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Good food near Great Wolf Lodge?

La Tarasca in Centralia is only a short drive away and a must try for Michoacan style Mexican fare.

Sep 25, 2009
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What's Going On at Harvest Vine?

What, then, will happen with Txori?

Sep 05, 2009
Simpatico in Pacific Northwest

BBQ on Eastside

Head east on Hwy 2 a couple of miles past Monroe and visit Old School BBQ, located in a school bus in front of the reptile museum. Texas style mesquite smoked ribs and chicken are standouts, as are the beans and cornbread.

Sep 03, 2009
Simpatico in Greater Seattle

Seattle Meal

Dungeness crab served with a crusty loaf of locally baked bread and a bottle of Washington red wine. Current fave: Abracadabra from Brian Carter Cellars.

Sep 02, 2009
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Best cocktail(s) in Portland

Seeking nominations

Sep 01, 2009
Simpatico in Metro Portland

Where to Birthday my Boyfriend (well actually fiance, but that didn't rhyme) in Seattle?

Cafe Juanita in Kirkland immediately comes to mind. I believe it matches your criteria for "charming, small, quiet with KILLER food and even better wine." For what it's worth, Holly Smith, the chef, is a contestant on the Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" airing in October.

Aug 24, 2009
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Looking for the ultimate eating in Seattle

If you select Poppy, be sure to try their eggplant fries.

Aug 20, 2009
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40th birthday - home dining w/friends - seattle provisions recommendations

Smoked salmon from Gerard & Dominique (available at several area markets).

Hama Hama oysters (at Central Market)

Cheese from the Estrella Family (at University Farmers Market on Saturday, Ballard Farmers Market on Sunday).

If your birthday falls a little later in September, the local chanterelles should be in the farmers markets by then. Sauted with shallots in butter, they are a wonderful accompaniment to a crusty Macrina baguette.

Aug 18, 2009
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Looking for the ultimate eating in Seattle

Noodle Boat would get my vote; however, it's located about 30 minutes east of Seattle in Issaquah (in good traffic). May Thai in Wallingford is also a worthy destination. Here's a link to a recent discussion on the best Thai in Seattle:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/541016

Aug 18, 2009
Simpatico in Greater Seattle

Looking for the ultimate eating in Seattle

I would remove Thai Tom from your list. The quality has gone way downhill in recent months, IMO.

Everything else on your list is a winner. I would strongly recommend Poppy for a Pacific NW meets Indian Thali experience - and not very expensive. I would also add Paseo as one of your affordable meals for a unique take on the Cubano sandwich, among other delicious offerings, at either the Fremont or Shilshole location (Shilshole being more scenic: take your meal across the street and watch the sunset from the marina).

Aug 18, 2009
Simpatico in Greater Seattle

La Tarasca in Centralia. What to order there?

Ditto on terrier's rec. Their homemade corn tortillas are the best I've ever tasted. Prices are not out of line, given the quality of the food.

Aug 18, 2009
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Creamed spinach in Seattle

For some reason, I'm really craving this stuff right now. Who makes a good version of it?

Aug 04, 2009
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sf 'hound needs help. please.

I would check first, but I believe Salumi is closed the week after the 4th of July for their annual vacation.

Jun 15, 2009
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PacNW tour - Olympia/Seattle help

Salumi is closed the week after the 4th of July for their annual family vacation.

Along Chuckanut Drive I recommend the Rhododendron Cafe.

Your travel itinerary (with the exception of the Outlet Malls - not worth the drive, IMO) is spot on. Can I join you!

Jun 13, 2009
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Where can I go (specifically) to forage for chanterelles?

Have you been finding Chanterelles?

Jun 05, 2009
Simpatico in Pacific Northwest

100 Things to Eat and Drink In Portland

#101 - Iced Chocolate from Sahagun.

Jun 05, 2009
Simpatico in Metro Portland

Where can I go (specifically) to forage for chanterelles?

Chanterelles are a fall mushroom and are not available this time of year. If you wish to learn more about foraging for wild mushrooms, please contact the folks at Puget Sound Mycological Society BEFORE you head into the woods.

www.psms.org

May 31, 2009
Simpatico in Pacific Northwest

Seastar's offshoot in Seattle

The Maytag salad/dishwasher connection explained here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maytag_D...

May 31, 2009
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Marysville, WA Area Dining Prospects (within thirty minutes)?

About 15 miles north of Marysville in Arlington is Bistro San Martin, which bills itself as "world inspired regional cuisine". I have had one of the best meals in recent memory there, and will be returning next month. (I reside in the Seattle area). A definite waypoint on my gastro-GPS.

http://www.bistrosanmartin.com/

May 30, 2009
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Great Espresso North of Seattle

Cafe Ladro should fit the bill. The locations in Lynnwood and Bothell are closest to you:

http://www.caffeladro.com/locations.html

May 28, 2009
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Yakima ideas?

Miner's for mongo-sized burgers.

Santiago's for Tex-Mex.

May 26, 2009
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Top Pot vs Voodoo, Boo to Both

I second Daily Dozen at Pike Place Market. (Terrier - you beat me to the punch. What are we doing up at this hour, dreaming about donuts?).

May 23, 2009
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Oysters/other good seafood on way to Olympic Park

I third the nomination for Xinh's in Shelton. Her preparation of pan-fried oysters are some of the best I've ever had. If you are fond of mussels, her curried mussel dish is not to be missed. Thanks for clarifying your destination, skb104. Leper and bluedog67 beat me to the punch!

http://tinyurl.com/c9nwdw

Apr 10, 2009
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Help me impress my husband with Seattle...

Clarification regarding the EDGEWATER recommend:

The name of the restaurant is "67" (or Six-Seven) because the hotel is located at pier 67. The restaurant, and the hotel proper, is literally located "on" the water at said pier. The food, decor and view I concur with staffstuff.

Apr 10, 2009
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Oysters/other good seafood on way to Olympic Park

By "Olympic Park" do you mean the Olympic Sculpture Park affiliated with the Seattle Art Museum, or do you mean Olympic National Park on the Olympic peninsula?

Apr 08, 2009
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LA Hound looking for good food in Olympia

I second Xinh's. It's well worth the 20 mile drive.

If driving isn't an inconvenience, I also recommend heading about 20 miles south to La Tarasca in Centralia for Michoacan style Mex and the best corn tortillas ever!

I have been known to drive from North Seattle, about a 90 mile drive each way, to dine at both of these establishments.

Mar 13, 2009
Simpatico in Pacific Northwest

Is there a frozen pizza worth eating? [Moved from Pacific Northwest]

I'm partial to the California Pizza Kitchen extra-thin crust, Sicilian style. I've been known to use this as a "plate" to hold a salad of micro-greens tossed with a simple vinaigrette.

Mar 06, 2009
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looking for an old fashioned east coast egg roll in seattle

Louie's in Ballard serves an egg roll close to what you describe (at least they used to before it went downhill). Uptown China on lower Queen Anne serves shrimp toast, and some of the best mu shu pork in the area. I find it to be top notch Chinese cuisine, along with its relative: China Village near University Village.

Mar 02, 2009
Simpatico in Pacific Northwest

Where to find pink curing salt in Seattle

Check out this Woodinville-based company. They may offer what you are looking for:

http://www.saltworks.us

Mar 01, 2009
Simpatico in Greater Seattle

French Toast in or around Seattle

The Carmel Pecan French Toast at Cafe Nola on Bainbridge is pretty darn tasty.

Nov 04, 2008
Simpatico in Pacific Northwest