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Desperately Seeking Nanaimo Bars-Seattle

Michou at Pike Place Market often has them. Again, I'd call ahead to be sure.

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Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

Mar 14, 2011
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Mole emergency

My choice would be to use shoulder for this. IMO pork belly is best savored on its own, and may be too fatty for tamales. But that's just my intuition; I'd be curious to hear other opinions.

Feb 03, 2011
voodoobec in Home Cooking

3 Cheers for Il Bistro

Happy birthday!

I completely agree with you about Il Bistro. It's very underrated (or simply overlooked?) IMO. I had a spectacular dinner there with probably the best service I've ever had, and I've eaten at Canlis, which I consider a gold standard in service. I love the atmosphere as well as the food.

They have a very good happy hour 7 days a week from 5-6:30; specials on wine and small plates in the bar. I think I've tried everything on the happy hour menu and nothing disappoints! My favorites, though, are the sauteed calimari (in a light red sauce), pepperoni pizza (really!), and the goat cheese ravioli.

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Il Bistro
93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Feb 03, 2011
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

All-you-can-eat ribs anywhere near Seattle?

My husband has been to a place called Wicked Rack in Everett for all-you-can-eat ribs on Wednesday nights. According to their website, it is still offered (for $15.95). He says they're nice and meaty, and you have a choice of 2 styles (which he characterized as "smoky" and "spicy").

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Wicked Rack Bar-B-Que
10121 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98204

Jan 25, 2011
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Help Rank High-End Restaurants in Seattle

I felt the same way about Dahlia. It somehow felt dated, like maybe 15 years ago it was great, and was trying to keep up, but had lost its luster. I was both underimpressed with the service and the food when I went.

Nov 30, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Dining out with a vegetarian

Of course, if anyone has a suggestion for a Mexican place of that caliber around Seattle, I would love to hear about it!

Nov 01, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Dining out with a vegetarian

I don't doubt that there is food suitable for vegetarians at Mexican restaurants. I'm just not aware of any Mexican places in the area that offer the type of upscale dining experience I'm seeking. If we were in Chicago, I'd be making reservations at one of Rick Bayless's places. But we're not.

Nov 01, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Dining out with a vegetarian

That helps! Thank you. I also like PAO's suggestion of calling ahead; it can't hurt to ask, I suppose.

Oct 27, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Dining out with a vegetarian

I'll tell her about it; if she's interested I'll let it be her pick.

Oct 27, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Dining out with a vegetarian

That's a good list of places for me to investigate. Mexican maybe not so much...

I'm trying to come up with a good description of the type of places I'm looking for....I feel this is my opportunity to visit restaurants that pique my interest or that I've heard some "buzz" about when my pick rolls around. I am interested in choosing mid-range to slightly upscale modern fine dining places and places that are "must-try" dining for Seattle.

Like I said, from looking at menus online I've had to rule out a few (seems like Ethan Stowell's places were among them) and would like to know where there are options that all of us might enjoy.

Oct 27, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Dining out with a vegetarian

Oh yes, thank you - I should add Luc to our list. We peeked in the window when we walked by on our way to Rover's and it looked like a fun place.

Oct 27, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Dining out with a vegetarian

A group of friends and I have formed a sort of a dining club, where we get together monthly and visit a restaurant we haven't tried before for dinner. One of the members is vegetarian, and I'm not talking about the "flexitarian" who eats chicken or even seafood (although she does eat dairy and eggs). We take turns choosing places to visit, and I am beginning to feel that I am running out of options for places that can accommodate her.

So far we have been to:
- Il Bistro
- Dahlia Lounge
- Lola
- Joule
- Rover's (during Restaurant week)

We are planning to go to:
- Poppy
- Tango

We considered Crush and Le Pichet but it appears there is literally nothing on their menus for her, and I have looked online and ruled out a few others, as well. I know about Cafe Flora and Carmelita, and assume she can choose them when her turn comes. Meanwhile, I want to find places that will satisfy her as well as the omnivores in the group. (It seems that she does not mind having a limited number of choices from a menu, and we tend to share only first courses and desserts.)

Suggestions from my fellow chowhounds would be appreciated!

Oct 27, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Restaurant Week Raves

