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Buy goat meat

International Food Bazaar is a small Middle Eastern market across 156th Ave from Crossroads Mall which sells goat and other Halal meats. There's also a Persian market in the Lake Hills Shopping Center further south on 156th that would likely have some. These places are probably a bit closer than the recs in Kent and Seattle, although any trip to Bob's Quality Meats is time well spent.

Sep 12, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Steak tartare?

Hearty second to Cafe Presse. Very generous portion of sirloin and hanger steak tartare with bistro style accompaniments. Good fries, a simple salad of watercress, little mustard jars on each table and some ludicrously inexpensive wine pours mirror the Parisian carnivore's experience more accurately than most places in town. I certainly haven't had a better version and the prices at Presse are generally very economical. The only danger is that your beau will be sidetracked by all the charcuterie and unable to finish the tartare. The older sister, Le Pichet, is every bit as delicious and more downtown, but I don't believe they have tartare on the menu.

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Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Sep 12, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Where can I buy pigeon in Seattle?

A lot of upscale grocers and butchers will carry it under the name of squab. In addition to those and the markets mentioned above, you can order a variety of kinds from online retailers like D'Artagnan. In the winter months the latter will even provide Scottish Wood Pigeon which will probably be in a more similar vein to what you had in Europe.

The main reason pigeon and so many other game birds are rare and expensive over here is due to the very strict regulations forbidding the sale of wild game in the US. This is mostly from overblown health concerns, similar to the rules concerning dairy pasteurization. So unless you or a friend hunt, you're not going to see the explosion of game meats that you would see in Europe when Fall begins. Nor will the birds likely match the quality you experienced overseas. But hey, at least we have better salmon!

Sep 12, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Healthy vegetarian date spot in Seattle

Seattle has a lot of vegetarian options, so it comes down to a few things, if this girl is vegan as well, it would impact the decision, but there are certainly plenty of palces that cater to that. I haven't seen much aside from the delicious faux-meat sandwiches at Cafe Happy in Kirkland, but I've heard good things about Chaco Canyon Cafe and Highline. The former is a very healthy, hyper-organic restaurant that I believe specializes in raw foods. The latter is vegan versions of classic stoner food, so it may not be the place to flash some cash and impress a date, especially if you're not on the familiar enough terms to discount its location over a sex shop.

Most of the vegetarian restaurants I can think of in the area do run pretty informal and inexpensive which could be good, but given your ulterior motives I'd recommend Sutra as the only fine dining vegetarian restaurant that I'm aware of.

http://www.sutraseattle.com/menu.html

But that's only from recommendation and not personal experience. Depending on what you're trying to do, another option would be to go to one of many fine dining restaurants in Seattle that would be happy to provide vegetarian options despite their omnivorous menus.

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Cafe Happy
102 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland, WA 98033

Chaco Canyon Cafe
4757 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Jun 02, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

Finally made it to Columbia City Bakery, after going by when the doors are closed dozes of times. Brought a pistachio cake to work to celebrate my last day at the job. It was seriously good cake from someone who doesn't usually have an appetite for the stuff. Dense crumb but still moist and not too rich. The frosting tasted like lemon and good butter and just melted as soon as you taste it. Best of all, the thing had apparently been sandblasted with dusted, bright green pistachio. If everything there is that good, I'll be spending quite a few mornings exploring their case.

Jun 02, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

I'm curious too. I've never had Eritrian food. I'm fond of Ethiopian though, and anything with injera is going to have a hard time disappointing. A quick scan through Google makes me want to try kitcha fit-fit.

My folks are big fans of Pizzuto's because it is that classic American-Italian mafioso food. And sometimes a phonebook sized slab of lasagna is just what you need.

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Pizzutos
5032 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Jun 02, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

Thanks for the recs. Knowledge of a solid martini location within reasonable taxi distance is a blessing and a curse.

Jun 02, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

I don't have any problem with going up to Georgetown now and then. I should probably do a little exploring aside from hitting the brewery for growler refills.

Jun 02, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Best (or decent) Chinese in QA/Fremont/Wallingford/Univ. District?

Ditto to Mandarin Chef. The chef worked for years in the Sichuan Provence before coming over. When I moved off Brooklyn Ave I should have used a 12-Step program to get their dumplings out of my system. They come in huge platters, and are the best I've had in the city. I'm not referring to the pot stickers, but the jiao-zi boiled dumplings. Noodles made from scratch and the aforementioned eggplant are also highlights. But the jiao-zi are worth the trip from anywhere, let alone QA.

I know you mention it didn't need to be authentic or Sichuan, but Mandarin Chef is both of those things.

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Mandarin Chef
5022 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Jun 01, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

Thanks! These are just the sort of recommendations I was looking for. I still haven't made it to Columbia City Bakery despite having some of their goods elsewhere. I was very pleased with Bob's Meats on my one visit thus far. A freezer section full of cut up veal bones, caul fat, and lamb necks sits very well with me. Any butcher can get that if you preorder it, but I like that it's there in case I find an afternoon free and decide to do some unexpected stock making. I hadn't realized Naan 'n Curry was so close. I remember reading a glowing review when they opened and wanting to make the trip but never finding the time. I was expecting good Indian food to be one thing I missed as my old office was near the Lake Hills Mayuri.

Looking forward to trying these and anything else Hounds offer up.

Jun 01, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

What to eat with cottage cheese?

It's not the only way I'll eat it, but I have to echo everybody else who has it with spaghetti and red sauce. It's a pairing as good as tomatoes and mozzarella.

