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best decaf coffee?

I'm a big fan of the Fidalgo Bay decaf sold at PCC.

Jul 07, 2015
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Grocery Store Roasted Chicken - Who has the best?

PCC is the very best: moist and "chickeny" rather than salty. So good! It's ruined me for Costco chicken.

Apr 15, 2015
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Great steak for under 40$

Can't report on the steak at Toulouse Petit, but has anyone else found that restuaurant to be TOO LOUD? Between the music and the ambient sound, I couldn't hear my companions or the server. (Could it be that I'm a codger-in-training?) Dunno about your dad, but mine is hard of hearing and wouldn't enjoy Toulouse Petit at all. (OTOH, if you need to take a break from conversation during his visit, this might be the place for you!)

Toulouse Petit
601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98119

Oct 25, 2011
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Need help choosing: Walrus & Carpenter or Ponti's?

It really depends on what you're looking for.

The Walrus and the Carpenter is a small plates restaurant where the ingredients are impeccable. I've always left there light in the pocketbook and hungry for a more substantial meal. Yet I keep going back because it's so very adorable.

Would you consider starting your evening with drinks and apps at the Walrus and the Carpenter and actually dining elsewhere? That might be the perfect experience.

Ponti is still fantastic, even if newer restaurants get all the press.

Truly? You can't go wrong.

Oct 24, 2011
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Seattle dinner - good food that won't break the bank?

Saltoro in Broadview would totally fit the bill. Parking is a cinch (free lot!) and the food is one of the best values in town, perhaps because of the less central location.

14053 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

Oct 02, 2010
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Hand-stretched Chinese noodles in Seattle

Wish I'd thought of that--or ordered just plain noodles, when I ate at Tai Ho. My dining companion may never forgive me for suggesting that place. HungWeiLo gives wise counsel: Please don't eat there.

Mar 23, 2010
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Polish or Hungarian Food in the Puget Sound Area?

Not really a restaurant, but worth checking out for Hungarian food:

Jan 26, 2010
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Hanukah chocolate coins in Seattle?

The Shoreline Central Market had a display of Chanukah coins and assorted treats when I was there yesterday. Other Town and Country markets (Ballard Market, Greenwood Market) might stock the same goods.

Nov 22, 2009
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Ezell's Chicken-- Lake City Way (SEA)

You're totally right, but it just kills me to stand in that line--makes me want to jump over the counter and ask if I can help with anything.

Sep 28, 2009
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Early Bird Dinner in Downtown SEA?

My parents are planning to meet some friends in downtown Seattle for a light, relatively inexpensive midweek dinner (around 6 pm). This crowd will be older (mid 70s-early 80s), so happy hour won't work: They'll need the structure of a reservation and a designated table. I know that Anthony's has a fixed price dinner special before 6 pm. Are there others?

Aug 13, 2009
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Pizza Uno - Lake City WA

I've actually eaten the slices from the counter, and they were totally fine-comparable to what you'd find at an average pizza place in the NY tri-state area. The pies made to order are very good--and an excellent value. The ingredients are fresh and straigtforward. I wouldn't call it destination dining, but it's one of the better options for take-out pizza in the area.

Oh, and the gyros place next door (Lake City Gyros?) is great--a true Chowhound find.

Aug 05, 2009
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle

Seattle Business District Lunch

Salumi is by far the best lunch you'll find in the area. It's a few blocks' walk and there's always a line, so it will take the majority of your lunch hour. If you want to miss the rush, it's better to go early than late. (They tend to sell out of things.)

Closer to your office, I can recommend three takeout options: Red Bowls (Korean-inspired rice and vegetable dishes--try the bimimbop); the regrettably named but surprisingly good New York City Deli Market (excellent sandwiches--you can order off the menu, build your own, or just ask the guys behind the counter to make you a sandwich); and, on those days when you need some roughage, Market Fresh (it's a chain, but really above par for that sort of thing--I always get the fresh mango and the sauteed asian long beans).

There's pleasant courtyard in front of City Hall up on Fourth, where there are outdoor lunchtime concerts in the summer months.

Jun 06, 2009
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest


Trust me, Forks is no foodie destination. Please do yourself a favor--if you have to eat there, just get takeout from the deli at the Thriftway. Your meal will be far more palatable than anything served in any of the dining establishments in town.

May 22, 2009
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Trader Joe's frozen Butter Chicken

The curried lentils with rice is amazingly delicious (for frozen food). So good that when I nuked it in the work microwave, several people asked "what *is* that"? It smells great and tastes even better.

I picked up the paneer w /spinach rice. Will report back.

May 17, 2009
Snapdragon in Chains

cheap silpat in SEA?

Have you checked the discount stores near Northgate Mall? I've seen Silpats for under $10 at Tuesday Morning--and imagine they might also be found at Ross or TJ Maxx.

Jan 22, 2009
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Good fried chicken in N. Seattle?

Somewhat related....

During the summer, a sign on the former Quiznos space on Lake City Way announced, "Ezell's Chicken Coming Soon."

Now the sign is gone, and there's no sign of chicken. What happened?

Oct 14, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Vios in Ravenna?

According to a sign by the cash register, the top floor will be a cafe and restaurant (two spaces) and the bottom will remain a pub.They're removing a bunch of bookshelves to accommodate the expanded food space and adding a bank of windows along the west side of the building. I assume that Vios will run the restaurant, but I don't know about the others.And the Honey Bear cafe at Ravenna will cease operations at the end of the month, but the pub will remain open.

Aug 28, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Dim Sum north seattle?

Chiang's Gourmet on Lake City Way serves dim sum, but it's Taiwanese style and you order off a menu--they don't serve from carts. Is this the kind of thing you had in mind?

Jul 23, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Good stromboli in Seattle?

I was as surprised as you. It was a nightly special. Haven't seen it before or since.

Jun 07, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Good stromboli in Seattle?

Stromboli was the "special" at Tutta Bella on Stone Way when I ate there last week. Didn't order it, as it's hard to pass up the pizza, but imagine it would've been good.

Jun 03, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Best mango sticky rice in Seattle?

Oh, never mind... I misread.

May 27, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Best mango sticky rice in Seattle?

No, I mean Thai Siam on 15th NE (cross street 83rd) in Ballard/Crown Hill. They're known for their desserts.

May 27, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Molly Moon ice cream in Wallingford (SEA)

After reading the phenomenal buzz on this place, I had high expectations, and made a trip there last week. It's a fine addition to the Wallingford strip, but the ice cream itself wasn't exceptional, in my opinion. Seemed to me that the salted caramel wasn't very balanced--it was certainly salty, but otherwise? Bleh. The balsamic strawberry was better, but I wouldn't order it again. Will definitely go there when I'm in the neighborhood and jonesing for an ice cream cone, but I wouldn't drive across town for Molly Moon's ice cream.

May 26, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Best mango sticky rice in Seattle?

Sweet sticky rice w/mango is a seasonal item at Thai Siam on 15th in Crown Hill. If it's on the menu, order it by all means. But if not, their sweet sticky rice w/thai custard is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.

May 26, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

El Ranchito, Zillah

Last time I visited relatives in the Yakima Valley, I wanted to go to El Ranchito, and they talked me out of it--said that it wasn't good at all anymore. They took me to Villasenor's in Toppenish. Wasn't exactly "destination diniing," but it was much better than typical Mexican fare west of the mountains. Would imagine that a number of good small Mexican restaurants have cropped up in the area--maybe ask a local when you're in the area or check the Yakima Herald online restaurant reviews?

May 25, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Quick lunch in Fremont

The Indian buffet on 36th is one of the better ones in town, I daresay. And certainly fast.

May 12, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Grinders Hot Sandwiches

I would've enjoyed it a lot more if the sandwiches were a few dollars cheaper. I know it's quibbling, but at 10/12 for a sub sandwich, I expect something really special, and Grinders isn't all that.

Mar 19, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Great Food Products in Washington

Greek Gods baklava ice cream *is* great. Less so is their chocolata fig. The name is misleading--I expected chocolate ice cream w/dried figs, but it's actually fig ice cream w/chocolate chips. Too figgy for me.

Feb 18, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Recs for Best Greek Restaurant - Seattle

Have you tried Gorgeous George's on Phinney? I know that George serves a great lunch, but haven't eaten dinner there.

Feb 14, 2008
Snapdragon in Pacific Northwest

Best Seattle Indian Buffet?

I second this. Really very good.

Jan 15, 2008
Snapdragon in Greater Seattle