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Dining: The Foodening Rev. Edition (aka- Where to eat at PAX?)

LoonyEclipseLoonyEclipse WWHRD?Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
edited July 3 in PAX West
Hey y'all.

For us out-of-towners, where do y'all recommend as dining spots while at PAX?

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  • Captain Ironsides Captain Ironsides Registered User regular
    I'm curious about this as well. Granted I've been to Seattle several times, though it's been years, I don't remember the names of any places I've eaten except for Gourmet Dog Japan (my favorite hotdog place that is sadly closed down).

    There is a nice restaurant down the street and around the corner from the convention center on E. Pike St. I visited in 2009 (it might be "The Honey Hole", but I'm not sure). Pike's Place Market is also a great place to shop for food, although I don't remember if they serve any cooked food and you might need to cook it yourself (if you stay at the Green Tortoise Hostel, for example, they have a kitchen for guests to use). I think The Cheesecake Factory, across from the convention center, also has dining options if I'm not mistaken.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful, and I hope others come up with some suggestions besides fast food (there's a lot of that, too).

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  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited July 4
    I'm curious about this as well. Granted I've been to Seattle several times, though it's been years, I don't remember the names of any places I've eaten except for Gourmet Dog Japan (my favorite hotdog place that is sadly closed down).

    There is a nice restaurant down the street and around the corner from the convention center on E. Pike St. I visited in 2009 (it might be "The Honey Hole", but I'm not sure). Pike's Place Market is also a great place to shop for food, although I don't remember if they serve any cooked food and you might need to cook it yourself (if you stay at the Green Tortoise Hostel, for example, they have a kitchen for guests to use). I think The Cheesecake Factory, across from the convention center, also has dining options if I'm not mistaken.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful, and I hope others come up with some suggestions besides fast food (there's a lot of that, too).

    1. The Honey Hole is a half mile up Pike. Not exactly "down the street and around the corner". Good sandwiches though.
    2. Pike's Place has plenty of proper restaurants, but if you want to catch a salmon there and cook it in your hostel, you do you buddy.
    3. Suggesting the Cheesecake Factory during PAX is a terrible idea because it's the closest place outside of the convention center (if you don't count the Subway and Le Creperie that are attached the building), so EVERYONE tries to go there. Seriously, travel 5 blocks in any direction (besides South) and you'll get much better food with much much much much less waiting.

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  • Captain Ironsides Captain Ironsides Registered User regular
    edited July 4
    whypick1 wrote: »
    I'm curious about this as well. Granted I've been to Seattle several times, though it's been years, I don't remember the names of any places I've eaten except for Gourmet Dog Japan (my favorite hotdog place that is sadly closed down).

    There is a nice restaurant down the street and around the corner from the convention center on E. Pike St. I visited in 2009 (it might be "The Honey Hole", but I'm not sure). Pike's Place Market is also a great place to shop for food, although I don't remember if they serve any cooked food and you might need to cook it yourself (if you stay at the Green Tortoise Hostel, for example, they have a kitchen for guests to use). I think The Cheesecake Factory, across from the convention center, also has dining options if I'm not mistaken.

    Sorry I can't be more helpful, and I hope others come up with some suggestions besides fast food (there's a lot of that, too).

    1. The Honey Hole is a half mile up Pike. Not exactly "down the street and around the corner". Good sandwiches though.
    2. Pike's Place has plenty of proper restaurants, but if you want to catch a salmon there and cook it in your hostel, you do you buddy.
    3. Suggesting the Cheesecake Factory during PAX is a terrible idea because it's the closest place outside of the convention center (if you don't count the Subway and Le Creperie that are attached the building), so EVERYONE tries to go there. Seriously, travel 5 blocks in any direction (besides South) and you'll get much better food with much much much much less waiting.

    Why do I even bother... I just get the cold shoulder anytime I try to be helpful.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    I think whypick1 was a little bit harsh there, but I do agree that Cheesecake Factory will be packed the entirety of PAX and would be hard to enjoy on a PAX trip if that's the kind of place one wants to go. And yeah, it's a tad weird to suggest someone buy food at a market and cook it themselves when they asked for dining suggestions :)

    Honey Hole is a few blocks away, but a few blocks shouldn't be a long trek. Around the corner sort of makes sense since it's past where pike does that turn up the hill, I can see why someone would remember it that way. Also being a little further away means it's less likely to be insanely busy.

    I have been a fan of Daawat Indian Grill & Bar. It's right next to the annex, and is very surprisingly not that busy during PAX if you go a little off prime meal hours.
    If you want some good Mediterranean fare, Petra Cafe is a few blocks up 7th.
    Always a fan of biscuit bitch, but that will be very very busy as well most times.
    Lil Woody's is worth the walk up Pine for burgers.
    Piroshky Piroshky bakery is worth the line. So is Sweet Iron.