May 31, 2011
Reloy in General Topics

Seattle Trip Report

My first experience with Sichuan pepper was similar, anxiety and fear that I was having some kind of stroke. But once I understood the cuisine's intentions and after some continued sampling, it grew on me to the point that Chongqing chicken became a kind of addiction. Fuschia Dunlop, a food writer famous for her Chinese cookbooks and memoirs of time living and eating in Chengdu recounted a diary entry describing her first experience with the famous peppercorn nearly verbatim to the way you did. So I wouldn't give up on Sichuan food just yet, it may become a great love when you realize the sensation is harmless and intentional.

May 31, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Freshly Relocated to South Seattle. Seeking council from veteran eaters of the area.

I've just moved into a place in Seward Park after years of exile to the Eastside. And while there are certainly gems to be found spaced between Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, and the like, my excitement at Seattle's offerings being less than 20 minutes away is bordering on delirium. So, I intend to take advantage of being much closer to Downtown, Capital Hill, and the bounties of the ID, but my immediate focus is on the best food destinations in my neighborhood. So, I'm looking for any tips on eating between Rainier Ave, the south end of Lake Washington, and west as far as Beacon Hill. Columbia City, Madrona, MLK, even North Renton are all within a moment's striking distance.

I'm not a complete stranger to the area and have sampled or know of some of it's offerings, (La Medusa, Geraldine's, Pho Bac, Mutual Fish). But, I'm still interested in hearing specific menu recommendations for the obvious places. I would never have known to sample Geraldine's superlative french toast even after several visits if it weren't for this board. I'm guilty of falling into routine with some of my favorite places, and sample to little of a potentially revelatory menu. So don't be shy with your favorite finds, fine dining, or hole in the wall, all are equal in my eyes if the food is made with skill. I already plan on checking out some Pollo a la Brasa and Mekong Rainier, in the hope that it fills the hole Ranch 99 left in my life when I moved up from the Valley some years ago. I've also fallen in love with the pulled pork pizza at Flying Squirrel. But I'm sure there are a number of treasures within 10 minutes of my new home that I am completely blind to.

I'm pretty new to Chowhound and still overwhelmed by its value as a resource to someone obsessed with all things tasty. I was inspired to post this question after seeing a post by Equinoise from last year about lengua tacos being doled out of the back of a car in a Lowe's parking lot. I was out that Lowe's last night and would never have had the good sense to notice such an event. I envy that kind of gastronomic radar and eagerly (greedily) seek to benefit from yours.

May 31, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

FISH HEADS (and bones)! FRESH. (preferably sole, turbot, rockfish or snapper)

Mutual Fish is fantastic. If you call ahead I'm sure you could wrangle very fresh options out of any good seafood dealer where whole fish are being filleted, they're generating a lot of heads and bones either way and if someone will pay for them, they'd be happy to take the income.

Uwajimaya is also a good source with locations on both sides of Lake Washington. They have heads and bones on display with the same prominence many retailers give to salmon. They go through a lot of fish, and their Asian clientele are more likely to use the whole fish in their cooking than most customers at a standard grocer so they're turning over quickly and you're pretty likely to get something new and fresh. I can also attest to them having both sole and turbot at the Bellevue and Seattle locations right now, so it's likely you could ask and get the heads you're looking for.

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Uwajimaya
600 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA

May 31, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Sushi and sesame. Allergic conundrums.

I am mostly cruising for moral support. I actually have family in Japan, so the anecdote about a traveler with a written note was refreshing. Ultimately I think I'll wind up getting some practice with the cuisines she can't have so that if a craving hits hard, it's not just depressing. Although she is sensitive to small amounts of sesame, a good dose of Benadryl is enough to prevent anaphylaxis, it just also knocks her out for awhile, and the reaction leaves her feeling a bit weird for a couple days. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Apr 26, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle

Sushi and sesame. Allergic conundrums.

Hello Chowhounds, I'm a lurker and first time poster. My friend of many years, and dearest eating partner has recently developed an increasingly serious seed allergy. It initially started as a reaction to flax and sesame, but grew to include most seeds in that family, poppy, mustard, and pine nuts (tragic!). However, sesame and flax cause the strongest reaction. Early on, it was just a matter of brushing some sesame seeds off of a roll and resisting halva, but she has become much more sensitive of late.

Of course, this isn't the most exclusive of allergies, compared to peanuts or gluten, a seed allergy is pretty easy to deal with. Even with all the products being fortified with omega-3 by adding flax oil, home cooking isn't a challenge. But it has put a damper on some of our favorite cuisines, and while I'm a competent cook, I really can't match the skills and access to product that a well-trained sushi chef has. However, the sesame allergy is strong enough that simply handling seeds and then touching her food is enough to cause a reaction and ruin an evening. This extends to other cuisines in which sesame seeds or oil play a heavy part, which rules out a lot of the best Asian food. I'd love to be able to take her out to some of these places, but am slightly intimidated by demanding that a busy cook completely avoid seeds or switch gloves when making our food to avoid contaminating her order. I also worry about possible language barriers at some lower key (and often most delicious) restaurants or, given how uncommon the allergy is, a lack of concern.

I am eager to hear what any of the veteran eaters on this board have experienced. I'm sure a lot of you will be pretty dismissive of it as being hypochondria or paranoia, but the allergy is very real. Mostly, I'd love to hear if anybody has made awkward demands of chefs at restaurants (especially Asian) that weren't fine dining and found relief. As somebody with no intolerances to any ingredients I can have trouble sympathizing with her. But I'd love to be able to take her to Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, or Japanese restaurants without any fear of the evening ending with a panic attack, an epi-pen injection, or at best a Benadryl coma. If we could find a few quality Asian restaurants that were very accommodating, they would have a couple of good tipping customers for life.

Thank you all!

Apr 25, 2011
Reloy in Greater Seattle