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cheap eats within walking of the Westin downtown

At Westlake Center there is Bombay Wala that has a really good Masala Dosa. Order to eat there so that she gets the lentil soup. It's about $5 and a pretty substantial meal. Pretty spicy though. It's really the only thing I recommend there but it is so good and cheap that it's worth it for just the one dish.

For Happy Hour:

List is really or Barolo are both walking distance and the 1/2 price food at these places is great. The HH wine is also very reasonable and better than most house wine in the area.

Il Fornaio has FREE food at HH plus cheap apps.

Right across the street Icon Grill has good food and during HH the entire lounge menu is 1/2 price. The Ultimate Mac n Cheese is really good as is the Cajun Chicken Sandwich and most of the other stuff I've tried is good, too.

There is a Whole Foods Market nearby and in the same building the HHs at Tutta Bella and Seastar are both worth trying. Seastar has Kobe beef sliders that are really, really good. Good Penn Cove mussels in coconut broth, too.

Ivar's is also good for HH. The Penn Cove mussels in coconut curry are great.

El Puerco Lloron is a good stop for bargain Mexican food on the Pike Place Hill Climb. Le Pichet is pretty affordable for breakfast or a light lunch.

Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Icon Grill
1933 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Tutta Bella
4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Whole Foods Markets
, Redmond, WA 98052

El Puerco Lloron
1501 Western Ave Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98101

Jan 23, 2011
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HAnd tossed Chinese noodles

Chiang's Gourmet and Fushen both have them.

I'm probably in the minority when I say that I prefer the noodles at Fushen. Their vegetable chow mien with hand made noodles is especially good.

This pic show what they look like.

Jan 17, 2011
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Best Orange Beef

It's a rare occasion that I order Orange Beef but I had some recently at Fushen,[ 9019 Aurora Ave N]
and it was really good. It was fairly large slices of fried beef but very tender and the sauce was not too sweet.

Jan 11, 2011
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Old fashion chow mein over crispy noodles

Are you talking about the crunchy short chow mein noodles that come out of a can?

Jan 06, 2011
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Weekday breakfast in downtown Seattle

I'll second Le Pichet. I had a great breakfast experience there. Pastries, coffee and food were all very good.

Jan 04, 2011
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

College Inn broth in Seattle?

I usually see it at Bartell Drugs.

Dec 27, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Birthday dinner for a 17 year old

I don't know if it woudl really qualify as fun but I think Schuckers would be a great place for a small birthday dinner. Casual but very good with nice seafood options [oysters Rockefeller for one] and good desserts.

Etta's Seafood in the market would also be a nice place for a birthday dinner.

Etta's Seafood
2020 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Dec 15, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Unpretentious homestyle food downtown?

Icon Grill also has a Happy Hour from 3-6 where the entire lounge menu is half price... including the Ultimate Mac n Cheese and some other tasty items. We have also had good service there.

Dec 05, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Rillettes on the Eastside?

I was at Le Pichet this summer and had a great endive salad with white fish rillettes. You might need to check the current menu to see if it's still there.

Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Nov 09, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Pizza for Very Discerning Visitors

I'll second Bambino's. My wife and I both love this place. Quality toppings on crust that is actually crispy right to the center of the pie.

Nov 09, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Authentic Vietnamese food?

Pesos? Cowgirls Inc.?

Nov 09, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Learning East Indian dining

We ate at Oh India today at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. The food was good and the buffet expansive. It's in the spot formerly occupied by Udupi Palace and we both thought the food was better than Udupi. This was a Dawali special buffet so it might have had some special items... we don't know as this was our first time but we will be back. It was worth a trip across the bridge.

I wasn't really sure what you meant by Indo-Chinese but I got to try it here! They had gobi Manchurian, chicken Manchurian, chicken fried rice, goat fried rice and a vegetable noodle stir fry. The buffet also included chutneys [coconut, mint and peanut were are great], raita, yogurt rice, idli, spinach pakora, fried bread, naan, sambar, rasam, chana masala, dahl, vegetable makhni, mutter paneer, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, fish curry, fried plantain, carrot dessert, ras malai, gulab jamun. I'm sure I missed a couple, too.

I tried to take a bite of most things. Everything I tried was at least okay. The fish curry was pretty weak, tilapia that could have been fresher. The vegetarian foods and southern indian dishes were very good at least some of the best I've had in my limited experience of South Indian. The Indo-Chinese dishes were good... unusual for me but tasty. The chicken Manchurian was quite good as was the gobi Manchurian. The goat fried rice was also good.

I thought Oh India was better than many of the Indian restaurants I've tried in Seattle and was a nice experience for the great variety. The place is fairly new and they did a nice decor makeover on the space. The servers were attentive but it seemed like some were still new. I had to ask to get a copy of my credit card receipt. The price is higher than any of the other Indian buffets but I think in part due to the large number of items offered.

If you are looking for Indo-Chinese then I think this place is worth a trip.

Nov 06, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

thanksgiving dinner

Ray's Boathouse has a family Thanksgiving sit down and Ray's Cafe has a Thanksgiving buffet. I would be more inclined to do the buffet upstairs.

Ray's Boathouse Restaurant
6049 Seaview Ave., Seattle, WA 98107

Oct 18, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Special Indian or Thai dinner downtown?

I agree not much Thai or Indian downtown... but there is Thai-ish.

I think Wild Ginger would work for what you are looking for... though I'm not sure about the price range for wine. They have a vegetarian menu and I've have enjoyed meals there when I have gone. I've come in under $50 for 2 but we were just having tea with our dinner.

If you can make the Happy Hour time frame [4-6] The Triple Door is served by Wild Ginger's kitchen and has good prices on drinks and appetizers. You could definitely eat here in your price range.

Triple Door
216 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101

Oct 09, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

jambalaya pairing?

For red I think a primitivo would work well with that dish. Medium bodied but the ones I've had have been lower alcohol than Zin.

For a white i think a verdejo would be great. Similar to sauv. blanc.

Sep 28, 2010
seattleviking in Wine

4 nights in Seattle - 25th Anniversary

Afternoon pint and pomme frites... well, just good fries. Icon Grill have really good thin fries, skin on. You can get them with gravy, molten cheese or chil con queso. Happy hour is 3-6.

Sep 28, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Seattle dinner - good food that won't break the bank?

List in Belltown has reasonable prices. I've been for HH a couple times but have been happy with the food each time. The wild mushroom and roasted onion chicken was really good and the calamari was some of my favorite in Seattle. The gnocchi with black truffle cream was also one of our favorite dishes. Servings are pretty generous and the highest priced item is $14. It's one of the better bargains I have found for Italian.

Sep 27, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Need help finding Thai "boat noodles" in Seattle

I didn't know what Boat Noodles were but after a google image search they look like the noodle soup I had at Thai Curry Simple for a Saturday special a couple weeks ago. The dish I had was vermicelli noodles in broth with simmered pork spare ribs and there were small bits of pork blood in the broth. It was topped with bean sprouts, basil and served with lime. I don't remember the name of the dish but if you give them a call they could probably tell you if it's Boat Noodles. The owner is very helpful so I'm sure it be no problem to find out for sure.

Sep 25, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Excellent Felafel found

Maybe the reopened King Falafel Grill?

King Falafel Grill
8102 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Sep 15, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Seattle for Japanese visitor

For a guest from Japan hitting the Ivar's Salmon House Happy Hour would probably be good bet. The building makes it worth a visit for out of town guests. It's also right in your hood.

Ivar's Salmon House
401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105

Sep 13, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Where To Lunch By The Train Station?

I'll also say that Thai Curry Simple would be a great choice. We had a couple of Saturday specials yesterday and they were both really good. My vermicelli with a curry broth, spare ribs and pork blood was really great. Kind of like a Thai version of Bun Bo Hue.

If you are more in a sandwich mood then Tat's Deli is just a couples blocks farther than Salumi. The Hot Beef with a side of au jus is great... I've liked all the hot and cold sandwiches I've tried there.

Sep 12, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Source of fenugreek leaves - Tacoma area

A Persian grocery would have dried fenugreek leaves. They are used in some Persian recipes like Ghormeh Sabzi. The places I know of are all in Seattle or Bellevue... Pacific Market in Seattle or Neda Persian Grocery in Bellevue.

The seeds have a similar fragrance but I'm not sure if they would work as a substitute.

Sep 10, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Difficult to find ingredients

You might try giving Pacific Market a call. 12332 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125 (206) 363-8639. They sell Persian groceries and have a deli.

I'm pretty sure they have the Iranian saffron and rose petals. It's been a while since I've been so I can't say for sure what you would find and they don't have a web site as far as I can tell.

Sep 05, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Favorite Teriyaki Joint?

I really like the teriyaki at Setsuna. For the chicken they use thighs with skin on. Their dinner special is a bargain: Miso soup, salad, rice and choose two entree items for $10. It's not going to rival Nishino or anything but it's a good value and the food is good. I like to get get teriyaki chicken and shrimp tempura.

Sep 03, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Who has the best mussels in Seattle ?

Ivar's Acre's of Clams Penn Cove mussels in coconut curry sauce has been my favorite so far.

Eva also has really good mussels. The seasoning changes seasonally but they are always good.

Aug 27, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Downtown Itallian restaraunt suggestions?

1940 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Aug 26, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Great Happy Hours

I like the HH at List. The $14 dollar bottle of red wine is better than all the other HH wine I've had [last couple times it was Vitiano 2007]. The gnochi with black truffle cream is really good and the fried calamari is was one the the better preparations I've had. I'm also a fan of the chicken breast with wild mushroom sauce served over arugula. The food is half price.

Ivar's Acres of Clams has a good HH and I think the food is better than at the Salmon House. The mussels in coconut curry were a stand out. They have Ninkasi IPA on tap, too.

Ivar's Acres of Clams
1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

Aug 09, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Any Philly Cheesesteak's in SEA worth trying?

If you do decide to venture out the Hot Beef with au jus is so good that still I still haven't quite gotten around to trying the cheesesteak. I am a fan of the Tatstrami which was the first sandwich I tried at Tat's.

Aug 05, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Looking for Sushi??

The Crab Pot looked much better than it should have on Man vs Food...

Jul 29, 2010
seattleviking in Greater Seattle

Farmers' market at Pike Place

If you really need to park at/near the Market then Costplus offers an hour or parking. Of course you will have to buy something at Costplus but it gives you a better parking value if you get something besides parking in the deal.

On Sundays if you go between 9 and 9:30 AM you can often find street parking which is free on Sundays. It's also not as crowded at that time and the booths are set up. We have found some great, local, organic produce are very good prices. Last time it was beets with excellen greens for $2 a bunch, basil $2, carrots $2. Lot's of fresh herbs and cheaper than Whole Paycheck.

Jul 28, 2010
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