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Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

I'm looking for suggestions on which purveyors offer the best product at the various local farmer's markets. I'm looking especially for produce (greens and roots), fruits and berries (when in season). I have observed several different vendors at at the same market offering similar products around the same price point. Are there any who stand out as far as consistency and quality?

Jun 21, 2015
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Pono Ranch?

Can anyone provide an update on this establishment? Would like to take someone there for a "send-off" dinner, however I'm hearing they are having service/staffing issues. Can someone weigh in with a recent experience? I really want to like this place.

Apr 27, 2015
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Favorite chowhound stops on the Skagit tulip trail?

It's not on the tulip trail proper, but a side trip to Bistro San Martin in Arlington for dinner is a must. Since it is a dinner house only it would be a great finish to a day of tulip trekking. Reservations recommended.

As a Seattle resident I think I need to plan a tulip trek myself as a ruse to go there for dinner again!

Feb 19, 2015
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Goat meat in Seattle

My neice's new husband is from Jamaica and is itching to make Curry Goat for the family. Where in the Seattle area can one procure goat meat, and the requisite spices, for this dish?

Dec 26, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Paseo Closed

Here's the link to the Kickstarter campaign:

Nov 14, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

What is your favorite Thanksgiving roll recipe?

I'm looking for a version that isn't too sweet. Be specific, including what brand flour and yeast you use, and also what shape you make them in.

The winning selection will be vetted at this year's feast and results reported back to this site.

Nov 13, 2014
LemonyRoux in Home Cooking

Where are you buying your pizza dough (Seattle)

Thanks H1 - I will definitely give them a try!

Oct 15, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Where are you buying your pizza dough (Seattle)

Looking for a good source for ready-to-go pizza dough. Not looking for Pillsbury in a can, Boboli, or the pre-flattened type. Am looking for a good quality product that can be made into a deep dish or flattened out for Sicilian style. I have tried both the Trader Joes and Fred Meyer product and am not terribly impressed.

Oct 13, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Chocolate cake south of downtown?

Cakes of Paradise in Georgetown offers a chocolate cake, though I must confess I've never tried it. I'm currently in love with their tropical-flavored cakes - and am addicted to their coconut cream pie.

Aug 15, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Bakery near Safeco?

Costco on 4th Ave S - about a mile south of the stadiums.

Jul 08, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Molly Moon's #6 in the WORLD

Salt & Straw in Portland comes in at #24. Having tried both places there is no comparison - Salt & Straw serves a far superior product: Blue Cheese with Pear and Olive Oil are my current faves. That is for a different board, however.

Jun 13, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Getting Off Bolt Bus; Have Two Hours to Kill

There are many food places near the Bolt Bus stop in the International District. Once you are sated, go to Imperial Foot Massage at 9th & Jackson for a totally relaxing experience - especially if you are preparing for a long flight.

Jun 10, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

Louie's in Ballard closing

Anyone have the scoop on this? I know the site has been up for sale for several years, but to date no takers. Another Bauhaus project, per chance? (Architecture, not coffee).

Jun 09, 2014
LemonyRoux in Greater Seattle

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
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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:

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

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? . . . !)

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