bring a big metal tub of freshly steamed seafood. They dump the seafood on the table. You start grabbing and hammering.

Great fun. Very messy. Very tasty.

Miss Tiffany's picture

I would be interested in seeing you in a bib John.

archer's picture

best sandwich: salumi's

best doughnuts: top pot

for pizza: pagliacci's

for good sushi try umi sake house, they have a fabulous variety! (and a great happy hour deal, but get there early)

for a nicer meal try lola or dahlia lounge (two of tom douglas')...try the coconut cream pie!

at pike's there's a stand on the top floor (near the crepes) that sells hot, fresh little doughnuts with sugar topping of you choice shaken up in a paper bag...so good!!

one more suggestion...if you love asian food or just want to check out interesting produce uwajimaya is the place

dezcom's picture

Jennifer, we are nearly neighbors--well sorta, I live in Falls Church.

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

Best doughnuts in Arlington, Heidelberg Pastry Shop.

ChrisL

Dan Gayle's picture

Eben:
Best espresso : Vivace : espressovivace.com

I have confirmation of this from an avowed coffee snob. I asked, and it wasn't even close. You can rest assured that this is the place.

  • My vote for favorite Asian place has to be Tai Tung's in the International District. My grandparents ate there back in the 60s, so the place has been around a while. I love it!
  • A nice Saké and Sushi happy hour can be found at the Dragonfish Asian restaurant. Cool, hip place with good food and saké.
  • Club Noc Noc has an awesome happy hour. Every Mon-Fri 5 to 9 they have a $2 menu, $2 wells and $1 beers*. Sundays they have 25¢ beer*. (Burlesque on Thursdays too...)

    *Pabst Blue Ribbon beer-flavored-tap-water

Ale Paul's picture

Carl, everything I did these days was search about sushi places. And I should confess that right now I m more interested in crab and rolls than in type.
Nishino, Chiso, Maneki and Ototo are some names to remember when we meet there :)

kentlew's picture

I'll second the Tom Douglas restaurant; my wife and I had a truly fine meal at one of them during our last visit. I just can't remember which one it was (the name). I'm thinking it was Dahlia's -- the one down near the water (on Western Ave maybe?). I seem to remember it's near that Oldenberg-esque inverted-umbrella sculpture. Does that sound familiar to the locals?

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