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I need a really good, thick wiener

I know the place you're talking about. Stand facing the Britts Pickle booth, turn right and head for the exit. The butcher is on the left?

about 15 hours ago
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Eggplant Parmesan?

I've had pretty good eggplant parm at Cafe BenGodi, in Pioneer Square.

Jan 26, 2015
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Beijing Duck Palace?

I've had this a couple of times in Beijing, and haven't had anything comparable in the Seattle area, including at this location. Their duck is indeed not crispy enough, and also lacks some of the succulence of the original article.

(I have had a pretty close version up in Vancouver at a couple of places. Once again, why can't Seattle have Chinese food as terrific as Vancouvers? It's JUST OVER THERE!)

Jan 16, 2015
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where to buy, and recommendations on, good locally roasted coffee

Kaleo has the scoop on this... so many good roasters, with such a variety of styles, that it becomes largely a matter of individual taste. I'd suggest, if you love coffee, that you set aside a few hours one day to tour the top roasters in town, and taste their individual roasts. I'd add Fonte, Caffe Umbria and Cafe Ladro to Kaleo's list. If that's not your thing... Cafe Vita and Victrola are my favorites.

Jan 06, 2015
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tourtière?

No guarantees on any of these, but you might try Besalu, Honore, Le Fournil or Le Panier. They may be able to do a special order, if you call in advance.

Dec 23, 2014
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New Yorker looking for quintessential Seattle cheap eats

+1 on Market Grill. Seattle is a city of MANY great sandwiches, and Market Grill absolutely owns the simple fish sandwich. Tasty, tasty, tasty!

New Yorker looking for quintessential Seattle cheap eats

Quintessential cheap eats... hmmm...

For me, that would include Teriyaki chicken: My favorite is Toshio's (http://www.toshiosteriyaki.com/), on Rainier.

Another good bet is Kau Kau BBQ, one of a handful of good Chinese BBQ places. This may be redundant, if you have ready access to Chinatown in NYC.

Dec 09, 2014
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[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Seattle for "Best of 2014"

Il Corvo

http://ilcorvopasta.com/

Great, inventive menu changed daily, delivering my favorite pasta in Seattle.

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Seattle for "Best of 2014"

That'll make using the heart button to upvote specific restaurants difficult...

Nov 19, 2014
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Where to Buy Widest Selection of Fresh Herbs?

Uwajimaya (ID) has the most consistently complete selection of fresh herbs I've run across.

Nov 10, 2014
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Ventiane Asian Grocery

Equinoise,

Sour Sausage = Nem Chua (fermented pork), or is it something else?

Oct 22, 2014
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Buying WA king salmon this time of year

Have you checked in with Mutual Fish? They usually have a good Salmon selection.

Oct 09, 2014
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Awesome Vietnamese in International District (or downtown vicinity)

That's a nice evening right there... Watercress Vietnamese, followed by Full Tilt ice cream and maybe some pool!

Oct 09, 2014
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Pioneer Square roundup

Now, you see, if children want chicken fingers, I think we should feed them chicken fingers. I'd have sent them to the ID, not FX McRory's...

Seafood recs for an East Coast shellfish fresk

A side note... Taylors offers a nice, simple prep of crab.

Sep 05, 2014
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Sunday brunch at noon around a great neighborhood or Pike's Place?

+1 on Geraldines. So much good stuff in and around Columbia City, and it's often overlooked.

Sep 05, 2014
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The best place to find... In Seattle

1 - No clue...
2 - Starbucks, Skillet Street Food, Any large farmers market (there are several, depending on the day) will have sellers dishing seasonal "fast" foods.
3 - Theo Chocolate (schedule a tour!); Uwajimaya for an amazing selection of imported Asian novelty candy.
4 - I'm not sure this is a thing in Seattle, but you could try a Lunar Orbiter at the Space Needle restaurant (Google it).
5 - Top Pot and Daily Dozen Donuts in the Pike Place Market.
6 - Columbia City Bakery, Cafe Nouveau, Crumble & Flake.

Sep 05, 2014
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Favorite chocolate for making truffles?

Bulk Callebaut has always been my go-to for ganache. If I'm using a chocolate shell and not a cocoa dusting, I usually use a very dark high cocoa content chocolate, but the specific one will vary depending on what's locally available and the effect I'm looking for (I've been using Theo chocolate, made here in Seattle, lately).

Aug 22, 2014
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Dinner near water-taxi?

In the same area (Pioneer Square) as Bar Sajor, you might also consider Taylor Shellfish. Best known for their raw oysters, which are terrific, they also have some great cooked seafood options: Simply the best oyster stew I've ever had, a good oyster poorboy, a very nice prawn cocktail, and an equally good chilled Dungeoness Crab.

Aug 22, 2014
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Kinder Eggs?

So did I.

Aug 21, 2014
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Seafood/fish CSA or Bulk Shares?

This looks awesome, but I don't see that they're available in Seattle. Did I miss something?

Aug 15, 2014
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Chocolate cake south of downtown?

Columbia City Bakery has fantastic cakes.

Aug 15, 2014
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Seafood lunch

How about a delicious fish sandwich at Market Grill, in the market?

Now THAT'S a sour pickle!!!

I like Bubbies better than Ba-Tampte, too. However, the best full sour pickles I've ever had are ones I've made myself.

I use a simple home pickling kit sold by local picklemeister Britt's Pickles here in Seattle. Here's a link to their page which has several handy do-it-yourself references:

http://www.brittsliveculturefoods.com...

Aug 13, 2014
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Day Long Snacking

How about a piece of pizza and a pizzelle from the just opened Pizzaria Gabbiano, and then up the street and around the corner for some pasta from parent resto Il Corvo?

Aug 12, 2014
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Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

+2 Pestle Rock

Taylor Shellfish at Pioneer Square

Bartender said today was their first official "open for lunch" day, and that they'd been serving dinner & happy hour since Monday. Their happy hour looks pretty spectacular.

I'm there with you on London Plane: Some good pastry and bread, but the rest of their food is just ok. All of it is spendy, I have enjoyed Corson Building the couple of times I've been there.

Jul 24, 2014
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Taylor Shellfish at Pioneer Square

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar on Pioneer Square just opened for lunch! I stopped by for a plate of mixed oysters, and they were absolutely top notch (no surprise from the folks at Taylor). Their menu looks to be identical to their Queen Anne location.

Jul 24, 2014
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One FINAL request for my short mini-chowmeet with Singapore Hound in July

Taylor Shellfish is much more of a "local trap" than "tourist trap". When they get their Pioneer Square location up and running, it may have a heavier tourist draw. As for Taylor Shellfish as a luncheon spot, it really depends on whether their limited menu (Oysters, crab, shrimp cocktail, chowder & geoduck sashimi), along with a decent list of wine and beer, meet your luncheon wants.

Jul 21, 2014
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Digging for geoducks as an out-of-towner

Look under the giant tank full of crabs, along with the oysters and mussels.