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Best Coffee in Seattle????

I'm all about french press.... or melita for my drip brew.... depending on the roast!! I have heard about the aeropress, and will give that a try too with your suggestions, RandyB....

Terrier, thanks for the suggestion! I'll give Vavace a try for sure!!!! :)

Dec 15, 2010
DLow in Greater Seattle

Best Coffee in Seattle????

Hahaha.... I appreciate the reply! I was barista in the bay area before moving to Phoenix and am used to personalizing my drinks from the 10 years in SF. The dry capp is really espresso topped with foam and a splash of milk.... and by dark chocolate, I meant the espresso being smooth and flavorful.... not bitter and with a strong after taste of dirt!??! Does that make more sense?

I also worked for Starbucks for a few years, and not a big fan of their new style either. Just a doppio espresso doesn't taste right to me, and I've heard the new machines are all automatic, thus bringing the standards of the shots to a lower level than when they are hand pulled.

I'll give the lighter roasts a try too, but it I am wondering if I'm just too picky and need to take it down a notch.... or just find a goof turkish coffee place :)

Thanks guys!!!!

Dec 15, 2010
DLow in Greater Seattle

Road trip Seattle to San Francisco

This may be a bit too much out of the way, but if you can make it through Fort Bragg, they have some amazing views of the coast, great restaurants, and an local ice cream parlor to die for!!!

The ice cream parlor is cowlicksicecream.com

Some great restaurants if you have the time to check them out are as follows:

eggheadsrestaurant.com - great breakfast treats!!

http://www.fortbraggbakery.com/ - amazing local foods and great owners!

Los Gallitos - even the reviews say it consistently... great chicken toacs, house made horchata, and chips!!!!

There are many more in that town, and with such friendly residents, I am sure you can ask around and find other hidden treasures!

Hope this helps , and enjoy the trip!

Dec 14, 2010
DLow in Greater Seattle

Best Coffee in Seattle????

So, moving here from Phoenix, AZ, I was excited to enjoy great coffee at all the local shops. I am sad to say that I have only found one barista (Andrew... who deserves all of his coffee competition awards!) at Urban Coffee Lounge in Kirkland/Juanita that meets my espresso/coffee standards.... everywhere else either burns the shot, tamps too hard, or just doesn't know how to adjust the grind... I need some great places in and around Seattle... places that when you order a quad, 16oz, dry capp, it tastes like foam over dark chocolate!!!! Please let me know what coffee shop treasures you all have found!!!

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Urban Coffee Lounge
9744 NE 119th Way, Kirkland, WA 98034

Dec 13, 2010
DLow in Greater Seattle

My Brother's Birthday Dinner

I am looking for a place to take my brother out for dinner tonight that we have never been to. I was thinking of something similar to Tarbell's or Rancho Pinot style.... great food, local ingredients, and friendly/welcoming staff with plenty of good wine.

Anyone know of some newer or undiscovered places in the valley with that type of atmosphere?

THANKS!

Jan 29, 2009
DLow in Southwest

Phoenix's Best Beer

I've been there a few times, but totally spaced on their beers!!! Thanks for the reminder :-) We're heading there this afternoon!

Nov 08, 2008
DLow in Phoenix

Phoenix's Best Beer

Thanks, guys! I will try to check them all out within the next few weeks. I live in Arcadia, so will probably try Papago's first.

Nov 06, 2008
DLow in Phoenix

Phoenix's Best Beer

I am looking for good places to grab some local or specialty brews. Any suggestions?

Some of the places I already know about are Cornish Pasty in Tempe, Four Peaks around the Valley, and Delux... I have just got into the beer side of drinking and am looking for new places to broaden my beer horizons.

Nov 06, 2008
DLow in Phoenix

Phoenix - What else is near Bianco's?

Cibo's is close, and great food! Here's the link....

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Cibo
603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 850103

Jul 25, 2008
DLow in Southwest

Fast, high-quality food in Phoenix

Zoe's is healthy, but is the blandest food I have ever had at a restaurant. They have taken the idea of simple, clean ingredients to the extreme... I think they don't believe in flavor. I go there when I have to, but Pita Jungle is much tastier for the type of food and speed of service.

Jul 25, 2008
DLow in Phoenix

Best Scottsdale/Phoenix Seafood

Thank you!! Very helpful.... taking them out tomorrow night and thinking of Salt Cellar just to give it a try...

I'm also excited to try a lot of the places mentioned in those two articles within the next few weeks...

Jul 25, 2008
DLow in Southwest

Best Scottsdale/Phoenix Seafood

Looking for the best seafood in Scottsdale for my grandparents coming to town. I really haven't had anything, in the 10yrs I've been in Phoenix, that has grabbed me when it comes to seafood dishes that aren't sushi. Looking forward to some good suggestions.

Jul 24, 2008
DLow in Southwest