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Marinepolis Sushi Land, Lynnwood, by the Mall

Blue C is a rip-off compared to Sushi Land.

Feb 24, 2009
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

GOOD BEE-BIM-BOP in SEATTLE

Someone mentioned Old Village on Aurora, but I'd recommend the little teriyaki place right next door, "Mom's Teriyaki".

It's not the stone hot bowl style variation with lots of bracken ferns, soy bean sprouts, carrots, etc...but Mom's serves up a Market style that has lots of sliced up lettuce and other side dish items...I can't believe I haven't been there in so long. I used to live up on 135th but have since moved downtown and I can say that their bibim bap IMHO is my favorite by far. The lettuce makes all the difference in the world and adds a crispness to an otherwise so-so Korean dish. My parents used to eat bibimbap in the hot stone bowls and I hated it as a kid, but the one at Mom's is fantastic. Also, be liberal with the gochujang (chili) sauce as it's not very spicy (to me) but has great flavor.

Feb 24, 2009
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Korean Fried Chicken

A note on Imo's...the Tong Daak or roasted chicken is actually a cornish game hen. It does come with the traditional side of pickled white radishes. I also read that NY Times article and the only place that I've come across is in Federal Way. If you head South on Pacific Highway around 1 mile south of 320th Street...I forget the exact address..but on the left side you'll pass Federal Way Discount Guns...then a tiny car dealership and the very next plaza you will find a little place within the plaza a small Korean beer and chicken restaurant. There you will find the marinated chicken and fried chicken as mentioned in the article. Even the name escapes me...I think it was like Hana or something? Maybe cockatoo's? It's been a few years, but that's the only one I'm familar with.

Mar 08, 2007
MightyMac in Greater Seattle

Union

I've never had a bad meal at Union and always tell people about it.

Mar 08, 2007
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Good lunch/interview place near Pike Place Market

Cafe Campagne sometimes have vegetarian Quiche's...usually. Also you can ask for a baguette sandwich that the meat can be substituted with a brie and pear or some cheese and fruit. Also don't be afrid to order the veggie Croque Savoyard...tasty cheesy and 100% meat free.

Mar 08, 2007
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Marco Pierre White

That's all I know. I've already made reservations, I believe that the service time will be between 6pm - 8 pm. I am not entirely sure though. Should be an amazing event.

Mar 08, 2007
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Cakes

I just talked to Hiroki at his shop in Wallingford (Hiroki's). He told me that he's starting to do cakes again for weddings and special occasions. I don't know if you're still looking for one, but I highly recommend it.

Mar 07, 2007
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Marco Pierre White

Guest Chef at Union May 14th. Prix Fixe I think is going to be around $100?? Get your reservations asap. Should be exciting!

Mar 07, 2007
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Walla Walla

I've been there once and recall a side of the road burger place that had been around forever. Iceberg's? Great burgers and shakes. Still think about it sometimes...ask around, I'm sure people know about it. It's not fancy, but I always have a soft spot in my heart for a good burger and the local onions are fantastic.

Nov 21, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Introducing a Sushi Rookie

Sushi Land has a conveyor belt Sushi bar in Bellevue (haven't been to the Seattle location). If you want authentic, it's going to be pricey. The sushi that they serve at Sushi Land isn't very exciting, but it's cheap and tastes good. Start off with California Rolls, have some spicy Tuna, their house roll isn't very intimidating. With Sushi, the expensive Omikasae's is not something to be wasted on someone with hang-ups with Sushi. That shiny and strangely almost pulsating pile of Uni takes a bit of courage to put in your mouth for the uninitiated. Take it slow and let them progress at their own rate. Sake doesn't hurt either.

Nov 20, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Cassoulet

If you are talking about Le Bouchon in Wallingford on 45th, I regret to inform you that they have been closed for quite a while now. They had a great Paella too...

Nov 17, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Cassoulet

Cafe Campagne's got it on their menu for Lunch and Dinner. I've noticed though that their house garlic sausage (not merguez) are less garlicky than the ones from years past.

Nov 16, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Inexpensive but good lunch around Pike Place Market?

Agree with you seattledebs except I get a petite triple cream from beachers instead of DeLaurenti's and wait around all year for Sosio's Oh my god Peaches and Ambrosia Nectarines.

