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SEATTLE - I want BBQ

I forced a group of coworkers from Issaquah to take the long drive to Peco's for my birthday lunch last week, and the hot sliced beef brisket (spiked) was spot on. Most of us have been there multiple times before, but the first-timers also seemed to enjoy it. It seems that their spicy heat is of more a black peppery origin than a cayenne, or chili origin. This works for me, I appreciate their heavy application if black peppercorns. The heat is a slow burn, that that intensifies the more you work through the sandwich.

Cash only, lunch only, weekday only, sandwich only. The beans and the “spiked” sausage are optional, but should be mandatory as well.

Sep 27, 2009
phinious in Greater Seattle

Five Point Café a thing of the past?

I heard from one of my bartender friends that the word on the street is that the Five Point Café might be closing shop soon, for good. I find this hard to believe as it is such a Seattle late-night institution. Where else are you gonna find an actual cigarette machine anymore?

Any truth to horrible rumor?

Sep 27, 2009
phinious in Greater Seattle

Best Kept Secrets on the Eastside

Crossroads Mall has an amazing food-court, ripe with locally owned ethnic food options.

My home base used to be Issaquah, which has solid food options;

Jak's – Top steaks
Shanghai Garden – Almost identical to the ID location, for barley green hand-shaven noodles
Shusiman – Upper-end sushi
iSushi – More reasonable, conveyor belt sushi
Flying Pie – Arguably the best pizza in the region next to that great Korean BBQ restaurant
Taqueria La Venadita – Tacos al Pastor!
Noodle Boat – Great Thai food and deep menu
Pho Hoa – Issaquah valley's only Pho option
Bangalore Cuisine - Better than average indian food

Factoria is home to Top Gun, if you are in the mood for Dim Sum.

Cafe Juanita, 'nuff said.

Aug 15, 2009
phinious in Greater Seattle

Looking for Good Burger in Seattle

I don’t often order burgers, but I was pleasantly surprised with the burger at Collin’s. I think the key is that they season their meat with Worchester and other spices. Plus the beer selection is top notch.

Feb 01, 2009
phinious in Pacific Northwest

[SEA] Looking for Root Beer on tap!

Root beer aficionados deserve the trek out to Issaquah's XXX. There is a rich history behind this former chain. Go check it out.

Jan 26, 2009
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Fresh Horseradish - SEA

Uwajimaya also had fresh wasabi root ($59 per pound).

Dec 14, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Quintessential Beer Geek Spots in Seattle...

Favorites of mine include…

Brouwers –not to be missed
Collin’s Pub – Thursdays are cask nights
Hooverville
Georgetown Liquor

Nov 27, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Baconnaise

I was at Seattle's product release party (great fun!)

I liken it to a fine cigar. It seems like a great idea at the time, and while you are sucking it in, it is heaven on earth. Nothing could taste better. You even ask your buddies, “this is awesome, why don't we smoke cigars more often?”

Then the morning rude awakening happens. You rise out of bed with that foul, lingering taste… and you ask yourself “why?” It took me hours to shake that hideous faux bacon flavor out of my mouth.

Like most pleasures, moderation is key. But then, I can't wait to try it again.

Nov 01, 2008
phinious in General Topics

Pho in Seattle without MSG

Pho Hoa in Issaquah claims not to use MSG. They are a franchised chain, so I would expect the ID location to be pretty much the same (but I have not asked the staff there). While not the best Pho in Seattle, it is adequate, and I give bonus points for their early openings (9 AM), making it one of my favorite breakfast joints in the city.

Aug 24, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Recent Cocktails (SEA)

I particularly enjoy the Aviation Cocktail at ZigZag. The combination of sweetness and tartness takes me back to the Sour Bleep Blips of my childhood, those cheap chalky-like candies in the dispenser machines at the grocery store.

Somewhat off top… but in most other regions of the country I have lived, a few drops of bitters in a proper G&T is not so unusual. I find here in Seattle that such a request is met with some confused head-tilting from behind the bar… HUH?…and often times bartenders tend to go overboard when adding them… really, just a few drops is all you need to make the drink complete.

Aug 11, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

weird/kitschy seattle restaurants?

Next time you find your way in Issaquah, poke your head into the Cloud 9 bar at the Mandarin Garden Restaurant on Sunset Blvd.

It is really quite impressive, with antique Asian furnishings and expensive touches. Rather odd, almost.

Aug 08, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Ramen in Seattle

Personality, I can’t get enough of the Tetsu Hell Fire (spicy dipping ramen) at Samurai noodle. In fact, I just had it for lunch today.

Aug 08, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Challenge finding east coast favorites in Seattle

Maneki has the distinction of being the oldest Japanese Restaurant in Seattle. Plus, they recently received recognition from the James Beard Institute. Shamefully, I have not been there yet… and I live mere blocks away.

http://www.manekirestaurant.com/
http://jbfawards.com/files/JBFAwardWi...

Aug 08, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Best mind-blowing options within the ID district (SEA).

You guys are killing me! Nomi is the perfect place to kick off the adventure. So much history between P.Square and the ID. I have been wanting to check Nomi out.

Jun 14, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Best mind-blowing options within the ID district (SEA).

Wow! Too think that I have lived mere blocks from these selections for over a year now.

Jun 14, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Best mind-blowing options within the ID district (SEA).

Yes! The Panama Hotel Tea Room... great choice (and cash only). Your other options seem spot on as well. Thanks for the input!

Jun 14, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Best mind-blowing options within the ID district (SEA).

