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What's good in Kitsap?

wow, etoiledunord, this is way above and beyond. Thank you! Greek gyro trailor? now THAT'S a first. I'll def. try it. Agree re Agate--seems to be trending upscale. If I could bother you for a few of your favorite/best things you've had at some of these casual places, that'd be great. And thanks for the science center suggestion.

Oct 27, 2009
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Changes in Port Townsend

etoiledunord, can you also help me out with suggestions? I've posted a lengthy inquiry to the bottom of the Kitsap Board---we'll be in Port Townsend for a week and would love some help. Thanks

Oct 21, 2009
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

Hi Chowhound friends, I read extensively through this thread and have some specific questions for you all.

We'll be in Port Townsend in November for a week with our almost-3-year-old who eats EVERYTHING (dim sum, sushi, etc) and an infant, so needless to say we've got our hands full. But we really want to explore as much of the area's food as we can. We love to cook as well, and will want suggestions on good places to shop too.

So that said, we'd love to hear of any great seafood markets/tips on where to buy off the dock or direct from oyster farmers within an hour's drive---where do you buy the best oysters out there? Are any of the area farmers markets year-round?

We also are looking for anything and everything great to eat within an hour's drive of Port Townsend. We are bakery lovers more than big breakfast eaters---bread/pastries/great coffee, cozy atmosphere--so those suggestions are very much appreciated.

Since we have the kiddos we'll probably be willing to travel an hour but no longer, so it looks like Poulsbo and Port Ludlow are within reachable distance. how long is the drive to Bellingham? I was thinking one day trip to Bellingham might be fun, so if you could suggest a chowhound food-hop with must-taste bites (walkable preferred) we'd love to do that.

love to hear recent opinions on:
Fountain Café
Wild Coho
Silverwater Café
Fins
Hudson point café

and in Pouslbo:
Burrata Cafe, Sheila's, molly ward gardens (though this looks a bit too fancy for a kid, yes?)

Sounds like agate pass cafe might be worth seeking out on our way from Seattle (in Suquamish)--anyone been there since they got the new chef? Is this relatively kid-friendly? We take our kid out to most restaurants, so we're not talking crayons-on-the-table kid-friendly, I just don't want to ruin anyone's anniversary dinner....

other suggestions? Are there any awesome sandwich shops? Terrific delis? Any small family-owned places to buy meats/sausages/whatever?
Thanks SO MUCH in advance for your help. We are really looking forward to getting away. OH, and any kid must-do's are also welcome (great indoor play areas/parks nearby, etc)...we'll definitely be looking for things to keep our toddler busy.

Oct 19, 2009
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Carlton, Or.

JillO, this is fantastic. Thank you SOO much for taking so much time and giving such thoughtful comments. I know what you mean about always wanting to try certain places and then at the last minute going somewhere else. I'm not into communal dining when it's just the 2 of us either, so that's good to know re Beast and Le Pigeon.

Apr 11, 2009
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Carlton, Or.

OK, so as a follow-up re Portland, here are some others I'd love to have info on. Toro Bravo sounds good, but we have really good tapas up here too, so I'm not sure on that one.
Your thoughts on:
Andina
Ten01
Le Pigeon
Beast
Wildwood
Screen Door
and Lovely Hula Hands (I know it's not new, but...)
and what's with Apizza Scholz? is it REALLY that good?

Apr 10, 2009
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Carlton, Or.

wow, thank you everyone. Nettie: I'd heard of Voodoo, but isn't there another notable doughnut shop?
Epicurean: Joe Palmer foraging dinner sounds REALLY wonderful--thanks.
Leonardo: what is Evoe all about?
How far is McMinnville from Carlton? Sorry, my geographical knowledge of the area is nil.
JillO: is Toro Bravo Spanish? name sounds Mexican, but is it just a name?

Apr 10, 2009
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Carlton, Or.

We've been gifted a weekend in Oregon wine country later this spring. We'll be staying in Carlton, but plan side trips during the day (we'll be there 4 days, 3 nights), so we're looking for your ideas.

I've been perusing the dinner recommendations in Portland, as we want to have at least one dinner there (and probably a lunch at kenny and zukes, if this is still as recommended as it has been?)
I'd be looking for something that really speaks to what and where Portland is right now food-wise, ie a real sign of the times. So Higgins and Paley's aren't really what I'm looking for. I'd really like to explore some fun places too (heard something about bacon doughnuts? gross or delish?) so any unique neighborhood places are good. Also: best cup of coffee that's not something I've heard of up here in Seattle (ie, I suppose it'd be interesting to try the original Stumptown, but other ideas?)

But since we'll be staying in Carlton, and since I've never spent a moment in that area of Oregon, please help us with dinner/lunch/coffee/exploring ideas. We'd be willing to drive for a great meal, too, so if there's a place that's worth making a trip for (for an awesome fish sandwich or incredible cheese), name it! And, obviously, wineries that are stellar near Carlton. Thanks for any and all help!

