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Pioneer Square roundup

I tried La Bodega, the Dominican place, the other day and loved the empanadas (both kinds I got were veg--yam and gouda and loroco and some kind of white cheese). Anyone had the sandwiches or salads?

about 7 hours ago
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Pioneer Square roundup

Love love the new Pizzeria Gabbiano (from the Il Corvo guy). What a great addition to the lunch scene. Pizza is by the kilo so you can get smaller pieces of different flavors. Great toppings--today was pancetta and squash, wild mushroom, anchovy and cauli, tallegio and...(I forget). heirloom tomato and pesto. There was a prosciutto and something that ran out when I was in line. They also let me split a salad (I got two smaller portions of different kinds--garbanzo/zucchini and green bean) for the price of the regular size). My piece of pizza and the salad(s) came to $9 which I thought was reasonable. The space is all counter or communal seating which I think is very conducive to a solo work lunch.

Sep 17, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

suggestions for food & drink spots for a vegetarian and a non seafood fan

The Salumi line moves fast. I go ~11:15-11:30 and it's fine--I don't wait long.

Bread on Cap Hill: Bakery Nouveau, though you should be able to get good bread (Macrina, Essential, Tall Grass...) at any good grocery. Though thinking about it, Capitol Hill just has the big chains ie QFC, besides Madison Market.

Poppy is one idea for a Capitol Hill dinner--they have an amazing veg thali but your husband can get the regular thali. Others should give you plenty of ideas on the Hill, there are lots of great places.

Did you check HH threads here? I know we've had them. But here are my non-oyster/seafood favorites in your areas: Tavolata (my very fave), Bastille, Poppy, and Ba Bar.
More: http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

Safeco sandwiches: Rainshadow Squared Meats, Tat's, Delicatus.

Sep 17, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Bar Sajor

It's always interesting to me to read the raves for his food because I just don't get it. I've been to Corson (which was fun even if I didn't find anything delicious), S&S, Bar Sajor and London Plane and have never enjoyed the food. The last time at LP I couldn't even finish two of the dishes (tuna and a pea soup), and that never happens--usually if I'm hungry I can eat anything. Am I really the only person out there that doesn't like these places?

Sep 15, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Seafood recs for an East Coast shellfish fresk

I really liked the halibut and chips, too...except for the price. $24! Ouch. It was a big portion, but it's still fish and chips.

Are you heading north at all? I can't say enough good things about the crab sandwich at Skagit's Own Fish Market. It's on the way to the San Juan Islands ferry, Deception Pass, Chuckanut Drive, the North Cascades, Vancouver...but go at lunch, they run out by later in the day.
http://www.skagitfish.com/lunch-menu/

I remembered how much I liked the mussels at the Taylor Shellfish oyster bar in Pioneer Square. Not sure if the Melrose location has them.

Sep 04, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Seafood recs for an East Coast shellfish fresk

Damn, no, didn't know that about Sea Garden. I don't find 7 Stars Pepper reliable for crab anymore--they used to do an amazing Szechuan crab, and you might try to order one and tell them that you like spicy (the problem is they began making it blander if you were American). Though last time I tried to do this they were out altogether.

Sep 04, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Seafood recs for an East Coast shellfish fresk

My picks would be:
The Taylor Shellfish in Melrose Market. Really it's a fish market with a couple tables, but they'll shuck oyster for you, sell you a glass of wine, and they'll probably have geoduck chowder and a few other things. The other locations of Taylor are real restaurants, and if you like the menus probably worth checking out, but I like the Melrose location. It's the best oyster deal in town.

Westward has an unbeatable location, right on Lk Union with a firepit and outdoor seating, and a good happy hour with oysters and other things. I like dinner there but the flavors aren't my very favorite.

Rock Creek I like better for dinner. They also have happy hour.

Walrus and Carpenter is an obvious pick. Put your name on the list then go elsewhere on Ballard Ave--maybe get a crab roll at Chippy's if you have time--while you wait.

There are too many oyster happy hours to name. Elliott's is the old standby, and good, but can be packed with a long wait, esp during tourist season.

You should have Dungeness crab, but I usually have it at home so my picks aren't that current. Hopefully others will chime in. Etta's has a crabby hour that looks great: http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=...
Seatown should be a good bet, or go to the ID and get Chinese crab at Sea Garden. I haven't been to Jack's Fish Spot in ages but people here sometimes recommend it for crab. Taylor sometimes has crab.

You should have mussels while you're here; you can get them so many places.

Sep 02, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Des Moines Update

Well this time we did go to Lucca, which was nice (service was very good) albeit for dinner not cocktails; we could walk there from our hotel. We tried to go to Tasty Tacos but it was closed on Sunday (much is closed on Sundays there!). BUT as we were driving there we drove by a pupuseria, a taqueria/bakery and a taco truck and so had other options. Settled on the taqueria/bakery (it was just a few blocks from Tasty Tacos, on the same road and same side) and it was very solid. It was good to discover the Mexican (and Salvadorian) part of town.

Sep 02, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Willows Inn on Lummi Island - Extreme NW Regionalism

I do hope you (and everyone with similar issues) gives them this feedback. I was perfectly content with the rooms at a lower price point, and when breakfast was included, but now I just think, come on! I detailed my issues with my last visit and they offered me a discount for a future stay, which I will use.

Aug 28, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

I can't believe I forgot about Poppy. The vegetarian thali is great.

Aug 26, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

Rainier is 2 hours away and amazing--really, really amazing--but you won't find amazing food options. You can do it as a day trip, though, and if food is a priority that's probably your best bet. (You probably can't gather mushrooms in the park, but should be able to on national forest lands adjacent). Stay in Seattle and day trip. Seattle's less than an hour from the mountains so it's easy to just go on a day hike or picnic--the Snoqualmie Pass area is closest, but you do need to hike away from the interstate. Denny Creek is an easy trail if you just want nice woods, and if you only want to drive 45 minutes it would be the ticket. I'd make the case that you should just do the longer drive to Rainier, though. But when is this trip? Our mountains have snow on the ground Nov through Mid-July.

In general, the only mountain area where you might find decent veg food is the Methow Valley, but at 3.5 hours from Seattle, it's a bit far for your trip.
http://mazama.org/
http://winthropwashington.com/

Leavenworth might have something decent. Lake Wenatchee, near Leavenworth, is a big mushroom hunting area.

There's much written online on Seattle and veg food...here's one:
http://www.seattlemet.com/eat-and-dri...

Sutra would be the "nicest" place.

Aug 25, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Dinner near water-taxi?

Look at menus for Lecosho, Matt's in the Market, Bar Sajor (this is not a favorite of mine but I'm in the minority)...these are a 5-8 minute walk from the water taxi dock downtown. There aren't amazing choices right around the dock. You'll get a good meal at BOKA in Hotel 1000 which is very close, but if you're willing to walk a bit you can do better. The Library Bistro in the Alexis Hotel has a good happy hour that you can make dinner out of and it's also close, but again, not the very best option. The immediate area has a lot of place open for lunch for office workers, and then you get into Pioneer Square which has sports bars and clubs, but not "well appointed food."

Aug 22, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Downtown Seafood

Matt's in the Market. Perfect for what you what. Great space and food. I find a lot of the downtown seafood options disappointing (ie Elliots, Brooklyn, Blueacre, Steelhead...none are terrible, but none wow me) but Matt's is consistently good. They don't bill themselves as a seafood restaurant but like any good Seattle restaurant there's always seafood options, but check the menu and see what you think.

At the airport, there is decent enough stuff (Anthony's, Dish D'lish which is better for breakfast and lunch) but I wouldn't purposely go to the airport hungry just to eat there. But if you don't have time to eat before catching your plane, Anthony's will be fine.

Aug 22, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Seafood lunch

Matt's in the Market.

I haven't been to Market Grill in ages but always loved them back when I used to go, so hopefully Booklegger's suggestions means they are still great. But it isn't a restaurant like A&O--it's just a counter.

Aug 15, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Chik-fil-A

Are they really supposed to produce stellar fast food? How so? I've only eaten there once, in a moment of desperation in the Philadelphia aiport, but it was bad generic fast food. The only thing I saw online about quality was about not using chicken given antibiotics, but there's nothing to indicate that the chicken isn't the typical inhumane factory farmed stuff, and in fact there's a Philadelphia Mag article lambasting them for supporting factory farming.

Aug 13, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle
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Ballard/Fremont/Phinney/Greenwood Searching for Not So Darn Sweet Thai Food

I was going to recommend my favorites but then I realized you are looking for the opposite of what I look for. I'm so tired of the standard menu with the standard flavors...so many Thai places seem the exact same to me. So I look for places that have more interesting menus, which might mean they don't have the 2 standard soups you find everywhere.

But, besides Pestle Rock, which I agree is fantastic, you might check out Savatdee and Mai Thaiku. Savatdee might have Tom Kha/Tom Yum on their regular menu (they have a great Lao menu too).

I'm surprised to hear people recommend Thai Siam. It's been a while but I don't remember it being good. Maybe I'll have to try it again.

Aug 11, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Fresh Pickles?

I use this one from egullet, though I add lots of coriander seed a la The Pickle Guys.
http://forums.egullet.org/topic/89890...

Jul 31, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Taylor Shellfish at Pioneer Square

I went today for lunch and for the price, I wasn't actually blown away. The mussels were good but I didn't love the baked (miso/mushroom) or fried oysters, but that may be partially my fault as I often don't love cooked oyster preparations (I was with coworkers and we shared). One of the things I don't love about the menu is that everything is fairly small--all of the cooked oysters come with 4 or 5. It felt more like small plates rather than something that is an actual meal, and generally for a work lunch I want a meal. They are going to start making po'boys next week, which will be good, as the whole sandwich should make a real lunch. I'll have to come back for HH, too, and just get raw oysters.

Jul 31, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

Unless you hire Outer Island Expeditions or Leap Frog Water Taxi services. They'll make getting between Lummi and Orcas a lot easier. I believe they'll pull right up to the beach at Willows.

Jul 31, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Des Moines Update

I feel a little sheepish admitting that we didn't go anywhere. My husband was dubious we'd have time before our first event and so I bought some Sun Liquor Gin on the plane (yay for Alaska Airlines for having liquor from small Seattle distilleries!) then ran down to the hotel's free happy hour thing they do for tonic and lime, and mixed the cocktail in my room. Then the event turned out to have an open bar (I thought it was going to be dry) so we didn't go out after. But we will be back soon so I do have more opportunities...

Jul 30, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

I'll tell my husband about that place, we'll be back for another wedding soon. It would be nice for him to get a good version. I have no complaints about ambiance. But it was filthy. REALLY filthy. And I say that as someone that generally thinks a not so clean place is a sign of an authentic restaurant (this mostly applies to ethnic places). And the servers/cooks...I don't know if they were stoned or what, but they couldn't remember anything. There were five of us and we kept having to ask for other things we'd ordered, even though they'd written them down, and we'd just get this blank look, then they'd go over than dunk the fries in the oil or get the drink. But how can they forget to bring people their drinks and fries when the ordered the combo, until they'd finished the main thing? The onion rings were not special. It seemed like Sysco all the way.

Jul 29, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

My husband never ate Tasty Tacos growing up and didn't really know about them. But I wish we'd gone there rather than GeorgeTCK because that was terrible. My husband was horrified to see them take a preformed, prebattered tenderloin out of the fridge and flop it on the grill--apparently they used to make it in front of him. I won't go into all the other ways it was terrible but wow, there was no effort whatsoever with anything (know it's supposed to be a dive and you might expect some sticky counters and attitude from servers, but they took this WAY too far). But after we went to Bauder's for ice cream sodas (and actually I got an egg salad too because my GTCK was so bad) and that was great. And the Des Moines Farmers Market was great, too, although the actual farmers seemed pretty lonely--it was the prepared foods that had the lines.

Jul 29, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Surprisingly, I haven't heard about Tasty Tacos...I know about Taco Pizza, and my relatives in eastern Iowa love what they call "walking tacos" which I find baffling on a number of levels (like, you can walk with a regular taco).

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Alaskan Cruise Stopping in Juneau & Skagway

Oh, right! I had a terrific lox bagel at the Silverbow. It's just a bagel bakery/deli but great for that.

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

I just saw this in the Times:
http://seattletimes.com/html/travel/2...

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Taylor Shellfish at Pioneer Square

We tried to go for lunch yesterday, and were greeted with a sign that said "we're all shucked out!". Their inaugural HH on Tuesday must have been much busier than anticipated. So we ended up at London Plane, where I convinced myself that I need to stop trying Matt Dillon's places. I just don't like his food. At all. Though I love that he's opening popular spots in Pioneer Square--every little bit helps that area.

Jul 24, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Des Moines Update

We're in town for a wedding and all of our meals are accounted for, between rehearsal dinner/wedding/husband reliving childhood favorite's ie George the chili king. But thanks.

Jul 23, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Thanks, I'll look at websites for all of these spots.

jhojati, it didn't necessarily have to be a craft cocktail bar, but someplace I could get a gin and tonic and not have to choose between only Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. I'm not sure if Iowa laws allow for local distilleries but if so, the kind of place that would have locally made liquor. Or a classic, old school spot is great, or a restaurant with a bar area--Lucca sounds nice. I'll look at the websites of the spots you mentioned--that's really just what I was hoping for, a list of places that make "better" cocktails.

I'll skip the breweries as beer is my drink of last resort, and anyway I live in Seattle and can't throw a rock without hitting a brewery. :)

Jul 22, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Can anyone recommend a good cocktail bar downtown? We're staying at the Embassy Suites so something within a mile or so?

Jul 22, 2014
christy319 in Great Plains

MSP Hound visiting end of June - Rec's needed - San Juan Islands

I get wine at Roses--its where I also buy bread, and cheese if I need it. I get oysters, clams, crabs and salmon at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm. The main grocery is good--I'm always surprised at what I find there (mini Vermont Creamery cultured butters, signs advertising whole pigs, a locally made habenero sauce that I now love). There's a natural food store but I haven't been in in ages. I get baked goods and desserts at Roses or Brown Bear Baking.

I don't know why another poster is telling you to stock up elsewhere. We don't even bring much up from Seattle.

Jul 16, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest