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Frying Fish

Thanks for the report.

Please help a sad girl find some Mexican food in Seattle

Has anyone checked out this Mexican grocery/deli at 78th and Aurora? It's near my house but I haven't been in, but I read about it in Eater today, and it gets rave reviews on Yelp. I'm not much of a meat eater, so it might not be my thing, but it sounds like it could be good.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mendozas-mexi...

ETA: They have a Facebook page with daily specials (in Spanish): https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mendoz...

May 20, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

San Juan Islands Restaurants

I just saw that too! I didn't know anything about the place.

May 16, 2015
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Savory Snack - no wheat

Frittata squares. I also love the deviled egg idea (especially if you make them pretty, with different toppings, like bacon crumbles, pickled red onion, a little asparagus tip...)--everyone loves deviled eggs.

May 14, 2015
christy319 in Home Cooking
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Finally. Good fried chicken!

I just wanted to give a shout out to Duck Island Ale House. I'd been intrigued by their "pressure fried chicken" sign every time I went by on the E (it's on Aurora) and the rave reviews on Yelp. Good chicken, maybe not the most amazing ever, or worth driving far for, but good if you are in the area. (It's better than the chicken at Brunswich and Hunt, which has gotten raves). Very good beer selection, super friendly service and a nice group of regulars who let us in on their reindeer games. It's a lot cleaner and nicer than you'd expect for a pub on Aurora. They also have "Korean style" wings that my husband loved, though it didn't really remind me of the Korean fried chicken that I've had at Chicky Pub (RIP). Very reasonably priced, too--2 meals, 3 good beers, 30-something bucks.

May 12, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Galatoire's - lunch or dinner?

*bump*
How are lines, generally, Saturday nights at Galatoire's? We land at 5 on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and I thought that would be a nice way to kick off the weekend. But we'll be hungry, so waiting hours won't work for me. I could also go anytime through that Tuesday night (we aren't there on a Friday, so no Friday lunch). It's only a block from our hotel (Hotel Mazarin). Thanks.

May 12, 2015
christy319 in New Orleans

Breakfast with a View

Depending on what time you land, I think I-90 would be better. 405 traffic can be nasty, although I don't know specifically that northbound in the am is that bad. This might be a better question for the Trip Advisor forum.

The waterfront breakfast is hard. If you do go I-90, that makes Kirkland out of the way, but that's all I can think of too. Bellevue doesn't have a waterfront business area--it's all homes and parks. I wonder if going to West Seattle, to Alki, would be better. The Alki Cafe is across the street from the beach. But by no means is that on your way, and I've never eaten there.

There's always the Salish Lodge, which is on the way and pretty dramatically placed, though it's upscale.

May 11, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Authentic Chinese, any region

Redsaffron, you haven't been to the Eastside much, I'm guessing. While "ethnically diverse" wouldn't be the right way to characterize the Eastside, because migration is really from just a couple of places, the Eastside is now 30% foreign born, largely from China and India (I think this is what apardoe was getting at, rather than true diversity with many different ethnic groups). And that's just foreign born, it doesn't count any second generation of any group. Go to Bellevue Square, any Eastside park, downtown Bellevue restaurants. It has changed phenomenally in the past 10 years.

Although I'm not sure why apardoe is telling me to "accept" this--i didn't argue it anywhere.

May 08, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

Here's something on the new La Bu La. I think the Chinese restaurant scene in Bellevue has gotten competitive enough that the former Bamboo Garden is really trying to stand out. Their FB page had a lot of photos and it's a very sleek and modern space, not like any other Chinese place around (that I've been to anyway). A real bar, with a real bartender, and happy hour too.

http://seattle.eater.com/2015/5/4/854...

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

We checked out O'Yeah Asian last night.
The good: They didn't dumb down the spice, on the fish anyway. Lots of Szechuan peppercorns in the Boiled Fish in Chile Paste. Nice staff.

The okay: The food was pretty good, but not as good as the Szechuan places in Bellevue. We got our standbys: fish in boiled chile paste (aka fish in water, swimming fire fish), shredded potato with chile pepper, ma po tofu, pea vines (but they gave us a choy) and I ordered "special pickle dish" which I thought would be, you know, pickles, but it turned out to be glass noodles, picked/fermented cabbage, and either pork or chicken. Without going into nitpicky detail, nothing was as good as Bamboo Garden/La Bu La, even on one of their not so good nights. Sigh. So we keep going to Belleuve.

They had 3 different versions of the boiled fish dish, but no one could explain in English what the differences were. I am still curious to know.

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

Oh, thanks for the tip!

Apr 30, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

I saw that too. I am gratified to see that they have a photo of Swimming Fire Fish on the main page and call it their signature dish, and that they seem to have adopted "home of the swimming fire fish" as their motto. I hope that next time I go for it they don't have their substitute chef and it's back to normal.

On the way to Whistler a few weeks ago I had a killer "Boiled fish in chile paste" (Swimming Fire Fish by another name) broth at Alvin Garden, a Hunan place in Burnaby. It was divine. But I missed the wood ear mushrooms and sprouts I get at Bamboo Garden-it was just fish and celery.

Apr 24, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Authentic Chinese, any region

Bellevue, Boo. I get it, but boo. My kingdom for good Szechuan/Hunan in the NW quadrant of the city.

I know, I know, it's not the right market for it.

Apr 23, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

lynnwood to anacortes, where to stop for lunch?

I've only been to Taqueria La Bamba in Mt Vernon once, but it was delicious. They had prawn ceviche tostadas, which is my favorite thing to get but not every Mexican place has it. It's tucked back and not obvious from the road. It serves a Mexican clientele and when they brought out the complimentary salsas, the kid looked back and forth at us a few times then said, "sorry, these are spicy." Lol.

But I would highly, highly recommend going and getting a crab sandwich, or a lobster roll, at Skagit's Own Fish Market.

Apr 21, 2015
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Gravity Bar clones?

Does Sunlight Cafe on Roosevelt still exist? I used to love those salads with lemon tahini dressing, sprouts and sunflower seeds. Boy do I eat differently now.

Apr 21, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

That's what's different about the bread I posted about. It's a loaf, but it's so dense and heavy. Though really, it's not the shape I'm hung up on. It's the denseness and tang.

Apr 20, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Walk-In Happy Hour for a group of 20?

Quality Athletics is huge and has some good stuff, but it probably wouldn't work right before a game, unless you called ahead.

Apr 17, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Walk-In Happy Hour for a group of 20?

Altstadt. I've done work groups here and they've been very accomodating, holding tables and allowing separate tabs (I called to arrange this). It is fun and cool but not a dive at all. It's a big space with BIG tables, which is why I think walk ins would be fine.

Pike Place Brewery is another spot we've gone for work, and some people like it but I prefer Altstadt.

ETA: Just saw you said cocktails. Don't remember if they have these or if its all beer.

Apr 17, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Cheng Biao Yang Opens Country Dough in Pike Place This Summer

Oh, very cool, thanks.

Apr 13, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

it's good but it's just like the sliced Essential sourdough (actually it's not even that different from a la Francaise). Maybe there isn't anything like my special Idaho bread.

Mar 24, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

San Juan Islands Restaurants

I think Orcas. It has New Leaf, Inn at Ship Bay, Doe Bay, and a few other good spots in Eastsound. But more importantly (IMO) it has better groceries (one fairly big grocery, one natural food store, one specialty food/wine shop called Roses), good bakeries (Roses and Brown Bear) and the all important Buck Bay Oyster Co, which has not only oysters but clams (very clean ones), crab (they'll clean them), and a bit of garden produce. The little farmer's market on Saturdays is worth a stop, too. There are only a few produce vendors--it's a rocky island after all--but it's enough.

My post is very biased because I spend way more time on Orcas. It could be that San Juan has places I just haven't found on my infrequent trips. But I don't think so.

Mar 23, 2015
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Update: Authentic Lebanese Food In/Near Seattle?

People rave about this little counter, and they are supposed to expand: http://seattle.eater.com/2014/12/2/73...

Mar 23, 2015
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

We went to Szechuan First yesterday. I'd go back if I were in the area, but I'd try different things. We ordered some standards that we know and love elsewhere to see how they compare (pea vines with garlic, shredded potato with jalapeno, spicy cucumbers). These were all good. Ma Po Tofu was good, but I ordered it without the pork (it gave that option on the menu) but there was still a little pork in it. There were no Szechuan peppercorns in it. :( We also got a special--crispy sole something or other. It wasn't clear this would be a whole fish, but it was. I don't know if this is a thing that people like or if we got a bad version, but it was so bony, so fried, and there was so little meat, it wasn't even worth trying to get the meat. We picked it apart but really all there was was crust. All you could taste was fried--no other seasoning came through.

Mar 23, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

My coworker brought me a loaf today! It's not as dense and heavy as the Idaho bread, but it smells good.

Mar 23, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Pike Place Market seating

I would point you to this area also. But if you buy something to eat, just ask the vendor where the nearest seating is. Many vendors do have their own (limited) seating.

Mar 23, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Grocery Store Roasted Chicken - Who has the best?

The no hormones/antibiotics isn't much to get excited about. First, no chickens get hormones--this was banned by the FDA in 1960 (it's on the label of so many chickens because it sounds good, and so many people don't know better). Second, everyone is jumping on the no antibiotics bandwagon, even McDonald's. So while this is good, it's really the new norm. So, that chicken labeled no hormones/antibiotics could have been produced in the worst, most inhumane kind of factory farm. It is no indication of quality, humane care, or anything besides the chicken doesn't get antibiotics.

Mar 18, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

New Contemporary Japanese Cafe--Phinney Ridge

I like this too. I don't think I'd tell someone to drive across town for it, and it's not a huge menu, but it's a nice addition to the neighborhood.

Mar 15, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

Thanks for thinking of me. I just got back from skiing in MT. I hope you enjoyed it...

Mar 13, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Seattle: Bow to Empire?

I've read that we have the lowest percentage of national chains than any city in the country. So I wouldn't make a sweeping judgement about Seattites wanting the predictability of the known. The chefs-having-multiple-restaurants thing is a thing everywhere, so again, I don't really think we have a quirk here.

And major papers need their reviewers to review places with a pretty broad appeal, so the chef empire places probably fit that bill, and that's what they draw their top 10 lists from. Occasionally reviewers write about how tough it is to choose restaurants to review that satisfy foodie readers, nonfoodie readers, editors, etc.

Maybe Portland is just behind the curve in terms of the chef-empire. I'm not saying that in a bad way, like chefs there SHOULD be opening more restaurants, but maybe they will. After all, they're still living the dream of the 90s...

So I don't think this is really indicative of anything in particular to Seattle.

Mar 06, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

Thank you--I find myself on Bainbridge occasionally and I'll check it out!

Mar 04, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle