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Dress Code Questions

No tasting menu, definitely worth the visit though.

Apr 21, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle

Dress Code Questions

Thank you everyone for all your wonderful advice! Just got home after a lovely long weekend in your city. We definitely felt very at home in jeans, although I did decide to pack a travel friendly wrinkle proof skirt for Four Swallows. Our first night dinner was at Millers Guild. The salads were great. We shared the grilled romaine with crab and meyer lemon vinaigrette, and the grilled asparagus. We also shared the waygu strip for our main. It was definitely overdone, but after watching the table next to us have no real success getting theirs fixed, we decided to just go with it. The crust on the steak was lovely, and it was still juicy. For dessert we decided on the doughnut bread pudding. It was very dense and dry, for me the only thing appetizing about this dessert was the amazing coffee ice cream on top. Second night was Poppy, I was looking forward to this one the most, and while there were some high points, there were some things that disappointed me. My black cod was delicious, perfectly cooked with an amazing carrot vinaigrette and cucumber shiso salad, that added the perfect crunch to the fish. The sides were kind of mediocre for me, the beet green pickle was limp and bland, the harissa in my cauliflower soup seemed to overpower any other flavor, and my asparagus was definitely overcooked. The black rice with yams was delicious, not too gummy. My sister enjoyed her pork very much, and her rhubarb pickle was my favorite. For our last dinner we went to Four Swallows. This was by far the star of our vacation. It was simple food made perfectly, fancy but not delicate. We started with the grilled purple broccoli which came out perfectly cooked with strips of lemon zest, pine nuts and cubes of pecorino. Everything was perfectly balanced and light. We also shared the golden beet salad, the arugula on top of the beets was some of the best I've ever tasted and the beets were glazed with a lemony glaze that matched perfectly with fat shavings of parmesan cheese. My sister said her beef tenderloin was perfect and it must have been because it wasn't around long enough for me to try a bite. I had the crab cakes, which were full of crab and not breading, light delicate with a nice crust, the pea tendrils on top went perfectly with them and have me searching for a local source of pea tendrils here in Texas. The sauce with them was kind of bland but honestly I really didn't need sauce. We didn't really have breakfasts or lunches while we were in town, but we did plenty of on the go grazing (doughnuts from the market, piroshkys, hum bao, dried fruit, pastries, coffee, and my personal favorite la panier.) Thank you for all the advice and sorry for the lengthy reply!

Apr 21, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle
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Dress Code Questions

Thank you so much everyone! I have decided to stick with Four Swallows because we are really looking forward to it. I am also glad to get the heads up about the shoes since I wouldn't even have given it much thought, we live in flip flops and sandals year round here. We are very excited about visiting your city in a couple of weeks, I'll report back with our experiences.

Apr 04, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle
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Dress Code Questions

Sorry I wasn't trying to be stubborn about it, I am just more comfortable exploring in jeans and for our first trip I don't want to be uncomfortable. I know that will limit some choices but it seems that there are so many amazing restaurants in Seattle that one restriction wouldn't prevent us from having a very memorable trip.

Mar 28, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle

Dress Code Questions

That is not my general travel rule, but since we plan to end the day at Four Swallows I didn't want to spend my whole day in dressier clothes. Good ethnic food here is mainly Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and recently some very interesting Ethiopian. I was hoping it wasn't too dangerous since we are from a large city and are not at all scared to be out at night here.

Mar 27, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle

Dress Code Questions

That is wonderful to hear because I was really looking forward to pretty much exactly the experience you just described.

Mar 27, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle

Dress Code Questions

I believe our hotel is on 9th. I read an earlier thread about the danger of walking at night so we will be planning to bus/cab at night but will probably walk during the day. I am not averse to upscale, but I do prefer to only bring jeans with me. Trendy and small plates are fine, that is the current trend in Austin and we enjoy it. We have a fairly good ethnic food scene here so I'm not necessarily looking for that.

Mar 27, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle

Dress Code Questions

Thanks for the heads up, may have to cross Four Swallows off the list then, I don't want to waste valuable carry on space with dress up clothes. Millers Guild was not my pick, Poppy was because I've seen very favorable reviews on this board and the menu looks amazing. Any suggestions for the third dinner? My sister is shellfish phobic but I will eat just about anything. All my lunch picks have come from previous threads but there are so many places that sound good we're just planning to see what we're close to around lunch time.

Mar 27, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle

Dress Code Questions

I am visiting Seattle next month with my sister. We are coming from Austin. The dinners we have planned for the three nights we are in town are Millers Guild, Poppy, and Four Swallows. I am curious to know if we need to plan for a different dress code than here in Austin where you can wear jeans and sandals just about anywhere. Also, will we be able to get a ferry back from Bainbridge Island after dinner at Four Swallows? Are these bad choices, or good ones? Any additional advice? We are planning to start the day at the market two mornings and spend the other one exploring the close islands by ferry. Thank you in advance for all your help!

Mar 27, 2014
ksfoodiewannabe in Greater Seattle

Brunch on the way to the zoo

slowcooked, we actually stopped in to this place the other day because of that thread. It was great food. I put it on the list of possibilities.

Nov 14, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Brunch on the way to the zoo

This place looks fun, do you know what the price of brunch is? I didn't see it listed on the website.

Nov 14, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Brunch on the way to the zoo

I agree with that, but we don't want to drive over to Round Rock if possible. Is the original location down by the zoo?

Nov 14, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Brunch on the way to the zoo

I need a good brunch spot for this sunday that won't be overrun with race attendees. Green Pastures is one of my favorites but that's a little out of the price range this time. We are driving down to the zoo from Leander so really anything in between those two. I've been trying to search through older threads but there are too many choices and I'm not very familiar with the area down by the zoo.

Nov 13, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Restaurant Week 2013

I'm so glad to hear that about Russian House I hadn't really heard anything about it on the boards so I was wondering. Kind of disappointing about Driskill though, I was wanting to go there and we ended up staying up north and dining at Cru, now I'm glad we did, I had a very satisfying meal for a good price.

Apr 18, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Sunday Brunch Buffet at The Park (Domain)

I agree with Green Pastures, my favorite brunch in Austin. If you're looking for something cheaper one of our other favorites is Jack Allen's Kitchen. It is 15.99 per person, everything is fresh and tastes amazing.

Apr 10, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Restaurant Week 2013

I have been wanting to try the Driskill Grill also, but the menu didn't look as exciting as it has in the past.

Apr 08, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Restaurant Week 2013

Where is everyone planning to go for restaurant week? Are there good deals or is it not that big of a deal? I know last year we were advised to go to Uchiko for happy hour instead of restaurant week b/c the deals were better. What are your thoughts?

Apr 06, 2013
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Uchi and Uchiko Restaurant Week

Just got home from Uchi. We tried the seabass crudo, hama chili, machi cure, bacon steakie, hamachi nabe, coffee panna cotta, lemon gelato, and an amazing special with waygu sirloin and three kinds of watermelon. The service was amazing the food was incredible and I cannot wait to visit Uchiko next week and try out your suggestions. Thank you everyone!

Sep 23, 2012
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin

Uchi and Uchiko Restaurant Week

I have reservations for both restaurants during Restaurant Week. We have never been to either restaurant before and I'm curious for recommendations off the Restaurant Week menu. Also any recommendations of things we need to add on to the menu that we need to try. My sister will be dining with me and we are both open to trying new things. Thank you!

Sep 19, 2012
ksfoodiewannabe in Austin