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Wheelchair accessible special occasion restaurant?

I just read about how the building where Chez Shea is in installed an elevator so it can be wheelchair accessible. You can try there.

Or, how about Palisade? I seem to recall there being steps but also a ramp to get into the restaurant and into the dining room. Same goes for Ray's (downstairs).

Chez Shea
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

Aug 01, 2011
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Healthy vegetarian date spot in Seattle

I don't disagree that Carmelita isn't as fancy as say, Rover's, but it's not someplace that I would say is completely casual either. I think the decor is cute, not 1970's at all and in general, it's a nice, non-stuffy kind of date night type of place. It's certainly not fancy fancy but well... jeans and a fleece seem pretty typical is 95% of Seattle restaurants!

How about Poppy? It's not strictly Vegetarian but they do have Vegetarian Thali's. It's also not fancy fancy, but it's a lot more Hip than say, Carmelita.

Jun 07, 2011
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Ting Momo

Dropped in for lunch on Friday and while I liked Ting Momo in general, nothing really blew me away. I went with 2 pals and between the 3 of us, we ordered all three types of dumplings. I agree with you that the Yak was too dry, and that for all three of the dishes, the dipping sauce was bland and did not really do anything to help the dishes. We liked the fried dumplings best, probably because it they retained the most moisture. For all of the momos, the skins were thick but I don't mind that at all. I did really like the garbanzo salad and the noodle soup though, and would go back for both of those.

10727 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

May 03, 2011
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Restaurant Week

I did the Chez Shea RW menu last week and had a lovely time. Ahi Tuna Crudo was excellent. I have been on a Duck Confit kick and have had that 3 weeks in a row (at 3 different restaurants), and this was by far the best of the bunch. Creme Brulee was nice and light. It was perfect for me, but hubby thought the portions were too small and he came away still a bit hungry. (he ordered the Cauliflower Soup, Duck and Chocolate mousse - which was a fantastic dessert!) We had an early dinner so it wasn't too crowded and our service was good. I'd recommend it!

Chez Shea
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

Apr 18, 2011
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Downtown Seattle

Since you'll be wandering around Pike's Market, you can always stop into Seatown, Tom D's new place. I was there for brunch the other day and loved it. Hubby and I split a smoked fish plate (loved the lox and cod) and then I had the porchetta sandwich which was terrific, and a lot more filling than I thought it would be. The total bill was more than I would have liked, but I thought all the ingredients were top-notch.

Apr 08, 2011
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Hom Bow?

Yeah, I had thought maybe it was a variation for "salty" bun and it sounds like it probably is! :)

Apr 05, 2011
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Hom Bow?

This is a side question related to this topic... but what exactly is a Hom Bow? I'm Chinese and grew up in LA where there's a LOT of asian restaurants and the first time I ever heard the term "hom bow" was when I moved up here! Does this term generically encompasses all types of "buns"?

Apr 04, 2011
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Reading Gaol---RIP???

I noticed that too the other day. I know the owner died recently:

Mar 30, 2011
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romantic dinner walking distance from 1st & Madison

While I liked Lecosho, I wouldn't say it was romantic. I thought it was very loud and the tables were jammed a little closer than I like.

Mar 29, 2011
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The New Lunchbox Laboratory

Agree. Hadn't been to the old LL either but decided to try this location. Good burger and shake, but not quite worth what they were charging. Everything needs to be a few $s less for me to put it into regular rotation.

Mar 01, 2011
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Where to take a friend for dinner at the market

I'm not a fan of the food at Pike's Brewery at all (I kick and scream if I'm dragged in by my hubby), so my suggestion would be to hit up HH for a cheap meal somewhere nearby and then come back for drinks. There's a lot of threads lately about HH in downtown/Belltown that you can do a search for.

Since you have a car, another option I'd throw out is to drive over to Greenwood on the way back to Bothell and hit up Naked City. It's my favorite! Lots of microbrews on tap, and they now brew their own beer too. Food is your basic sandwiches and salads, but not too expensive. There's also Pillager's Pub across the street that's also local, but I don't think it's as good.

Feb 15, 2011
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delicious Lao and Thai food

Dropped in to Savatdee with a Laotian friend for dinner and we loved it. We ordered too much for the two of us (thinking we'd bring home leftovers), but sat there and stuffed it all in it was so good! We stuck with the Lao menu and had the Nhem, Papaya Salad and Quail. The Nhem wasn't as good as Viengthong's versio, but the Papaya salad and quail were terrific. They didn't dumb down the spices for us, and the quail was perfectly bbq'd. I can't wait to go back and try more items on their menu.

2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

Oct 08, 2010
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Best overall meal in the last year

I went to the Korean BBQ dinner at Joule last year, and while the food was good, it wasn't outstanding. In fact, I think it was closer to mediocre good. They were VERY busy and my hunch is that they didn't adequately prepare for the volume. I thought the restaurant was also super smoky because of all that Korean BBQing going on. If you go this year, let us know how it is!

Aug 22, 2010
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Anyone try new Bamboo Village dim sum in Wallingford?

I went last Saturday and was pleasantly surprised. Service was really spotty (don't think they've worked out the kinks yet), and food was hit-or-miss, but none of it bad. I stuck with the dim sum basics and the dishes that I thought were the weakest were the noodle rolls and the tripe. I'd say it's pretty comparable to any of the ID dim sum houses, but is not the best in Seattle. I'm happy to have it in the neighborhood and would definitely go back.

Aug 16, 2010
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A Review of our Seattle Dining Exploits

Thanks for the report! I'm glad you enjoyed our city!

Jul 27, 2010
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Help me with tough Seattle decision!

My vote would be Long's or Tamarind tree over Monsoon. Long's is more hip than Tamarind Tree, if that makes a difference at all. Both have great food.

Tilth is fantastic - it can be quite busy though. Carmelia is wonderful but vegetarian only (if that matters to you, but a bit further away (reachable by bus #5 if you don't have a car). You can't go wrong with either one.

I have not been to Harvest Vine so can't recommend it, but I have hear good things about it.

Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Jul 21, 2010
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AZCH visiting Seattle in August

My fallback for a casual seafood restaurant is always Ray's, in Ballard. It's got killer views and the Cafe upstairs really is not expensive for seafood. You have to pick carefully though because some of it is only ho-hum (though not bad). They have a great happy hour that includes a good version of fried calamari and a curry mussels dish great for soaking up bread.

In downtown though, I'd agree on the Elliot's rec for oysters. Oysters only though, their dinner plates is pretty awful.

I love Ethan Stowell so would recommend Anchovies and Olives or How to Cook a Wolf (which is a bit further away if you don't have a car since it's in Queen Anne). A&O has a lot of seafood options that are interesting.

Jul 17, 2010
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Chep eats in Seattle?

How tight is your budget? What area will you be in?

Seattle has really stellar happy hours which would be worth checking out. The boards have a lot of info already so it would be worth doing a search.

Jul 12, 2010
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Sichuan in Seattle

I'm reading Shark's Fin and Sichuan Peppers right now! And, coincidentally, we passed by Chiang's Gourmet and decided to give it a go. I'd been once before about a year ago and remember having a really great "casserole" dish. Anyway, we had the Pork Belly in brown sauce and the Ja-jiang mien. The pork belly was good and not too sweet, but not as soft as I would have liked. The noodles were wonderfully garlicky with just a hint of spicy hotness. What else would you recommend there?

