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...but not Tutta Bella

Went to Anchovies and Olives with our then 18 month old last summer. Very good food and as importantly, the staff was amazing at managing our needs. The kitchen is totally open so it's great fun to watch them prepare food (there is a little stairway to one side that allows you to have a birdseye view). The staff was just lovely. I think it would be great!

Apr 15, 2011
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Austin CH visiting Seattle with toddler

We have a 2 year old, and have found success with the following restaurants:

1) Flying Squirrel: really great pizza (not as good as Serious Pie, IMO) fresh rotating specials. And on the weeknight, before 7pm, every table will have a toddler. Really low key.

2) Palace Kitchen: yummy, and waitstaff have been very accommodating.

3) Pike Street Fish Fry: totally low key, and the fried oysters are totally yummy.

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Palace Kitchen
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Pike Street Fish Fry
925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Mar 22, 2011
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Eltana

My husband spent a summer in Montreal in his youth, and loves Eltana for it's faithfulness to Montreal style bagels -- slightly smaller, sometimes chewier, with a little malt added to the dough.

We've eaten at Eltana several times - the owner is incredibly acommodating, and the space is lovely. The only downside? No lox for bagels, and a plan not to add it.

Dec 31, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Latkes?

Not to get too lowbrow, but the frozen Trader Joes latkes are quite good, especially when panfried. I will not stack them up against homemade, but if you are looking for an easy weeknight Hannukah dinner without making your kitchen smell like oil for days, these fit the bill in our family.

Dec 03, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Luau on the Big Island?

We are foodies from Seattle planning a week long trip to the Kona side of the Big Island in January. Our toddler will be with us, and I'm contemplating whether a luau is a completely stupid idea. I think our toddler would enjoy the show, and I have to admit that I would too (I almost hate to admit it).

What is the quality of food like at the best luau? I have read in several spots that Kona Village does the best, but I'm sure you'll tell me if you disagree. We love fresh food and would be happy to eat fresh food prepared simply, but I'm not excited about spending 100/head on a crappy steam table buffet.

Oct 05, 2010
blue2000 in Hawaii

Seattle Iconic Restaurant recommendations??

Ever since I got worms (grubs? Larva?) on my oysters and the guy who was cleaning (ha!) shrugged and sneered at me when I pointed it out, I haven't gone back to Emmet Watsons.

Aug 16, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Planning a year's worth of eating out

This is fun! If you are trying to limit yourself, I'd take off:
Andaluca
Dinette
Steelhead (totally overrated, IMO)
Mama Melina
Serafina
Georgian Room

I'd add:
Crush

You have Crow on twice.

Have fun!!

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Andaluca Restaurant
407 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101

Aug 04, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Restaurant suggestions for a 2-3 day visit with a 4 year old

Definitely an early dinner -- I wouldn't even try past 6:00, but if you get one of the tables by the window there are plenty of things to watch, there are many options for kids (their fries) and a parent can enjoy a cocktail.

Jul 07, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Restaurant suggestions for a 2-3 day visit with a 4 year old

We have an 18 month old and there are several restaurants that we take him to -- certainly a four and a half year old could be more patient than a toddler.

Vios Cafe in Capitol HIll has a play room in the back that may tend toward the younger end of the spectrum, but is quite good Greek and very welcoming of families with small children.

Tamarind Tree is great Vietnamese with a ton of action and speedy (though at times inconsistent) service. There is enough going on and my son is always interested in what's going on around him.

Quinns (named after the owner's child) is high end pub-grub. I've seen many an under five year old there, though there are plenty of cool-kid hipsters too.

Palace Kitchen was amazing with our child -- the service was thoughtful and we love their food. They were great about bringing milk and bread early, sat us in a back corner surrounded by other families (this was a plus in my book) and there are many child friendly dishes (the plin is my favorite).

Flying Squirrel PIzza in Seward Park is very good pizza and very easy with kids -- yummy seasonal combos and I like the crust. I'm not a big fan of Tutta Bella's crust, but I definitely think it's a personal preference thing.

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Palace Kitchen
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Tutta Bella
4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Jul 06, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

New Mistral

Anyone have opinions about the new Mistral Kitchen? My husband and I are planning a celebration dinner for the 2 of us to celebrate a graduation of sorts. We had originally planned to go to Corson Building and gotten a reservation, but they evidently have a special event for that night. We now have to figure out plan B. We love Crush and it tends to be our go-to for special dinners, but I was thinking of branching out ot the tasting menu at the Jewel Box at Mistral. Anyone have reviews? Any other ideas? We are happy to spend a chunk of money if necessary, like good service, but good, thoughtful food is our most important requirement. A festive atmosphere is a plus as well.

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Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

May 26, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Breakfast for Dinner with Grandmother

Just to stay on topic, where did you go. And by the way, I think it's AWESOME that you are taking your 95 year old grandma out to dinner, and that she's eating breakfast for dinner. You guys rock.

Mar 16, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. (SEA)

We finally tried Flying Squirrel tonight. Very good pizza -- liked the crust a lot, had the one with special salami and carmelized onions. Crust was lovely, well cooked and very pleasant. For the parents of a 15 month old, the easy on-street parking, relaxed staff and many other families with small children made it even more enjoyable, because I could relax and enjoy my pizza rather than worrying about ruining other people's nights. I think this will enter our rotation.

Mar 16, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Steelhead Diner - what happened?

Not to pile on, but I ate at Steelhead a couple of years ago, and have never understood why the food has gotten rave reviews. The service was good, it has a nice setting, but I thought the food was utterly forgettable, even at it's apparent peak. Oh well, not every restaurant is for everyone. With the way it's consistently endorsed here, I always felt out of sync with other posters.

Mar 05, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Corson Building exceeds expectations...

What?! Are you implying that MY toddler can't sit through a multicourse fancy meal?! I'm offended -- just didn't know how casual or lengthy brunch is -- we're definitely planning a special evening there sans child, just wondering if brunch was a remote possibility. I guess we'll be waiting for a few (many) years.

Feb 27, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Solo Dining Options - Weeknight...

For a "nice" meal, the bar at Crush can't be beat. The servers are awesome, my husband and I often walk in on a weeknight to eat at the bar and always have a truly awesome meal. We often strike up a conversation with solo diners.

Also, Harvest Vine has a great bar; have to admit I haven't eaten there since all the upheaval in management, so I can't speak to recent food quality.

Feb 27, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Corson Building exceeds expectations...

We have a small child and would like to try Corson. Do you think a brunch would be do-able with a kid? He's well behaved, but still an under-two year old. Or should we just get a babysitter for an evening for my husband and I to celebrate solo?

Feb 23, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Best Seattle Fish and Chips?

Not exactly what you were looking for, but had the fried oysters at Pike Street Fish Fry on Friday night. Exactly what I was hoping for. Oysters were incredibly fresh and briny, succulent and tender. The breading was light, hot, fresh and the grease tasted fresh. I had the lemon aoili which was a nice foil. Came with a small serving of fries that were good as well. I've had somewhat inconsistent food at PSFF, but these were heaven, and worth a trip if you like fried oysters.

Feb 07, 2010
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Ideas for Steamboat?

Headed for a ski vacation next week to Steamboat. We're from the Pacific NW, our friends are driving up from Ft. Collins. Any not-to-be missed spots? I've searched the board with little luck; both Mountain States and the old Elsewhere in America. We're looking for all range of meals, both high end and low-brow. We're adventurous eaters with no dietary issues. We will have a 3 year old and a 14 month old with us and though we'd love to know of great places for kids, we're also imagining a few nights of adult only eating. In general, we go for quality of food over ambience. Thanks in advance!

Feb 02, 2010
blue2000 in Mountain States

Seattle Pizza with Ground Sausage

All purpose pizza does their sausage this way. They also have a nice sourdough crust. I really like their pizza -- it's not New York style or Chicago style or Neopolitan style, it's just yummy. Sauce is herby and a sausage and carmelized onion pie is pretty dang terrific.

Dec 09, 2009
blue2000 in Greater Seattle

Solo dining suggestions in Seattle?

Agree with all of the above. If you're willing to go slightly farther, the bar at Harvest Vine is always good. Serious Pie, while it doesn't have a bar, is communal seating so that may be an option. Also Union has a nice bar with yummy treats (especially at happy hour). There are a ton of good options for dining alone if you're willing to eat at the bar.

Sep 06, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Party of One - need a good meal while in SEA

Also consider the bar at Harvest Vine. Traditional style tapas, can watch the chef's prepare food. Super friendly, super good food. Highly recommend.

Jul 03, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Serious Pie or Via Tribunali?

I personally prefer Serious Pie to Via Tribunali. I think the center of VT is too wet/watery, and it bothers me that they fly ingredients over from Italy rather than use the local NW produce. I know that that's basically the point -- that they adhere to a rigorous standard of Neopolitan style pizza, but I prefer fresh NW foraged mushrooms to canned ones. Veraci hits a sweet spot for me as well. I do like Serious Pie, especially the crust

Jul 03, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Crush or Lark?

Love Love Love both restaurants. For special occaisions, I definitely prefer Crush because I hate not having a reservation. I will say though, that if you're going out with vegetarians, I'd give the edge to Lark. Because of their small plates, it's easier to put a meal together there. Plus, Crush is pretty meat focused. So you can't go wrong with either, but they do have slight differences.

Jun 17, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Where to go with a picky eater? (SEA)

I agree with these two suggestions, especially if your husband is a carnivore. Excellent meat dishes, things he will recognize (and enjoy) and very good quality. The roasted chicken at Presse is awesome, as is the steak frites

May 11, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Eating in the bar somewhere on 2/14 SEA

My husband & I have had great luck at the Crush bar in the past. Might be worthwhile to call in advance and see if there's anything special (are they serving set menu, etc) but it's amazing to watch a small AWESOME kitchen turn out plate after plate of amazing food. Also, I always think about Palace Kitchen if you want to stay downtown. Another fun place could be Serious Pie, I bet they wouldn't be super crowded on v-day

Feb 12, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

downtown seattle, solo

I vote for Palace Kitchen, at the bar. Food is great, and I think TD's service is reliably warm and wonderful -- something that I find especially important when dining alone.

Jan 12, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Need restaurant tips for solo dining in Seattle

I think eating at the bar at Harvest Vine is a reliably great experience, especially, if you put yourself in the chefs' hands. Plus, there is often other solo diners there and it can be a pleasant social event as well. Yummy tapas, don't miss the roasted cauliflower if they have it

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Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Jan 12, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Seattle dinner, no alcohol -- recs?

As someone who recently gave birth, I spent the last nine months avoiding alcohol in Seattle restaurants. One thing you could consider is choosing a place that does fun non-alcoholic drinks. Lola comes to mind, and I think Tilth as well. Crush will make you something yummy sans alcohol too.

Jan 11, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Best Rueben?

Maybe not the BEST rueben in Seattle, but I have great affection for the one from Essential Bakery, probably because the bread is great, and the saurkraut is made with red cabbage.

Jan 11, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest

Gastropubs in Seattle?

Quinns is an obvious choice.

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Quinn's Pub
1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA

Jan 05, 2009
blue2000 in Pacific Northwest