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Recommendations for Cuban food in Sea?

I haven't been to either in awhile, but I was under the impression that there are two similarly-named Cuban-style places, as mentioned above. I really liked the one on Lake City--they had a great cuban sandwich--the perfect blending of herbs, pork, cheese, and ham, while the one downtown was greasy(food) and snotty(service). I've heard great things about Paseo, but haven't yet tried it yet. Hmmm...i wonder if they're open for dinner?

Aug 06, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Huh. Fish tacos in Glacier. Who woulda thunk it? Right on...I'll check it out when i'm up there...thanks.

Jun 21, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

huh...good call, thanks.

Jun 20, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Hmmm...i see they have TWO locations, Roy(QA, as you said), and up on Aurora. Have you eaten at the Aurora location?

Jun 20, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

bbqer--i agree with you about their sandwich, on a "good que" day. On a bad one (and, this may have more to do with the quality of beef purchased by them), its been bland and dry. I dig on their pulled pork tho. It's usually pretty tasty. But, hey, i'm no BBQ Authority, not being from the heartland(s).

Jun 20, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Thanks, forager. I've been to OK several times, and like other posts, have had mixed results. I certainly like Otis--he's a character. But his ribs have been dry more than once. Have you been to Texas BBQ rigtht near Holman and Greenwood? I like their pulled pork, but the brisket has been bland. I've also had similar inconsistencies at The Frontier Room, altho i like their brisket well enough.

Jun 20, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Hmmm...jencke, i see what you mean. It's true that bbq is akin to spaghetti, everyone likes their own "traditional" style. Steel Pig? haven't heard o that one, have to give it a try. thanks!

Jun 20, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Thanks, Charles. I don't make it to Lynnwood often, but i'll look it up if i'm in the area.

Jun 20, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

thanks, paulj. I had no idea...Seems like many q joints have popped up in the last few years. Yet another place to try on my way back from my friend's house.

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Thanks for your opinion, eternalX. Huh. Seems like for each favorable opinion, there are at least as many unfavorable ones, lending creedance to your point about religion.

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

eternalX--thanks for your opinion. I was going to go to Pig Iron for lunch today, but alas my lunch partner flaked.

I think you may be correct about how people see BBQ like religion. Seems like the "best pizza" thread was like that too--and it would make sense. Go with what ya know.

Being raised in the mold up here, I have no means of comparison.

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Dang! Sounds like i might have to make a special hiking trip up Baker for a good excuse to visit. Thanks for the tip!

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Thanks terrier--Will do. I hear what you're saying about trying so many and feeling disappointed. That's why I'm still searching. Unfortunately, I have no friends or relatives down south, so i have to live vicariously thru good Q stories.

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

PAO, thank you for you suggestion. Have you tried Bodacious BBQ in Granite Falls?
I haven't, but hike/camp/backpack in that area. i can't imagine anything better than some fine bbq after days of dehydrated meals and cliff bars.

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Thanks, equinoise. I haven't tried any of those three, but will. There were several recs from others regarding those in particular, so maybe I'll be satisfied. I've tried quite a few in the area, and, as many have said, Seattle has its challenges.

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Thank you, paulj. I did read that thread, and there are a few recs i'll have to try.
It's interesting how polarized people are about BBQ.

Jun 19, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

Looking for opinions on BBQ in Seattle. I've looked at a bunch of posts here, but nothing too recent. I've been told Real® BBQ doesn't exist here. Since I've not been to the various "BBQ Meccas" around the nation, I don't have any means of comparison. When posting, I'd appreciate you saying which style you prefer too.
Thanks!

Jun 18, 2007
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La Spiga- Seattle

Wow...I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't go back unless i want a good serving of Seattle Attitude instead of fine Emiglia-Romagnan cuisine. too bad y'all had such a poor service experience--that seems to ruin good food for me.

Jun 18, 2007
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Metropolitan Grille...a recent visit from an LA Hound

Thanks, I'll be advised.

Jun 12, 2007
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Metropolitan Grille...a recent visit from an LA Hound

Please note I was referring to reports I've received, as I said. Thanks for posting a positive report for Canlis, as I haven't seen many.

