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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.

1 day ago
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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.

1 day ago
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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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Digging for geoducks as an out-of-towner

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

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

In this vein, the EASIEST geoduck hunting in Seattle is at Uwajimaya. They usually have excellent live geoduck in their seafood section.

Jul 21, 2014
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One Night in Seattle Before a Cruise

Another lunch recommendation in Pike Place Market:

For food-in-hand, and for the kids, you should give Piroshky Piroshky a look. They make some genuinely tasty goodies, both savory and sweet, that are easy to eat while you walk around and explore the market.

(side note, do not miss the fact that the market extends a couple of floors down, and is full of fun and unusual shops)

Jul 11, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

1st time in Seattle, need (mostly restaurant) suggestions that are in walking/easy public transit distance from our hotel

Ok, you are in the mall & convention center area, which is chock-a-block with mediocre chain stores (so watch out for those).

There are some classic winners in the area, though:

Blueacre, a good seafood restaurant. I often take business guests there,

Palace Kitchen and Serious Pie: Two Tom Douglas joints that are worth a visit. Palace Kitchen is a personal favorite for out of town guests. Lots of reviews of both on this board.

FareStart: A teaching restaurant that prepares homeless folks for restaurant careers. Often excellent. Check their website.

Tango: Small plates / tapas. Often very good, about 6 blocks away.

Longs Provincial: I frequently see Longs mentioned here, but somehow have never made it myself. Also about 6 blocks away.

Jul 10, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

1st time in Seattle, need (mostly restaurant) suggestions that are in walking/easy public transit distance from our hotel

(ID is International District, AKA Chinatown, though it's become much broader and less China focused that the old "Chinatown" handle would indicate... hence the ID designation)

Jul 10, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Seattle Coffee History question (Corona Coffee)

Alice,

That's a great photo... any chance you could link to the original?

(Edit: Well, not the ORIGINAL, obviously, but the full resolution scan?)

Jul 08, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Good food in Pioneer Square for a group

You might consider Il Terrazzo Carmine for a large birthday dinner. They do a very nice white-tablecloth Italian, with excellent service and very good food, and they have the space to accommodate a large party.

Jul 08, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

One FINAL request for my short mini-chowmeet with Singapore Hound in July

Charles,

To stay with the local theme, try a Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc. It would go very nicely with halibut cheeks.

Jun 30, 2014
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Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

Heavy on the sandwiches is a pretty good plan, at this moment in culinary time, in Seattle. We seem to be in a sandwich renaissance.

Jun 27, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Chicago Foodies in Seattle--Bday Dinner?

I agree with Yoshi, they're solid and reliable. One of the three places I take out of town business guests for dinner (along with Seastar and Il Terrazzo Carmine).

Jun 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

La Medusa does a special farmers market dinner on Wednesday evenings while the CC farmers market is running (June-Oct). It is especially noteworthy as all the locally farmed goodies start coming into season.

Jun 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Pioneer Square - Great Experience

True, true... If you're looking for smooth and gracious service and a more upscale dining experience, Il Terrazo Carmine is the place.

Jun 06, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Pioneer Square - Great Experience

You will find the best food, or at least the highest concentration of great food, around Occidental Park.

For the single best meal in/near the Pioneer Square area, my choice would be Il Corvo (Awesome pasta) for lunch, followed closely by Little Uncle (Great Thai).

The Square is also noted as a stronghold of great sandwiches in Seattle. Check out:

Salumi for classic Italian hot sandwiches (Meatball and Porchetta are both the best in their class I've ever had), and for their increasingly famous cold sandwiches made from their house cured salami's (and other cured porky bits). Also noted for their block-busting lines, but they move pretty quickly.

Tats Delicatessen is noted for it's cheese-steaks and hoagies, and especially for it's Tatstrami, a cheese-steak made with house cured pastrami.

Rain Shadow Meats Squared serves up terrific butchered meats and sausages, along with a menu full of tasty hot sandwiches made with really outstanding ingredients.

Delicatus has a larger menu of updated sandwich standards and innovative modern sandwiches. They stand maybe a hair below the previous three recommendations in terms of deliciousness, but they have a much more diverse menu.

Jun 06, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Pork rib membrane - remove or not?

Booooob... what happened to the other third of a train car of ribs? ;)

Jun 05, 2014
Booklegger451 in Home Cooking

Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

Great summary. I wasn't even aware of half of the places you've listed. Going to add this thread to my "go try these" list.

Jun 02, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

Also worth noting that parking is not an ordeal in Columbia City thanks to the big dollar an hour lot up the street from Geraldines Counter (noteworthy for it's French toast and other breakfasts, a fine burger, and plenty of comfort foods).

May 27, 2014
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Chippy's

Y'know, that little piece of real estate is going to implode into a foodie singularity if they add any more great restaurants there... Staple & Fancy, Barnacle. and Walrus & Carpenter, and now apparently Chippy's, too!

May 27, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Seattle near Safeco Field

Pioneer Square is very handy to the stadiums.
I give a strong second to Il Corvo for lunch one (or every) day. You could also add to your list:

Il Terrazzo Carmine, for a nice Italian dinner. They're a bit more upscale than other places on the list.

London Plane, with both lovely sit down and take away food options.

Cafe Umbria for your morning coffee and pastry.

And of course, it's just a short 1 mile walk to the Pike Place Market. If the weather is nice, you should absolutely walk there for lunch one day. The walk along 1st Ave. will take you past a bunch of neat art galleries, shops and restaurants.

May 12, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Young palate and wallet / formal Prom Night on the Waterfront

My thoughts too. The food is good, but not great, and very reliable. Their menu is likely to please a variety of palates, and they have an especially fun atmosphere.

May 01, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Young palate and wallet / formal Prom Night on the Waterfront

Maybe the Pink Door? It's nearby in the market, with pasta in the $17-20 range, and other entree's in the $20-$30 range.

Apr 30, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Need a recommendation

Boat Street Cafe is usually good, and has a nice, quiet atmosphere.

Pink Door provides good Italian, isn't too loud, and if the weather cooperates, has very nice outdoor seating.

Palace Kitchen is good, and reasonably priced, but may be just a hair louder than you want. They have several quieter tables, but it's a bit of a roll of the dice.

Serious Pie might fit the bill.

Tango has a nice tapas menu, and is (just) quiet enough to have an intimate conversation, even when it's hopping.

Apr 29, 2014
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El Cabrito

My ID here at gmail...

Apr 19, 2014
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Do any Sichuan restaurants use whole, good-quality peppercorns here?

World Spice, and to an only slightly lesser extent, Penzy's, are very reputable spicers. World Spice works mostly from bulk, so if you want to try a very small amount of their product for quality, they can probably accommodate you.

Apr 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

El Cabrito

Concur on San Fernando... one of my 3 regular chicken take-aways (along with Toshio's teriyaki, and Ezell's fried) in the Rainier Valley area.

(Also, Equinoise, we're clearly in the same general neighborhood... interested in teaming up to try some of the less visible ethnic places in the valley / Columbia City?)

Apr 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Do any Sichuan restaurants use whole, good-quality peppercorns here?

Basteagow,

Have you tried the Szechuan peppercorns at either World Spice or Penzy's? I bought a jar at World Spice about a year ago, and found it to be both well sorted and potent, with the caveat that I'm not an aficionado, so probably have lower resolution standards.

Apr 16, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

cutting avocados??

Good thought not keeping them too close together.

Apr 11, 2014
Booklegger451 in General Topics

cutting avocados??

I'm making a poke and avocado salad this weekend... I'll guac a couple of avocados, and stick a pit back in one bowl. It'd be cool if it works!

Apr 09, 2014
Booklegger451 in General Topics