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The big 60 in SF

If you read the title of the post, therein lies the purpose. To what end - the French Laundry was booked.

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

The big 60 in SF

I haven't done the top end SF restaurant thing in a long time, but I am after that now. Recommendations?

What should I eat to get a "Bite of Seattle"?

Knowing that "The Bite" is in the rearview mirror, I offer this in hindsight. Skip most of the Bite except the alley, the wine garden, and cooking demos. Also noteworthy was Serious Pie, which I learned, from reading posts here, is owned by Tom Douglas. We went to the Bite on Sunday, rain had made a mess of most of grass. There were dozens and dozens of eateries offering food I can only describe as the carnival circuit. Elephant ears, curly fries, BBQ ribs, watered down lemonade, and a cajun place offering crab cakes that didn't taste like crab for $7. The alley was quite good though. The $8.50 admission went to charity. The lamb and the dessert were quite lovely. The wine garden offered a souvenier wine glass and two very generous pours for $6.50. We got our groove on listening to smooth jazz and attended two great cooking demonstrations featuring chefs from the Union and Il Fornaio. We had a great time! I wouldn't want it to be my only experience eatting in Seattle. I'm only saying I found it worthwhile.

Jul 25, 2007
capsicumNW in Pacific Northwest

Good dining in Juneau?

I lived in Juneau for 35 years but it still chagrins me to report that Juneau is notorious for overpriced mediocre food. One learns to cook out of self defense, or one learns to part with lots of money for ordinary fare, in the hope that the camraderie will make up for what the food is missing. Having said that, when last I ate in Juneau, Zephyr was the newest exciting place to eat. They make a decent cocktail and the mahamurra or steamer clams as an appetizer are quite acceptable. I also liked their veal, tablemates found the lamb quite good. It's funny how soon we forget, but out at the "McNugget intersection" near the airport, there's a pretty decent sushi bar, the name of the joint slips my memory. I have never had very good food at Doc Waters. The Hanger is OK for a caesar or fish and chips or a burger, as long as your expectations aren't too high. It has a great view. I would not recommend Zen, I ate there once. It was far to ordinary for the exorbitant prices. Hillpagan is absolutely correct, the best restaurants are in the homes of Juneauites who know what to do with a fillet of salmon or halibut, a bucket of clams from Gambier bay, or a crab fresh from the pot. Enjoy your trip - don't forget to pack a rain coat.

Layover at the Seattle Airport

I would go with Bai Tong Restaurant. They are still in operation, though in a different location from the original on International Blvd. They are now at 16876 Southcenter Parkway, Tukilla - still easy access to the airport. Bai Tong began in 1989 by a Thai Airways flight attendent principally to serve the Thai Air crew and they have been going strong ever since. When traveling in and out of Alaska I used to arrange for a layover just to get a meal at Bai Tong. I have since moved to Seattle and can now satisfy that need whenever I choose. You won't be disipointed.

Jul 24, 2007
capsicumNW in Greater Seattle

Pastrami in Seattle

My wife and I recently moved to Seattle and have yearned for a great pastrami sandwich. Is there anything on a par with (or even a close runner-up to) the Carnegie Deli in NYC or is that just too much to hope for?

Jul 19, 2007
capsicumNW in Greater Seattle