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Looking for fried (whole belly) clams...

It is an Ethan Stowell property in Ballard.

1 day ago
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

Best deli for Western European meats / cheeses?

The QFC in the Broadway Market on Capitol Hill has a big selection that is nearly the same as the Murray's in Greenwich Village. The selection in other Kroger locations (that I've been to) seems to be much smaller. I don't know about Bellevue.

Aug 28, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Looking for good eats Queen Anne; West Queen Anne area.

Bear in mind that our monorail travels from Seattle Center (lower Queen Anne) to downtown, so that link opens up the downtown & Belltown restaurants.

I recommend Toulouse Petit. It is an especially great value at happy hour and the "breakfast happy hour" for weekday breakfasts. Mexcaleria Oaxaca is also good.

http://toulousepetit.com/

http://www.mezcaleriaoaxaca.com/

I'm sure you'll get many other suggestions here. Enjoy your visit!

Aug 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

CANLIS - A 'Very Mixed' experience!

Yes, absolutely, I should have mentioned that. Thanks.

Aug 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

CANLIS - A 'Very Mixed' experience!

A pleasure. Enjoy your visit to Seattle, and please let us know about your impressions after dining at Canlis, or elsewhere if you make a switch.

Aug 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Good breakfast spot in Capital Hill

Count me as another vote for Bakery Nouveau for a light pastry-and-coffee focused breakfast.

Aug 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Good breakfast spot in Capital Hill

And the locals tend to say "on" rather than "in Capital Hill."

If the neighborhood gets any more hipster commercialized, perhaps it should be renamed "capital" hill, in celebration of all the capitalism...

Aug 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

CANLIS - A 'Very Mixed' experience!

It is still remarkable.

You'll see the skyline, the lights in the buildings reflected in the water, lights on the boats; it is beautiful.

I just meant to say that if you wanted to have the entire sunset experience, going from full sunlight to full city-under the stars, your reservation time is just a little bit late at this time in Summer to catch much of the start of the twilight.

Aug 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

CANLIS - A 'Very Mixed' experience!

Sunset tonight is at 8:01 pm, so tonight the light will be winding down between 8:30 and 9. Despite Charles Yu's recent bad experience, they have not disappointed me yet, and hopefully your visit will be successful as well.

Aug 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Honeymoon in PNW - Vegetarians Seeking Meals / Lodging

Obviously lodging that is "near a Mountain / National Forest / National Park" is not going to be in the city of Seattle. The closest option to the city is probably the Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls (which is upscale, has a spa, etc.) http://www.salishlodge.com/ . Other spots to consider would be Mt. Rainier http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm , or lodging in the communities that are along the North Cascades Loop http://www.cascadeloop.com/ . Finally, think about the Olympic Peninsula: http://www.olympicpeninsula.org/

Being an omnivore, I will leave it to others to recommend vegetarian options.

Aug 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Sunny Deck On The Eastside For Drinks and Snacks

Beach Cafe at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.

Aug 24, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Best traditional omakase in Seattle?

Visit this recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/985920

Aug 23, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Any recommendations to check out before dinner Lark at 5:30 pm on this Saturday

He's going tomorrow (the 23rd).

Aug 22, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Chik-fil-A

Of course. I am free to not consume Chik Fil A fast food, but I am not free to state the reason. This is sort of the "don't ask, don't tell" of consumer decisions.

Tell me, if you found out that the owner of your local hardware store was a registered sex offender who preyed on children with Asperger's Syndrome, and who used the profits from the store to attempt to repeal laws against his behavior, would you still patronize that store? And, if not, would it be hypocritical and lazy for you to mention the reason why, unless you also knew for an absolute fact that no other items you consume had registered sex offenders in their business ownership?

Once again, there is nothing hypocritical, morally superior, or lazy for an individual to decide where to buy things, based on whatever available information is important to that person. I am free not to eat those chicken sandwiches, and I am free to explain why I don't. You are free to eat them three times a day, I don't care.

Aug 21, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle
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Any recommendations to check out before dinner Lark at 5:30 pm on this Saturday

As babette feasts notes, it is possible that it will increase the volume of traffic on southbound I-5 through the downtown core. So you may see some extra-slow traffic as you approach downtown through the north end of the city. But such slow-downs in that direction happen a lot now anyway, just allow a little extra time, and hopefully it won't be all that bad.

Sometimes when these road closures get a lot of advance publicity, the number of people who decide to avoid the roads and stay home ends up offsetting the added volume from the closures, and the traffic stays close to normal.

Aug 20, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Chik-fil-A

I make no claim to moral superiority. I am simply stating my preference not to help fund efforts to defeat basic human rights. Dan Cathy can believe anything he wants to, and he can spend his money however he wants to, and likewise I can eat anybody's sandwiches I want to.

Your argument that it is somehow mandatory for me to eat at Chik-Fil-A when I don't wish to do so, and that I am "lazy and hypocritical" for not doing so, is mildly humorous.

Chik-fil-A

It is not about what values they espouse, it is about how they spend the profits they are making from their customers. Quoting from Wikipedia:

"Chick-fil-A has donated over $5 million, via WinShape, to groups that oppose same-sex marriage. Of this, more than $3 million was donated primarily to Christian organizations whose agendas included positions that some consider to be anti-gay, with the money donated between 2003 and 2009. A total of $1.9 million was donated in 2010 to groups such as the Marriage & Family Foundation, Exodus International and the Family Research Council. That year, the FRC, which received $1,000 was listed as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. WinShape has also contributed to Christian groups including Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Exodus International, the latter noted for supporting ex-gay conversion therapy. In response, students at several colleges and universities worked to ban or remove the company's restaurants from their campuses."

I don't think Heaven Sent or Ezell's has plowed millions into fighting basic civil rights for gay people (but if you know "for an abolute fact" that they have, "I'd love to see your proof."

If you don't mind seeing the money that you spend being used to fight social progress and equal rights, then have at it, but many of us prefer to dine elsewhere.