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Pizza By The Slice - Ats'a Nice!

Second for Big Mario's, my go-to for pizza slices. Their thin crust NY style with three toppings will run you $4 plus change, a little over $3 for pepperoni only. I also like their thick crust Sicilian style when it's available. Lots of slice choices for meat lovers and vegetarians.

Feb 24, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Roux? Matt's Truck

I visit the truck for lunch on Tuesday's at the SBUX HQ and I have never had a "cold" dish there (temperature and spice-wise). Just today I had their $5 portion of shrimp and grits - which was divine. The heat level in the sauce is up there, but not overwhelming; and the grits are the creamiest I've ever tasted. I've also had both the shrimp and oyster po'boys, which at $10 each are a bit pricey, but well constructed and worth it. (After all this is Seattle, home of the $12 sandwich. Anyone been to Homegrown lately?). Their beignets are also wonderful, if you don't mind wearing a coat of confectioners sugar as you greedily wolf them down (as I do).

I've been less impressed with other menu items, such as the muffuletta (so-so) and the pecan pie (bland).

The truck used to offer Saturday lunch service in the Interbay area, but it looks like they have discontinued that in lieu of the new restaurant. If you are able to scout them out for lunch, I recommend you give them another try. Definitely order the shrimp and grits as that item is not available at the restaurant.

(In reference to my user name, I am not related to or paid to professionally endorse this establishment).

Nov 26, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Where to get Chinese take out rice boxes in International District?

I found some at Uwajimaya a few years ago. Call them to see if they are still available.

(Never mind - I thought you were talking about Chinese take-out boxes . . .)

Nov 13, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Where to watch Seahawks game in DT Portland on Sunday (Nov. 10)

Also, looking for good pub fare. I am staying at the Marriott City Center.

Nov 07, 2013
LemonyRoux in Metro Portland

A few nice places that serve bread and butter with the meal - no charge.

This thread brings to mind a classic SNL sketch featuring a one-line cameo by Barbra Streisand:

"All this tawk about butter's making me hungry . . . "

Oct 25, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Seeking teriyaki on the Rainier corridor

Ditto. I know where I'm going for lunch today . . .

Sep 20, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Best Place for Dungeness Crabs

Fresh cracked Dungeness crab is offered on the menu at Anthony's Pier 66 - put it is quite pricey. Or are you looking to buy cooked crabs to eat on your own?

Sep 10, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Mail Order Oysters

Are you looking for in the shell or shucked? My favorite Hood Canal purveyor is currently selling only the shucked oysters as the weather is too hot right now to ship in the shell:

http://www.hamahamastore.com/

Jul 30, 2013
LemonyRoux in Pacific Northwest

Local (ish) source for fresh mozzarella and other caprese ingredients?

Salumi makes in-house fresh mozzarella. Metropolitan Market is serving fresh, made on-site mozzarella at the Magnolia Farmers Market on alternating Saturdays.

Jul 26, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Unique fast food, burgers, etc.

Two Bells is a great recommendation, given the OPs hotel location (a little more than a mile away). It's a divey bar on the questionable fringes of Belltown, but I love their hamburger prep - a handformed patty served on a grilled french roll with horseradish mayo. I personally like their potato salad as my side, but you can't go wrong with their soups either.

Thanks for the reminder, mrnelso! Since I no longer work in that 'hood I haven't been for a few years, but must return . . .

Jul 26, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Please help a sad girl find some Mexican food in Seattle

If you're willing to drive a bit, check out La Tarasca in Centralia. They serve authentic, Michoacan style dishes. It may not be So. Cal or TexMex, but I think it's the best Mexican one can find in our region. Meals start with spicy pickled carrots (no chips & salsa here) and their house made corn tortillas served with most entrees are the best I've ever eaten.

Jul 25, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle
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crazy new yorkers gotta see everything, need to eat along the way

If you plan to visit Sunrise first I recommend travelling via the Maple Valley Hwy and stopping at the Black Diamond Bakery. The place will be busy, so get there early (7:00 a.m.)

If you want to hit up Paradise first, that would require driving to the west of the park and accessing via the Nisqually entrance to the south. The only restaurants I can think of in that vicinity would be in the Puyallup/South Hill area. I know there is a mediocre chain restaurant called Shari's just off Hwy 161, which would suffice in a pinch.

Both of these options are about a 45 minute to 1 hour drive from your hotel.

For lunch provisions for your trip, I recommend hitting up the Metropolitan Market just up the hill from where you are staying (100 Mercer St.) as they have vast offerings of excellent food items. A little on the high end and therefore pricey, but worth it. I believe they carry Salumi salami at their deli.

Jul 25, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

crazy new yorkers gotta see everything, need to eat along the way

I must respectfully disagree with some of the posts here in re: Mt. Rainier. It is one of my favorite spots on earth and you experience a different energy of the place when up close. If you plan to circumnavigate the mountain by car (plan a good long day for this) you will notice how it changes appearance depending on what direction you are facing. The view from Seattle is different from Tacoma. From Olympia it looks like it has two summits, and from the south (Paradise) it looks different yet. My recommendation: go early, early, early (leave Seattle at the crack of dawn) to beat the crowds.

