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Trellis or Barking Frog?

Wow..... never heard of Barking Frog or Trellis. I guess Trader Vic's at the Westin is still the hot spot in Seattle, huh?

Nov 07, 2009
Mark Nobe in Greater Seattle

Snoqualmie dinner?

The Woodman Lodge in downtown Snoqualmie (behind the Railroad Museum) would be a good choice for dinner. The food and service are good and you could really splurge for half what the dinner at Salish will cost you.

Another choice for good food in a casual setting is the new Fall City Roadhouse. It’s only 5 or 10 minutes from the lodge at the intersection of Highway 203 and Highway 202.

Don’t forget to walk to the waterfall lookout at different times of day, it’s awesome.

Mar 07, 2009
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Eating on Mercer Island

I’ve had lunch at The Islander several times and it’s always been good. Not cheap, but very good food & service.

Dec 22, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Pomegranate Syrup

Isn't that the same thing as grenadine? You can get that at any grocery store.

Nov 02, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Late Night Eats Around Seattle Art Museum

Purple Cafe & Wine Bar is just up the street at 4th & University. Their website says they serve until 11PM Sun-Thurs and Midnight Fri&Sat. We went there after a concert at Benaroya Hall recently and had a great time.

Jul 19, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

best dinner in Couer d'Alene?

I have not been there but Beverly's at the Coeur d' Alene Resort is a DiRoNA member. That is a good place to start. I'm going to CDA later this year so be sure to report on what you find there.

Jul 12, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

[SEA] Dinner downtown after SATC premiere

Union Square Grill sounds like what you are looking for and it's only a short block away. Great food, sexy coctails and lots of beautiful people. You can look at food and coctail menus and make reservations at their website.
www.unionsquaregrill.com

May 24, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

El Gaucho

If you just want a great steak dinner and don't need to try and impress anyone go to the nearest JaK's. You can take everyone you know and not spend as much as you did here. Oh yeah, the steak will be as good as you can get elsewhere and the servers will be enjoying themselves as much as you are. (West Seattle, U District and Issaquah)

Apr 04, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Bars & Restaurants Near Microsoft

In Redmond Towne Center, upstairs from Ruby's Diner, try Matts' Rotisserie & Oyster Lounge and Spazzo. Both are good for lunch, happy hour and dinner.

Mar 08, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Salmon cooked on a plank, over a fire, on an island thingy.

Let me get this right. Your favorite food is skillet fried chicken with gravy and one of your favorite restaurants is Corky's in Memphis.
So I guess that means you would rather have a piece of farm raised salmon smothered with sausage gravy or BBQ sauce that a piece of wood smoked wild salmon with a little beurre blanc? Unbelievable!

Feb 26, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Sea-Tac area, Anthonys or Saltys??

Haven't been to Salty's in a while but do take traveling guests to Anthony's several times a year. My wife and I are very adventurous diners and are willing to try anything knowing you are going to run into hits & misses. But, if I’ve got just one evening with friends or business associates that are staying near the airport I know Anthony’s will be consistently good with no embarrassing surprises. And if they come from a place where they are land-locked they will enjoy the views.
Also, if you are looking for steak Spencer’s in the Airport Hilton does a good job. A bit pricey, but they cook them at about a gazillion degrees and they come out slightly charred on the outside while nice and juicy on the inside.

Feb 23, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Boise's Basque Block...

For the times you don't go out and need to cook at home try this. All you need to do is put a slightly damp towel under it (between the cutting board and counter top) to prevent the cutting board from being slippery. All professional cooks and chefs do this. Cloth or paper towels work just fine. Or you can go to your favorite cooking store and buy an official slip sheet to prevent the board from sliding all over the counter top. Just remember to use the same care you do with your cutting board and knives to clean or replace the towels and prevent cross-contamination.

Feb 23, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

what happened to Icon Grill ?

They are not owned by Applebee’s. Applebee’s is a company that franchises the Applebee’s brand restaurants. That Applebee’s company was recently purchased by the company that franchises the IHOP pancake restaurant chain.
The company that owns ICON Grill in downtown Seattle and Zephyr Grill & Bar locations in Kent, WA and Livermore, CA also operates franchised locations of Applebee’s in California.
You should not judge a restaurant by the other restaurants in the owner’s portfolio. One of the most prestigious restaurants in California is The Sardine Factory in Monterey. The same company that owns that operates several Burger King franchised locations also. Believe me, The Sardine Factory is not the same restaurant as your neighborhood Burger King.

Feb 23, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

what happened to Icon Grill ?

I haven't been in a while so I can't say but they did open another restaurant in Kent called Zephyr Grill & Bar. Maybe their just spread to thin now, don't know?

Feb 16, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

St. Germain Replacement

The story is in the "Ticket" insert to Friday's Seattle Times. It's now being run by Chef Laurent Gabrel from Voila!

Feb 16, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Staying in downtown Seattle good late eats?

I think Shuckers is the best oyster bar in town. You'll have a wide selection and the servers will give great descriptions of each different type. They also offer a good variety of local wine and beer.

Jan 24, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Staying in downtown Seattle good late eats?

Barleywino, you always make great contributions to this site but you may want to spell out west when you are talking about West Seattle. As you know the W Seattle hotel is a short walk from the Hilton and I think if out-of-towners asked the staff at the Hilton about directions to W Seattle that's where they would end up.

Jan 24, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

35th Street Bistro anyone? Why not...?....

We ate at the 35th Street Bistro for the first time last weekend. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We shared the escargot appetizer, all of us had a great roasted beet salad and entrees included a properly cooked Trout, Steak Frites and melt-in-your-mouth Short Ribs. The wine list offered great range in varietals, blends and price. Our server (Heather) graciously handled a glass of corked wine and kept track of our time restraints so we wouldn’t be late for a concert we were going to. We don’t live close but will definitely go back when we get a chance.

Jan 23, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Located in Fremont despite efforts to not be...

We ate at the 35th Street Bistro for the first time last night. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We shared the escargot appetizer, all of us had a great roasted beet salad and entrees included a properly cooked Trout, Steak Frites and melt-in-your-mouth Short Ribs. The wine list offered great range in varietals, blends and price. Our server (Heather) graciously handled a glass of corked wine and kept track of our time restraints so we wouldn’t be late for a concert we were going to. We don’t live close but will definitely go back when we get a chance.

Jan 20, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Seattle's Most Touristy, Overrated Restaurants

Most major tourist attractions (think Space Needle) that have restaurants are mediocre at best. As many have already said here, people are going to keep coming whether the food is great or not just because they read somewhere that it was a “Must See” recommendation in some travel guide they used to plan their trip.

But, that’s still no excuse for Seattle not having a great restaurant with a view on the top of an office building. The top of the Columbia Tower doesn’t count because it’s private and the restaurant on the top of the Hilton isn’t even mediocre. With the awesome views this area provides there should be some operator out there that can be successful running a rooftop restaurant with great food and service, and enough local people to support it.

If you want to see what I’m talking about go to Canoe the next time you are in Toronto. They have combined a very talented Chef preparing outstanding food, properly presented by well trained servers, with a “To Die For” view of the city and Lake Ontario. Seattle has all the ingredients needed and is just waiting for an operator to step up and fill this big gap in the local restaurant scene.

Jan 20, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

TASTE Restaurant

Be sure to let us know how they do catering your wedding.

Jan 12, 2008
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Benny Hannas?

What is the name and location of your personal favorite? What do they do or have that makes you like it?

Jan 12, 2008
Mark Nobe in Chains

Newer to Seattle and in need of a list

In nine months I’m sure you’ve been to some places you liked and some you didn’t. Tell us some of the good and bad you’ve seen so far and I think we’ll be better able to help you.

By the way, where did you live in Chicagoland?

Dec 23, 2007
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Benny Hannas?

If your Mom wants to go to Benihana, take her to Benihana. My mother came to visit and we did everything she wanted to do; brunch at the needle, ferry to Victoria and the garden, a walk around Stanley Park in Vancouver and dinner in White Rock. She had the time of her life and passed away two weeks later, a very happy woman. You have plenty of time to impress yourself with the great restaurants in this town. If your Mom wants to go to Benihana...TAKE HER TO BENIHANA!

Dec 13, 2007
Mark Nobe in Chains

Sat lunch in Woodinville or Snohomish...

I think Purple Wine Cafe sounds like just what you are looking for. They have a lot of wines by the glass or flight and the food is always good and interesting. It has a casual bistro atmosphere and the service has never let me down.

Dec 09, 2007
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Sip Wine Bar & Restaurant - Issaquah

This restaurant has been open for a year but I just got around to checking it out. I wasn’t impressed with waiting at the entrance for over five minutes before being acknowledged but once we were seated the service was fine.

They have a wide variety of wines by the glass or bottle at reasonable prices and the food was great. I started with a poached pear and pomegranate salad that had just enough feta and dressing to not overwhelm the fruit. For an entrée I had prawns stuffed with a crab mixture and wrapped in prosciutto that was served with an interesting edamame wasabi mash that was very tasty. My wife had a house salad and a Scallop entrée that she said was perfectly cooked. We shared a Crème Brulee Flight for dessert that featured the traditional vanilla as well as one with lavender and a rich, dark chocolate one.

If you are looking for a new place on the east side to try I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Dec 09, 2007
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Good butcher on the Eastside (Seattle)?

If Issaquah is convenient try
Fischer's Meat Market
85 Front St
Issaquah, WA
Phone: (425) 392 - 3131

Call before you go if you are looking for something exotic, otherwise I've had great steaks, pork chops and tenderloin, sausage, bacon, and jerky from there.

Dec 01, 2007
Mark Nobe in Greater Seattle

TASTE Restaurant

Taste is managed by one of the gigantic food management companies so you shouldn't expect anything special from them.

Two great local caterers to check out are:
Lisa Dupar Catering at http://lisaduparcatering.com
and Russell dean Lowell Catering at http://www.lowell-hunt.com/catering

Dec 01, 2007
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

lasagna for party [SEA]

broken fir snowball crashing down....
Hope that answers your question.
What was your question, anyway?

Dec 01, 2007
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Eats with a Friend

Seattle, like Boston, is a great restaurant city. You will receive many recommendations that you will enjoy checking out. The hotel you are staying in just finished a major expansion and remodeling project that thankfully improved their food service. They wisely brought in an outside company (Daily Grill) to operate the main restaurant. Their menus feature a lot of traditional American favorites that are well prepared and reasonably priced along with enough items with an international touch to keep it from being boring. I travel throughout the country on a weekly basis and have experienced plenty of traditional (read BAD) hotel food but this restaurant definitely does not fall into that category.
So, get out and explore the great restaurant scene Seattle has to offer but don’t be afraid to eat in your hotel on those occasions when you are just too tired to go out. (yes, of course they have great coffee too)

Nov 27, 2007
Mark Nobe in Pacific Northwest