Apr 10, 2009
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

"Roast" at the Book Cadillac

Thanks--yes, I saw that. Anyone else have any other good restaurant suggestions?

Nov 17, 2008
aaustin in General Midwest Archive

"Roast" at the Book Cadillac

Thank you, JanPrimus. That looks really interesting. It's hard to tell, just by reading his menu, which meats he's curing himself and which he's not ( and since he does most? of his charcuterie in-house that'd be the reason to go, it seems)...
I do like that he's from the area, that he's worked in the restaurants in the city that matter and is now making his own name for himself.
Can you provide any first-hand experience or more info on him/Forest Grill?

Nov 16, 2008
aaustin in General Midwest Archive

"Roast" at the Book Cadillac

Downriver1, I'm curious. Do you think this is the most exciting restaurant to open in downtown Detroit in the last 6 months? I'm a good writer from another city and I'll be in your city in a few weeks, hoping to dine at one restaurant that really speaks to what the Detroit food scene is all about right now.
Since Symon isn't a local, I was actually hoping you could point me toward a more local restaurant, ie something that's smaller, maybe funkier, but still really good food from a locally known chef? Maybe something less fancy/corporate and more home-grown? Is there such a place, or are the Detroit foodies talking about Roast?

Nov 16, 2008
aaustin in General Midwest Archive

Dinner suggestions--Port Angeles and Westport, WA?

Is Alder Wood Bistro ok for kids or is it a more upscale place? We'd love ideas for good breakfast in Westport and another idea close by for our kiddo. Thanks!

Jun 23, 2008
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Seattle w/ a toddler

We have a child about that age, and she has a hard time sitting still for long, so if I were you I'd go someplace with noise! For a nicer (although still really cool and somewhat noisy) dinner, go to Palace Kitchen. It's fun, the food's good, and they have booths in which you can trap the kiddo. Tutta Bella is a great place for kids--noisy, fun, good pizza and great salads. There's one in the SoLu neighborhood (South Lake Union) which would be a short cab ride. Your kid would be fine at the Pink Door, which is another Italian place, this time in Pike Place Market. You could also do a great French bistro dinner early or a late lunch at Le Pichet. Terrific food. Again, near Pike Place.
Good luck, have fun.

May 18, 2008
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Friday Harbor: One day and one night

Just back and I have to say....we had a pretty big bummer of an experience with two places. First, we stopped for coffee and a muffin (they made these weird shallow muffins, not a normal shape) and both were totally horrible. We actually threw our coffee and muffin away! The place we got them from was right by the ferry...I think it was called something with a book reference in the name? Ugh.
Then we grabbed 3 slices of pizza from Cousin Vinny's for the ferry and the pizza was awful. The plain cheese was OK I guess, but the pepperoni and veggie were like lead, with waaaayyyy too much heavy cheese. Boy, it's not easy to screw up pizza, but again, we threw half away.

On the good side, we had two terrific catered dinners at Roche Harbor Resort, which is really saying something. The cafe there, though, has pretty lame food for breakfast. I had a dry and bland sausage and mushroom omelet, and my husband had the prime rib hash with "holiday" sauce. I loved the typo, but the hash was only so-so.
So I guess the good news is that if you're hosting your wedding at Roche Harbor Resort, the food will be good, but otherwise? Well, good luck.

May 06, 2008
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Friday Harbor: One day and one night

Hi Joyf1, thanks! We're actually staying in Roche Harbor, and I went to Vinnys about 5 years ago I think, but good to know the pizza place is great.

Bummer about Big Barn Bakes. Do you have any other ideas for bakery, fresh morning pastries, good bread? I am a sucker for a good bakery. And good coffee---which place has the best?
I'm worried that the ale house won't allow kids...do you know if they do?

Apr 29, 2008
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Friday Harbor: One day and one night

Just thought I'd bump this up. We're heading to a wedding in Roche Harbor this weekend, so we won't have too much free time, but we will have one night (Sunday) to eat out for an un-wedding-related dinner. We have a toddler, so that bumps out the nicer places (she's not polite at the table at this point). But we will have daytime Sat and Sun to bike ride and stop for lunch.

One place that interests me is Big Barn Bakes---what's good there? Fantastic sandwiches, I think I read something about great fish tacos? Any help would be great.
thanks!

Apr 29, 2008
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

SF 'hound requests additional info for visit

The tricky part about your crush vs tilth vs lark question is the fact that you don't eat meat (other than fish). In that case, the best fish and non-meat dishes I've had were at Tilth. We had fantastic fish there. But overall Lark is a much better restaurant. Lark does great things with meat, though, so it's a tough call.

I agree with mrnelso about the completely different experiences of Matt's vs Jacks. You might want a glass of wine at Matt's. That's not an option at Jacks (basically a counter).

As for your question about Belltown, um, good question. The restaurant I'm most excited about is the newly opened pintxos spot owned by Harvest Vine owners. It's called Txori. http://www.txoribar.com/

Nov 26, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Queen Anne Updates?

Where exactly is it? I haven't been up top of Queen Anne in a while (used to live there and miss it, actually) but I can't think of which space he's moving in to.

Nov 10, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Queen Anne Updates?

Anyone know when Ethan Stowell's "How to Cook a Wolf" will be opening? Whats the space looking like?

Nov 09, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Oyster's and nothing but oysters

Regular price is $26 a dozen. I should also point out that size of oyster doesn't correlate with quality. There are many varieties, and some of our favorites are small.

Oct 22, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Oyster's and nothing but oysters

We ended up at Elliott's, and I'm so glad we did! I called around and Shuckers had 8 varieties; Elliott's had 24. Hard to argue, right?
And the oysters were fantastic.
I was also shocked to see that, on a rainy October Wed night, the place was PACKED. These are not tourists, obv, they're locals.

The funny part was that, like at sushi bars where non-sushi-lovers go, NO ONE was at the oyster bar but me when I first got there. Slowly it filled up, but it kind of reminded me of big sushi joints where all the tables are filled, but the best seats in the house (the sushi bar seats) are empty. People, people, people....

Oct 19, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Oyster's and nothing but oysters

I'm in the mood for oysters and don't plan on eating much else. My first instinct is to go to Elliott's, but I've been there before and I haven't been to other oyster bars.

So I thought I'd ask you all: Does anyone have experience with the oyster bars at the Brooklyn and/or Shuckers? Any opinions? If I'm looking for just oysters (and not worried about the other food on the menu) where should I go?
thanks!

Oct 17, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Lake Chelan--where to eat

I used to go to Lake Chelan every summer with my family. Then I moved away, and now it's wine country! awesome, except now I have no idea where to go for good food. We need a couple of good places closer to Manson if possible, and breakfast ideas are great too. We'll have a 7-month old with us on some nights, but my husband and I may get a date so an idea for that night would be great.
thanks!

Aug 16, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

2 days in Seattle

I suppose my reading of Trillin would differ from yours. When he refers to "focusing on what is done best locally" he's talking about leaving the Space Needle Restaurant and it's Continental-in-the-Sky restaurant friends out of it. I think Trillin's point is, "don't take me to the 'fine dining restaurant' take me to the place you craved when you were away for a long time." By this standard I can honestly tell you that Le Pichet COMPLETELY fits that bill for me. I couldn't wait to come back for visits to Seattle so that I could eat the chef's pate de campagne with walnuts and honey.

Jun 28, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Where can you buy Hummus in Seattle and who has the best?

that is sad, I agree, but I usually just make my own since it's so easy.

Jun 26, 2007
aaustin in Greater Seattle

2 days in Seattle

That is such a strange reply. Le Pichet isn't comparable to Cafe Boulud or Daniel because those places are not casual, drop-in places. Le Pichet is fantastic at what it is, which is basically a Parisian-style cafe. Daniel is not a Parisian-style cafe. Having lived in NYC I'd say what you should seek out here are the Thai and Vietnamese restaurants, like Green Leaf, of which there are few to none in Manhattan...you have to seek them out in outer boroughs. I'd actually second Harvest Vine except there are such great Spanish restaurants like Tia Pol opening in NYC that HV can't compete. I'd suggest eating as much salmon as you can while you're here, since, chances are, you're eating farmed Atlantic salmon in restaurants out there and that's just not the same thing. I'd also go to any of our great brewpubs. I was horrified at NYC bars and their 3-5 crap beers on tap. Stop into Brouwers in Fremont---they have, what, 500 beers? And great food too.

Jun 26, 2007
aaustin in Pacific Northwest

Where can you buy Hummus in Seattle and who has the best?

I think the Trader Joe's Mediterranean-style (had herbs and pine nuts on top) hummus is by far the best. They also have a tomato-basil version that's completely addictive.

Jun 26, 2007
aaustin in Greater Seattle

One dinner in Detroit

OK, so we're still trying to figure this out. Any other ideas for places you really like near Plymouth? Or even downtown? I actually like going downtown (call me crazy!)
thanks Michigan helpers!

May 23, 2007
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One dinner in Detroit

thanks everyone. Let me know how The Whitney is! Would we need to get pretty dressed up? I ask because in Seattle, you can go pretty much anywhere "sorta" dressed up.

PS---Looks like The Earle isn't open on Sundays, at least according to their website.

May 23, 2007
aaustin in General Midwest Archive

One dinner in Detroit

Hey everyone
My husband and I are visiting next weekend and we want to have a memorable meal! We have a 5 month old baby, so it's been a while since we've had a nice dinner out and since we're visiting grandma and grandpa, we figure this is a good time to get out there.

We were thinking of Tribute, but we only have Sun night and they aren't open that night. Any recommendations? We've been to Atlas downtown and thought it was pretty good, but want to try something new. We'll be in Plymouth but we'd be willing to drive for a really good place with a grown-up atmosphere and not too "clubby" or singles-y, if you know what I mean.
thanks!

May 21, 2007
aaustin in General Midwest Archive

Any dining tips for Spokane?

excellent! that's what i'm looking for.

Jul 20, 2006
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