Memorable Sunday lunch in seattle
August 9, 2014 3:30 PM   Subscribe

I'm in Seattle with my girlfriend for a wedding. It's her hometown, but she hasn't lived here in about eight years. We unexpectedly have some free time for lunch tomorrow (Sunday) in or near downtown Seattle. I'd love to take her somewhere fun, with great, interesting and/or memorable food - surprise her with something. Any recommendations for a last minute Sunday lunch? We eat everything and any price is fine. Thanks!
posted by traveltheworld to Travel & Transportation around Seattle, WA (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed Anthony's on the Pier last time I was there. Delicious seafood. More of a nice restaurant with a great view, than a 'fun' place, though.
posted by hydra77 at 4:51 PM on August 9, 2014 [1 favorite]

The 5 Point Cafe is a great mix of diner and pub, personal favourite. Also Ivar's seafood bar, on the waterfront. Bonus: order shouting.
posted by Alex Voyd at 5:01 PM on August 9, 2014

For interesting Vietnamese food beyond pho and banh mi, Green Leaf is fabulous. Both the Belltown and International District locations are within walking distance. Belltown will likely be less crowded on Sunday.

Lola is downtown and will be open for brunch on Sunday. Tom's big breakfast (includes octopus) is one of the more memorable brunch items I've had.

If you're willing to venture out a bit and drive from downtown Seattle, and deal with the traffic/parking issues with the Ballard farmer's market, Pestle Rock in Ballard does terrific Isan Thai food, which may be unusual, depending on where you're coming from. A bonus is that Pestle Rock is fairly close to Hot Cakes, which is dessert heaven, from cookies to molten chocolate cakes to boozy shakes.

Another unusual Thai gem a short drive from downtown is Mai Thaiku in Phinney Ridge.

Also, for some reason, the majority of restaurants that are open during the day on Sunday in Seattle are open for brunch, not lunch. If you're open to brunch, that will open up a lot more options than lunch-only.
posted by creepygirl at 5:23 PM on August 9, 2014

My top four brunches in Seattle:

Sunday Jazz Brunch at Serafina.

Salty's all-you-can eat brunch buffet.

Hi-Spot Cafe

Marination Ma Kai
posted by oxisos at 5:41 PM on August 9, 2014

Long Provincial Vietnamese.
Maximilian's for the view.
posted by brookeb at 6:17 PM on August 9, 2014

Salty's get on it.
posted by Freedomboy at 8:32 PM on August 9, 2014

Ivar's Salmon House Sunday Brunch.
posted by Jacqueline at 9:47 PM on August 9, 2014

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