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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.

about 24 hours ago
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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
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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
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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
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Birthday Dinner 2014

Thanks for the detailed report!

Dec 21, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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