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Best of the farmer's markets - Seattle area

At the U District Market, I love the greens from Willie Greens. Seriously I cannot get enough of their arugula. Their other salad greens are also great. Agree with booklegger about Olson's and Tiny's - love the ham from Olson's especially. And bacon from Skagit River Ranch. Anything from Mair-Taki especially the pie cherries and the kubocha squash. Melons from River Farm.

Jun 27, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

3 days in Seattle - seafood, local foods, Downtown & West Seattle

I would pick Walrus & Carpenter over Rock Creek hands down. Have only been to Rock Creek once. It was fine but not a wow. W&C is stellar - amazing seafood (esp oysters and mussels) and vegetable dishes. Whale Wins also amazing. Also favor Le Pichet over Travolata. Like both Pink Door (for lunch esp) and love Place Pigalle for cocktails. Also consider Lecosho for dinner downtown - that would be my top pick of the ones you mention. Suggestions for a seafood market: Jacks in Pike Place is our usual go-to downtown. For farther afield, University Seafood or Mutual fish (likely the best in the city) are great.

May 18, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Spokane 2015

Five of us who were visiting from Seattle had a wonderful brunch today at Italia Trattoria. The hot doughnuts with maple whipped cream alone were enough reason to go there. We started with those and then delved into pork sandwiches, eggs benedict, and the "farmer's breakfast" which was a delicious bowl of white beans, tomatoes, house-made Italian sausage, and toast topped with a couple of fried eggs. The brunch cocktail selection was also great (try the "Fresca"). It was a beautiful day and all the doors and windows were open. Good service. Only slight negative is that the coffee was nothing special. If this restaurant were in Seattle I would go there all the time.

May 03, 2015
bourbongal in Pacific Northwest

Romantic downtown

Place Pigalle is an excellent idea! Among the most romantic spots downtown. I would also consider Il Terrazzo Carmine if you favor Italian and Dahlia Lounge for NW cuisine.

Apr 29, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Seattle RW Gems?

So restaurant week is not just dinner but also lunch. Three co-workers and I went to Serafina for lunch last Thursday and I have to say the the fish stew was absolutely one of the best lunch dishes I have ever had. It consisted of a few prawns, mussels, clams, and pieces of fish along with fava beans, chick peas, and cherry tomatoes, all simmered in a fish stock that was a marvel. It was absolutely savory and not one drop was left in any of our bowls. BTW, I had a delicious salad for the first course but the fish stew so blew my mind and distracted me that I can't write about the otherwise delectateble salad.

Apr 27, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

SEA foodie visit

Unless you want one of the fancy downtown hotels, I'd consider staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton at the Convention Center (1101 Pike). They are squarely situated between downtown and some of the best restaurants and coffee shops on the Pike/Pine corridor and Capitol Hill. It is somewhat corporate/ utilitarian but the best feature is they all have small kitchens so you can hit up Pike Place & Melrose markets for cheese, fruit, vegs, oysters, wine and have a place to make a nice lunch or appetizer with some of the market wares. My sister and brother-in-law like to stay there and pretend they live here. From there is an easy walk to Pike Place, Terra Plata, Sitka and Spruce, Melrose Market, etc and a short cab ride to Nishino for sushi.

Apr 23, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Over the Moon, Tacoma--What the F?

Very strange..we had a pretty solid lunch there a few months ago. I'm a sucker for Monte Cristo sandwiches and I almost never see them on menus in the NW but I had quite a tasty one there that day.

Mar 31, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

College visit...first time in Seattle!

Tacoma Art Museum has some Georgia O'Keefe paintings on display until 7 June. This show definitely looks worthwhile but I have not seen it yet.

Mar 31, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Grocery Store Roasted Chicken - Who has the best?

I like the ones from PCC. They tend to be a little smaller and more tender.

Mar 22, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Seeking Recommendations for Dowtown Business Dinner

Agree with other postings that the budget is somewhat limiting. I would go with Purple Café and Wine Bar. It is very near the Monaco and also quite nice for a business event, even if not truly a Chow destination. They have a private room upstairs that works really well for a business venue. If you can stretch a bit, I've also done a semi-private event at BlueAcre Seafood that turned out very well for a business dinner.

Mar 16, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

best decaf coffee?

I like the Illy Café decaf that comes pre-ground in a can. You can get it at Met Market. Easily the equal of most decaf whole bean I have tried. I only drink it after dinner occasionally because otherwise I am a hard core high test gal.

Mar 01, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

New Din Tai Fung in Univ. Village Mall (Seattle) !

It has been there awhile. Have the crowds thinned out any? I've been there twice and both times it was a mob scene. Huge comfort food factor for me and I live near there. Normally that would add up to frequent visits but I found the waits to be daunting in the early months of their tenure.

Feb 27, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Dinner at Fare Start in April

My advice is just do it. Don't know a thing about Franz Junga but if he is willing to donate his time to Fare Start, he is okay by me and my guess is that he will bring his A game. You have to understand that this is a fundraiser for a non-profit. The guest chefs must be very creative to work with kitchen staff and an ingredient budget that is much more constrained than at a high end restaurant. The service won't be perfect because the wait staff are all volunteer that night. I have scraped plates and washed dishes in the kitchen on a several guest chef nights and every experience and meal I have had there has been memorable. Nothing could be more "unique to Seattle" than Fare Start itself regardless of who is in the kitchen.

Good food, but not loud

Adding in a second for Nells. It is quiet and the food is amazing. Although plenty of younger people eat there, there are always a few elders present. Maybe because liver and onions and veal sweet breads are often on the menu? It is one of my favorites in the city for the quality of the food, service, and quiet atmosphere.

Feb 21, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Seattle, thoughts?

Have not been to all of them but agree that the prix fixe at Staple and Fancy is very good. I still mourn the loss of Union - his best to date in my book.

Jan 03, 2015
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Birthday Dinner 2014

Thanks for the detailed report!

Dec 21, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

New Yorker looking for quintessential Seattle cheap eats

Agree with previous posters that Dick's burgers, pho, and, teriyaki are quintessential Seattle cheap eats. I like the pho at Pho Cyclo on Broadway. Order their tofu pho in beef broth for a dish that will change your mind about both beef and tofu and how good they can be together. For teriyaki, I like Nasai on 25th NE in the University District. Chicken or beef are great.

Dec 15, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

New Year's Eve in Sedona?

Thanks for the great tips! Will check these out. And thanks for the bonus hiking info - much appreciated!

Dec 04, 2014
bourbongal in Southwest
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New Year's Eve in Sedona?

Two Seattle hounds will be in Sedona the week between Christmas and New Year's...seems like Elote Café is a don't miss restaurant and we will definitely try the Enchantment Resort and Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market for lunches. What else should we consider? Also, looking for recs for a nice dinner on New Year's Eve. Needs to be a place that takes reservations but otherwise we are open to any cuisine (except seafood - we get plenty of that at home) and price is not a factor. Considering Dahl & DiLuca - how does this sound?

Dec 02, 2014
bourbongal in Southwest

Birthday Dinner 2014

Definitely agree that Zoe is a great choice. I loved them in the old place in Belltown but had not been to the "new" spot until a few months ago. We had a lovely dinner there.

Dec 01, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Best Wine Shop in Louisville and Best Grocery?

Thanks. Old Town Liquors was great - we got exactly what we needed there (2 bottles of a Cotes du Rhone, 2 bottles of an albarino, and a bottle of Michter's bourbon).

I found it interesting that the produce in the Kroger's was much better than that in Whole Foods. Kroger's had a good selection of organic stuff!

Seattle Restaurant for a graduation luncheon?

I would highly recommend the semi-private dining options at Blueacre Seafood
http://blueacreseafood.com/Private-Di...
We had a small (21 people) work event there last week and it was lovely. The food and wine were delicious and the service was excellent. We had a choice of appetizer, salad, entrée, and desert from a small menu containing 2 or 3 of each item. The portions were generous - after a wonderful crab cake appetizer and salad, I had a full 6 ounces of wild salmon that was delicious. I thought I was too full for desert but the chocolate pecan pie was irresistible.

Nov 23, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Best Wine Shop in Louisville and Best Grocery?

Will be in Louisville next week and need to stock up on provisions for a holiday gathering. Looking for the best wine selection in Louisville, somewhere with both domestic and European wines. Also, what is the best foodie grocery store? Especially interested in cheese selection, choice of organic fruit and vegetables.

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Seattle for "Best of 2014"

Nell's
http://www.nellsrestaurant.com/

Creative, fresh, Northwest-inspired food and wine, great service and uniquely quiet, grown-up atmosphere. Never less than wonderful food and we have had years of enjoyable birthday, anniversary, and summer evening meals there.

Nov 22, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Sattle for a week from Australia

April is lovely in Seattle - spring will be in full bloom. It really is rainy though so you need to bring a rain jacket and good shoes and, like the natives, go on about your day and ignore the rain. I would say the most local Seattle restaurant right now is Walrus and Carpenter but there are a lot of great restaurants so it might help if you give some idea what you like. Look at Tilth as well for local & organic. Tom Douglas's restaurants are also very Seattle and Etta's and Dahlia Lounge have been around a long time but seem to be especially good lately. For cooking classes, look online at the ones offered at Puget Consumer's Coop (PCC)- they are wonderful.

Oct 15, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Where are you buying your pizza dough (Seattle)

Grand Central Bakery on Eastlake has frozen pizza dough - white an whole wheat. I have not tried it but a co-worker has recommended it.

Oct 15, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Brunswick and Hunt

acgold - this is a good rule. I'm with you on avoiding "and" or "&". Let's take a vow to avoid them even if fried chicken must be sacrificed.

My Seattle Report

Thanks for the great report!

Sep 21, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

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

The Walrus and the Carpenter is definitely worth a cab ride. Definitely a top choice in the city right now. I love Canlis and Palace Kitchen but they would not make my short list for the time you have. I would pick Etta's if you want to try Tom Douglas for a dinner downtown. I also think a Paseo midnight Cuban is worth the trek. But other great choices downtown - Lecosho, Matt's in the Market are favs. All your breakfast options sound great to me - can't go wrong with any of those. Best coffee in the city is Stumptown - you can google for locations near downtown.

Sep 21, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle

Gems in Capitol Hill?

Just wanted to update this winter posting to especially recommend the roof-top deck at Terra Plata during the amazing weather we are having. Celebrated our 23 anniversary there this weekend and dining outside above the street noise at a very comfortable table was a memorable meal. As usual, the menu was of the moment and local. We shared the (big!) grilled sardine with aioli, carrots, and lardon, crusty bread, arugula salad with pine nuts, and the roasted pig with chorizo and clams. Tasty cocktails included their Seattle raindrop and a classic Moscow mule. Desert was this chocolate cake thing with sea salt and peanut brittle and a banana semifreddo. Truly top notch.

Sep 07, 2014
bourbongal in Greater Seattle