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Pioneer Square roundup

One thing I read made it sound like the space, the other made it sounds like having 2 places was just to much for them.

about 1 hour ago
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Pioneer Square roundup

Little Uncle is closing.

Let's eat - Fremont area

I haven't had poorly executed food at Westward, I just don't, in general, think the flavors are delicious. Maybe one or two things have been, but not enough to make me have dinner there again. But I've had a lovely time with oysters and cocktails sitting at that outward facing bar.

Let's eat - Fremont area

Uneeda Burger (good veggie burgers, amazing shakes)
Rockcreek (seafood, good happy hour)
Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar
Cafe Turko
Roux
Lighthouse Roasters (coffee)
Westward has an amazing waterfront space, though I'm not as crazy about the food as I am the space. Still, you have to check it out once, even if just for a drink.
I think the jury is still out on whether Paseo is still great, but it's worth checking out, or following our thread about it
Brouwers for beer.

PCC Natural Markets has a prepared food section.

If you head up Fremont Ave to Phinney Ave, there are lots more choices...Fresh Flours Bakery and Stumbling Goat are my favorites.

Did you mean no shellfish when you said fish but no seafood?

Feb 25, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

La Carta de Oaxaca - good?

I think someone already pointed you to Pestle Rock, around the corner from La Carta, for great Thai. It's a great pick--really nicely done, with a much more interesting menu than you normally see (it's not that ubiquitous mix-and-match meat + standard noodle or rice dish).

Feb 25, 2015
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La Carta de Oaxaca - good?

Did they change their fish? The one time I got a fish burrito it was tilapia, cooked on the flattop then flaked. It was awful, muddy and oily--I actually threw the burrito out then wrote them an email begging them to have a cod option, even if it costs us more.

Their "veggie" stuff bums me out, too--it's mostly onions, with a few green peppers and a zucchini shard or two. I love their salsas and the fact that they have sopes and other less common items, so the bad fish and veggie options make me sad.

Feb 25, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

La Carta de Oaxaca - good?

It's a very well loved place, and always packed (expect a wait). I like the food but not generally enough to deal with the wait or how loud and cramped it is. But like I said, so many people do love it here that I hate to discourage a visit.

Feb 24, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Sourdough Bread (SEA)

In desperation, and after making it a habit to lug home at least 2 loaves every time we ski Sun Valley (and these things are heavy! One loaf weighs ~2.5 lbs), I'm bumping up my old thread. There has to be some bakery somewhere in WA--somewhere closer than Ketchum ID--that makes a good heavy tangy dense sourdough sandwich loaf. There HAS to be. I feel like I've had everything in Seattle but maybe somewhere else in WA? I love my Macrina sour ficelle but sometimes I need regular toast. I am eating the last of the second loaf I just brought back and it's pretty pathetic how I'm trying to make it last (I'd frozen it), rationing it.

Feb 20, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Favorite chowhound stops on the Skagit tulip trail?

Skagit's Own Fish Market for their crab sandwich, which is fantastic, or lobster roll. It's by far the best lobster roll I've had outside the NE.

Feb 19, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Local bar/restaurant favorite in Vail?

We didn't end up eating in Vail at all, but just wanted to mention that we had very good wine and food, and great service, at Vin 48's happy hour in Avon, and good food /service at the Golden Eagle in Beaver Creek. I wasn't super inspired by most of the menus I'd looked at at other restaurants, so we made ourselves regulars in both places. We happened upon the free champagne given out by the Chophouse at 3:30, and that was nice.

City Market in Avon was fine, though I'm still surprised the Vail Valley area doesn't have better. My friend from Denver came up to meet us and we got to talking about groceries, and she told me that in Denver you really only have a few national chains and that's it--there aren't great independent groceries, or great local chains, either.

Feb 19, 2015
christy319 in Mountain States

Pioneer Square roundup

There's a new Mexican place near Occidental Square owned by the Altstadt people. Sounds mostly good, though the fish tacos and ceviche are tilapa...blech.
http://cascoantiguoseattle.com/cocina-2/

Feb 06, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Local bar/restaurant favorite in Vail?

Good tips, thanks! That just makes me want to go to the Red Lion more.

ETA: Just read the Yelp reviews. I don't take Yelp as gospel, but $26 nachos, $15 Manhattans and you can get kicked out of your table if someone paid $500 to reserve it for apres? Maybe not.

Feb 05, 2015
christy319 in Mountain States

Local bar/restaurant favorite in Vail?

Thanks. I actually did think you WOULD have a great grocery, as my general rule is that where rich people live, there is good food, and I was surprised to just find these chains when I Googled. But it sounds like this City Market is better than the others I've been in.

