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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
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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
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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.

Sep 24, 2014
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My Seattle Report

Thanks for the great report!

Sep 21, 2014
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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
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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
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Seattle Spanish Staying Power?

Definitely disappointing news about Aragona. I will miss the olive oil ice cream with the cocoa nib crust - about my favorite dessert in Seattle over the last year. Interesting point about Spanish spots not being so durable - I loved Txori and could not believe they did not make it with the Belltown location and happy hour crowd. As for Aragona, I found it strange that they did not serve lunch in that prime downtown space. I think maybe Seattle is not cosmopolitan enough for the Spanish style of truly small plates and late night dining.

Aug 26, 2014
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Couple of L.A. foodies need help

I think some of the best food in the city now is at The Walrus and the Carpenter in Ballard. We had a fantastic meal there last weekend. If you are a fan of oysters, either raw or fried, it is a must. The vegetables there are also magnificent - who know sliced kohlrabi could be so spectacular? Also, amazing romanesco, blistered padrones, pork rillettes, the amazing small plates just kept coming.

Aug 16, 2014
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Seafood lunch

Second for Matt's in the Market

Aug 16, 2014
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Celebrating an 80th birthday, restaurant recs?

I think Nell's at Green Lake would be ideal. No private room but you could call ahead and ask for a side table that would be very quiet (the whole restaurant is quiet) and there are plenty of windows. The food is amazing and even though they tend to draw an older clientele, the menu is completely up to date northwest cuisine.

Staying at Silver Cloud Inn University district

I would also definitely recommend Salvatore's. By far the best dining within walking distance. Also second the option for Din Tai Fung in U Village. It can be a mob scene but you can either give then your cell number and they will text you or try to snag a seat at the bar. The dumplings are worth the wait.

Jul 31, 2014
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5 Days in Seattle in July/August

You definitely have a good list going. In Seattle, Matt's Market in Seattle, Toulouse Petit, Harvest Vine, Le Pichet,and The Walrus and the Carpenter are all top choices. Disagree with some of the other posters about Tom Douglas restaurants - we had dinner at Dahlia Lounge Thursday night and it was better than ever and we have been going there for years. For sushi in Seattle, consider Shiro's - it is definitely the best in the city. We were in Victoria last summer and ate at Ulla and Café Brio. Both were great but Ulla was in the superstar category - fresh, creative, a definite wow.

Jul 19, 2014
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Chicago Foodies to Cannon Beach

Agree with gingershelley on Bridgewater Bistro. Went there on her rec this past week and was delighted with the place. I had a duck breast with cranberry cous cous - a dish that used to be on the menu at the Shoalwater and it was wonderful. Worth the 40 minute drive to Astoria.

Jul 19, 2014
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Rogue River Restaurants

Try New Sammy's Cowboy Bistro in Talent, OR - it is just a few miles outside Ashland. We've had dinner there twice and it was wonderful both times. Great local produce and Oregon lamb and salmon. It's somewhat offbeat - slower pace, Ashland vibe. Outstanding Oregon wine list. Hope to go back there next year. Definitely make a reservation.

Jul 19, 2014
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3 days in Seattle, first time, need help to please foodie husband!

I love Le Pichet for lunch - get there before the quiche runs out or have the baked eggs and ham with gruyere. I would also skip Lola and Cuoco. They are both fine but your time is too limited. Among the Tom Douglas restaurants, I still prefer Ettas or Dahlia Lounge. Altura is fantastic and quite different from Canlis both in terms of food and atmosphere so I think you could do them both.
Lecosho is good for happy hour. Great cocktails and very good small plates at value prices for HH. Before 6 pm you can try their sardines on toast - you won't believe how good it is.

Jun 16, 2014
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What are the must-have desserts in the Seattle area?

I think the bourbon caramel semifreddo at Altura is among the best desserts I have ever had. I would go back there just for that.

Jun 11, 2014
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Chicago Foodies in Seattle--Bday Dinner?

At first I was thinking you should consider Tilth in Wallingford. The food is all local, organic, and really creative and NW focused. They also do small plates. The will always have both seafood and non-seafood on the menu. It is only a short cab ride from downtown but unfortunately on the night of the 4th the city's fireworks happen along the route you would have to take - you would have to time your meal to not be in transit around 10:15 when they happen. Better options might be Terra Plata on Capitol Hill - as easy walk from downtown - or Lecosho, which is central downtown.

Jun 11, 2014
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Gluten free and/or Vegan Seattle

Highly recommend Plum Bistro on Capitol Hill (you can walk from downtown). Very creative 100% organic vegan. Both lunch and dinner there are a knockout.

May 30, 2014
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Smokehouse/BBQ joints that sell party-sized sides?

Maybe call The Celtic Cowboy
http://ccbbq.com/wordpress/

They are in Edmonds and not convenient to Tacoma and I'm not sure if they would cater just the sides but their food is great and a good value so worth a phone call to see what you can work out.

May 21, 2014
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Dress Code Questions

Thanks for the great trip report!

Apr 23, 2014
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Price Comparison: WF v PCC (Seattle)

Agree with Laurelia that I would always choose PCC over WF. I think the quality of the produce at PCC is much better. The organic fruit and vegetables there are as good as the farmer's market and often the same vendors. Nothing at WF compares to the WA pears, apples, mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, etc, at PCC. And the red garnet yams they sell are worth going there for.

Apr 01, 2014
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Dress Code Questions

Please don't miss Four Swallows because of clothes. Jeans are fine there - the food is upscale but the dress code is "be who you are". Some people dress up because they want to be festive and plenty more do not because this is the Northwest and its all good. The food is wonderful but not precious. The walk from the ferry dock is perfect for a reasonably fit person. I count a ferry ride to Bainbride, walk to Four Swallows then wine and dinner as a one of the best experiences you can have here.

Mar 27, 2014
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Seattle beginner cooking classes

I have heard great things about the Blue Ribbon Cooking school in Eastlake.
http://www.blueribboncooking.com/

Also, second the PCC suggestion. I have loved the classes there and they are really non-intimidating for a beginner.

Mar 23, 2014
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Seattle's Best Sandwiches

This is a great list to which I must add the vegan Reuben at Plum Bistro. No matter how much you think you could never love anything vegan as much as the Midnight Cuban at Paseo, I assure you that it is a worthy alternative.

Mar 06, 2014
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Any Seattle 'Hoods Where Lack of Parking Keeps You Away?

I stopped stressing about this a long time ago. Trying to park close to a restaurant in Ballard, Capitol Hill, or Wallingford is impossible. I just skip the nearby parking and find a spot blocks away and walk. I figure the exercise allows me to eat more. If I'm pressed for time or its pouring rain, I just pay to park in a lot. It's unnecessary aggravation to expect convenient, free street parking.

Mar 01, 2014
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Boat Street Cafe--Hide the Ball & High Estrogen?

I agree that is a great lunch spot for lighter eaters but I have never been wowed by dinner there. We tried it a few times and left hungry so gave it up years ago on that account.

Feb 09, 2014
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Best casual restaurant in Seattle for a young couple this coming Valentine's day?

Have to agree with the other postings in that the 2 worst nights to eat out are New Year's Eve and Valentines' Day. But I do understand the impulse to do that - just make sure you a) get a reservation and b) check the restaurant's websites to see what kind meal they are serving so you don't end up paying a lot for a prix fixe meal you don't want. We have had wonderful food and service on Valentine's Day (with a reservation) at Nishino and at Nell's. They are very nice but you can go casual and not feel out of place. If you don't mind a wait (they don't take reservations) or you do not want a prix fixe menu or you want top value for your dining dollars, consider Salvatore's. Order from the specials menu. I had a spectacular dish of lamp chops on a bed of lentils and faro there last week that was magnificent and priced at $27.50. That is a bargain in my book.

Feb 09, 2014
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Downtown vegan

Veggie Grill is a great idea. We've been ordering their catering for work lunches and the food is outstanding.

Jan 29, 2014
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Best place for a good quality steak?

Agree with the bar description and the prime rib dip. I also like the prime rib itself on Fri, Sat, Sunday nights. The Broiler is it's own thing and you have to like what it is to enjoy it. I would not confess how often we go there to eat cheeseburgers and drink really strong cocktails while watching TV after a hard day at work. It is such a no BS place and they get a Manhattan on the table faster than any other bar in town.

Jan 27, 2014
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Downtown vegan

It's about 1.1 miles and a 20 minute walk between Benaroya and Plum Bistro on Capital Hill. Last time I dined at Plum Bistro I ate so much that I needed a walk anyway. Or you can hop on the #11 bus that runs on Madison. The food a Plum Bistro just outshines every other vegan option I can think of near there.

Jan 27, 2014
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