Jun 12, 2007
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Metropolitan Grille...a recent visit from an LA Hound

Oh, i wasn't as clear as i meant to be, but i combined your comments with barleywino's. Apologies. :)

If i was to choose which Daniel's to suggest, i suggest The Bellevue location, for the amazing view. I recall taking a client to lunch when the Blue Angels practiced, and it was a serious hit with everyone.

Jun 12, 2007
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Seattle & Bainbridge Is. Recs

Hmmm...good to know about Nola and Shima...thanks!

Jun 11, 2007
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Metropolitan Grille...a recent visit from an LA Hound

Hmmm...while i agree with eternalX's suggestions, I cannot recommend Canlis or El Gaucho, based on the EXACT issues discussed, and similar staff actions/reactions.
I've heard many reports that Canlis' food is mediocre at best, and their staff snotty. You're paying for the name, view, and wine list. Gaucho's steaks/chops have been excellent, but their sides are poor/overpriced. But this was the Gaucho Clincher: While I knew the correct stem to serve my Massena '11th Hour' 2002 in(brought my own btl. and paid $20 corkage), my Sommelier argued with me, telling me I was wrong, the correct stem was a PINOT NOIR, NOT a Shiraz/Grenache stem. Well, maybe I'm not too bright, but I can certainly tell the diff between stems and wines.
Once the Somm. left me feeling like an idiot, I called another Somm. over, and ordered the correct stems. Since it was my bday, I didn't want to escalate the issue, and didn't complain to the mgr.--but i should've(my bad).

Personally, I've had excellent service, steak, and sides at Daniel's Broiler several times, but the last was about 2 years ago, so I'm not sure what's doing now.

Jun 11, 2007
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Seattle & Bainbridge Is. Recs

I agree with PAO, i also grew up there, 30 years ago. Much diff now. I'd suggest taking an early(9-10am) boat over to avoid overloads, esp on sunny wkends...walk up to Bainbridge Bakers in Winslow Green, for their 8-grain pullaparts and a nice east-facing patio to enjoy them on w/ a latte. There are many more shops in Winslow than in the 90s, so you might stroll around town. Or, maybe take a bus, bike, or cab to Bainbridge Gardens or The Bloedel Reserve for a beautiful "walk in the garden". For evening, I dig on Harbor Public House, referred to as "The Pub". You can easily walk there from the ferry dock. Relax, have a nice local ale, watch boats in the marina, munch some tasty pub grub. I've heard good things about PAO's suggestions, but have not been myself. Winslow Green is also at the corner of Madison and Winslow Way, but kitty corner.
Some links:
http://www.bicomnet.com/bainbridgegardens/index.htm
http://www.harbourpub.com/Pub/index.html
http://www.bloedelreserve.org/

Jun 08, 2007
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Wine in Willamette

Good call, Leonardo. I had forgotton about how much i liked Argyle's bubbly.

Jun 07, 2007
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French Bistro in Seattle?

I completely agree about Cafe Campagne, tho i've not been in a few months. I esp liked the pink-centered thick-cut pork loin chop, paired to a nice glass of red Bordeaux.

Jun 06, 2007
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Best Tom Douglas Place?

Right On! I have difficulty with most crab cakes, as they're too rich, or too bready, too little crab, or too whatever. Seems like The Met's are "just right".
Order a glass of some nice crisp sauv. blanc, and you're in business!
Crab season jsut starting? I thought Dungeness is caught in winter. Are you here?

Jun 06, 2007
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Tutta Bella

Hmmm...tha DOES sound tasty. I'll have to flex for this one--exceptions MUST be made! thanks for the tip.

Jun 06, 2007
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Wine in Willamette

I'm not sure exactly where Dundee is in relation, but i recall driving thru the entire area in a half day, easy, so i'll jsut give you my List: Domaine Drouhin, Beaux Freres, Patricia Green, Panther Creek, Maysara, DePonte, and Shea. And don't pass up Carlton Winemaker Studio--great people, great wines(many small producers; can be tasted in flights), and great food. I too liked Sokol Blosser and Erath. Argyle depends on vintage and block, but can be tasty.

Jun 06, 2007
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Tutta Bella

mmm! I'll def check out the egg/coppa/arugula and truffle/cheese/egg pies. :)
Can't eat peppers unless they're seriously carmelized--is that the style?

Jun 05, 2007
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