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one night, one dinner - help

I wouldn't call Matt's "super casual." A taqueria is super casual. Matt's is a date night type place, for Seattle anyway.

Oct 17, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

My policy of not waiting extends to my local (Bluebird, Seattle) ice cream place. They are the slowest scoopers on earth, and then there are the people that have to sample everything; if there are a half dozen people in front of you, you will wait 30 minutes--no joke. But that's there prerogative to hand out limitless samples and be slow, just like it's a restaurants (very understandable) prerogative to not take a res. I'll just buy a pint from the store on the next block.

Oct 16, 2014
christy319 in Not About Food

Canlis Vs Altura

Canlis isn't stuffy but I also wouldn't call it relaxed. It has a dress code, after all. The menus are so different that I'd make the choice by what sounds better. You can always have a cocktail and appetizer at Canlis rather than dinner--the drinks and apps are great (you can actually get the whole menu there, but I like going for the prawns and the salad), and the piano player is legendary for his unusual selections (think early '80s Tears for Fears, or Metallica).

Oct 16, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

one night, one dinner - help

Well, blowout+view has gotta be Canlis. You might be able to get in on a weeknight. There is a dress code, it's the only place around that has one. In previous years I thought the food didn't always live up to the hype, but earlier this year a group of us did the tasting menu (with variations for all of us) and it was spectacular, as were the wine pairings.

Most view places aren't that great. If you want a very Seattle spot, very good food, cool space, a little view, Matt's in the Market.

Ray's Boathouse has a great view, and it's a Seattle classic, but I haven't been in ages, and not under the current chef.

Oct 15, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Chinese Noodles

That's gotta be the problem--that's a small, remote town and I can't imagine the groceries are very good. You might need to start making grocery trips to the Puget Sound metro area. I don't know if these items are something found in any Seattle/Tacoma grocery or if you need to go to an Asian grocery, but if its the latter, there's an H Mart in Federal Way, a Ranch 99 in Kent, a Uwajimaya in Renton...maybe there's a good grocery in Olympia that has them.

Oct 12, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Buying WA king salmon this time of year

They do indeed have some Quillaiyute King available right now (their other is from CA). Thanks guys! That is the obvious place to check but I think I'd just gotten so used to not seeing it in my usual stores I hadn't bothered to call.

Oct 11, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

I also generally won't wait to get a table--I haven't eaten breakfast out in years because of this, and there are many places I either haven't tried, or haven't been back to, because they don't take reservations.

That said, there's nothing restauranteurs don't "get." Taking reservations costs them money and it's a big scheduling hassle. This article explains it pretty well: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/09/din...

Buying WA king salmon this time of year

Can I buy WA Kings anywhere this time of year through next spring? Even if its not in Seattle I'd like to know where its available, and if I'm in that area I can make a stop.

I live off Wilson Fish salmon May-Sept, and they did unexpectedly have some OR King salmon last weekend (it wasn't as good as their WA stuff though). But in general Fall-Spring I see AK stuff in the fish markets rather than local and it's never as good by the time it gets here. I just read an article in the Times about how good the fall Chinook runs are. Looking through the WDFW guides its hard for me to tell what is recreational and what is commercial in terms of season. Anyone know if/when/where WA king might be available to buy?

Oct 09, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Restaurants with Seattle or pacific northwestern feel?

I was going to suggest Matt's. Great food and you can't get more "Seattle" than being in the middle of the Market. The space is great with the windows looking right onto the market; some tables also have a bay view.

Westward has such a great space/location too although I like their food a smidge less. It's good, maybe just not exactly to my own tastes. Look at the menu and see what you think. It's the rare waterfront restaurant that is good. Rockcreek is also a good pick, as the food is very good and it's in a neighborhood setting.

I haven't been to The Whale Wins but it might fit the bill.

I love Poppy too. There's nothing special about the space itself, though.

Oct 07, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

any updates about Methow Valley / Winthrop WA?

I went to Duck Brand last Wednesday and was surprised to see all of the Asian-ish items on the dinner menu. Most of the Mexican items said lunch only. I ordered a prawn dish that I didn't realize would be a stir fry but it was, and it was terrible. The two ladies next to me asked if they could order from the lunch menu, were told they could, then they raved about the Mexican items they got. *sigh* So if anyone goes, confine yourself to the Mexican items.

Oct 06, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

The question wasn't for you. It was for the poster with the elderly father and hands full of coffee and food. My mother in law is 85 and uses a walker. You can damn well bet that when we enter somewhere without table service (she loves casual fish and chips places) we're going to sit her down and stake a table before going and ordering. If there's no tables, we can't stay. Standing in line and waiting is not an option for her.

Oct 05, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Thoughts on May Thai in Wallingford? Other suggestions in that vicinity?

May Thai is probably the nicest space, and I haven't been in ages so I don't know how the food is these days. I like Savatdee and it's not the kind of cheap student focused place you want to avoid, but the decor and space isn't quite what May Thai is. I'd actually drive to Pestle Rock in Ballard--food, space, drink selection are all very good. But that may be further than you want.

Oct 04, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Someone denying a seat to a senior with hands full of coffee and food is a whole other level of what we are talking about. Also, this is an argument for saving a seat before you get your food/drink. What if there had legitimately been no seats? What would you have done?

Sep 29, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Pioneer Square roundup

Quality Athletics: Went before the Ms game Saturday. I was initially put off by the 3 bouncers wearing security garb. I'd hoped it wasn't going to be another d--chy PS sports bar. It was still crowded with Sounders fans, most of whom were in the outdoor area drinking beer (I'm not sure if there is food service out there--all I saw were people standing and drinking beer). But it wasn't. Once we got our IDs checked and wrists stamped, we were seated at a communal table in a pretty big space with big tvs (they apparently will have these off during the week when they cater to the work crowd).

Menu was not the typical sports bar food--there were duck wings (husband liked these, but didn't love them), whole fish with taco fixings, salmon collar, razor clams, a veg section of the menu. The potato croquettes were delicious and a great thing to have with drinks. I liked my tartine with St Andre and shishito peppers, though I'd probably get something else next time (the whole fish looked great). I do love that they have interested veg options. The vanilla funnel cake with macerated peaches, very lightly sweetened whipped cream, and a dusting of cayenne was a knockout. I need it again, soon.

Service was very good. When a family (there were a number of young kids in there) sat down and noticed there were no chicken fingers on the menu, the waitress kindly let them know they could find those at FX McCrory's and didn't seem put out at all at having to clear their spots.

Sep 29, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Yikes, I've never seen brown baggers who don't buy any food or drink, and I bet one thing we can all agree on is that THAT is awful.

Sep 29, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Ha, babette feasts, go to a Mariner's game next time the Blue Jays are in town to get a dose of how "polite" Canadians are.

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

Except as you've found out, it's not normative. There are many of us that have never heard of this. And we even have some disagreement even in this thread about whether it is right or wrong for one of a couple to go sit down while the other orders and pays, so it's not even a norm among Chowhounds. This is not a social norm, it's some people's ideas of what is courteous/right, but not everyone's. And I still argue it's just not practical to observe everywhere.

I know I'll see it when I get my lunch at Pizzeria Gabbiano today--people need to know whether to order their food to go, or if they can sit down, as they order. By the time they pay then look for a seat, they may be stuck holding their lunch on a plate with nowhere to sit.

Sep 25, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Brunswick and Hunt

We went last night. They were doing decent weekday business, but tables were open so we got seats as walk ins (actually we called first to ask and they said just come in). Service was very attentive. My cocktail was delicious, as was the appetizer--they called it a Hatch chile mornay (really a fancy queso) served with buckwheat flatbread. We were sitting at the bar at the open kitchen and watched them roll out the dough for the flatbread, bake it, then make the sauce...which is great, I guess, but it means that the appetizer took over 20 minutes to get. There was 20+ minutes until the dinner course too. Maybe this is just a new restaurant thing. I liked the fried chicken but I wouldn't tell anyone to drive across town for it.

Sep 25, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

any updates about Methow Valley / Winthrop WA?

So Duck Brand was at least okay? I always loved the deck but the food got so bad at one point--it's been over 10 years since I've been now, so hopefully things have improved.

All this talk of the Mazama Store and no one got the bagels? You HAVE to get bagels.

I'm also glad to hear Sun Mt was good--I haven't been there for years either and have wondered.

Sep 24, 2014
christy319 in Pacific Northwest

My Seattle Report

It's really changed with the cruise ship crowds. That's almost a million extra people coming May-Sept, and they ALL go to the Market. Ten years ago it was still a manageable lunch stop for me but I can't deal with it anymore.

Sep 24, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Brimmer & Heeltap?

We had a mixed experience here. There was one knockout dish (peas), one fine but not special dish (can't even remember what) then an odd crab parfait thing that was pretty good at first bite, but it just got...weird, and neither of us ended up wanting to eat it. Something about the textures--there was a savory custard layer that was off putting. I had a hard time finding things that sounded good to order, so I think it's just not for me.

Sep 23, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Brunswick and Hunt

I completely understand, but the fried chicken is going to get me there.

Sep 23, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

It never even occurred to me that this WASN'T okay. I can't specifically think of when I've done it,* but in a crowded place, this might leave someone that might have otherwise taken their coffee to go with a ceramic mug and baked good and nowhere to sit. I've never thought twice when I've seen people do this. I do think a shop can ask people not to do this and it should be respected (I don't go to Besalu so haven't dealt with this).

And yes, if the guy in front of you really did yell at you repeatedly then he's a d-bag. Is it so hard to politely and reasonably draw someone's attention to the sign?

*My husband and I do this at Uneeda or Red Mill, where one person orders and the other grabs a seat, but according to posters I guess that is okay when it's 2 people?

Sep 22, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Brunswick and Hunt

A review I read said the fried chicken was very good, so it's on my list. Thanks for the report.

Sep 22, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

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?

Sep 21, 2014
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