Nov 16, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

The search for Korean BBQ continues...

Ah,

An Enlightened gastronome who knows about Korean food. So to answer a few of your questions:

23830 Highway 99
Edmonds, WA 98026
(425) 775-8196

Hoosooni's is famous for the draft tofu soup. Sounds not so good, but delicious. Stock is probably made from a combination of pig and beef bones. So it's a rich and meaty stock that has been heavily seasoned with Korean chili with your choice of meat and ingredients along with the tofu. Also try their BBQ pork which are thinly sliced and marinated pork that are charred a bit and always a hit. The seafood pancake is also delicious.

15004 Hwy 99, Ste A
Lynnwood, WA 98087
(425) 787-6484
KaWon Restaurant is my new favourite Korean restaurant. All their food and banchan is top shelf. The real stunner is the egg custard (garan chim) is a savory egg souffle type dish that might not translate well to those who are not Korean...kind of like a comfort food that is the best I've ever had anywhere. This place also has long waits and it's well deserved, they probably have the best Korean food in washington. Period.

Mirak, I don't have the address or the number, but if it's the one in Federal way, take the 320th st. exit head towards the mall and hang a right on hwy 99 about 2-3 blocks on the right. If you hit the Pink Elephant car wash, you've gone to far. Great restaurant and all their food is good. Used to be my favorite. Nothing bad to say about this place.

As far as the others, stay away from Shilla...found it to be overpriced and quality not up to par. You either got to go North, South or East of Seattle to find good Korean food. I've heard of a few nice places in Bellevue but haven't been out there for Korean food.

Hope that helps you out.

Nov 16, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Old Fashioned American Brekafast in North Seattle?

Mr. Bills is not that great. Their CFS was greasy when I tried it. They do however serve beers in goldfish bowl sized goblet's or glasses if you ever feel like besting your highest ba level.

Bluwater is a meat market. The food does not live up to the level of sophistication that they wish to portray. Food and drinks reflect the cost of operating on the water. On nice summer days, it's a free for all bar with delusions of being a restaurant.

After reading the original posters question, I forgot the name of the place, but there is a small restaurant on the north side of 45th in Wallingford that served a decent breakfast. Fresh squeezed orange juice and a good bread from what I can remember. Thick slices of homestyle bread. Could be what you're looking for.

Nov 08, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Seattle's best croissants - Besalu vs. Fournil

Hiroki's signature item is his green tea tiramisu. Very good as is anything else he makes.

Nov 08, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

gougeres (SEA)

Campagne and the Cafe sometimes have them on the menu. They aren't that tough to make btw. I don't know if any bakeries have them though. Sorry.

Oct 31, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Under $5 in Seattle?

Billjriv,

I'm assuming it's the same for the roast duck or the soy sauce chicken. I'm serious though, once you try the roast pork, chicken or duck seems flavorless and you regret every bite that's not full of porky goodness.

The place I go to is...east of Ho Ho's? Small little place that's really close to where I live. 7th and Weller. I don't know if Kau Kau has a meal deal like that, I think they only do meat but I'm not sure.

I don't know the name of this restaurant, but it's packed at night which is a good sign and they give you a big to go container w/o the partitions so you get a layer of rice, some bok choy, and choice of 1 meat for under $5, same with 2 meats is just over $5. I'm assuming that all the other bbq places have something like this as well.

Ocean City specializes in Chicken and Duck I believe and their prices are rock bottom.

Cheers.

Oct 20, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Old Fashioned American Brekafast in North Seattle?

Sorry Snapdragon,

I don't know what it is, but whenever it's last call and I'm up north, I feel the urge to get some country fried steak at Beth's. I pay for it later, but I can't get it out of my system. It's not that bad is it? I've never actually been there when I'm totally sober...

Oct 17, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Is Filipino food embarassing?

Somewhere along the posts someone mentined that they should open up a non apologetic Filipino restaurant catered towards Filipino's. EXACTLY! My buddy who I worked with in a nice french bistro was half Filipino and he used to whip up some amazing staff meals. As a Korean, I've noticed that some of my favourite Korean Only restaurants have been totally over run with non-Koreans. That's a good thing in my eye. What may inconvenience me today might lead to some other great Korean restaurant that might open due to the demand! If someone opens up a restaurant that'll draw in their ethnic groups, you'll be sure that pretty soon the word will get out about it.

Now where the hell do I get my lumpia fix?

Oct 17, 2006
MightyMac in Greater Seattle

Under $5 in Seattle?

J & M (Pioneer Square) I think it's the name. Used to be a card salon in the old days, but a nice bar with better than average food. They have sliders and pizza's for happy hour. Sliders I think are 2 for $2.00 and on Monday's for Lunch they have $2 off entree's that make pizza's $4, and burgers, $5? Lots of food. Best fries I've had in a long time to boot.

Uwajumaya(sp?) (International District) Get there for a late dinner. They start marking down the california rolls and everything else in the sushi case to like $3.00. Also the hot food line starts wrapping stuff up. You can get a pound and a half of bbq pork for a few dollars and anything else they have. Might as well sell it at a discount then throwing it out.

Most of the BBQ restaurants in the International District with the meat hanging in front of the window have a bbq + steamed rice to go deal for under $5 that will bust your gut. A lot of food at a rock bottom price.

Most of these places aren't exactly chowhound A listed restaurants, but for under $5 you can't really expect Rovers can you?

Oct 17, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Old Fashioned American Brekafast in North Seattle?

Near Greenlake:

Ask around for Beth's Cafe. It was on Food Network's like top 5 greasy spoons in the nation. The 12 egg omelet's and all the breakfasts have bottomless hashbrowns. 24 hrs a day and has been a friend to me and my drunk friends in college.

Patty's Egg Nest is also pretty good, down in Ballard or up in Mill Creek. Good food.

Oct 17, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Budget Recipe Ideas

Whenever I got a few tomatoes lying around that are about to go south, I quarter them up and make a fresh pasta sauce. Here goes:

Boil water & Salt.

In a saute pan, heat with EVO, throw in quartered tomatoes, cook down a bit til mushy, add about a cup of white wine (whatever extra you got laying around, throw in some basil, Salt, pepper, chili flakes, reduce a bit, add non-salted butter (a good amount, this is a restaurant style recepie, probably 1/4 stick if not more), reduce some more. At this point, I taste, add lemon juice if there's some around, add in some sausages or whatever leftover chicken or meat I have lying around. Throw in pasta, toss, and serve.

Oct 10, 2006
MightyMac in Home Cooking

visiting son at Seattle University

For Lunch you can't really beat Tatt's. Get their Tattstrami or their cheesesteak. It's laid back and if they've never been there before, you'll make fans out of them and be there hero for introducing them to the Tattstrami. Go all the way and get the fries with Whiz on top.

As others have said, I'm also not a fan of Wild Ginger.

Oct 06, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Area -- Wedding Present Recommendation (Restaurants)

No wine? That's easy. If you want small town atmosphere, with good portions and don't want to mess with dressing up, I'd head on over to Wallingford to Eva. What it lacks in stuffy uppity it makes up in good food and a small intimate atmosphere.

Oct 06, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Terrific Chinese? Help.

Go to Kau Kau in the ID. The roasted pork there is the best around. Don't really want to nay say the General Tso's or the Honey Walnut prawns, but sometimes when you've got the cravings for something simple, I always head down there to order up the Roasted Pork, Salty Fish Fried Rice, and some Chow Fun or something simple. If you've never had chinese style roasted pork, you need to go educate yourself and you can thank me later!

Oct 05, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

How much is a 1992 Napa Valley Silver Oak Cab worth?

Silver Oak is generally overpriced, but agree. Worth Drinking. Go Napa vs. Alexander Valley.

Jul 11, 2006
MightyMac in Wine

What's your favorite champagne? And a book review. [Moved from Not About Food]

Veuve is a standard of sorts. I do however second the Billecart Salmon.

Jul 11, 2006
MightyMac in Wine

SEATTLE SUSHI

I agree. Tojo's omikase is fantastic.

Jul 11, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest

Sushi in Seattle

Don't usually believe in Discount or cheap sushi, but I would have to agree with Sushiland in Bellevue. Nothing special but you'll end up walking away full.

Jun 30, 2006
MightyMac in Pacific Northwest