Red Lion is also the "US Ski Team House"; I'm not sure exactly what that means, but it makes me want to go. Thanks. We arrive on a Tuesday, so there will be plenty of midweek. I don't mind some craziness; I've been to the Olympics, and craziness just makes it festive.

Feb 05, 2015
christy319 in Mountain States

Local bar/restaurant favorite in Vail?

Is there a don't miss, only in Vail, local favorite type place in Vail? Thinking more along the lines of pub than high end. Can be a bar or restaurant. We'll be staying in Avon and watching the World Championships next week, but will probably go into Vail once or twice for the medal ceremonies in the evening. Maybe something like the Minturn Saloon? It seems like ski towns often have those kind of places. (Though I know nothing will be historic in Vail Village...maybe we should just go to the Minturn Saloon after a medal ceremony.)

Feb 04, 2015
christy319 in Mountain States

Beaver Creek Dec 31-Jan 5th

Thanks for the report. We'll be there next week.

Is there a good grocery anywhere in the Vail Valley? Also, any more good mid-range places? I see a lot of restaurants where I can spend 35+ for an entree, but we aren't going to do that every night. (I am still checking the menus of everything mentioned above. Thanks.

Feb 04, 2015
christy319 in Mountain States

New in 2014 Food Truck Roundup

Beanfish makes adorable fish shaped waffles filled with your choice of fillings. They taste good, but not so amazing I'd say you have to have one, except that they are adorable.

Biscuit box. Good biscuits, but avoid the mushroom gravy.

Soda jerk. Good stuff, if you feel like a fizzy drink.

I've been wanting to try Napkin Friends but they are never where I am.

Feb 03, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

Well. Bamboo Garden hasn't moved yet but when we went Friday and ordered all our usual favorites, we could tell they had a new cook. Everything tasted considerably different. Not bad, but just different, and not as good. It was like we went to a completely different restaurant and ordered dishes that sounded similar to our BG favorites. We asked the waitress if there was a new cook and she confirmed it. If that's the main person they will have in the future, rather than a sub, I guess our days of being regulars are over.

Feb 03, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

I knew Bamboo Garden would have to move, but I'm very sad to read the owner is changing the menu to something that means "not so spicy." I already wrote an email begging her to keep Swimming Fire Fish and Soleful Delight on the menu.
http://downtownbellevue.com/2015/01/2...

Jan 28, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Valentines day

I love Le Pichet. It really feels like Paris. You have to want that menu, though--it's pretty traditional (also the tables are close, not quite like Paris but still, that may not be romantic to you). Bastille comes to mind; the food is great, they do interesting wine flights (recently they did a Chateauneuf, and that was really fun to be able to get 3 glasses of that), and the ambiance is great, though it's definitely more busy/bustling/loud than cozy. Maybe Matt's in the Market--you can't go wrong with the food, and the space is wonderful. (Do a google image search and you decide if its cozy/romantic). Boat Street Cafe also comes to mind.

Jan 27, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Adieu, Elysian. Thanks for the Sellout

I gotta wonder how this will affect brewpub business. it would just be so weird to go for a beer on Capitol Hill at a place knowing that it was owned by A-B.

Jan 26, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

I am curious about their "boiled fish" offerings. They have:
New boiled in chile paste sauce
New style boiled fish
Fish boiled in chile paste
(What can possibly be the differences here? The Times reviewer liked the first one)

Then there is also the Szechuan fish in light sauce, and Szechuan fish with tofu.

I wonder which is the closest to my beloved Swimming Fire Fish at Bamboo Garden.

Jan 22, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

seeking szechuan spicy goodness

We've had a number of threads on Szechuan here--you'll get some good ideas if you read them. My favorite is Bamboo Garden (downtown Bellevue, not that awful place by the Seattle Center). You mentioned spicy fish stew--the Swimming Fire Fish at BG is just about my favorite thing of all time, with fish, wood ear mushrooms, tofu and sprouts in a chile/peppercorn broth. It's a big portion, though. My other spicy favorites are the Soleful Delight (fried fish pieces with chiles and Szechuan peppercorns), and Szechuan crab.

I know they do a lunch special, but I have a feeling it's dumbed down stuff for the downtown Bellevue lunch crowd. In general you want to order either from the "Wild Side" menu in back, or order the items with the thumbs up symbol next to them. This is one place that has never dumbed down the food for us. I used to like to go to 7 Stars Pepper but I cannot get them to make anything spicy for me anymore. It's just bland.

Jan 19, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop - woohoo or wah wah?

There is one near my work so I've been a few times. I like their ethic but I really haven't liked my sandwiches all that much, so I'm probably done going. Plenty of others do, though, so give it a try.

Jan 15, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

My Review of Canlis during Chef Jason Franey's Last Days

Thanks for the report. It's so funny to go on and on about a green salad but this one really is something. I have TWO different recipes for it (??) but haven't tried to make it. I doubt I'd do it right.

