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Great steak for under 40$

I have eaten at both Canlis and Metropolitan Grill. The best reasonbly priced steak on par with these places in the greater Seattle area is at the Melrose Grill in Renton. Their cuts are consistently better than Jak's, and the most expensive is the porterhouse at $35. Your dad would love this place if he likes the traditional steakhouse vibe.

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Metropolitan Grill
820 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104

Metropolitan Grill
820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Melrose Grill
819 Houser Way Sd, Renton, WA 98055

Oct 23, 2011
jencke in Greater Seattle

Buy goat meat

It's not the eastside, but they sell goat meat at the Tukwila Trading Center on Tukwila International Blvd.

I bet the Tunisian owner of the Butcher Shop Cafe in Kenmore also carries (or can obtain) goat.

Aug 15, 2011
jencke in Greater Seattle

Looking for great sweet/desserts spots

These are all great suggestions....to them I'd have to add the Salvadorean Bakery in the White Center neighborhood. Specifically I'd suggest the tres leches de chocolate (chocolate cake in a cup soaked in three creams, one of which is probably Bailey's, topped with whipped cream), the Maria Luisa torte, the herradura (a flaky pastry in the shape of a horseshoe filled with blueberry paste and sprinkled with sugar), and the sweet tamales with crema.

May 03, 2011
jencke in Greater Seattle

Vegetarian/Vegan in Seattle

That's exactly how I felt about Cafe Flora, word for word. Flashy menu, snobby service, remarkably bland food.

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Cafe Flora
2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Nov 05, 2010
jencke in Greater Seattle

Smoked salmon filet serving suggestions?

I grew up on the Sound in a large Swedish family. I'm not sure if this is the right way to do it, but we always ate smoked filets (we caught and smoked the salmon ourselves) on crisp bread crackers (Wasabrod) with a smear of a Boursin-type spread.

Dec 16, 2009
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Alaskan King Crab Legs

Now I'm intrigued!! I wonder if there's anywhere in Seattle one can buy live king crab. How did you cook it? or transport it, for that matter? I can't imagine driving with a live king crab in my car!

I've heard that processed/frozen lefts have unpleasant tastes. The initial odor notwithstanding, though, the legs my dad brings home are always divine. Not too salty, not overcooked. Of course, he always claims he has the freshest catch, though I don't know how his flash-frozen crab would have been any better than the crab you buy from Fishex.

Oct 25, 2009
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Alaskan King Crab Legs

FWIW, My dad's been a commercial fisherman in Alaska for 30 years. While he doesn't fish for king crab, he often swaps halibut or black cod for king crab legs. When I've defrosted and prepared them, they have ALWAYS smelled extremely fishy.

Incidentally, are you sure the crab's uncooked? As I understand it, they always cook the crab at the processing plant before flash freezing and distributing it. When you cook it, you're really only reheating it. Just throw the thawed legs on a cookie sheet with a little water and cover them loosely with some aluminum foil at 350 for maybe 15-20 minutes.

Oct 24, 2009
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Butcher Shop Cafe; Kenmore, WA

Girlfriend and I went to the Butcher Shop Cafe this evening. We had two marvelous aged porterhouse steaks at $12.99 a pound, grilled with salt, pepper, and cognac butter. Wow.

Oct 17, 2009
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Tell me about Salumi (Seattle)

FYI.... last I checked, Salumi opens at 11am, and you're already facing a long line at 11:30. People start milling around outside the door five minutes before the restaurant opens.

I work in Pioneer Square, but haven't been there in months, so maybe they have changed their hours?

You can also try going after lunchtime, at around 2 or 3pm, but at that point they may have run out of the porchetta.

Jan 25, 2009
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Quintessential Beer Geek Spots in Seattle...

Brouwer's and Über Tavern are the best for beer geeks. The Hopvine has a great rotating selection of microbrews. Beveridge Pub has (or at least used to have) Belgian Tuesdays, where beers like Westmalle Tripel are only $6.

Jan 25, 2009
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Where can I find Banh Xeo and Bun Bo Hue on the Eastside

If you're near Renton, there's a place on Sunset Blvd, pretty close to 405, that serves a pretty delicious, albeit greasy, Banh Xeo for $6. I don't recall the name of the place, but it's next to a gas station, a Herfy's, and some place called the No Bull Saloon.

Jan 25, 2009
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middle eastern groceries in Seattle

10 minutes south, you have plenty of options.

Alhidaya Halal Grocery & Islamic Books‎
15035 Military Rd S, Seatac, WA‎ - (206) 243-1354‎

Tabarak Grocery & Halal Meat‎
15213 Military Rd S, Seatac, WA‎ - (206) 246-0507‎

NW Halal Mediterranean Grocery & Deli
15047 Military Rd S, Seatac, WA‎ - (206) 431-0941‎

Abbul Gaffor Halal Meat Market‎
6053 M L King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA‎ - (206) 722-7931‎

Jan 03, 2009
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Cheap places with character in Seattle (and greater Western WA?)

I'm scratching my head, too, about some of these recommendations... great places, but they don't fall into the Georgetown Drive-In category.

If you have a car, I'd recommend some of these fun cheap places:

Pancake Chef (Tukwila)
Noodle Boat (Issaquah)
XXX Burger (Issaquah)
Caveman BBQ (Kent)
Pabla (Indian, in Renton)
Elliott's Oyster House (Seattle waterfront...oyster happy hour in the bar starting at 3pm)
Than Brothers Pho (locations all over Seattle)
Passeo (amazing sandwiches, Fremont)
Theo Chocolate (get free samples of free trade chocolate, Fremont)
Ha Na (terriyaki/sushi, Broadway)
Romio's (great pizza and salads, multiple locations)
Awash (Ethiopian in Columbia City... terrific suggestion)
El Rincosito ("hole in the wall"...multiple locations, but the carnitas tacos at the Tukwila International Blvd location are the best -- huge chunks of succulent pork -- and currently on sale: recession special -- 69 cents each)

Nov 11, 2008
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Roasted Rabbit Heads

I've never had one, but they're Szechuan... a specialty in the capitol (Chengdu).

Jul 29, 2008
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Portugese Egg Tarts?

I used to eat Portuguese egg tarts in New York... they were amazing. I haven't seen any since I moved back to Seattle in 2003, but I haven't done more than poke my head into half a dozen Chinatown bakeries. I bet there out there somewhere!

Jul 29, 2008
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Best Burger in Tacoma-Seattle?

Great list, Zoogrrrl... I'm looking forward to trying some of these!

Jul 25, 2008
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Best Burger in Tacoma-Seattle?

I'll have to try the Ultra version -- that sounds awesome! I had the regular Quinn's burger the other day... not bad, but definitely not the best thick patty burger in Seattle. Do they always serve the Ultra?

Jul 25, 2008
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Best Burger in Tacoma-Seattle?

Anyone who rates XXX as the best burger in Washington can't be trusted. McDonald's is better.

Jul 25, 2008
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Looking for Jewish Style Deli in Seattle / Tacoma

Yeah, no kidding... I grew up in a Swedish family in West Seattle. We caught our own silver salmon and smoked it on the back porch. That dry stuff you usually find in the market doesn't hold a candle to the real deal.... that said, kippered salmon's the bomb, when done right. Mutual Fish occasionally does it right.

Jul 24, 2008
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Best Thai in Seattle

I second Noodle Boat. I haven't had better Thai in the greater Seattle area, and the menu has some interesting alternatives to the usual.

Jul 22, 2008
jencke in Greater Seattle

Tamarind Tree - gone downhill

I've never been to Tamarind Tree...thanks for the heads-up.

Jul 14, 2008
jencke in Pacific Northwest

West Seattle -- anything new?

I'll let my brother's brother-in-law know you're not a fan of Mission (he owns it... as well as Blackbird)... :)

My brother and I had dinner at Shadowland a few weeks ago. The food was surprisingly above-par; it's expensive for West Seattle, but not for the quality. I went to Ama Ama once for happy hour, and the oysters were incredibly skimpy, as though they'd cut them in half and split them between shells. The lamb sliders were about the size of a White Castle burger, with half the taste. It's shame.... I have fond childhood memories of the space from when it was a Godfather's Pizza (cheese bread, lunch buffet)...and then it became W Seattle's first gay bar, and then Ovio, which was terrific.

Mar 10, 2008
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Seattle: Best bánh xèo?

I had this delicious Vietnamese uber-crepe for the first time last week at a hole in the wall in Renton. Man...what wonderful, greasy deliciousness! Though not as good, it reminded me of the fish tacos at La Floresta in Playa del Carmen, strangely enough.

Now that I have eaten the standard fare, I want to try the best in town. Can anyone recommend a place in Seattle that makes especially tasty bánh xèo?

Mar 10, 2008
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Where to eat cheap in St John USVI?

In spring '07, the last time I was on St. John, the best food BY FAR I ate was at Sweet Plantains (Caribbean) and Aqua Bistro (Med/Italian), both in Coral Bay.

The golden grits at Sweet Plantains are otherworldly. It's a small, modest semi-open-air restaurant with a bedouin-like design. The chef's won a best-in-USVI award for her food. Prince, her husband, works behind the bar.

Little in Cruz Bay stands out for me, with the exception of Margarita Phil's for Mexican, the Grotto Cafe for small breakfast/lunch snacks, and the fruit stand for a banana/strawberry smoothie. Everything else in town ranges from only decent (Cafe Roma, Fish Trap) to utterly disappointing (Woody's, Tap Room, Morgan's Mango, The Lime Inn, Stone Terrace).

Seattle Metropolitan Grill

It's definitely worth the trip if someone else is paying. It's not mind-blowing food. The ambiance is okay, and the service is inconsistent, but will probably be better for a large party with a big tab. The Met has this insanely tall chocolate cake, if you're into that sort of thing.

Sep 04, 2007
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Walla Walla Onion Rings -- YOW!

According to the Burgerville Website: 810 calories, 48 grams of non-saturated fat, 1260 mg of sodium....not TOOOO bad. :) I love onion rings, but Centralia (closest location to Seattle) is a bit too far to drive. Enjoy!

Aug 24, 2007
jencke in Pacific Northwest

[SEA] Ipanema Brazilian Grill?

Plataforma in Manhattan was my introduction to churrascaria (maybe 7 or 8 years ago), and it probably spoiled me for life. I have since had great churrascaria in Rio, but nothing comparable around here.

Aug 21, 2007
jencke in Pacific Northwest

Steaks in Seattle that won't break the bank

Try Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse in Renton, and go on a weeknight (if possible). The steaks are well above-average for the price -- and on the rare occasion, they're excellent. The place is well-suited for kids, too (country music, peanut shells on the floor, large families gnoshing away).

For a bit more ($10), Melrose Grill down the street has far better steaks and a relatively classy atmosphere.

Jun 24, 2007
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BBQ in Seattle, 2007

I learned about Steel Pig from Chowhound.... and it was one of those great finds, at least for my family and friends. Let us know what you think of it.

Jun 20, 2007
jencke in Pacific Northwest

BBQ in Seattle, 2007

I am a native Seattlite with a mother who was born and raised in southeast Texas, and my mom makes heavenly ribs -- ribs that would probably offend someone else's sensibilities. That's all I can compare Seattle BBQ to, and it's not much of a comparison.

I'm not a religious meat man, so I occasionally go for the subpar bone-gnaw...and probably the best plate of ribs I have had in greater Seattle was at Steel Pig BBQ, down by the Seattle Center. None of the others I have tried -- Dixie's, Jones, Dinosaur, Pecos, Porter's, Iron Pig, etc. -- come close.

Jun 20, 2007
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