    I can't remember the last time I went somewhere that was just bad while I was in Seattle.

  • ElmoFuntzElmoFuntz Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited July 4
    I used to maintain a huge list but I just don't have the time anymore. You can still find it from previous years if you check my posting history and its still fairly accurate as someone local was making edits to the spreadsheet last year (he might still this year). There are a ton of good places to check out all within walking distance though. I definitely second Lil Woody's but they will be packed on Monday assuming they give away free burgers on labor day like they have been doing. Molly Moon's is great for ice cream. I STILL have not managed to catch biscuit bitch but I constantly hear good things, maybe this year.. and tons of small cool places down around/in the pike place market.

    As Whypick1 said Subway, Cheesecake Factory, and Le Creperie are almost always packed solid. I think last year I tried cheesecake because I was feeling lazy and it was a 90 minute wait. If you have a chance at a short line at Le Creperie and you like crepes i'd say go for it. The ones I've had were quite decent which kind of surprised me for as many as they are pounding out during the convention.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Registered User, Moderator mod
    ooh, I had forgotten about Le Creperie. Super worth, but need to hit it on thursday or tuesday, not during the show

  • Captain Ironsides Captain Ironsides Registered User regular
    edited July 4
    I was just giving my best input. It was that or offer no help at all. Most of the places I go during PAX have lines, hence my crowded suggestions, I haven't actually eaten at The Cheesecake Factory, but it looks nice, and not sure if I've eaten at/from Pike's Place Market either, but it was just an idea. I did cook burgers once at the hostel back in 2009, though, so that's where that idea came from (moreso an idea than a suggestion). As for Honey Hole, I'm still not even sure it's the same place I'm thinking of. I just Googled Mapped that area and that looked closest to what I remember, but Maps didn't make it look like a half mile either. I literally remembered it being right around the corner and shortly up the hill from the CC, so, yeah. Just wanted to clarify these things.

    Disregarding lines, though, one of my favorite places I go to every time I attend PAX is this pizza joint on the first floor of the CC. From 2009-2012 I remember the lines being about 5-10 minutes long, but the pizza is well worth it. Again, lines, but I did like the convenience of food served at the convention itself, too, and the food was decent, though expensive.

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  • ArtDragonArtDragon Registered User regular
    Blue Water Taco on Union is fairly good for something quick. I never find the lineup that bad.

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  • ElmoFuntzElmoFuntz Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited July 4
    Disregarding lines, though, one of my favorite places I go to every time I attend PAX is this pizza joint on the first floor of the CC. From 2009-2012 I remember the lines being about 5-10 minutes long, but the pizza is well worth it. Again, lines, but I did like the convenience of food served at the convention itself, too, and the food was decent, though expensive.

    I ate there my first year at PAX but I THINK that it is gone now. But there is a MOD pizza not far away and there is actually a "secret" tunnel that lets out near it (exits out near/in the Hilton iirc) just outside the convention center. Of course I usually have a hard time locating it from the CC side when i'm not staying at the Hilton.

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  • Captain Ironsides Captain Ironsides Registered User regular
    Ahh, that's a shame. It's been long enough that I haven't been to PAX that my favorite places are closing down. Oh well, I guess, I was gonna check out the surrounding area for food this year anyway.

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  • IncreaseBlueIncreaseBlue Registered User regular
    edited July 4
    Second for Blue Water Taco Grill, also Pike Place Chowder in the mall is pretty darn good.

    Elephant and Castle is fairly solid. Tap House Grill has a lot of good specials but I like that it's open later (good for post Acquisitions Inc. bites!).

    Blue C Sushi is fun but be ready for a wait because it can get super busy.

    If you're up for a bit of a walk (or Uber), Via Tribunali has tasty pizza. Can agree on Piroshky Piroshky being worth it. Don't be too turned off by the line, it goes fairly quick.

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  • cursecurse Bellevue, WARegistered User regular
    ElmoFuntz wrote: »
    I used to maintain a huge list but I just don't have the time anymore. You can still find it from previous years if you check my posting history and its still fairly accurate as someone local was making edits to the spreadsheet last year (he might still this year). There are a ton of good places to check out all within walking distance though. I definitely second Lil Woody's but they will be packed on Monday assuming they give away free burgers on labor day like they have been doing. Molly Moon's is great for ice cream. I STILL have not managed to catch biscuit bitch but I constantly hear good things, maybe this year.. and tons of small cool places down around/in the pike place market.

    As Whypick1 said Subway, Cheesecake Factory, and Le Creperie are almost always packed solid. I think last year I tried cheesecake because I was feeling lazy and it was a 90 minute wait. If you have a chance at a short line at Le Creperie and you like crepes i'd say go for it. The ones I've had were quite decent which kind of surprised me for as many as they are pounding out during the convention.

    I need to work more on updating the list, there's a bunch of openings/closings.

    Sometimes even that can be intimidating, just trying to decide on things, but Dough Zone just opened their latest location near the Paramount, there are lots of good places within walking distance, if you have specific dining types you are looking for and price ranges, many here in the forums can give good recommendations.

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  • cursecurse Bellevue, WARegistered User regular
    Second for Blue Water Taco Grill, also Pike Place Chowder in the mall is pretty darn good.

    Elephant and Castle is fairly solid. Tap House Grill has a lot of good specials but I like that it's open later (good for post Acquisitions Inc. bites!).

    Blue C Sushi is fun but be ready for a wait because it can get super busy.

    If you're up for a bit of a walk (or Uber), Via Tribunali has tasty pizza. Can agree on Piroshky Piroshky being worth it. Don't be too turned off by the line, it goes fairly quick.


    Blue C suddenly closed all of their restaurants last year (workers showed up and the doors were closed).

  • SweetCosmicPopeSweetCosmicPope Just Some Dude Lake Stevens, WARegistered User regular
    I think some of your best non-busy options are going to be up on Pike and Broadway. You're going to have to hoof it uphill for about 1/4-1/2 a mile, but up there you'll find multiple pizza joints, pho, ramen, sandwich shops, burger shops, etc; They should be much less busy than anything in the area directly surrounding the convention center. Gameworks and Cheesecake factory are right across the street, but they get PACKED. Same with both subways. Up the hill, off the top of my head, you can find Honey Hole, St. John's, Other Coast Cafe, Ooink, Marination Station, Tangerine Tree, Ayutthai Thai, 8oz Burger, Sizzle Pie, and Taylor Shellfish Farms.

    All of those are great places to grab a bite (I work in the area and I'm always trying new places around here).

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  • IncreaseBlueIncreaseBlue Registered User regular
    curse wrote: »

    Blue C suddenly closed all of their restaurants last year (workers showed up and the doors were closed).

    Well dang! Thanks for the heads up!

  • ElmoFuntzElmoFuntz Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    curse wrote: »
    Dough Zone just opened their latest location near the Paramount, there are lots of good places within walking distance, if you have specific dining types you are looking for and price ranges, many here in the forums can give good recommendations.

    Hmm that place looks like it might be good. Will have to add it to my to try list.

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  • chubbyninjakttychubbyninjaktty Registered User new member
    I third biscuit bitch! Prepare for a line that is totally worth it and just make it part of your trip; they have a couple locations. I second Taylor Shellfish Farms if you like oysters and drinks and geoduck, and it’s not too too far from the cc- we walked there our first day. I would’ve seconded Blue C Sushi cuz we loved it, but sadly googling confirmed their disappearance, although there seems to be some other decently rated conveyor sushi in the area. We’re trying our best to make it to Seattle again and find more!

  • embraceternityembraceternity Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    I just started working right around the corner from the Seattle convention center this year, and found a lot of really great places that are either new or I just never knew about them during previous PAXes! All of these are within walking distance of the convention center.
    • Citrus Thai has really delicious, really fast Thai food. The place is small, so I'd recommend ordering it to-go and finding somewhere around the con to eat. https://goo.gl/maps/RHXQvwbxh8YDkyAU8
    • Dragonfish Cafe not only has amazing Japanese food, but 2pm-6pm they have a Happy Hour menu that is AMAZING. $2 tasty cocktails, $2-6 meals, and an amazing staff. https://goo.gl/maps/ihxqEjmmmxAcAQUP8
    • Skillet Renegade is where I go on my lunch break the most for it's delicious all-day breakfast food and fried chicken. It's a little further than the other two, but still no more than a 6 minute walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/16SNYNgRyUKNUhU57
    • Noren is my favorite Japanese restaurant in the area. I really love and reccomend their Gyu Don. https://goo.gl/maps/FuDBgFsaHyZEg5Z29
    • If you want a damn amazing latte or waffle, then Moore's Coffee is an excellent place to go. I knew about this place even before moving to Seattle this year, and used to look forward to getting a Horchata Latte here every con. Now I love coming here for special occasion coffee. https://goo.gl/maps/KFebrJnxavBGcMp86

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  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    There is a condition which makes Cheesecake Factory very quick. Eating alone. If you happen to be alone, you can usually get seated at the bar with no waiting. I know it's not applicable to most people, but it's totally an option.

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