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Croque Monsieur in Paris

Ask at Dot's - they might do it.

Apr 15, 2014
mrnelso in France

Early Sunday AM Breakfast-Bellevue/Seattle Airport Area

Pancake Chef a half-block off 152nd, near the 99/518 interchange. They've been knocking out breakfasts people come back for for 55 years. Get the big OJ.

Apr 15, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

A New Orleans native visits Seattle for the first time

Athenian is an institution among Seattle dive bars, replete with resident historic clientele. Take a "Happy Hour with a view" attitude and skirt the menu.

Apr 15, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

U:Don

But do keep an eye peeled for the arrival of fresh tempura, as these were quite tasty, though we recognized our good luck for what it was.

Apr 09, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Decent egg tarts (dan tat) in Seattle?

Big John's PFI sells frozen tartlet crusts, too

Apr 09, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

downtown Seattle

No question. 1964 voters told uncle sugar to take his transit experiment to San Francisco, because we couldn't afford it. sic. k.

Mar 30, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

downtown Seattle

Oh, yes. I forgot to mention you are in Belltown. Could be worse - you could be in South Lake Union.

Mar 30, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

downtown Seattle

Yeah, cuts to transit have been harsh and the lovely "free ride zone" downtown is gone.

Mar 30, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

downtown Seattle

A $13 car is nothing to sneeze at (parking is the big cost), but consider a visit to a transit information kiosk at METRO HQ, at 2nd & Jackson, or under Macy's at Westlake Plaza. There are tons of buses that travel the north-south avenues every few minutes, a few that do east-west crosstown routes, a handful that travel the 'downtown transit tunnel'. These alternate every 10 minutes with light rail that goes to SEATAC airport (!), which is seriously worth investigating. You are so very near the Seattle Art Museum sculpture garden and the Pike Place Market (lots of posts here), and then the waterfront down to Chinatown and Jackson Square - restaurants coming out your ears here. "Lower Queen Anne" has Seattle Center (Rat City Roller Girls - believe it - are the anchor tenant for the Coliseum these days, and a hoot. For Pizza, Bambino's at 4th & Cedar. | Tillicum Place Cafe (brunch!) is near, right by the Five Points cafe, an esteemed hangover-breakfast spot, and the Mecca (hash browns), where you might achieve said hangover. Unless you got it at Two Bells - house-ground hamburger as rare as you like and the Tavern Burger is killer. Top Pot doughnuts is legend (maple old fashioned...), Ten Mercer has good cocktails and happy hour. Pagliacci pizza is across the street. Green Leaf is under the Labor Temple on First Avenue - very good and cheap Vietnamese. North of you is a light-industrial wasteland til you get to Fishermen's Terminal, heart of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, with Chinook's Seafood Restaurant. Cross the bridge to visit Ballard (Golden Beetle) and Fremont (Revel HH - the whole menu and a cocktail). You may be in the perfect center of the local food map. Have fun and please report your findings. Go climb the water tower in Volunteer Park and see the view from Kerry Park.

Mar 30, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Been in Seattle 2 years now, my unique grocery/meat/produce etc finds, what am I missing?

Big John's features bitters lately.
Cash & Carry is the maxiest mini-mart ever. Just dash in for a bag of citrus, a quart of half-and-half and a dozen eggs, a box of detergent and a pastry brush. Very mainstream selection, to be sure, but sparkling with little delights (Victorinox chef's knife...).

Mar 27, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle
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3 days in Seattle

As you sit at the Market Grill counter, you see Uli's right across the aisle with a stunning array of masterfully crafted fresh sausages (grilled to order - get fries and grilled onions and peppers). Right across Pike Place at Jack's, get just a cup of Cioppino. Fifty feet further up Post Alley, is Pike Place Chowder. I'm stuck on seared scallop but am told and believe it's all good. Dauphinoise at Le Panier is partly about a delightful savory pastry and partly about the teeming experience of the Market. Back up Pike Place to the newsstand, Zacanni's will transport you. One meatball slider and now I'm a lifer. Delaurenti offers decent-to-rapturous pizza and a delightful cold-case with fresh salads, sandwiches, and desserts. The hard-core will grab a pint of buttermilk and an order of fried chicken-livers in a cardboard boat. Living large.

Mar 27, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Ramen

Bloom - 5410 17th NW
Good, chewy ramen in engaging broths.

Mar 20, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Seattle dinners alone next week

Blueacre Seafood is worth a look, as are Etta's, Steelhead Diner and Flying Fish. If lunch finds you on Capitol Hill, a low-rent but fun stop is Pike Place Fish Fry. Matt's in the Market is toward the higher end, but good, and with a focus on wines.

Mar 14, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

What's the most unique food experience in Seattle?

"The seafood market" could be one of several. I imagine this is Jack's...

Mar 14, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle
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Seattle's Best Sandwiches

At Salumi, have the prosciutto & fig confit with goat-cheese sandwich that usually appears on the menu in Spring.
On a hot-sandwich day, have the immensely comfy meatball - a candidate for best ever.
Messy messy and Texas sweet, Pecos Pit 2260 1st Ave S, by Sears and Home Depot on Lander serves up a classic slow-roasted BBQ Pork Sandwhich. Have beans spicy.
Zacaggni's lunch counter, right across from the Pike Market magazine stand at the edge of Delaurenti's, features a rotation of lovely and exotic sliders and sandwiches. Identify nearby seating and hope for brisket sliders, though it's all really good. Your lunch comes across the counter sizzling off the grill.
Uli's Bierstaub on the main arcade at the Pike Place Market will grill any fresh sausage in the display case and serve it right up for you right then in a perfectly lovely sausage sandwich. This is a chance to enjoy several splendid mustards if you can remember to not just scarf it down. Look for grilled peppers and onions. Fries are hot and made to-order and the freshest you can get.
Right across the aisle and a few feet down, the Market Grill offers fresh-grilled salmon and halibut sandwiches, just yards away from the fresh fish markets.
Two Bells Tavern Burger is a heck of a hamburger sandwich, as rare as you like and suitably drippy. The robust roll handles that soppingly, though.
The grilled Reuben at the Pacific Inn Pub is a comfort-food winner - get a half-Caesar with it and eat like a king.

The Reuben at Dot's, on Fremont, is a chef's showpiece - meaty, savory, flavorful, beautifully cooked and presented. The coq' au'vin is masterful, and the list is long.
Burgers again, but really, a few doors up the street is Uneeda Burger. Two things 1>The very nice "regular" hamburger is just a classic plain burger with (fresh) lettuce, tomato, pickle... but it is a really nice burger (if Dick's is a 1 and Red Mill is a 5, Uneeda is a 10, and for an amazingly modest price. 2>You will be hard-pressed to order the regular burger when the menu-board above is whispering 'grilled onions' ... 'blue cheese' ... 'Hatch chile'... good luck.

Mar 05, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Seattle Food/Happy Hour recommendations with specifications.

One of my favorite afternoons included a HH trip to Golden Beetle, where we just ordered the whole HH menu. Nifty savories all around.

Mar 05, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Take-out from the North?

Rainin Ribs is at 15030 Bothell Way NE. Mike's Double Meat (brisket and spareribs) with hush puppies and Brunswick stew will put you in a coma.

Mar 04, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Pork Belly! Getting started!

It's not common in grocery stores, though I often find it as "side-pork" at Uwajimaya.

Mar 03, 2014
mrnelso in Home Cooking

What's Up With So Few Tacoma Mentions? No Chow There?

Thanks, what shall we order first at Uncle Thurm's?

Mar 03, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

What's Up With So Few Tacoma Mentions? No Chow There?

Southern Kitchen, in Hilltop. I say just go ask what's to eat and get it. For me, it was fried catfish. I can't think of a finer way to go than a heart-attack face-plant in a plate of red-beans and rice, fried catfish and jalapeno hush-puppies...

Mar 03, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

NE of the I-5 I-90 interchange

Uway Malatang is under the very edge of the I-5 overpass over 9th & Jackson. Hot-pot is straightforward. Enter and sit and waiter introduces the scene. You go back out to the cooler of prepped ingredients (sliced lamb/chicken/beef/meatball, tofu, a dozen or so vegetables) you ogled as you entered and get a pound or more for your order. By the time you come back with your selections the waiter has fired-up the bubbling hot-pot of your choice of 2 broths from a half-dozen kinds, delivered a snappy little dish of crisp pickles, and you are good to go. Did I mention hand-shaved and hand-pulled noodles? Live theater and tasty.
Parking in the garage in which the restaurant is situated is free and there is still usually lots of it and near enough the odd inside passage from the parking lot. It all worked together well enough that I hope to exhaust the menu before long.

Feb 27, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Olive oil dispenser for easy cooking

I find half-pint spirits bottles nice to hold and of good heft, plus they clean cleanly.

Feb 27, 2014
mrnelso in Cookware

Pizza By The Slice - Ats'a Nice!

They keep the front cooler stocked with tasty and pretty little salads to round out a lovely lunch, with profiteroles for dessert - stay alert, goodies pop in-and-out of view casually.

Feb 26, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Cheesesteak: Zacaggni's

I think Zacaggni's cheesesteak is only sometimes featured, but is worth finding. The grill is 3 feet from the window and it comes across the counter hot. 30 feet away is a window seat with napkins. Ba'da'bing, ba'da'boom.

Feb 26, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

burgers and the like on the coast [Seaside/Cannon Beach]

The stand 109 N Holladay Dr
It's been several years, but they were really on their game.

Feb 16, 2014
mrnelso in Pacific Northwest

Tacoma lunch recommendation?

Southern Kitchen 1716 6th Av - catfish and plenty more.

Feb 16, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

What's the most unique food experience in Seattle?

Also on the Chamber of Commerce literature rack, but also unique and interesting and with serious elements of cuisine and/or culture, the Tillicum Village Tour and Cruise gets you a boat ride out Blake Island, a traditionally cooked salmon dinner, some good clams, and a great show of clacking native masks.

Feb 07, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle
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Please help a sad girl find some Mexican food in Seattle

Have a look at Cucina Esperanza.
It's been a while, but I remember a good Mole and chile relleno and attractive specials.

Try Tacqueria Guymas for avocado salsa.

Feb 07, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle
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Boat Street Cafe--Hide the Ball & High Estrogen?

I have never understood what's up with the buzz on BSC. The marketing machines are clearly busy as bees, and I remember good water, but where is the attention of the chef? I ordered a spinach salad and when it arrived with no spinach, I got "that's the way we make it" when I asked about that notable (I thought) omission. That level of clueless incompetence has kept me from returning and I appreciate your update. I'm still in no hurry to return.

Feb 07, 2014
mrnelso in Greater Seattle

Restaurant near Hyatt Burlingame

I've too little experience there to answer well about the rest of the menu, but a good cook's good attention came through the breakfast. If it were in Seattle, I'd drive from Fremont to Wallingford for it, but not Capitol Hill or Magnolia.

Feb 06, 2014
mrnelso in San Francisco Bay Area