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Good restaurant near the ACT Theatre?

Nope, they close at 10:00 (and are a bit further away).

Jul 12, 2011
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Good restaurant near the ACT Theatre?

Well, we ended up at Palomino because it's so close. The food was ok, not great but not awful, and at least it was cheap because they have an all-night happy hour in the lounge. Service was weird. Honestly, I think the only reason I'd ever go back is proximity to ACT. We did at least have a place to hang out and talk about the performance.

Jul 12, 2011
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Best places in Seattle for dining al fresco

Revel has an outdoor deck: http://www.revelseattle.com/news/

Also Marjorie: http://www.marjorierestaurant.com/blog/

And I think Harvest Vine has some outdoor seating?

Jul 08, 2011
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Seattle First Timer - Trip Itinerary Help Please!

Wow, I'm a little overwhelmed by your ability to be so organized!

For lunch near Olympic Sculpture Park, I'd pick Lecosho. The porchetta is their signature dish, although I got something else (pork chop - delicious) when I went.

Re Nettletown: I have heard (but haven't been there myself) that the elk meatball sandwich is fantastic but that the noodle dishes are somewhat lacking.

Since you're already seeing Ballard and Capitol Hill, I'd try to add Fremont as a neighborhood to see if you have time. There are several restaurants there - I guess it's no secret that my favorite is Revel. And FWIW, my favorite dish there is the short-rib dumplings.

Re walk ideas: Since your coming from NYC, I'd suggest the Arboretum or Discovery Park (which have the kind of natural beauty right in the city that you don't get in NYC). Seward Park and Alki Beach are beautiful also but don't have nearby eateries that are as good as the other neighborhoods IMHO. Tamarind Tree is not close to Seward Park, although you could hit it on the way down to Seward Park. Personally, I'd skip the underground tour since you have limited time. It's kind of corny (but worth doing if you have a lot of time or have just moved here). Or pick the Ballard Locks!

Jul 06, 2011
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Lower QA eatery open late?

Trying to find a place to go to after a film at SIFF Cinema -- will probably get out around 9:30 PM. Last time, we went to Crow and it wasn't good at all. Any suggestions? (I always find it hard to pick a place based mostly on proximity.) Maybe Toulouse Petit? TIA

Jul 04, 2011
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Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

Has anyone tried the Malafacha Mondays at Sitka & Spruce? What did you think?

http://www.sitkaandspruce.com/mondays...

Jul 04, 2011
Thiebaud in Greater Seattle

Seattle First Timer - Trip Itinerary Help Please!

I agree that if I had to pick one, I'd pick Joule over Revel. But Revel is also open for lunch, so you might be able to do both! I personally don't think of it as trendy.

Sitka & Spruce does not have many specials. The food is great, the service can be uneven. It's probably worth checking for an updated menu. Another option in Capitol Hill is Skillet Diner, open for only about a month. More low-end than the other places you've mentioned, but I just went there and it was delicious (had the fried-chicken sandwich, with a fennel-jalapeno crust on a potato roll from Macrina Bakery). They're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No reservations and very popular, so you'd probably have to wait unless you went at an off time. Skillet is a popular food truck (you can check their website or twitter updates to see where they are for lunch that day), and they just opened the diner, as well. (Not to overwhelm you with options, but I do think that to really experience Seattle, you want get out of downtown and see the neighborhoods.)

Also, if you do get to Salumi, a little-known fact is that you can call in your order ahead of time, then bypass the long line and go straight to the counter to pick up your lunch. (I'm assuming that you'll take it to go.) If anyone gives you a look, just say "phone order."

Jun 28, 2011
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Seattle First Timer - Trip Itinerary Help Please!

Here is my humble opinion:

I'd pick Lecosho over Matt's or Etta's for lunch near Pike Place Market. "Matt" actually left Matt's to open Lecosho.

I will probably get plenty of disagreement on this, but I was pretty disappointed at Book Bindery. My pork chop was seriously overcooked, and my appetizer had little flavor. The five others I went with had a mixed experience, with some dishes being good but not great, and others just okay.

I love Joule and have been there many times. There's also Revel (same chef-owners) in Fremont, a different neighborhood that also has plenty going on.

I may be in the minority on this one also, but I'm not a big Monsoon fan. Nothing I had there was bad; I've just had better food at other restaurants.

I'd try to fit in Sitka & Spruce, which is open for lunch and dinner. They do interesting things with local ingredients, and I've had some incredible dishes there. Also, there are more interesting things to see in this area (Capitol Hill) than in Madison Park, IMHO. You can also have a drink at Bar Ferd'nand, in the same building (the Melrose Market) as Sitka & Spruce.

Enjoy!

Jun 27, 2011
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Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

What tsquare said.

Jun 27, 2011
Thiebaud in Greater Seattle

Is Delancey's pizza worth the time and money?

Oh, I didn't mean to imply anything bad about the Sunset. I've just never eaten the pizza there. I know they don't have as many varieties of pies as they do in Seward Park, and I personally prefer the atmosphere in the Seward Park location. They're opening one in Maple Leaf soon, too.

Jun 27, 2011
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Is Delancey's pizza worth the time and money?

This ex-New Yorker (FWIW) likes the pizza at Delancey very much. Do I think it's worth the wait? No. But, if you can get at least six people together, you can make a reservation. Otherwise, they will still call you on your cell phone, but personally I would go early (as others have mentioned) or better yet, later (around 8:30 or 9:00, which seems to be considered late for dinner in Seattle). It's much easier to get in quickly at that time. People do start lining up before 5:00 there!

I also like Flying Squirrel (the one in Seward Park) and Bambino's just as much. I think Delancey has a better crust than F.S., but F.S. has better toppings. Haven't been to Bambino's in a couple of years, so I hope it's as good as it was. (They used to have a white pie that I really liked, but it no longer seems to be on the menu. I wonder if they'd still make it if I asked?) In fact, this is making me want to go again pretty soon!

Jun 25, 2011
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What does "entrée" mean in Seattle?

In America, the entrée is the main course, except in some French restaurants and bistros, where the entrée is the appetizer.

Generally, two or three small plates are enough to feed a single person. The best thing is to ask your server how many are usually enough, since it can vary from restaurant to restaurant. Small plates lend themselves to sharing, although it's not *required* to share. Small plates are very popular right now.

Jun 11, 2011
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Zoe or Tavolata?

Ok, I know you asked specifically about those two restaurants, but I'd recommend Sitka & Spruce. I had some of the best food I've had in Seattle there, and they do interesting things with local ingredients. I don't think it's much further than Zoe or Tavolata from Pike Place Market, even though it's in Capitol Hill. If you go, make a reservation because the place is tiny and very popular. It's inside the Melrose Market building, which has other interesting food-related venues. You can also have a drink at Bar Ferd'nand while you're waiting for your table if you're so inclined.

Jun 04, 2011
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Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

Love the pulled pork pizza at Flying Squirrel!

And since no one else has mentioned it yet, how about The Corson Building?

Jun 01, 2011
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Good restaurant near the ACT Theatre?

Unfortunately, blueacre closes at 10 PM. I have to say that I had one of the worst meals at Urbane, yet some other people in our party liked theirs. I had pasta with lamb ragu and couldn't even finish half of it because it was so bad. Now maybe I shouldn't have ordered pasta in a "non-pasta" restaurant, but my beet appetizer was only ok and my strawberry crepe dessert was meh. No one asked why I left most of my dinner.

Jun 01, 2011
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Good restaurant near the ACT Theatre?

Some of these look pretty good, but we're going on a weeknight and getting out around 9 or 9:30, so I may get outvoted. Nobody wants to stay out too late, so proximity might win out over deliciousness of food. Will report back, thanks for the suggestions!

May 28, 2011
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Chi Town Hound look for good Asian/Japanese/Korean...

3rd Joule. Same chef-owners as Revel. Joule was their first restaurant; Revel is more Korean-influenced "street food." I like both but would choose Joule if I had only one night.

May 27, 2011
Thiebaud in Greater Seattle

Good restaurant near the ACT Theatre?

Going to an evening event at the ACT Theatre (7th & Union), and we'd like to go out for something to eat after. I'm having a hard time finding a place that's within walking distance. Purple? (That's about the max distance that we'd want to walk.) Palomino? I've never been to either. Any suggestion is welcome!

May 27, 2011
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Planning a year's worth of eating out

Thanks! (Sorry this reply is so belated.)

May 23, 2011
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Torontonian coming for a short visit - approve?

I think the "best fried chicken" might have been the Monday-night-only fried chicken at Spring Hill, which is now sold out until it ends for good this summer.

May 17, 2011
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Joule, How to Cook a Wolf, Rest. Zoe, Mistral Kitchen, Crow - help me decide!

I love Joule and never get tired of going back there. (I like Revel also but would pick Joule over Revel.)

Restaurant Zoe was very, very good both times that I went there, but not particularly unusual.

I went to Crow recently and it wasn't good at all. Not sure why it's on any "good food" list.

Haven't been to the other two yet.

Enjoy your visit!

May 16, 2011
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Best Ice Cream Brand

Three Twins Bittersweet Chocolate is my new favorite. I haven't tried their other flavors yet.

May 12, 2011
Thiebaud in General Topics

Two days for a solo walking/diner near Pike's

Lecosho is the restaurant that Matt (formerly of Matt's in the Market) has opened. I had a very good dinner there last fall.

You can walk to Salumi for lunch (call in your order and you won't have to wait on the long, long line).

My very favorite restaurants are actually not downtown, so I'm hesitant to make other recommendations. I've heard good things about Chez Shea, Tavolata, and Local 360 , but haven't been to them myself.

Apr 30, 2011
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Vegetarian/Vegan in Seattle

Tilth also has a vegetarian tasting menu.

Apr 28, 2011
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anyone tried organic unsalted cultured butter from organic valley?

Apr 25, 2011
Thiebaud in General Topics

New York hound looking for recommendations in Seattle

LOVE La Carta de Oaxaca. Best chili rellenos I've ever had. (I had the cheese ones.) But I know that I don't have much experience with Mexican food, mainly in Seattle and New York -- neither exactly known for south-of-the-border cusine. Curious what others think.

Apr 25, 2011
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Take-out options near QA

Bambino's delivers to QA. It's one of my favorite pizza places (along with Delancey and Flying Squirrel). That said, I've never had a delivery from them; just ate in the restaurant.

Apr 22, 2011
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La Casa Del Mojito is now "Mojito" -- any significance?

I hope they'll be ok, too. They told me that they closed the U District location because students wouldn't pay their prices when there are so many super-cheap eateries nearby. So they didn't have anough business there other than on the weekends, when non-students would come in. The Lake City location was doing fine, though.

I just wonder if the changes mean that the chef has changed or something else. I hope it's as good as before. Haven't been there in quite a while.

Apr 21, 2011
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La Casa Del Mojito is now "Mojito" -- any significance?

Correction: The menu is there, just in a place that's not obvious. (You have to click "Today's Specials" to get to it.)

Apr 20, 2011
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La Casa Del Mojito is now "Mojito" -- any significance?

I just found out that La Casa Del Mojito changed its name to just "Mojito." Does anyone know if this means anything other than just a name change? The new website is http://www.mojito1.com/, and the menu is no longer posted.

Apr 20, 2011
Thiebaud in Greater Seattle