I am taking a friend through a weekday evening tour of Seattle’s ID district. I would particularly like to hit up a bit of local history.

Here is how I envision it;

Drinks first (any bar ideas?)… Joe’s Chili Pasta does not count!

Followed by appetizers. Alas, soup dumplings may not be an option (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/327719 ).

Next stop…the creepy Wah Mee visit.

Finally, dinner, with great food, at a place where English may be a second language. Granted,Tai Tung may be the oldest venue, but it does not nessesarrly impress me foodwise.

Looking forward to any input here.

Jun 14, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

SEA - tacos al pastor?

This is huge! I will need to check this out and report back.

Jun 14, 2008
phinious in Greater Seattle

Help me finalize my Seattle list!!

Don't pick on the Pike. Now that the original owners have reclaimed the business some fun stuff has transpired. They have actually turned their back space, known as "the museum", into a beer museum-- so worth the visit.

Yes, the place overflows with tourist during the summer (it is in the market after all) ... at which times I avoid the place,

May 17, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Looking for East Bay suggestions for coworkers from Seattle

I had the "award winning" jerk chicken, and could only get trough about half of it before I finally gave in: .. darn those big portions.

This place is truly special, with heart and soul. Genuine to the core.It's the anti-Christ to Horatio's, and we loved it!

We are back in Seattle now, thanks again for the suggestions!

Looking for East Bay suggestions for coworkers from Seattle

OK--- So on the first night, despite my protesting, the group of eight of us ended up at Horatio’s [again]. We were seated on the patio and ate an overpriced, boring meal, in the cold and in the dark. One $40 steak was horribly over cooked.

Day two, I was able to convince the others to try Sweet Fingers because it was close to the hotel. This ended up being one of the best travel dinners we have had in a long time. The staff was great, the food was fantastic, and the mixed drinks were stiff. We had a birthday in the group, and I kid you not, the entire staff and clientele joined in on the birthday wishes. Great times were had by all. As we left, everybody sitting at the bar turned around and waved friendly goodbyes and welcomed us to come back soon. This was truly a night to be remembered… all for $240 + tip!!

Thanks for all your tips chowhounds!

JC

Looking for East Bay suggestions for coworkers from Seattle

Hey folks... chowhound from Seattle here...

Looking for options for dining with coworkers in Hayward/Oakland.

They seem to be stuck on Horatio's in San Leandro and Scott's in J.L. Square.... it's one or the other every business trip. While these are both addiquit (but boring) establishments, I want desperately want to break them from their mold and force them to branch out a little. Personally, I want to experience something local that I can't find in Seattle.

Zachary's Pizza comes to mind, but it might be too far from Hayward to convince my coworkers to go to a pizza joint (granted the pizza could potentially be mind blowing).

Switching topics here... I grew up in the East Bay... does anybody remember Bartola's (closed now) located across the street from Hooper's Chocolates and Casper's Hot Dogs in that weird in between of Oakland and Berkeley? Gawsh, I miss their soup! This is the kind of place I have in mind.

Thanks all!
JC

Dining in Seattle without a car!

Don't fear the bus system. Most of the downtown core is a "ride free" area. Your options are vast in this zone.

Apr 27, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

La Carta de Oaxaca - Am I missing something?

Why all the hate?

The mole is hands down the best I've had in Seattle. The salsas, are the most intricate I have ever experienced, period.

Granted, the tacos al pastor are a bit delicate for my taste (like my tequila, I like them down and dirty).

Keep the context in mind, this is regional Mexican food, and not some a southern Californian taqueria; a true gem for Seattle.

Apr 27, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Sea - Places you want to hate

I live a few blocks away from Collin's Pub, and I find myself there quite often. I am sorry to hear of your service issues, but my experience with the staff has been quite positive. The beer selection is rich and rotates weekly (the owner is a true beer geek) and the food is above par (for pub grub).

It can get overrun with white-collars between 5-6 on weekdays, but it is my favorite spot in P.Square.

Apr 26, 2008
phinious in Greater Seattle

Sea: Locally made artisan cured meats

Not so artisan, but delicious nonetheless, are the triple X hot sausages, house-made, at the Lechi market in East Seattle. At less than six bucks a pound, they are criminal. They have a perfect heat to them, that intensifies when they are cooked. Seek them out.

Apr 25, 2008
phinious in Greater Seattle

any food UNIQUE to SEATTLE?

Depends on where you are coming from. I was not exposed to Vietnamese Pho prior to moving here in 1999 and it has become a staple for me. There are Pho shops all over the place in Seattle.

A little more had to find, but worth seeking out are Vietnamese Sandwiches (I prefer the pork). Both the sandwiches and the pho benefit from generous splashes of Sriracha sauce—at least to my palette.

Apr 25, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

General Tso's Chicken (SEA)

Honestly, when I read the original post, I had similar thoughts. General Tso's, for me, is a notch above chop suey and sweet and sour pork. In other words, it seems to be a very Americanized concept.

the term "authentic General Tso's Chicken" is a bit jarring to me. But what do I know?

Apr 19, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

General Tso's Chicken (SEA)

Yes… I lived in Issaquah, but now I live just outside of the ID. The menus are, just about identical (one of the two locations is slightly scaled back due to a smaller kitchen—but I can’t remember which).

Honestly, I would be surprised if you noticed any difference between the two, I haven’t.

Apr 19, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest

Oysters

I second the Brooklyn for their knowledgeable staff and great selection. I recommend the baker's dozen for a solid oyster 101. They offer cliff notes to boot!

Apr 07, 2008
phinious in Pacific Northwest