Photos: Dining out in Seattle

All three appetizers in view at Artusi: the Escarole lettuce, the mushroom salad and in the background, the salumi. Yum.
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A little culinary research on Seattle's Capitol Hill. Left to right: Me, Michael Rogers of Seattle Food Tours and Gary Blakely of the Seattle TourSaver.
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Beautiful interior courtyard of Momiji.
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Up close on the Jalapeno Hamachi. It was DEEE-lish.
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"It's all about the rolls," said Michael Rogers of Seattle Food Tours. Here, Michael and Gary waste no time getting down to business.
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Plenty of beverages from which to choose at Tavern Law. Food specials are on the chalkboard in back.
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Most travelers to Seattle have a checklist. Space Needle: check. Pike Place Market: check. Shopping: Check. Mariner's game: check.

But Alaskans have an ongoing love affair with the Emerald City. Our lists are different, and may include off-the-beaten-path activities in some of the city's unique neighborhoods: Belltown, Lower Queen Anne or Fremont.

If you ask Michael Rogers of Seattle Food Tours about a neighborhood, chances are he has three or four favorite restaurants in the area. Instead of dining at just one each evening, his tours feature one course at four or five eateries. Although I've tagged along on his restaurant-crawl in Belltown, we caught up with him the other day while doing some "research" on Capitol Hill. Located just east of the downtown core, the district is not short on restaurants. But lately, some new eateries have raised the bar in the neighborhood -- making it a culinary destination all its own.  

Rogers picked out a few restaurants that were close together so, even in the driving rain, we could stroll around between courses.  

Stops included Italian at Artusi, Japanese at Momiji, and libations at Tavern Law. Read more about the full tour, here.