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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?

about 13 hours ago
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.

about 19 hours ago
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.

about 19 hours ago
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

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