Jan 12, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Top four winners and losers in 2014

Winners:
1.The tasting menu/wine pairing at Canlis in January 2014. I'd eaten there 2 or 3 times before (plus many bar visits) but had never been wowed by the dinners, but I won this dinner for 6 at the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation Auction, so we took friends and went. And WOW. It was a knockout, both with food, wine, service (they accommodated numerous requests/changes to the menu) and the fact that they gave us the very primo double window corner table.
2. Pioneer Square now has bonafide good places for lunch. I work nearby and it's so nice to have good options--Gabbiano being my latest favorite.
3. I probably ate at Bamboo Garden in Bellevue more than at any other spot. The food is still consistently delicious and they don't dumb it down.
4. Oysters at Walrus and Carpeter. Lines didn't seem so bad this year (for happy hour anyway), and there's nowhere I like to have oysters and cocktails more.

If we are including outside the Seattle area, we had another spectacular meal at Willows Inn on Lummi Island, for the third year in a row.

Other random loves--they aren't new last year, but they got a lot of my business: Pestle Rock, Fresh Flours (the brioche Polonaise! The chocolate almond sables! the lemon pound cake!), Kalbi Grill Express, Stumbling Goat, Rancho Bravo's veggie burrito, Uneeda Burger, Larsen's cinnamon custard, Wilson Fish (which has ruined me for anything besides fresh WA King), the happy hour at Tavolata.

Not so good:
1. London Plane/Bar Sajor. I don't like the food and I don't get the raves.
2. Anything besides oysters and cocktails at W&C. I've had consistently bad things there--a weird carrot crostini, "bread pudding" that was kind of burned and it was really French toast, the teeny tiny portion of cheese you get with the cheese plate...
3. The fact that there is a "Proposed Land Use Action" sign in front of my beloved Bamboo Garden.
4. Olivar's closing.

Jan 08, 2015
christy319 in Greater Seattle

Solo Business Travel to Seattle - Looking for Seafood

Blueacre feels so big, generic and expense account-y to me; I only went there once, but the food didn't wow me either. I'd go someplace smaller and more "Seattle-y" like Matt's in the Market (which has seafood but isn't a "seafood restaurant"), as long as the menu looks good to you. Taylor Shellfish is a great casual pick.

Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle, thoughts?

Tavolata is the one where I am consistantly happy. Granted, I go for happy hour and it's hard not to be happy when I can get 2 glasses of wine and a bigger portion of spaghetti than I can eat for $20. But I've been going there regularly for a few years now and have never been let down.

There was another thread recently where people raved about the tasting menu at Staple and Fancy. I found the a la carte dishes somewhat underwhelming, but it sounds like the menu is the way to go.

Lunch Recommendations in Phinney Ridge or Greenlake?

I can't believe I forgot Kalbi Grill Express; we go there regularly. Nothing fancy, just an order at the counter, family run Korean place with bibimbap, soondubu, seafood or veggie pancake and a few other items, but it's inexpensive and good.

Dec 23, 2014
christy319 in Greater Seattle

New Yorker looking for quintessential Seattle cheap eats

You can actually do a lot with $20/pp. Some of these are arguably not quintessential, but what I'm thinking about as great cheap eats.

You can get a dozen oysters at Taylor Shellfish's happy hour at Melrose Market (the seafood store, which is less expensive than their 2 restaurants). The Market Grill salmon sandwich. Humbows from Mee Sum in the market. Piroshkies from Piroshky on 3rd. A Bahn Mi, which you can research separately, and pho; both are very popular here and cheap. Though if you want Vietnamese I'd just go to Green Leaf or Ba Bar, where you'll be fine with $20. Probably the best $20 you can spend in the city is happy hour at Tavolata in the bar, with the $8 spaghetti and $5 wine. Thai is quintessentially Seattle--we have more Thai places than pizza joints--and you will do fine for $20 there. If you are downtown go to Little Uncle (lunch only) for Thai. Homemade pasta at Il Corvo. Taking the water taxi to West Seattle and eating Korean tacos right at the ferry dock at marination Ma Kai. Korean tacos may be more quintessentially LA, but the view back over the water to downtown is one of the best in Seattle.

Crabby hour at Etta's for dungeness crab. I think there are things under $20. Crab unfortunately is expensive, but it is quintessential.

A Walrus and the Carpenter sanity check

I think the Treasure Cove were my favorites last time I went, too. Glad you liked the other food; I love the oysters, cocktails, space and service, but I have consistently disliked the prepared dishes. Last time after ordering a bread pudding that turned out to be French toast with sauce, I think I've sworn off everything but the oysters and cocktails.

Dec 08, 2014
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