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Places for east near Moore Theater?

Restaurant Zoe is a few blocks north and wonderful.

Restaurant Zoe
2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Apr 08, 2010
bobert1006 in Greater Seattle

3 Seattle Chefs on Top Chef Masters Season 2

Holly did not compete on Top Chef Masters. She appeared on The Next Iron Chef or whatever it was called. Why would you flame an outstanding chef without giving a reason?

Feb 16, 2010
bobert1006 in Food Media & News

Most Overrated Restaurant in Seattle

I have never understood why someone would not contact the owner/chef about problems like this. If not at the time of the meal, at least send a email with specific complaints. You will be taken care of.

Oct 19, 2009
bobert1006 in Greater Seattle

Ken Wright Pinots

The Torii Mor Hawks View is a great Pinot. We opened a bottle a month ago and it was worth the price.

Oct 14, 2009
bobert1006 in Wine

Hell's Kitchen Finale - Spoiler

Araxi has been around for awhile. My wife and I ate there 3 years ago. It was the best meal we had in Whistler.

Oct 14, 2009
bobert1006 in Food Media & News

The Seattle eat-list for this weekend - thoughts?

Rover's is not open for brunch anymore. Instead of Pagliacci go to Delancy's in Ballard.

Sep 21, 2009
bobert1006 in Greater Seattle

Most Overrated Restaurant in Seattle

It would be a toss up between Canlis and Union. Horribly over priced and the food was forgettable. I have not been to Crush, but have had Jason Wilson's food at different charity events and have found the food bland and not worthy of a visit to his restaurant.

Sep 02, 2009
bobert1006 in Greater Seattle

Who has the best cheese plate in Portland? has a great cheese cart with some wonderful choices. Fun atmosphere and good food.

Aug 27, 2009
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Romantic Seattle/Eastside 25th Anniversary Dinner???

Just make sure Chef Costello is in the kitchen at the Inn at Langley when you go. Otherwise, very disappointing. We were also not impressed with the selection of wines that they matched with the courses.

Jun 19, 2009
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Most Reliable Restaurant Review Site Outside of Chowhound?

Jun 17, 2009
bobert1006 in Food Media & News

Around the Paramount??

Just up the hill to Tango.

Jun 17, 2009
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Restaurant to watch fireworks from

Saltys is in West Seattle. Not a very good spot to see the Lake Union fireworks from. At this late date, it might be tough to get reservations at any spot with the view you are looking for. You might try Daniels or the Space Needle.

May 16, 2009
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Who are you afraid will close?

Comparing Veil to Rover's is a bit of a stretch. Take a look at Rover's brunch menu and I think you will see that it is not an average brunch. Thierry has been through these down cycles before and is positioned to survive.

Apr 06, 2009
bobert1006 in Greater Seattle

Short one goose.......

Joe & Dons in Pike Pl. Market. They are behind the fish throwing guys. We picked up the one we had for thanksgiving there.

Dec 17, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Third Annual Ultimate Seattle Restaurant Poll (2008)

1. Cafe Juanita
2. Harvest Vine
3. Rovers
4. Joule
5. Tilth

Dec 10, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Good eats Shoreline, North Seattle?

Saltoro on greenwood. not far from central mkt. the waygu burger with truffle frites are very good and they have an inexpensive wine list.

Oct 30, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Nice restaurants in Bothell/Woodinville

Had a so-so meal at Preservation Kitchen a few weeks after they opened. Flavorless boar pasta and cold duck leg confit. Cafe Juanita is still the best in the area.

Oct 22, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Recent Pastas (SEA)

House Made Trofie with Basil, Potato and Merv's Green Beans at Cafe Juanita. Yum!!

Sep 08, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace - the annual trek

Downtown Edmonds is close by. We like Olive's and Shell Creek. The Loft just opened and is supposed to be worth a visit.

Sep 05, 2008
bobert1006 in Greater Seattle

Harvest Vine

We have chose to dine there three times in the past year. Each time was on a sunday night, when the chef was not in house. We sat at the bar facing the cooks and interacted with them and had a nice evening. The price can be expensive if you go wild and order nice wines to go with each dish. Keep it simple and order a nice bottle and don't go by the glass. We will go back soon. Fun time!

Aug 18, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Northgate-area restaurant? (SEA)

Eva is a great romantic place. Tangletown, near Green lake. Not far from Northgate.

Eva Restaurant & Wine Bar
2227 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Aug 18, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest


Wow!! It is sad that you had such a terrible meal. Hmm...such negativity! My wife and I have been to Cafe Juanita 7 to 8 times a year for the past 4 or 5 years and feel that Holly Smith is one of the truly exceptional chefs in the Seattle area. If you were that dissatisfied, you would have done the restaurant a service by pointing out the details that you have so eloquently expressed here. Have your in-laws eaten here before? I will try to compare my dining experiences to yours. I have tasted many of the dishes that you have eschewed. I will state, as a previous person has said, that every restaurant will have on off night. I have not found that to be true at this establishment. But, no one's perfect! Here we go!

1. Seared Foie. Washington is known for the most wonderful flavorful cherries. I have had a variation of this dish every time I have been in and can not say that I have ever wanted to send it back. Maybe, cherries aren't your thing? How have you had Foie prepared in the past?

2. Veal sweetbreads. So wonderful. Crispy is the way this dish is served. No one I know likes their sweetbreads to be undercooked.

3. Wagyu beef. This is a dish that we have not tried. I can tell you that the cheese that you say is waxy is imported from Italy and this restaurant is one of the few in this area to have it. I have enjoyed it many times. Never considered it waxy.

4. Trofie. To each their own. If you can make better pasta at home, that's great. Where do you live? I will gladly come by and taste yours. Cafe Juanita excels in this area. Again, I have never had a pasta here that I could say my wife couldn't do better at home. BTW, my wife is a great cook and can make pastas with the best of the them.

5. Rabbit Raviolini. You are correct in saying that the size is small and that you wish there were more. I have said so every time I have ordered this dish. This dish does have a wonderful flavor of rabbit in every small bite. SAGE BUTTER!! YUM!! Enough said.

6. Rabbit braised in Arneis. This restaurant's signature dish. The recipe has been printed in Gourmet magazine. My favorite dish on the menu. I have never once had this dish where I can say that the rabbit tasted like chicken!! If that was the case, I would have definitely at that point ended the meal. I would have gotten up and asked my waiter (Jim,always) for my coat and proceeded to leave. I can understand wanting to be conservative and not make a fuss but, at these prices, why wouldn't you? This dish is as advertised. My wife and friends have tried to replicate it at home and it seems that secretive Holly has left out a few ingredients.

7. Fish. I have not had this dish. The branzino is wonderful I have heard.

8. Braised beef cheek. Melt in your mouth goodness. I am sorry that yours was not as tasty.

The desserts and gelato I will comment on as one. The best gelato I have ever eaten is made at this restaurant. Malt gelato is truly a great thing. Thank you Holly for making it full time now. I can not comment further on your desserts, since I have not had the ones that you ordered.

What wines did you order? Were they matched to each course?

I am sorry that you did not have a wonderful experience. This is truly one of the treasures of our community. I hope that you have sent a note to Holly about your horrible evening, and I am sure that she will try to make your in-laws appreciative if they ever decide to come back. What other restaurants did you dine at in our area? I am glad that you had a good time at Union. My meals there have not been a success like yours. But, that is another post.

Aug 18, 2008
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest

Second Annual Ultimate Seattle Restaurant Poll (2007)

1. Harvest Vine
2. Rover's
3. Cafe Juanita
4. Le Gourmand
5. Zoe

Dec 04, 2007
bobert1006 in Pacific Northwest