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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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

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
Booklegger451 in General Topics

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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

Chocolate cake south of downtown?

Columbia City Bakery has fantastic cakes.

Aug 15, 2014
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

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
Booklegger451 in General Topics

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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

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
Booklegger451 in Greater Seattle

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.

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.

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.

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
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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
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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