I agree with other posters that there is really nothing to recommend food wise in the area - pack your own provisions and let the mountain be your guide.

If you let us know where you will be staying we can offer some recommendations on where to purchase comestibles.

Enjoy your stay!

Jul 24, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Source for good dark bread in Seattle

Does anyone know of a bakery is Seattle that makes a good dark bread?

I'm thinking something along the lines of the whole grain loaves they serve at the Tillicum Village Salmon Bake (which I understand are made in Coeur d'Alene!). I would love to find a source for a similar type bread without having to trek over to Blake Island!

Jul 22, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

food wars seattle- fult tilt v. molly moon

Going out on a limb here, but if you ever find yourself in Portland, Oregon you MUST visit Salt & Straw for ice cream. It blows away anything you can find in Seattle. My current faves are olive oil and blue cheese & pear - no kidding! Really amazing flavors.

(Do you have any friends in Portland you can stay with? . . . !)

Jul 19, 2013
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food wars, part dos- ballard fish and chips

I suggest you drive a little farther west and check out the sandwiches at Paseo instead. I've not been impressed by Red Mill's fish-n-chips. But if that's what you are really hankerin' for, my favorite in Seattle are served at Little Chinook's at Fishermen's Terminal - just across the Ballard bridge.

Jul 19, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Seattle doughnuts?

Definitely check out the croissant at Cafe Besalu in Ballard. Some who have actually been to France have reported they are on par with those found in Paris. I have not been to France, but they are the best I have ever tasted.

Jul 19, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

best (nearest/cheapest) parking for salumi? + wait time suggestions 7/25/13?

Salumi is only a 3 block walk from the Panama Hotel. I recommend you park near the hotel and walk to Salumi. I imagine your mother will wait there while you make the sandwich run? (It's downhill to Salumi, uphill to return). The hotel has a nice tea shop where she can linger and relax.

Where will you be staying while in Seattle? I would definitely arrive by 10:30 a.m. to avail yourself of their offerings for the day. On sunny days the lines will be longer, on cloudy/rainy days they will be shorter. Looks like we are having good weather into next week, so you will most likely be standing in line with the other tourists!

FYI - my favorite sandwiches are the mole and mozzarella or the hot sopressata on guiseppe bread with all the fixins!

Jul 19, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Produce stand in Cle Elum/Ellensburg area

I'm heading east of the mountains this weekend and was wondering if there are any good produce stands in the Cle Elum/Ellensburg area (I-90 corridor). I'm specifically looking for in season fruits and vegetables from the Yakima valley area.

Looking especially for cherries, corn and early stone fruits. Are there any other best bets currently in season? I imagine asparagus season has now passed.

Jul 15, 2013
LemonyRoux in Pacific Northwest

Root beer

I first tried Mt. Angel root beer some years back and found it outstanding:

http://mtangelbrewingcompany.com/

Jun 03, 2013
LemonyRoux in Metro Portland

Lotsa Local Transexual Shrimp!

Thanks for the education. Seasonal prawns in any form are at the top of my must eat list!

May 09, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Lotsa Local Transexual Shrimp!

Sorry for my ignorance, but is this the same thing as Spot Prawns?

May 08, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Best Dim Sum in the International District?

They don't offer dim sum, but Uptown China on Lower Queen Anne has shrimp toast on their menu.

Apr 25, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Source for Good Bread Flour In Seatle??

I've been hearing buzz about this place for a little while now. I can't speak from personal experience, but it's local, organic and claims to made from the highest protein sources:

http://www.fairhavenflour.com/

(Perhaps you can test it and report back with your findings?)

Mar 19, 2013
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Great Garlic Bread in Seattle Area?

I agree with H1 - Buca makes a very decent garlic bread.

Dec 17, 2012
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Banh Mi for Cristmas

Yeh Yeh's in Lynnwood - very close to Edmonds - has the best Bahn Mi in the area, IMO. The sandwiches are a little larger than average, and pricier, but worth it.

http://yehyehs.com/

Dec 05, 2012
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Thanksgiving rolls in Seattle?

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful suggestions. I ended up making Rhodes dinner rolls - the frozen kind you let raise then bake. Much to my chagrin my family preferred these to my homemade ones. Well, that's a couple hours saved next Thanksgiving . . .

Nov 23, 2012
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Thanksgiving rolls in Seattle?

Due to an injury to my left hand which prevents me from making my traditional Thanksgiving rolls, I'm seeking to purchase some ready-made. I prefer the softer variety for this meal. Any suggestions?

Nov 13, 2012
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Menudo in Seattle?

I know Taqueria el Sabor in Shoreline serves it on weekends. Never tried it though as it doesn't strike my fancy. Any menudo experts out there?

Oct 16, 2012
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Locally made jam

+1 for Freezerves. Their seedless raspberry jam bursts with fresh berry flavor.

Oct 15, 2012
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle