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Baked in Seattle

I may get flagged for this, but I'm just trying to help out! I work for GCB (sales & marketing!) and wanted to let you know that you *can* buy the baguettes we make for Presse at our cafes on a daily basis. They're baked later in the morning, so are only available after noon. They're called "petite semolina baguettes" (we also make a larger version). We're in Pioneer Square, Eastlake and soon to be Burien. They're also being served at Le Pichet, Campagne, Bastille, Re:public and all Ethan Stowell restaurants.

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Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Campagne
86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

Jul 05, 2010
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anniversary

It sounds like you're not going to be here on the weekend, when it would be easier to find a nice breakfast (brunch, really) downtown. For lunch in the market, Cafe Campagne and Matt's in the Market would be my go-to options. Eggs beni and a bloody mary can be had on the cheap weekdays from 9-11 am at both Toulouse Petite and Peso's (sister restaurants next door to one another on Lower Queen Anne). Both offer a "breakfast happy hour" where most menu items are only $6(!), and at Toulouse Petite (I've never brunched at Peso's), they have at least 5 different benedicts to choose from, as well as a full bar. It would be a long walk or a short bus trip away from your hotel. Happy Anniversary!

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Cafe Campagne
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

Queen Anne Cafe
2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Apr 02, 2010
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good food for casual money, plus drinks please

Yes, happy hour (and Cafe Presse, which I like to think of as a constant happy hour!) is your best bet. There are SO many, and it seems like new ones are being added everyday. It's one of the pleasant side effects of this economy. You can check out Brasa, Union, Matt's in the Market, Campagne (and Cafe Campagne) and many, many more for a song.

In addition, there are number of coupon sites that often feature good restaurants - I would suggest signing up for Groupon, Living Social and Tippr, to get started. If you're not already familiar with The Stranger (a local alt-weekly), check it out. They have this thing called "Strangermart" where you can buy restaurant gift certificates for 50% of their face value. They come out with new ones every Wednesday (although there are several that seem to remain constant week-to-week). Last but not least, get yourself a twitter account (if you don't already have one!) and start following some local restaurants. Coastal Kitchen has been known to offer half price "early bird" dinners to their twitter followers on a regular basis, and many restaurants announce special deals here. Facebook too, but twitter seems to be most popular with businesses. With all these deals, I've actually found it hard NOT to be getting some sort of a discount when dining out : ) Happy (cheap) eating!

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Cafe Presse
1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Cafe Campagne
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

Brasa
2107 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Campagne
86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

Coastal Kitchen
429 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Apr 02, 2010
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Coconut M&Ms?

I bought some two weeks ago at the Bartell's in Lower Queen Anne. It seems any Bartell's would be the place to start. Good luck!

Mar 15, 2010
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Eat my way to Leavenworth

Definitely stop at the Sultan Bakery. They have this peanut butter bar thing that is delectable, amongst a large variety of baked goods. They also do breakfast, lunch and dinner - portions are HUGE, and very reasonably priced. My BF and I split a burger, which was more than enough food for two people, at $8.95. The breakfast sandwiches are reported to be good as well. Also in Sultan, there is a meadery (honey wine) where you can stop in for a tasting (as well as a lot of good info about mead, should you be interested). The Maltby Cafe is a bit off of HWY 2, but is also known for huge portions of straightforward food, including a cinammon roll the size of your head (get it, share it, take some to-go if you have to, but don't leave without trying it!).

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Maltby Cafe
8809 Maltby Rd, Snohomish, WA 98296

Nov 03, 2009
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Best Kept Secrets on the Eastside

I can't speak to the food, as I've never eaten there, but I do know that they are under new ownership (within the past 6-9 months, probably). The chef/owner is Ryan Donaldson, a seemingly ambitious young chef. I think his father is his financial business partner, but he runs the restaurant by himself for the most part. It's a very cute spot, great for a date night if you're on the eastside. Nothing fishy going on that I know of. More info here: http://www.stonehouseredmond.com/The_...

Aug 17, 2009
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Best Cheap Eats and Happy Hours? In town for 2 days.

After my experience at Brasa last night, I have to add them to my list of recommended happy hours. For $40 (before tip), 2 of us ate VERY well - paella, steak sandwich, fries, serrano ham crostini, doughnuts and a glass of wine each. It's not the cheapest happy hour around, but the value to quality ratio is quite good. It's downtown/belltown on 3rd and Lenora - www.brasa.com.

Aug 06, 2009
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Best Cheap Eats and Happy Hours? In town for 2 days.

For happy hour, I woud recommend Poppy, which is on Capitol Hill. They do "mini-thalis" for $5 at happy hour, which is a great deal. The thali is an Indian concept where you get several tastes of different dishes on one (very adorable) plate. The food is Indian influenced, but definitely not traditional Indian. www.poppyseattle.com

Also, according to the Times this morning, Pair has a decent happy hour. It's a neighborhood bistro, pretty close to where it sounds like you're staying. I haven't been, but it's on my list. www.pairseattle.com

Also, as has already been mentioned, Cafe Presse is a must do for anyone in the city on a budget (or not) who likes delicious, simple French food. It's pretty much my favorite place ever.

PS: you can pretty much wear whatever you want anytime, anywhere in Seattle. Coming from NYC, you'll be shocked at what is deemed appropriate.

Aug 05, 2009
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Molly Moon's-Capitol Hill (Seattle)

I too was underwhelmed by Molly Moon's ice cream - I visited the Wallingford location back when they first opened and then the Capitol Hill location this past weekend. I don't remember what I had the first time (not a good sign, as good food experiences stick with me forever) but this time I tried the coffee and the chocolate with caramel sauce. The coffee did indeed have grounds in it, which must be intentional. It wasn't bad, but I would prefer smooth and creamy. The chocolate was "eh", entirely unremarkable (although not bad). My friend had the salted caramel, which was reported to also be WAY too salty. I left thinking, this is what I get for $7 (!!!) and a 30 minute wait? No, thank you.

Jul 22, 2009
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Fresh made mozzarella in SEA?

Met Market also makes their own in their cheese department. I can't speak to its worthiness, but it could be a convenient option, depending on where you live.

Jul 13, 2009
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Bastille in Ballard -- Reports?

Sounds like this might be attributable to opening day jitters - Sunday was their first ever brunch service. I know that doesn't necessarily make up for pricey, lackluster food, but I think there's a good chance that brunch service will improve in the coming weeks and months.

Jul 06, 2009
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Best Bang for Your Buck in Seattle?

Cafe Presse on Capitol Hill for yummy yummy French food.Their all day cafe menu is ridiculously affordable ($6 for a croque monsieur!). Their dinner specials are also quite affordable. They also have cheap wine by the glass and pichet (mini pitchers). The atmosphere is quaint and casual. I'm embarassed to admit that I have never eaten at their sister restaurant, Le Pichet, which is downtown. I hear it's also quite lovely. I would definitely hit one of the two.

Apr 15, 2009
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Looking for Good Burger in Seattle

It is kind of intense, but it's a small-ish burger, which helps to balance out the richness of ingredients. The brioche bun is only about 2-3 inches in diameter. The patty is pretty thick though. Definitely go hungry : ) As for the fries, they are delicious - I'm a terrible estimator of size, but I want to say they are about 1/4 inch wide? Similar to the ones at Cafe Presse, if you've had them.

Mar 30, 2009
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stumptown vs cafe vita

I think you are thinking of the wrong Vita. Vita is a roaster as well as retailer. They have a similar business model to Stumptown - both have retail shops as well as a very developed wholesale business. The main difference is that Stumptown was started in Portland, while Vita was started in Seattle. Both sell their coffees to various restaurants around Seattle. I won't get involved in the debate about whose coffee is better, I think they're both respectable.

Mar 30, 2009
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Urbane

You're welcome! I think they're running behind schedule for opening (what's new?). I met with the chef and sous chef sometime in September (I work for a local wholesale vendor) and it sounded like they had some interesting ideas. Of course, like everyone these days, they were trying to source everything locally and highlight that on their menu. I totally support the concept, but you really have to be doing something innovative to for anyone to think that's special these days (which says a lot about how far we've come on that issue).

Feb 13, 2009
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Urbane

Haven't been or heard because it's not quite open yet. I did get this little nugget from daily candy's weekend guide this morning:
EAT
Urbane Restaurant Opens
What: Hyatt at Olive 8’s swanky oasis opens its doors with tasty Northwest offerings and a sleek city aesthetic.
Why: Lamb osso bucco, Alaskan black cod hot pot, and steelhead with butternut squash.
When: Opens Sun. Daily, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; bar, 10 a.m.-close.
Where: 1635 Eighth Ave. (206-676-4600).

Feb 12, 2009
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Best sandwiches in Bellingham?

Head to Avenue Bread ASAP!!! They have a location in Fairhaven as well as the original downtown. When I was a very thrifty college student those sandwiches were one of the few items I would spend my (very few) dining dollars on. Now that I have graduated and moved to Seattle, Avenue Bread and Sirena Gelato (in Fairhaven) are the two places I always try to hit when I am in town!

Belltown Blues

There is apparently a Spanish restaurant group from Washington DC that is going to take over the Cascadia spot. Here's an article from Nancy Leson w/ all the details: http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com...

Nov 13, 2008
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Cheap places with character in Seattle (and greater Western WA?)

Unfortunately, I believe Crave closed last week. Sad story, because I too enjoyed their brunches!

Nov 11, 2008
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Georgetown Truck Stop (SEA)

UPDATE: Just drove by on my way out to lunch today. I was surprised and happy to see a note on the door this time. It says "closed for remodeling, sorry for the trouble" or something to that effect. Didn't say for how long or even that they would be re-opening, although I'm hoping that's implied. I will keep checking back now that I've seen my glimmer of hope. I'm curious to see if it's the same owners or if it has been sold to new people. I'll post my findings and hope others around the neighborhood will as well!

Sep 17, 2008
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Capitol Hill Breakfast?

You might want to try being a bit more specific, but here are a few favorites on the hill:

Glo's
Crave
Cafe Presse (they have breakfasty items available all day, though I don't think there is a specific breakfast menu)
Broadway Grill weekend brunch...not because the food is that great, but because for $12.50 you can eat as much of it as you want AND a mimosa is included.

Sep 11, 2008
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Recommendations for tourists from Seattle (one vegetarian, one omnivore)

Thanks for the links!

Georgetown Truck Stop (SEA)

Thanks for the tips, I almost forgot about the falafel truck! I've never actually seen it and keep forgetting to look...will do soon. I am lucky enough to make it to Skillet every so often. I can pass off the long wait as some sort of customer service measure (I work for Grand Central, their bread vendor).

Aug 30, 2008
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Georgetown Truck Stop (SEA)

Thanks for the update, but SO SAD to hear it. It would be great if someone else would take over, but James and Stephanie's friendly demeanor was a big part of the experience.

Aug 30, 2008
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Recommendations for tourists from Seattle (one vegetarian, one omnivore)

Two Seattle girls will be visiting in the fall and are in need of some restaurant recommendations. We will only be in town for the weekend, unfortunately, but would like to have some great food experiences. I've just started to do some casual research but I would love input from some locals. We're staying at the Milner Hotel (78 Charles Street S), but are willing and able to travel as far as the public transportation (or cabs) can take us. The biggest limitation here is that one of us is a vegetarian, one an omnivore. Looking for breakfast/brunch, lunch, dinner and even happy hour. We are looking for one upscale dinner venue as well as several more casual options for the other meals. Thanks in advance, Boston chowhounders!

Georgetown Truck Stop (SEA)

I haven't ventured too far down into the Boeing Field area or South Park as my lunch break is only 30 minutes. I know there are some great options in Georgetown proper, but as far as quick, super close places (to approx 1st Ave and Hudson), I haven't found too many. I've been wanting to try Smarty Pants, but again, time is an issue. Pig Iron is decent, but BBQ isn' t really my thing. Never heard of Maruta's. What kind of food/scene is it? Can it be had in 30 minutes or less? Any good SODO suggestions that fit the same bill?

Aug 26, 2008
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Georgetown Truck Stop (SEA)

I am just wondering if anyone knows the story with the Georgetown Truck Stop. I have stopped by a few times over the last couple weeks (as has a co-worker) and each time we have found it closed during normal business hours. I peeked in the windows just now and saw the cash register and espresso machine unplugged and out of place. There are some cleaning buckets on the porch, but no notes or clues as to what is going on. I am going to be really bummed if they are closed for good, as their sandwiches are a beacon of light in an otherwise deserted lunch scene around the SODO/Georgetown area. I am hoping that someone knows the answer??? Even more so, I'm hoping the answer is that they are closed for remodeling, vacation or something and forgot to leave a note. I am hopeful, but fearing for the worst...

Aug 26, 2008
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Something low-key near Town Hall

I don't know about inexpensive or unpretentious (I've never eaten there), but the new Rustic Ristorante is very close by at 1106 8th Ave. It's Italian, recently reopened, replaced Geneva. You can check out their website and see if it even comes close to meeting your needs: http://www.rusticaseattle.com/.

Jun 20, 2008
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SEA - Father's Day lunch spot

Thanks for the suggestions, there are some good options here!

Jun 11, 2008
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SEA - Father's Day lunch spot

I am trying to come up with the perfect spot to take my dad for lunch on father's day. He will not be impressed by chic or fancy places, but would appreciate good food, and maybe a nice view of the water (the closer he can be to boats, the better). He's your basic meat and potato loving guy. My veg-aquarium (no meat, but will eat fish) sister will also be joining us. I'm looking for someplace that meets these requirements:

1) open on Sundays for lunch
2) relatively inexpensive (average entree price for lunch cannot exceed $20)
3) has at least a few fish or no meat options

If it could meet these requirements, I'd be even happier:

1) downtown
2) water view

Any suggestions?

Jun 11, 2008
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