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Le Bon Ton Roule, RIP?

Yikes, that certainly went down quickly.

I guess perhaps it is not an easy location. They were competing with the heart of the Ballard restaurant scene, but they were not ~in~ the heart of the Ballard restaurant scene and therefore they are more difficult to know about.

And I remember thinking that the menu items were awfully inexpensive when they were in the Mexican incarnation (thus they'd need a lot of business coming through the restaurant to turn a profit).

about 15 hours ago
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Do any Sichuan restaurants use whole, good-quality peppercorns here?

Peppercorns aside, how would you rate Szechuan First?

Apr 13, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

A New Orleans native visits Seattle for the first time

+1 for Quinn's!

Apr 10, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

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Apr 10, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

You could try a 20th century approach: call them and ask about it.

(206) 621-8772

Apr 08, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Early Sunday AM Breakfast-Bellevue/Seattle Airport Area

13 Coins could hardly be closer to the airport, it is open 24/7, and it is a fun place to have breakfast.

http://www.13coins.com/index.php

Apr 05, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle
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Which NOLA Steakhouse

Apr 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

The Roosevelt is 1/2 block away from the FQ, just across Canal Street, with entrances on both Barrone and University. Yes, get the Ramos Gin Fizz in the Sazerac Bar. The drink, and seeing it made, are both quite wonderful.

I am not sure if there is any "happy hour" at the Sazerac. I suggest stopping into Sazerac during the mid-afternoon when it is likely to be quiet. The Roosevelt often hosts business meetings. When they let out toward the end of the afternoon, the bar can get very crowded and loud. Go before that happens, so that you can soak up the beautiful decor and have a chance to relate to the bartender and servers.

Yes, at the adjacent Domenica, the "happy hour" is 3 to 6 pm, and it consists of half price on all pizzas and wines by the glass.

Apr 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

3 days in Seattle

Thanks for the info. I hope he'll be settling in at a "compatible" spot soon.

Mar 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyouc...

The return of Murray has already ended?

Mar 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Trip Report: 4 days in New Orleans - days 3-4

Mar 14, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Do yourself a favor and acquire one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Streetwise-New-...

The laminated folding format is ideal for travelers, especially if you plan to be doing a fair amount of walking. Best $6 you'll spend on the trip.

Mar 11, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Yikes again, hope you can manage some quality naps in-flight.

Enjoy your visit. This thread is approaching record-breaking length, and I am sure all the friendly advice is hard to absorb and reconcile, but rest easy knowing that it is extremely hard ever to go wrong in New Orleans, for the all of the incomparable dining, music, and the countless historical and cultural attractions.

In the meanwhile, put a little Professor Longhair on your music player, and let the good times roll...

Mar 06, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans
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Traditional Tapas in downtown Seattle

Let us know where you went, and your impressions. I hope your visit went well.

Mar 05, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Seattle's Best Sandwiches

I agree with all of your observations. I thought I would add (for the uninitiated) that their sandwiches are offered at the newer Pioneer Square location, but still not at the original location in the Melrose Market.

Mar 04, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

Heat and humidity...

Mar 03, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

Central Business District. The Warehouse/Arts District is a different neighborhood, closer to the river, and it adjoins the CBD.

http://www.blogvambora.com.br/wp-cont...

Mar 02, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Any Seattle 'Hoods Where Lack of Parking Keeps You Away?

There are some really good online parking tools for the city of Seattle (just Google it). Whenever I am planning to visit a parking-challenged neighborhood address, I plug it into one of these sites. That will allow me to compare rates and locations at nearby lots. When I arrive, I will usually circle a time or two to see if I can find cheaper/closer on-street parking and then (if not) I go to the back-up I have already identified online.

My most recent use was for a restaurant close in to the Ballard strip discussed by kaleo. We came up with covered parking (nice wide spaces) in a private lot for $1 an hour, less than a block away.

Downtown and Capitol Hill are higher, of course, but the private parking rates vary a lot, and you can save a bunch all over town if you check rates online first. There is a lot of relatively cheap private parking in the ID.

Mar 01, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Recommendations in the Eastside area?

:) There is actually a page on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastside...

In their telling, there is no "formal definition" but "The Northshore cities of Kenmore, Bothell, and Woodinville may be considered part of the Eastside, as each city contains portions that are east of the lake and south of its northernmost tip. Similarly, on the southeast tip of Lake Washington, Renton may also be included."

The idea that even the most expansive definitions must still be towns which are "east of the lake and south of its northernmost tip" works for me, and that excludes Mill Creek, by many miles.

Feb 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Recommendations in the Eastside area?

I think that the original organization of phone books tended to based on the area codes. There is little doubt that the geographical range of the 425 area code became crazy, stretching in a "gerrymandered" mess from Maple Valley at the southern edge of King County to Mill Creek all the way up north in Snohomish County.

Jerioldio can let us know if Snoqualmie Pass and Snohomish County are places within range when the urge strikes for coffee and snacks, or if a more limited set of communities was the idea of the original question.

Mill Creek is far, far NORTH of any side of Lake Washington. Alberta is also "east" of Lake Washington, but it is not part of the Eastside, as Puget Sound folks commonly think of it.

Jerioldio can let us know if Snoqualmie Pass, Renton and Snohomish County are in the range of where to get a cup of coffee and a snack when the urge strikes, or if a somewhat more limited set of communities was in mind for the original question.

Feb 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

The pizzas at Domenica are indeed big enough to share. If you split two pies, you won't need dinner and might bring some slices back to the hotel with you. You should take a look at the full menu as well. Domenica's Chef Alon Shaya has put together some really delicious plates in that kitchen.

My only thought is that the French Bistro fare and oysters at Lüke might be a less than optimal digestive combination with your pizza, and so you might want to split the two experiences out to two different days.

2 am? Yikes. Where are you coming in from?

Feb 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Recommendations in the Eastside area?

Yes. I occasionally see Renton grouped into the Eastside basket on websites, and to be fair Renton does sit on the southeast shore of Lake Washington, but I'm sure most of us think of Renton as a "south" location more than as an eastside town.

Feb 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

palmtree38, I am a visitor to New Orleans, not a local. But I have had Friday lunch at August a couple of times within the past two years, and I think it is an excellent value.

As for "upscale," I would describe August as definitely fine dining. It has a different vibe than the historic "Palace" in the Garden District, but you will be in an environment with beautiful woodwork and chandeliers.

Lüke is the more casual "bistro" style Besh property. Although their happy hour offerings may not appear online, they do have great prices on oysters (50 cents each as I recall...?) and Lüke cooks up a fine hamburger too.

The Domenica happy hour with half price on all pizzas and wines by the glass is also a steal, and when you are there take time to drop into the Sazerac Bar and explore the beautiful lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel.

Feb 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Must try dishes for first timers in NOLA

The menu is online: http://www.restaurantaugust.com/menu....

You have your choice between two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts. The current alternative entrée to the rabbit confit is grilled Louisiana white shrimp (Israeli cous cous, black garlic and citrus).

The menu selections for the Friday prix fixe will change from time to time, but not week-to-week.

Feb 27, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Going to Jazz Fest for 25th

GW Fins:

http://gwfins.com/

I thought that you "didn't need" fancy, rather than specifically wanted to exclude it. That let's out Galatoire's which (although the atmosphere is relaxed and informal) does have a dress code.

Feb 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Recommendations in the Eastside area?

Ok, but that is probably because Mill Creek restaurant owners would throw a fit if they were dropped into the "everywhere else" in Western Washington category. Mill Creek has a border with Everett for goodness sakes, Snohomish County is not the east side of the lake.

The original poster can correct me if I am wrong, but I think the OP, along with the bulk of the general population, would consider the east side to be that group of communities that is reached by driving due east from Seattle on I-90 or 520, east of the eastern shores of Lake Washington until one reaches the Cascade foothills. That area includes Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Factoria, Newcastle, Issaquah and Sammamish. Driving north on 405, once you pass all the way through Kirkland and begin to round that big curve into South Snohomish County, you end up driving due west, and the Bothell-Everett Highway that leads up to Mill Creek is the very last exit before you are back at I-5 and Lynnwood.

My family lived for some years in the 1990's in North Creek, which is the unincorporated part of the county just south of Mill Creek. My in-laws have lived in Mill Creek for over thirty years. We never thought of ourselves as east siders when we lived up there, and I never met anyone there who spoke of Mill Creek as being an east side town.

If someone in Bellevue gets hungry for a donut I don't think they'll drive all the way north to Mill Creek to get one. If you are in Mill Creek and have a medical emergency, the ambulance will take you to a hospital in Everett, not Bellevue.

Bothell is at least a part of King County, but it is a special case, as it also is a very long drive from the center of the east side. I tend to think of Bothell and Kenmore simply as northern King County suburbs of metropolitan Seattle.

That's my general definition of the east side, anyway. You can define it any way you like.

Feb 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

If you may not return for ten years, that (to me) is all the more reason to take every opportunity for the full ride at each meal, rather than just getting a feel (so to speak) by hopping from bite to bite.

You will have plenty of chances to duck in to places for a drink and a snack between meals, I just wouldn't want to spend a precious dinner opportunity on a frenzied happy hour expedition.

Feb 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Your Ideal Food Crawl - Best Answer Gets a Prize

I agree. The how-many-places-can-I-pack-into-a-crawl mentality is exactly the polar opposite of what I think about when I think about dining in New Orleans (and that would be a leisurely, relaxed multi-course meal with exemplary service that I can savor and fully appreciate without a thought for the clock).

Feb 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans
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Going to Jazz Fest for 25th

If I could only eat at one restaurant during a visit, I think I would opt for Galatoire's, for quintessential Creole cuisine and a quintessential NOLA experience.

Feb 26, 2014
Gizmo56 in New Orleans

Redmond with my mother

Indeed. It is a Schwartz Brothers restaurant (like Chandler's Crabhouse and the various Daniel's Broilers).

Feb 25, 2014
Gizmo56 in Greater Seattle
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