Last night we went to Crush, which I chose after seeing their Restaurant Week menu online. Unfortunately, the offerings were not what I had previewed, but thankfully the one item I had been most excited about, the pork belly, was still there, although it was served with farro rather than grits as previously advertised. That was only a minor upset, as the farro offered a nice textural element, and the accompanying sauce had an incredible depth of flavor to it (excellent size portion, as well).
The other first courses offered were a Creamy Onion Soup (amazingly sweet, with not a hint of bitterness) and a green salad with sous vide vegetables (oops! missing the pistachios that were on the menu).
Main course options included Flat Iron Steak with watercress and a savory bread pudding (perfectly cooked, beautifully tender steak, excellent sides), Potato Gnocchi with browned butter and wild mushrooms (chanterelles and lobster mushrooms, no pumpkin in sight despite the menu's description, but pillowy soft gnocchi and very rich sauce), and Skate Wing with Israeli couscous and romesco sauce (our server, a self-proclaimed non-seafood eater, gave us what turned out to be an excellent description of skate, which none of us had eaten before - "shellfish-like flavor, with a tender texture").
Desserts: Blondie with praline ice cream and chocolate drizzle (my husband was disappointed that it didn't come with the salted caramel sauce noted on the menu - this turned out to be a rather "ordinary" dessert), "Beignets" with huckleberry compote (these appeared to be some kind of fried encrusted custard rather than a dough-based fritter), and a cheese plate with a soft ripened cheese, a firm cheese, huckleberry compote, and little fruit bread toasts (my companions insisted that cheese is not a dessert, but I prevailed in ordering it, and to their ultimate delight it was incredibly satisfying.)
We were also brought some lovely salted rosemary bread with butter and a plate of gruyere gougères, which were fantastic. We tried some of the house cocktails off of the menu - I had a gin/cucumber/mint concoction that made me swoon.
All in all, it was quite enjoyable. It was clear that the kitchen was improvising on the menu a bit; even the waitstaff wasn't quite sure what they were delivering at times. Telling me about my gnocchi, the server peered into my plate and said, "...and it looks like there are some tomatoes there, too." I thought it was funny that the blondie and beignets came with full narrative, and nothing was said about the cheese, which turned out to be the most alluring final course. We had to ask what the cheeses were. (Of course, the only thing I remember is that they were both French.)
Great experience, quite different from last week's visit to Rover's, but more my style - modern food, relaxed atmosphere.

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Crush
2319 E. Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112

Oct 27, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Restaurant Week Raves

Last night was our first outing of Restaurant Week: Rover's. For me, it's the only way I will be likely to eat there, so it was definitely worthwhile, but like many RW experiences, probably not as good as you would get if you went for the full-price offering.

Our table's impressions:
1st Course
Butternut Squash Soup - velvety and rich, like a bowlful of fall
Smoked salmon - hot-smoked northwest style, very flavorful
(None of us ordered the salad)

Main Course
Vegetable Terrine with Farro - quite good for a veg entree
Pacific Cod with foraged shrooms and chard - perfectly cooked, savory flavors, slightly sloppy presentation (in this regard does not measure up to the Halibut on Canlis's RW menu last April)
Guinea Fowl - I almost wish I'd had this, the accompanying roasted vegetables looked so good

Desserts
Espresso Creme Brulee - delicious, lighter than some
Chocolate Gateau - good, our least favorite dessert
Apple Tartlet - fantastic pastry crust, surprise winner

One of our party opted for the $25 wine pairings, two of us had only the wines paired with our entrees. All were spot-on incredible.

For me, the whole experience was magical, the atmosphere very warm, and the service gracious. I'm incredibly grateful to be offered the chance to visit a restaurant that's normally out of my reach. I blogged about more of my impressions: http://sporkoutloud.blogspot.com/2010...

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Rover's
2808 East Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112

Oct 20, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Restaurant Week Raves

I only recently discovered Il Bistro myself, and am now quite smitten with it. I have tried all of the appetizers on the RW menu; all are good, don't discount the bruschetta.

The salmon dish listed in the entree choices was the special the night I was there for dinner, and it was incredible! My server brought me a taste of wine he recommended to pair with it, and it was one of the best pairings I've ever experienced. Sadly, I already had a glass and couldn't handle another. Sorry to say I don't recall what it was (it was a red), but I'm sure they can help you if you're interested.

In fact, I blogged about my visit; I hope it's kosher to share the link: http://sporkoutloud.blogspot.com/2010...

Enjoy!

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Il Bistro
93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Oct 20, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

Oh Charles, I'm so sorry to hear that. What a disappointment.

Oct 05, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

I remembered reading this thread and thought that someone here might be interested. I like the idea of a meetup, but unfortunately, $65+ is a little high for my dining budget; I'm more of a Restaurant Week and Mobile Chowdown kind of gal...
Hope you enjoy it and be sure to report back!

Sep 24, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Is Filipino food embarassing?

It has just been announced that Harvest Vine is "going Filipino" for one night -- Monday, October 4.

Menu:
Fresh Prawn and Pork Lumpia
Longaniza House-Made Sausage
Sinigang Seafood in Soured Broth
Adobong Manok Chicken Stewed with Vinegar and Garlic
Lechon Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Liver Sauce
Halo Halo Parfait of Candied Beans, Fruit, Flan and Purple Yam Ice Cream

Monday, October 4th: 3 communal seatings
6:30pm, 20 guests in the open kitchen dining room
7:15pm, 20 guests in the first wine cellar dining room
8:00pm, 20 guests in the second wine cellar dining room

Cost is $65 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. For reservations, call The Harvest Vine: 206-320-9771

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voraci...

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Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Sep 24, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Favorite Teriyaki Joint?

Yep, another scary teriyaki joint downtown gets my vote: Osaka Teriyaki at 2nd & Pike. Dirty floors, smoke billowing everywhere, line out the door... that's the place! I would never have eaten here if my friends hadn't been the "runners" picking up food from there first.

Order the lunch special - there's so much turnover the meat can't possibly be sitting out long; the grill is always full of juicy chicken thighs. $5.50 gets you delicious grilled chicken, a generous portion of sticky rice, and lettuce salad with slightly watery ranch dressing (good for dipping the chicken). Itadakimas!

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Osaka Grill Teriyaki & Deli
128 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Sep 03, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Best Burger in Seatown?

If you want an inexpensive, grilled burger made from fresh-ground chuck, oozing with cheese, perhaps topped with Mama Lil's peppers or just some good old fashioned bacon, I highly recommend Zippy's Giant Burgers in West Seattle. Have some great hand-cut fries and/or crispy onion rings alongside, a cane sugar soda or hand-dipped shake, and you're good to go!

Beware, there's not much parking or seating, but if there's a line it moves fast.

Sep 02, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Who has the best mussels in Seattle ?

The best mussels I've had in Seattle (and I seem to eat them everywhere I go) were at Matt's in the Market. The mussels themselves were excellent, but the broth - oh the broth! We all wanted straws to slurp it up with. It was the perfect balance of piquant, winy, savory, and buttery!

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Matt's In the Market
94 Pike St Ste 32, Seattle, WA 98101

Aug 28, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Best overall meal in the last year

I was blown away by Joule. It was my first visit, and a friend had picked it. I looked at the menu online beforehand, and was not excited about going. I had no idea what to expect.

In short, I was blown away, as were my friends. Among the five of us, we had something like 20 dishes, and each one was amazing. Each dish was a perfectly orchestrated combination of flavor and texture - I had the pork shoulder, which I quickly realized was an entirely different thing when eaten without the cilantro that accompanied it. We shared a wide variety of small plates, the most memorable being the most perfectly prepared Chinese broccoli I have ever eaten - if memory serves me correctly, there was a citrus element that was a fantastic counterpoint to the bitter greens. The dessert menu, as well, offered surprise hits, including the pearl tapioca "Joule box", which was light and refreshing.

The atmosphere is just a slightly more dressed up version of the usual Seattle casual, but very comfortable, and the service was also casual yet professional. Love, love, loved it!

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Joule
1913 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Aug 18, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

9 hours, 1 person: What to do (and where to eat?) [Leavenworth? Bellingham?]

Sorry I don't have any suggestions for you, but I would not count on Bellingham or Leavenworth being within a 2-hour window from SeaTac. I live in the south end of Seattle and can vouch for the difficulty of getting through traffic in one direction or the other pretty much anytime. I would say that heading south would be somewhat safer so you don't find your window of time eaten up by frustrating slowdowns, Tacoma excepted.

Aug 02, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Farmers' market at Pike Place

Sorry to say, the one hour free parking deal has not been offered for a couple of years now. The $5 all-day Sunday deal is off, as well.

Jul 28, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Family Lost in the Kitchen

I work at Pike Place Market in Seattle, and sugar snap pea season is now upon us. Farmers sell them by the bagful, and I often see tourists snacking on them as the roam the market. Unfortunately, I often see them opening the pods, eating the peas from inside, and discarding the pod! If I have the chance, I sometimes show them how to remove the string and eat the whole thing. To me, tossing the pod of the snap pea is akin to tossing the turkey carcass on Thanksgiving!

(I can't figure out why this is showing twice after my edit...)

Jun 15, 2010
voodoobec in Not About Food

Local source for Sea Beans/Sea Asparagus/Salicornia?

Nope, not Jeremy. This is a slightly older fellow named Kurt.

May 21, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Local source for Sea Beans/Sea Asparagus/Salicornia?

Oh, gosh, I don't know the name of the guy but the "mushroom man" from Arlington who sells at farmers' markets has them on occasion. I also saw them at Sosio's Produce at Pike Place Market recently, I believe.

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Pike Place Market
1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

May 20, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Knife sharpening in Seattle?

I have taken my knives to Seattle Cutlery in Pike Place Market (near Starbucks). They always seem to do a good job for a fair price.
http://shop.seacut.com/index.php?main...

I have also heard rumor that you can take knives to the meat department at QFC (and maybe other stores) for sharpening. I might try it with a less-favorite knife before leaving my Globals with them!

May 16, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

West Seattle Seafood Restaurants ?

Sorry, this reply is too late for you for tonight, but for anyone who finds this thread in a search later, the West Seattle Blog has a very active forum with a Food category. That's another good place to go with West Seattle-related food and restaurant inquiries.
http://westseattleblog.com/forum/foru...

May 10, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle

Help with narrowing down choices for upcoming Seattle sojourn

The last Sunday Supper of the year at Joule was on March 28 according to their Facebook page.

May 05, 2010
voodoobec in Greater Seattle