May 16, 2010
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Strange Pub Crawl Request

If you take the #5 past the Zoo, you open up several more options for places to stop at:
- Sully's Snowgoose at 61st - kinda cramped inside, but if it's a nice day out, you can sit out on the patio
- Oliver's Twist for cocktails
- Prost for some german grub (at 73rd)
- 74th St Alehouse - a solid fall-back option
- Naked City Alehouse at 86th - if you like microbrews, you should check this place out. It's one of our favorites! 20 or so rotating handles.
- Pillager's Pub (across from Naked City)

7311 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

May 09, 2010
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Restaurant Week

I went to Palisade last night for Restaurant Week and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with my meal! We were looking for a place last minute and they had reservations. Their view doesn't hurt either.

The starters are a bit boring (3 choices of salad) but their entrees made up for it. My husband got a very nicely cooked king salmon - simply grilled over a risotto cake, and it was fresh, lovely and not overdone. I got the Wagyu SIrloin with butter poached prawns, which was a nice portion and well executed. Desserts were not outstanding, but definitely more than okay. I got the Chocolate cake (great for chocolate lovers since it comes with choco-hazelnut ice cream AND two chocolate truffles) while hubby got the Banana Split. Both were very large portions. Service was a bit slow (the restaurant was very busy) but pleasant and professional. All in all, I would say the dishes weren't very inventive, but were well executed and solid all around. I would definitely recommend this place for Restaurant Week.

Apr 27, 2010
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Dahlia Lounge vs. Palace Kitchen

I was at Dahlia Lounge last night and had another great food experience. Each dish was consistently good. Service was mediocre though (the guy was clueless about the drink menu, and was a little touchy/feely and then slow too!).

I just haven't been impressed with Palace Kitchen, although I guess if you want something more casual, its okay. I just don't find it very interesting. I'd take Serious Pie over Palace Kitchen if given the choice.

Palace Kitchen
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Apr 13, 2010
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Restaurant near Willows Lodge

How about Purple Cafe?

Apr 12, 2010
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Serious Pie

I don't know what took me so long to get to Serious Pie, but boy, did I like it! I loved the chanterelle pizza too, but my sister thought it was too sweet.

The sprouts and pork belly starter sounds great. I love both of those items! I will have to try it next time I am there.

Jan 05, 2010
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Where is the dungeness crab?

I believe HT Oaktree on 99 has a sale this week - $3.99/lb for live dungeness if you buy more than 5 crabs.

Nov 13, 2009
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My 4-Day Seattle Trip

great report! Thanks for posting!

I had Serious Pie for the first time a few weeks ago and it blows Pagliacci's out of the water. I liked your description of the crust being close to naan, because now that I think of it, that's pretty spot on. Pagliacci's has more traditional pizzas, and it's ok-to-good for take-out/delivery. Not worth wasting a meal on if you're visiting from out of town, IMHO.

btw, I'm from LA and miss Porto's! That burbank location is fantastic - great to stop in right before catching a flight.

Oct 12, 2009
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Laos style cuisine in the Northend?

A Thai/Laotian friend of mine took me to Viengthong a few months ago and I loved it. I don't know much about Laotian food, but my friend goes regularly and says it's pretty authentic. We had the Nam Kao, Squid Salad and Papaya Salad. They didn't dumb down the heat for us so watch out for that.

2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S

Sep 29, 2009
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Seastar in the Pan Pacific for lunch?

haven't been to Seastar for lunch, but can heartily recommend it for happy hour. It's the best dollar store ever! $1 sushi sampler, $1 oyster on the half shell, $1 scallop ceviche. All very fresh and while not inventive, very good.

Sep 09, 2009
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Favorite willamette valley vineyards

Winderlea has gorgeous views from their tasting room, but I wasn't excited by their wines.

Sep 05, 2009
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Yakima Valley...really so bad???

We stumbled upon El Charrito in Toppenish (120 E Toppenish Ave). It felt like being back in a little taco joint in LA so I was really looking forward to the food. Tortilla was great, Carnitas was tender but could have used a bit more salt. Salsas were spicy and runny, just the way I like it!

There seemed to be a lot of little taco places all around Yakima valley so find one that you think looks good and report back!

Sep 04, 2009
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