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Need Three Suggestions First Time Visit

RE: #1

Buffa's on Esplanade has a very informal and lively jazz brunch. The menu is decidedly non-fancy: http://www.buffasbar.com/menu/

A somewhat more upscale jazz brunch, but still with eggs, french toast, etc. can be had at Atchafalaya: http://www.atchafalayarestaurant.com/...

Oct 20, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

SF Foodies Visiting in 2 weeks

A restaurant chain would use a proofreader for the content on their site.

But...whatever. Enjoy your visit.

Oct 15, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Large Dinner Group this Friday (10/17) - Recommednations for the in Quarter

Bourbon House handles groups nicely and has solid food and drink.

http://www.bourbonhouse.com/

Oct 14, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - October 2014

NAY to chicken piccata (refrigerated section). Not new at TJ's, but my first time trying their attempt after making it myself for decades. It fails in two ways.

The chicken breasts are supposed to be pounded thin, and to a uniform thickness of about 1/4 inch. TJ's version doesn't seem to be pounded at all, the thickness is not uniform, which results in overdone edges compared to the more moist center.

Second problem is the sauce, which should be simple and bright: lemon, white wine, capers, a little seasoning. There is a caper flavor here, but no actual whole capers, and the sauce misses on the bright flavors and has a "gluggy" overly-thick consistency.

I had high hopes. It is a simple dish that should be perfect for this sort of pre-made quick meal treatment, but TJ misses the mark on the very few basic rules of what makes this dish work.

Oct 07, 2014
Gizmo56 in Chains
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Need help for Seattle Thanksgiving itinerary

Even if there is only one plate, I agree that for Turkey Day the buffet is better. Many of us don't care as much for certain dishes as we do for others, and it is nice to be able to set up one's Thanksgiving plate as one chooses.

I again enthusiastically second the Ray's suggestion. I think a visitor would find spending the holiday looking out across Shilshole Bay a very memorable way to spend an out-of-town Thanksgiving, and I'd urge the OP to explore a reservation as soon as possible.

http://www.rays.com/boathouse/

Sep 29, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Need help for Seattle Thanksgiving itinerary

+1 for this suggestion. Bear in mind that the sun will be setting at around 4:30 pm at that time of year, so best plan the holiday meal for the mid-afternoon to enjoy the wonderful water view at Ray's.

Sep 29, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

SF Foodies Visiting in 2 weeks

I agree with all of your observations, HH. The writer of the content for their website would never have made it out of the elementary school I attended.

Sep 28, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

SF Foodies Visiting in 2 weeks

For brunch, consider Atchafalya, which features a DIY Bloody Mary bar.

http://www.atchafalayarestaurant.com/

Sep 28, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Oops, thanks for the correction.

Sep 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Spitfire is relatively new, I think they opened less than 2 years ago, maybe early 2013. I've enjoyed having an afternoon espresso there a couple of times.

I too didn't know anything about "The Saint." But I found out it is in the Lower Garden District. More info here: http://www.thesaintneworleans.com/

Sep 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Big Chickie Report

Yelp has very recent reviews for the Lynnwood location and shows that they open daily at 11 am, but are closed on Mondays.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/san-fernando-...

Sep 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle
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Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

If one person happens to have a backpack (or a companion), that can hold a table while that person waits in line, that person is putting others (who do not have an object or person to hold the table during the wait) at a disadvantage.

On the other hand, if everyone would wait to stake out a table until after they had paid the cashier, none of the patrons would be exercising an advantage, and everyone could take their turn based on the order of their arrival (which would dictate the order of their payment and the order in which they could obtain the next open table, all of which would match: first come/first served).

This implied normative strategy leans toward courtesy, fairness, equal treatment, and manners, regardless whether the house rules bother to police such conduct.

Courtesy and manners are of course observed to varying degrees by different people, as you rightly point out, and as this contentious thread proves. But I do think it is possible to think through the question of what conduct demonstrates the best "etiquette" in consideration of others, whether that conduct is being universally observed, or whether it is commonly ignored. It is a question of what one "ought" to do, over what one can get away with, when not forbidden by the house rules. I'm with Kaleo.

Sep 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

We need 2 great dinners (and a breakfast)! Downtown/Belltown

No, the OP did not specify days of the week, so that's why I thought it was important to mention the fact that there is no breakfast service five days out of the week.

I was not trying to make a distinction between breakfast and brunch related to the time of day, but "brunch" does imply a different sort of menu selection.

Sep 22, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

We need 2 great dinners (and a breakfast)! Downtown/Belltown

Cafe Campagne does not serve breakfast on weekdays, except in summer (ending on Labor Day). They do have a year-round weekend brunch service.

Sep 22, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Coffee shop etiquette: lines and limited tables

If everyone avoided behaviors that raised doubt about potential rudeness, we would have a more civil society. So why not resolve all such questions in favor of politeness to others?

Elsewhere in the news, why is this general etiquette question on the Seattle-specific board?

Sep 22, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

suggestions for food & drink spots for a vegetarian and a non seafood fan

On Capitol Hill-

for a meal:

Poppy, http://poppyseattle.com/ ~and~

Spinasse, http://www.spinasse.com/

for baked goods:

Bakery Nouveau, http://www.bakerynouveau.com/welcome/

for drinks and high end bar food:

Quinn's, http://quinnspubseattle.com/

Sep 17, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Looking for fried (whole belly) clams...

It is an Ethan Stowell property in Ballard.

Sep 15, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Recs near Hyatt Regency on Loyola?

Your hotel's website will help you "exactly place where this hotel is:"

http://www.neworleans.hyatt.com/en/ho...

As HH has pointed out, you aren't far from most of the goodness in the CBD and FQ.

Sep 09, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Sunny Deck On The Eastside For Drinks and Snacks

soccarat = the crust on the bottom of the paella pan.

Sep 06, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Sunday brunch at noon around a great neighborhood or Pike's Place?

I agree that the Capitol Hill location is much easier to reach for visitors staying downtown, compared to trying to make the trek out to the West Seattle location (at least without turning brunch into a substantial day trip, with rides on the water taxi, etc.). The particular area of Capitol Hill where Bakery N. is located is not that tough for parking (in fact, there is a bank right next door whose off-street lot is wide-open on Sundays), and it would be easy to get there by cab or bus.

Also, though Bakery N. is wonderful, I'm not sure that pastries and sandwiches alone constitute "brunch."

Sep 05, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle
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Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

Sep 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Toulouse Petit - any other restaurants a visitor should try?

That is a day-by-day forecast question. Our extended forecast now is showing temperatures in the 80's for several days in the coming 10 day forecast, so there is an excellent chance it will be sunny and warm when you are here.

Sep 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Sunday brunch at noon around a great neighborhood or Pike's Place?

Close to your hotel:

http://blueacreseafood.com/Menus.html

In Pike (not "Pike's"!) Place Market:

http://cafecampagne.com/menu

Near the Seattle Center:

http://toulousepetit.com/

A very nice Mexican twist in Seattle's North end:

http://senormoose.com/

Sep 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Bottled Sodas (near Pike Place?)

Sep 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

I am a visitor and not a resident, but I agree with JazzyB about CP. It seems a bit strange to me for anyone to lump it together with Pat O'Brien's/Bourbon Street "sleaze" and with Cafe du Monde.

Commander's Palace is a historic and very beautiful space, with a grand history of providing excellent takes on NOLA cuisine and impeccable service. Have lunch there and you'll see many locals doing business and socializing. The simple pleasures of CP's turtle soup, and appetizers like the shrimp and tasso hennican alone are worth the visit. And the Garden District location makes CP ideal as a centerpiece for a visit to that very beautiful part of town.

Sep 03, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Toulouse Petit - any other restaurants a visitor should try?

"...a fantastic bistro with a nice wine list...a view of the water..."

Consider doing a Bistro "crawl" in the Pike Place Market.

Begin at Place Pigalle. http://placepigalle-seattle.com/ Small room, water view from window tables, and very good for the near-cliche classics like mussels or french onion soup.

Move virtually next door to Maximilien http://www.maximilienrestaurant.com/ If the weather is good, sit on their deck, if not stay inside, and either way enjoy another great view of Elliot Bay. Nice salads and small plates.

Save most of your appetite for Le Pichet. http://lepichetseattle.com/ No view here, but the most authentic bistro you'll find anywhere. Have them select charcuterie and cheese plates for you while your entree is being prepared, and enjoy their very affordable and well-chosen list of French wines.

All three of these spots also do a very nice job with cocktails.

I like Toulouse Petit for dinner, but agree that you'll get more "bang for your buck" if you arrive just before the beginning of their very high value happy hour, or if you enjoy their weekday "breakfast happy hour."

For a top seafood restaurant, I suggest Blueacre http://blueacreseafood.com/ in the heart of downtown. Rock Creek and Walrus & Carpenter in the north end neighborhoods are good options too, but will get a bit more complicated by public transportation and would be kind of expensive by cab.

Sep 03, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Breakfast near SeaTac

Light rail will take you to the Westlake Center, which is only a few blocks from the 5th Avenue Top Pot and also Lola.

Westlake is also an easy transfer point to take the monorail, which goes to Seattle Center. Toulouse Petit is reached by walking through the Center, plus a few blocks, to the corner of Mercer and Queen Anne.

Light rail info is here:

http://www.soundtransit.org/schedules...

Monorail info is here:

http://www.seattlemonorail.com/

You will need to think about how early you need to check in before your flight and whether this breakfast excursion is doable, especially if you add the monorail. If you decide not to venture away from SeaTac, 13 Coins is really convenient and it can be a lot of fun, thanks to the throwback decor and good service.

Sep 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Breakfast near SeaTac

That is my opinion as well. I'd be more inclined to get baked goods downtown from Macrina Bakery or Dahlia.

Sep 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Breakfast near SeaTac

Indeed.

Sep 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Breakfast near SeaTac

Why not go to the downtown location of Top Pot (on 5th)?

Good breakfasts can be had at Toulouse Petit and at Lola.

Sep 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle