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Seattle RW Gems?

Servers hate it, but the deal-seeker in me enjoys the chance to try new spots at a presumed discount (understanding that's not always the case).

Where have you gone this time around and how was it?

Had lunch at Blueacre Seafood yesterday. Our server was 3 steps behind the whole time, but I was impressed with the serving size of our apps and the overall flavors. My dining companion and I both had the cauliflower fritter (more of an arancini which was listed on their website menu, but not the hard-copy one we were given). There were 5 in the portion, so it'll be lunch again today.

Our cod and arctic char entrees were spot on. The fish was well-crusted, accentuated with fried onions on top, and the saltiness from the blue cheese sprinkled around the edges really worked.

Dinner tonight at La Spiga, and trying to squeeze in one more lunch next week...

Apr 16, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Help: Palm Springs Dinner Spots open Memorial Day Monday?

Thanks CHs and Mods for moving me to the right board. I read alot of posts this morning and I'm feeling much more informed! Our current itinerary is:

Sunday low-key lunch: Taqueria Tlaquepaque
Sunday dinner: Happy Hour at Tropicale, Dinner @ Birba or Workshop
Monday breakfast: Cheeky’s if no wait, or Rick’s, or Wilma and Frieda dep. on where our afternoon activities take us.
Monday dinner: Le Vallauris or now looking at Copley's

We're staying in Desert Hot Springs, so date shakes Windmill Market is on the list. Also Bar for cocktails, maybe late night snack at Woody's, and Koffi.

Wish we had more time!

Apr 10, 2015
mcmullek in California

Help: Palm Springs Dinner Spots open Memorial Day Monday?

Yes, perk & iOnLa pointed that out above.

Apr 10, 2015
mcmullek in California

Help: Palm Springs Dinner Spots open Memorial Day Monday?

Thanks IOnLa, I was looking at their happy hour and will keep them on the list.

Apr 10, 2015
mcmullek in California

Help: Palm Springs Dinner Spots open Memorial Day Monday?

Aha, that makes more sense - thanks for your help.

Apr 10, 2015
mcmullek in California

Help: Palm Springs Dinner Spots open Memorial Day Monday?

Hello CA CHs!

Scoured your board for Palm Springs recs, but most are 10+ years old and pertain more to the drive from LAX than PS proper. Thanks in advance for any help.

We're looking into coming down from Seattle for a quickie 48 hour trip over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, Workshop Kitchen + Bar, my Monday- dinner choice will be closed. Planning on Birba for Sunday Dinner. Le Vallauris/Mister Parker's don't really appeal - any other suggestions? We like pretty much everything, and $$$ isn't a problem if the meal/experience delivers.

We'll definitely be treating ourselves to a Date Shake at Hadley's after some hiking of some kind.

And we love diners, so I'm debating Bit of Country vs. Pinocchio (can't decide if that bottomless champagne is enough of a red flag or not...). Or if they're really not worth it, Cafe Europa.

Somewhat related, is The Farmhouse in Banning closed? I saw it mentioned several times on CH (and looked like a good stop on our ride over), but the google listing says closed.

Lastly, any cocktail/craft bars besides Bar? I've also bookmarked Toucan's.

Apr 09, 2015
mcmullek in California

Old Standbys That Recently Were Dissapointing

I'll play. Stopped by Lil' Zippy's in White Center Easter Sunday for a lite lunch to hold us over until lamb dinner. It's a simple burger place, so expectations aren't that high, but the meal was extremely underwhelming. Limp, under-seasoned fries (maybe the tots would've been fresh out the fryer?) and a just-OK burger with a big ol' hunk of white, iceberg lettuce core. Considering the holiday, they were a bit slower than usual - maybe the slow pace got them in a funk? Anyway, it's a bit out of the way for us and will be hard to justify the drive next time...

Apr 08, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Seattle Donuts

Anyone stopped by Mardi Gras Donuts in White Center yet? http://www.yelp.com/biz/mardi-gras-do...

Mar 15, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Good BBQ in Seattle?

Just an update that Pecos Pit will be renovating the old Beni Hoshi teriyaki place in WS. As of right now, there are already 52 comments- people are pretty excited!

http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/we...

Feb 24, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

3 Day plan in Oahu: need to whittle down Fancy dtown dinner, North Shore & Kailua dinner

Oh O'ahu. Landed Fri. night for 4 nights after a great time on the Big Island. We were staying in Kailua, apparently the rainy cloud capital of the island...wish I had known that we'd have to drive to Waikiki to get sun most of the time, but I digress.

Day 1:
Waited a solid 45 minutes for Cinnamon's Sat. morning. I knew it'd be long, but those guava pancakes were worth it. The egg in my shredded pork eggs Benedict was almost hard though, odd since they had an entire menu page devoted to their their bennys...

Did some antiquing and shopping to wait out the rain, and killed time at Cactus. OK cocktails and a queso fundido that we couldn't finish- think it had more to the weather funk that anything else. Finally got the tip to drive over to Waikiki to catch some sun before busing to dinner at The Pig & The Lady.

All I can say is I can't wait to go back. We started with the Laotian fried chicken and I licked the bowl. Others around us got much more exotic entrees (tequila bottle and everything!), but the veal shank noodle soup and octopus tagliatelle were delicious. After coffee and the honey vanilla frozen custard, we were stuffed and bagged plans for a post-dinner drink. Service was worst we had on our trip though. He was a low talker and we had to remind him about ordered drinks, etc. Bus staff was wonderful however.

Day 2:
Ate leftover malasadas and fruit before the short Manoa Falls hike. Weather was still crappy in Kailua so we made the drive to North Shore to be wowed by waves. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck in Haleiwa was surprisingly affordable by food truck standards. Half orders of the scampi, lemon butter shrimp, garlic hot dog and mac salad was under $20 and quite good.

Gawked at Sunset Beach surfers and ended up driving the long way back around so we decided to stop at Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Kaneohe. (Dean's Drive In was already closed.) Reminded me a bit of Five Guys. Well-cooked patty but the fries fell flat. Saw the specialty menu after the fact, and no bathroom was odd.

Day 3:
Had alot to accomplish our last day, esp. since the weather seemed to be getting better. Skipped breakfast in lieu of early snorkeling at Hanauma Bay and somewhat beat the crowds. We were starving after a couple hours and headed to Rainbow Drive-In. I was not a huge fan of the Monday rice special (or the mac salad) so I ordered the BBQ sandwich. Perfectly cut and cooked pork and a delicious sauce - still thinking about it. So good I couldn't wait to take a picture.

Hiked briskly up Diamond Head and back w/tons of water (someone fainted and needed to be rescued via helicopter...) and really enjoyed Uncle Clay's. Hubs loved the dream sauce and I'm officially lilikoi obsessed!

Raced over to catch a sunny, albeit windy time at Lanikai. Quick change and we made it in time for sunset drinks at HWAK. Only detractor was the multiple 3-4 year olds screaming...Coconut shrimp app was OK, beef kebab less so, but Hallelujah, they validate parking!

Had an early night of packing and Maui Tacos seemed to be one of the few Kailua spots open. Fish tacos were real good, rice bowl was nothing out of this world.

Can't wait to come back...and stay in Waikiki. ;)

Jan 28, 2015
mcmullek in Hawaii

Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

Trip report time! But first, thank you all for your help. We had a wonderful time eating our way through the Big Island, and so much of that was due to CH'ers.

Day One:
We loved Hawi and stayed there for what felt like the perfect amount of time. Unable to get too many provisions at the Tesoro on our drive from Kona, we had coffee & pastries (Costco croissant ;) ) at Kohala Coffee Mill. Service was slowww, but what better way to get acclimated to the island.

Lunch at Bamboo was pretty meh, but I wasn't expecting much. The ono in my stir fry saved it though. Really delicious piece of fish. Walking around Hawi with a post-lunch Kohala Mill ic cone is a must.

Dinner at Merriman's in Waimea was all we expected and more. Granted I was in a splurge mood, i.e. wine flight and added in a half lobster, but it was truly a memorable meal. Made my OpenTable reservation for the day before, but the hosts had us seated w/just a 10 minute wait. We both had steaks and my filet was a tad over salted. Not too much but just enough to knock it down a notch.

Day Two:
Breakfast was apples and granola bars before the hike down to Pololu Valley beach. WOW. It made the drive to Tex's Drive-In for pre-lunch malasadas extra worth it. I got one of each which was totally excess but that warm guava one hit the spot. Made hubby refrain from the rest of the menu, as we had Cafe 100 planned for lunch.

Longer drive than I thought due to construction on 19, but Cafe 100 in Hilo was perfect. We were lm first-timers and I had the regular and the hubs added sausage. Wasn't expecting the gravy to taste so light; really it's a delicious substantial "snack." Great fuel for our visit to Ahalanui Park, the hot ponds, and me freaking out while the humpback whales breached offshore. Unbelievable!

For dinner, we made stir fry with our Merriman's steak leftovers. Stopped by Pahoa Natural Market & Deli on our way to our A-frame in Volcano. Would love to have that place close by.

Last Day:
Grabbed bfast sandwiches at Cafe Ohia (another Costco pastry - not bad but not great) and sustained ourselves on fruit and granola bars after the Kilauea Crater hike until we got back to Ken's House of Pancakes. Wow- wish it could've been 2am for the people-watching alone. Hubs got the burger and I did the small Katsu Chicken combo. Best mac salad I had in Hawaii. Finished with a lilikoi sundae. Loved it so much I bought a mug so I can remember Ken's with my morning coffee.

Jan 27, 2015
mcmullek in Hawaii

Best place for a good quality steak?

Well I suppose I should report back. We went with...

13 Coins. They had a T-bone w/sides special for $35.99 that I casually mentioned to my husband and it's all he wanted from then on. I had a bite and it was a tad over salted but otherwise cooked perfectly. He was happy, so I was happy.

Not so much with my crab/shrimp melt though that was sitting in it's cheddar sauce though. I was expecting it to be open-faced, but not drowning in a sea of sauce. Flavors were OK, just wished I had asked for the sauce on the side. (When will I learn?)

However, on the way (and to get out of the cold) we stopped by Mistral Kitchen's new Jewel Box Bar for cocktails and a small snack. The space was great (comfortable, cozy but w/enough space) and happy hour menu was on point.

Oh well. It's all about compromise I guess.

Jan 16, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Best place for a good quality steak?

Thanks dagoose. I went to their happy hour when it first opened and was not impressed, but I'd be down to try them again. Sadly their online dinner menu seems to be missing the second page...
http://millersguild.com/assets/conten...

Jan 06, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Best place for a good quality steak?

Thanks Gizmo56. We're carless/require public trans. so Renton might be too out of the way. I'll bookmark it for future though!

Jan 05, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Best place for a good quality steak?

Any new contenders from the past year? Husband's bday is next week and his only request is steak. Did Jak's & Met Grill in the past. Considering Manhattan, but their menu is on the higher end of the price range and I haven't heard the best things.

We're in WS, but haven't yet made it to Wedgewood Broiler. It's right up our alley but would require a cab.

Hoping to try Cassis' but they're closed on Tuesdays.

Jan 04, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

New burger spot in The Junction: Coastline

Found an image of the menu, and it looks like just milkshakes, no malts.

Jan 03, 2015
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

New burger spot in The Junction: Coastline

We ordered take-out last night (it was their 2nd soft opening night) and we're quite pleased. Ordered the Classic & Deluxe and fries. The bun felt a bit too big in terms of bread to meat ratio, but I think they make them in house.

Shoestring fries were crispy, but sadly milkshakes aren't available until next week. Think the total was around $20. Didn't get to see the inside but my husband said the space inside looks comfortable.

We're pretty glad this is only 50 feet from our apartment. Junction food options are diverse, but we've been jonesin' for a burger place that's not Pica.

Dec 31, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

Thanks swannee. Ken's Pancakes before our flight will be perfect.

Dec 31, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

3 Day plan in Oahu: need to whittle down Fancy dtown dinner, North Shore & Kailua dinner

Thanks indelibledotink. Hanauma was also on our list, so we can easily extend our underwater time there.

Good to know re: Diamond Head. Shave ice for breakfast/hiking reward sure sounds like a good vk to me!

Dec 31, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

3 Day plan in Oahu: need to whittle down Fancy dtown dinner, North Shore & Kailua dinner

Thanks honu2. Kailua sounds wonderful - we're so excited to explore!

Dec 31, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

3 Day plan in Oahu: need to whittle down Fancy dtown dinner, North Shore & Kailua dinner

Thanks kathryn. Re: HWAK, since there are no res, think arriving by 5pm would work (for a 6ish January sunset)? Saturday night might be tough, so maybe I'll rearrange our Monday itinerary so we can fit it in.

North Shore will be on Sunday, and Dean's appears open from their Yelp page?

Good to know re: Diamond Head! I've read elsewhere on the boards that the hike isn't too bad but add in heat and that changes. As an East Coast gal, I for one am looking forward to some humidity!

Dec 22, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

Thanks gourmanda & kathryn.

Looks like the husband and I will have to draw straws to see who has to be the DD back from Waimea!

Dec 22, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

Thanks honu2. I've not been paying as much attention as I should to the Puna lava flow, but I just set up a news alert. Hopefully these businesses are able to reopen soon, not so much for me but to recoup the lost revenue...especially around the holidays.

Dec 22, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

Thanks susancinsf! Yes, Waimea might be a bit further than we'd like to go just for dinner.

Dec 22, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

3 Day plan in Oahu: need to whittle down Fancy dtown dinner, North Shore & Kailua dinner

We have 4 days in Oahu, Kailua specifically, after a jam-packed 3 days on the Big Island. I’ve outlined some options, but am very aware we might say f’-it and detour as needed.

Would appreciate some help with one downtown/Waikiki dinner, a North Shore lunch/dinner, and Kailua dinner.

Day 1
Will probably have breakfast in our airbnb since we plan to stop at Foodland when we arrive OR face the crowds at Cinnamon’s. Planning to stay close at Kailua Beach Park/Lanikai Beach that day and take it easy/snorkel.

For dinner downtown, I’m debating between Alan Wong or The Pig & the Lady. The latter is near The Manifest. The former, Pint + Jigger. Ugh, decisions, decisions!

House Without a Key looks terribly touristy, but wondering if the overall experience is worth it? If so, maybe drinks there first, then dinner elsewhere, then more drinks?

Day 2
Squeezing in the North Shore via Kawela Bay & Waimea Bay. For lunch, which would you pick of Giovanni’s Shrimp truck, Grass Skirt Grill or Cafe Haleiwa?

Might successfully bypass all resorts on this trip, but is anything at Turtle Bay good for dinner? Mind you, we’ll be coming after a day at the beach so formal wear might be rough.

Otherwise, I’m thinking we’ll hit up Dean’s Drive In back into town.

Day 3
On our last day, I’d like to stick close to home: Waimanalo Beach Park, then Lanai Look Out, and Uncle Clays for a pre-lunch snack. Then Diamond Head hike (inc. fresh pineapple at the bottom!) and Rainbow Drive-In for the husband. Or we could reverse and do Diamond Head first and then work our way back east? I think a bus goes this route that I need to look into.

In case we don’t want to eat in our last night, any Kailua dinner recs? Kalapawai Cafe? I’m pretty sure we’ll have our fair share of burgers at this point, but have bookmarked Teddy’s Bigger Burgers just in case.

