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Italian spaghetti on Eastside?

My husband likes Italian food...of course...he's French from New Hampshire....go figure. I've had great Italian in NYC, and I suppose that he's used to that East Coast Yummy Italian food, but I am having a tough time finding a regular Italian dive restaurant with decent food. I like the hoitie toitie Italian restaurants near the sports arenas in the city, but where can we go on the Eastside? Don't tell me to cook, I would burn the water before I could get the spaghetti noodles in the pan. Oh, and it can't be expensive...or I'll never get my husband to go.

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest

Seattle or Eastside - Restaurant to celebrate an anniversary

My first husband proposed to me at Canlis, so fond memories. My second husband proposed at a fifties-style hamburger joint in LA somewhere. My third husband proposed to me in his home kitchen...so...it all seems to go downhill over time. I have to ask: What stage is this anniversary in your life? If you are still in the happy stage: I like Canlis...even though it's not as good as used to be. For a regular small town feel, I like Bis because it reminds me of a cute Parisian guy who took me there. But, Bis is not as much of a dressy-up kind of place...and gals love dressy-upping. I thought that Yarrow Point Grill was romantic...but I haven't chowed down there lately. If you are still in love enough to go over the bridge, most women like to go to Belltown. Waterfront or just about anything is fun....if you are trying to impress her...try Gaucho...rediculous price...food was just ok last time I went but it makes me feel like I'm in a different part of the world. If you are in the "proposing in someone's kitchen" side of life, you could probably get away with Beach Cafe in Carillon...because it's dressy-ish...but not foodie worthy. There is a sweet little French or Italian cafe in downtown Kirkland..and it's right across from some Mexican restaurant. It is perpendicular to Lake street...and there are only one or two streets that it could be on. Someone else might know the name. (I love great food, but I think that an anniversary calls for something that "feels" special.) I haven't been to several of these places for a while...so I hope they still exist. I'm in the "go to the fast-food restaurant within walking distance" part of my marriage.

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest

Is Filipino food embarassing?

I can't and won't learn to cook. Where can I get Adobo? Even bad adobo is good...I think. And I live outside the city (in the foodie hell of Redmond)...anything east north south of seattle...is helpful.

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Greater Seattle

Cafe Juanita

I'm an Eastsider and I haven't been to CJ since about the 90's. How much is it for that meal you described (approx)? It sounds wonderful.

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest

Best place to buy fish in Seattle?

When people talk about the fresh salmon at Uwajimaya's, is it just as good on the Eastside (Bellevue/Redmond) branch?

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest

Where to move for food

I think that when a person says "ghetto", it means it is "uncool". When I think of a hip neighborhood, I wouldn't put Lake City on the list. It is inexpensive and safe...but very strip mall.

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest

Where to move for food

I live way out in the suburbs (due to marriage), and I vote for Ballard. It's still a friendly place. Actually, West Seattle is even friendlier...though it takes a bit longer to commute to downtown.

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest

Union, Canlis, or Crush.

Canlis was good until they took out the piano bar. Peter is rolling over in his grave.

Sep 23, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest

Eastside: I beg for your suggestions

I have read through the chowhound archives, but I still beg you to help me, a former Belltown woman. My new husband lives in Redmond and he hates to drive to (or in) Seattle. He's from some small town in New Hampshire and has never lived in a city.
I'm 50something years old. I don't cook. I burn everything. It's too late to start now.
Tell me anyplace: restaurant, precooked food, sandwich stand, u-pick veggies, drive-though (just kidding). I need anyplace with decent food that I can get to without crossing a bridge. Please also tell me what you ordered at the restaurant.
My husband and I travel. We go from heavenly pastries and asian food in Paris and chocolate in Bruge to ..... this desert...this hellhole of fast food ghettos. I'll take any suggestions...Woodinville? Bellevue? Kirkland? Duvall? Carnation? I just ate about a pound of u-pick raspberries from Remlinger farms because it tasted like real food which hadn't been nuked in a 7-11. There is only so much I can take. I would jump off the roof if I could find a decent bagel, a French pastry with good whipped cream (and I would even go across the bridge for that), a plate of eastside spagetti that doesn't taste like tin-can tomatos. Help. Have pitty on me. Toss me a bone.

Jul 06, 2007
tinaweha in Pacific Northwest