Thanks so much, we’re terribly excited!

Dec 21, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

I’ve done some research, but would appreciate some final pointers. Sorry it's long!

Day 1
We fly into Kona late the night before and will be staying in a vintage airstream for 2 nights in Hawi. Planning to explore Hawi during the day but didn’t see much. Any lunch recs? Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery?

For our Wednesday night dinner, looks like The Blue Dragon is out since they’re only open TH-S. Leaning towards The Fish & the Hog since Merrimans is a chain. We’d be down to do drinks and apps at one and then scoot over to the other if they’re both worth it. Anything else in Waimea?

Day 2
We’re driving along route 19 down to Volcano. First pit stop will be TEX Drive In, then late lunch at Cafe 100 in Hilo.

Our cabin has a hot tub, we might be wiped, and dining options in Volcano seem limited. We also have a kitchen. Would stopping at the Island Naturals Pahoa Market & Deli and cooking dinner make sense? Kilauea Lodge’s menu looks pretty meh and we have thai all the time so Thai Thai isn’t appealing. Any must-buy local ingredients we can whip up into something easily?

Day 3
Will be packed exploring the National Park before our 7:30pm flight out of the Hilo airport to Oahu. Light breakfast at Cafe Ohia. We’ll probably snack on things between hikes, but will want an early dinner in Hilo before our flight.

This discussion was helpful, but mentioned most places were closed since it was Sun/Mon: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9870...
Any other dinner Hilo recs?

Will be posting a separate request about our 4 days in Oahu. Everyone’s trip postings have been extremely helpful to whittle down an amazing selection, while remaining realistic since this is a vacation after all! Thanks in advance.

Dec 21, 2014
mcmullek in Hawaii

Where to buy a Thanksgiving turkey

Terra Cole in West Seattle has Northwest Naturals at $3.50 lb. (11-20 lbs.) and Mary's Organics at $6.50 lb. (8-12 lbs.).

They'll also brine or smoke for a "small upcharge."

206-258-2475

Nov 11, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Brunch at Salty's in W Seattle

Reviving this thread as we're heading there tomorrow for a bday brunch. Planning on spending most of my time with the raw bar, but are there any hot dishes not to be missed?!

Oct 18, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Best of Downtown/Cap Hill right now for Anniversary: Mamoon, Coretto, Roberto's?

Feel a little bit like I'm talking to myself, but I wanted to report on our meal at Roberto's.

The atrium had no more than 3 other tables the whole time we dined, so it felt very intimate. Service was initially very attentive and then declined a bit towards the end, but was still good. Roberto himself came out multiple times and was the gracious host you'd expect for a relatively new spot.

We started with the beef carpaccio, which was one of the best I've ever had. We split a full order of the wild boar pappardelle (wanted more of the sauce on the plate, but otherwise tasty) and an 8" salami pizza that didn't look as cooked as I like, but had a decent crust. Ended the meal with espressos and a pistachio cannoli on the house. The "Captain's List" was all baller bottles, but we enjoyed several reds by the glass.

All said, our bill was less than $100 so your $ goes far here. We'll definitely be back!

Oct 01, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Best of Downtown/Cap Hill right now for Anniversary: Mamoon, Coretto, Roberto's?

Hoping to make a last-minute res for Tuesday night and would love to stick around downtown (inc. Pioneer Square) or Cap Hill.

Any new recs?

Roberto's Venetian patio at the market looks amazing but I can't find jack about the food. Have never tried Il Terrazo Carmine and this is a special occasion...

Coretto's has had good reviews but nothing on the menu seems too exciting.

Marron's menu & appetizer+entree+desert for $49 sounds tempting since some reviews have complained about service compared to the $$$.

Anyone dine at Old Sage and not just have drinks?

Anything else that should be on my radar?

Did Vittles, Damn the Weather recently, and Aragona for NYE, so I'm not super ready for Vespolina.

Thanks!

Sep 26, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle