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Coming to Seattle for New Years

I'd echo a lot of these comments. I would pass on Tavolata, Sea Star, and Tanakasan. I've been overwhelmed at all. Mistral is definitely hit or miss, so it's a good choice, but I think you could do better. I don't think you can go wrong with either the Whale Wins or Boat Street, but I personally would opt for Boat Street.

Lunch at Il Corvo is a great call. Also, you might consider Sitka & Spruce instead of Tanakasan, which is close to the downtown core. I saw Le Pichet thrown out as an idea as well. I think it's a great option for a nice, but not over-the-top dinner.

And, if you can swing Walrus & Carpenter, do it, but arrive early or risk waiting forever. As an alternate, grab oysters at Taylor Shellfish before dinner at Sitka & Spruce.

Just my 2 cents. But it sounds like you'll have a great time!

Nov 14, 2013
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Visiting Seattle, Looking for reco on a wine shop that carries a diverse

It's also close to Garagiste, which just launched a small shop at their warehouse... won't be big on local stuff, but might be an interesting visit, none-the-less.

Dec 12, 2012
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Anyone been to Rione XIII?

I'm not much of an Ethan Stowell fan and my visit to Rione XIII did not change my opinion. If you like his style, you'll probably like this new place. For me, I'd rather get my Italian fix from Spinasse and my pizza from Via Tribunali or Bar del Corso. It's been a few months since I tried it, but from what I recall service was slow and the food was salty. Did you ever end up giving it a try? What was your verdict?

Dec 08, 2012
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Two Special Special Restaurants for January

Agreed. I was just at Canlis and it was not dark. Instead of Staple and Fancy you could do Spinasse or Book Bindery as well.

Dec 08, 2012
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Caspian (Bellevue)

This place is great. The kebabs, rice, and yogurt are all top notch.
I wish the bread was a little thicker, like pita, but it's the best persian I've found near Seattle.
My favorite of all time is Moby Dick's in Washington, DC.

Nov 26, 2012
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Crumble and Flake

No I haven't... I'll have to check it out this weekend!

Jul 13, 2012
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Crumble and Flake

I actually wasn't very impressed. we had several things, including the plain croissant and some of the sweet stuff, but we had to wait close to an hour, for a line that was only 15 people long. I think it's great to have a bakery in the hood, but it's faster to drive to West Seattle, wait in the line at Bakery Nouveau and then drive back (Plus, you can get actual bread at BN). It might be different on the weekdays, but it's nuts on the weekend. If I were walking by, there were no line, and I wanted something sweet, I'd definitely stop in, but it's just not worth the trip in my opinion. That said, I'm not really a huge cream puff person, so if that's there specialty, than maybe that's why I was disappointed.

I have seen kouign amann at Bakery Nouveau as well, but it's a specialty item, I think they only make it during certain times of the year.

Jul 13, 2012
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San Francisco Hound Coming to Seattle: Please Critique My List for the Emerald City!!!

Looks like a solid line-up!
As for Spinasse, I think everything there is phenomenal. If you bring your appetite, you can taste everything on the menu, but if you're not quite that hungry, you can do a sample of all of the appetizers. Either way, since you're skipping Salumi, I'd recommend the Pio Tosino. It's a huge plate of fine prosciutto and works well as a starter.

May 05, 2012
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Restaurant Zoe

Glad you enjoyed it Charles. I recently ate their with my wife and had the exact opposite experience. The service was abysmal, the food was mediocre, and I definitely expected more for the price.

I loved them when they were down in Belltown and was excited for them to move up to the hill, but it will be a while before I decide to venture back. Hopefully my experience was an isolated incident.

May 03, 2012
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San Francisco Hound Coming to Seattle: Please Critique My List for the Emerald City!!!

I honestly know nothing about the deserts at Staple & Fancy. I think it's really up to you. It sounds like you're determined to eat at Staple & Fancy, but if it were up to me, I'd just eat more at Walrus & Carpenter. Finishing with one of their cheeses is a nice way to round things out in my book.

May 03, 2012
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need suggestions for where to eat and what to do this weekend

I'd consider Via Tribunali in Capitol Hill. The pizza is traditional Neopolitan style and is the best in the city, IMO. It's a fun place, if a little dark, right in the heart of the Capitol Hill Nightlife, where it's a short walk to Barrio or Poquitos for a pre- or post-dinner margarita. The food at the two Mexican restaurants isn't my favorite, but they should be able to give you a good drink.

Presse is also a really fun spot. It's casual, but they have great traditional french table wine (by the carafe) and great bistro fare... also in Capitol Hill.

For a little bit more of a metropolitan feel, you could hit up Happy Hour at RN 74 downtown, or if the weather is nice, the patio at Pink Door in the market. I also think you might enjoy something like Wild Ginger. It's right downtown and is a bit of a Seattle fixture, if perhaps a bit touristy.

I'd also highly encourage you to stroll through the market. There are lots of great snack spots and it's a free way to get a feel for Seattle. Stop by Beecher's for some Mac and Cheese and head to the Tasting Room to sample some Washington wines.

Apr 27, 2012
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San Francisco Hound Coming to Seattle: Please Critique My List for the Emerald City!!!

You'll find Mack and Jack's and Manny's at most places around Seattle, so if you just want to try a lot of local beers, you can do that without actually visiting the breweries. Some of my favorite tasting rooms in the Seattle area are: Fremont Brewing, Hales Ales, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, and Elysian.

Apr 24, 2012
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How did I do with my dinner plans? (and a couple other questions.)

I think those are some pretty solid choices. You'll be able to walk to Etta's and to Spinasse, but Book Bindery and Staple and Fancy will require a cab or bus. If you wanted to stay closer to the downtown area, I'd reconsider Mistral Kitchen. It's close by and when it's good, it's very good (although it can be a bit hit-or-miss). And if you're interested in sushi, Shiro's is close-by in the Belltown area. For oysters, you could hit-up Taylor Shellfish, just on the other side of I-5, especially if you can get there during happy hour.

Macrina is in the Belltown area. It's a solid Seattle bakery, if you're looking for ideas outside of the market that are fairly close-by. Up on Capitol Hill (within walking distance), Crumble and Flake may also be open when you come visit, I'd consider that as an option as well.

Apr 20, 2012
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San Francisco Hound Coming to Seattle: Please Critique My List for the Emerald City!!!

I love the restaurants on Capitol Hill, but if you're staying in Ballard, I'd recommend not making the trek all the way over. There are plenty of good places in Ballard, Queen Anne, Fremont, and Downtown to make it worth your while for 3 days.

Also, if you do decide to come to Capitol Hill, I'd pass on Poppy. Restaurant Zoe, Cascina Spinasse, or Sitka and Spruce, or Quinns are all better options, IMO.

I'd also consider swapping out Staple & Fancy for Golden Beetle, Tilth, Book Bindery, Revel, or somewhere else. It's literally in the same building as Walrus and Carpenter and it will just remind you of how much better Walrus and Carpenter was.

If you're going to be by Safeco on a weekday, I'd stop into Salumi for lunch. Much better than anything you'll get at the game and fairly close by.

For cocktails, I'd skip Ba Bar, but +1 Canon and Needle & Thread if you're going to be in Capitol Hill.

And for coffee, I'd make sure to put Stumptown on the list for coffee, Vivace on for Espresso, and Victrola for either.

Hope that helps.

Thanks,
Austin

Apr 17, 2012
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Graduation Dinner with Dad

Unfortunately, Oceanaire closed like 2 years ago... Blueacre now occupies the space, but I wouldn't bother with it. There are better places, IMO.

Apr 16, 2012
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What to eat for a first-timer to Seattle?

Just ate at the Book Bindery for the first time this weekend. I was very pleased. I would definitely consider adding it to your list. As for Madison Park Conservatory, I think you can do better. I want to like that place and have had some great meals there, but I've also had some really disappointing ones. The chef there used to work under Matt Dillion (Sitka & Spruce and Corson Building), so I'd suggest going to one of those instead.

Apr 16, 2012
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What to eat for a first-timer to Seattle?

Personally, I'd skip:
Dahlia Lounge
Matt's in the Market
Spring Hill
Anchovies & Olives
Tavolata
Crush
Spur Gastropub
Skillet Diner
Ray's Boathouse
Lola

And I'd consider adding some of these:
Corson Building (Also by Matt Dillion of Sitka and Spruce)
Cascina Spinasse (Best Italian IMHO)
Bar del Corso (Great Pizza)
Ba Bar (Vietnamese Street Food)
Cafe Presse
Golden Beetle (Also by Maria Hines of Tilth)
Quinn's (My favorite Gastropub)
Trophy Cupcakes
Bakery Nouveau
Chez Shea
Serious Biscuit
Mistral Kitchen
Shiro's
Nishino
Via Tribunali

Apr 13, 2012
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Downtown Bistro

I don't know if you've made up your mind or not, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in as well. I love Chez Shea. It's got great food, amazing atmosphere and a very competent wait staff. I like Cafe Campagne as well, but for different reasons. If I had to pick just one for dinner, I'd have to choose Chez Shea. I'd also keep an eye out for the scallops and the beef medallions... they are two of my favorite dishes there.

Apr 11, 2012
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YYC Hound back for a visit.

I am going to have to 100% agree with gingershelley. I live RIGHT next to both of those restaurants and have had the same disappointments with both. I love the space and the idea of both of them, but the execution just doesn't do it for me.

I would also +1 the Bar del Corso suggestion and throw in Sitka & Spruce (with a few oysters at Taylor Shellfish beforehand) to the list.

Apr 11, 2012
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Need rec for dinner

Mistral Kitchen is close and good, but not particularly funky or eclectic. Pasta Freska might be a good choice too, but it's not exactly a varied cuisine. Chez Shea might be a good option, but it might push the upper end of your price range, depending on what you order.

Just a few ideas.

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Chez Shea
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

Pasta Freska
1515 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Aug 05, 2011
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If you could only eat in five Seattle restaurants for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

In no particular order:
Via Tribunali
Sitka and Spruce
Nishino
Hi Spot
Chez Shea

Honorable mention: Spinasse, Spring Hill, 5 Guys Burgers, and Hole in the Wall BBQ

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Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Chez Shea
94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

Spinasse
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Nishino
3130 E Madison St Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98112

Via Tribunali
317 W Galer St, Seattle, WA 98119

Jul 22, 2011
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Best places in Seattle for dining al fresco

Madison Park Cafe for brunch and Madison Park Conservatory for dinner.

Jul 22, 2011
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one night in seattle - 30th birthday

Corson Building... I emphatically second that recommendation. I also love Cascina Spinasse, but if you're coming this weekend, I'd pass on anything in Capitol Hill, as the block party will be in full swing.

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Cascina Spinasse
1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

The Corson Building
5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Jul 22, 2011
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Lobster in Seattle for an ex-New Englander?

There's also somewhere like the Capitol Grille... I'm an ex New Englander as well, and I haven't found anything like the kick-ass lobster rolls and roadside lobster shacks of home. Many places try to pass Pacific Lobster off as real lobster, but it's just not the same. The old Oceanaire did a decent lobster, but that's closed and is now Blueacre. Blueacre's okay, but nothing special... Capitol Grille won't blow your mind either, but it might be enough of a fix to keep you going until you can get back to NE.

You're best bet though is to cook it yourself.

Jul 22, 2011
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Madison Park Conservatory?

We were here about two weeks ago and it was fantastic.

A good mix of creative dishes and more conventional fare.

We started with some oysters, which were delightful in the fantastic mignonette . Then we had the Ceasar salad, which was excellently prepared and the octopus bruschetta. The bruschetta was the highlight of our small plates: tender and flavorful.

For our entree, my wife and I shared a Kind salmon dish that was superb.

We did not stay for desert, but I was very impressed by their wine list. A great selection of french wines at fairly reasonable prices. We had a bottle of Chablis that paired well with our entire meal.

I would definitely go back again. In fact, I think I will tonight.

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Ceasars Restaurant
3621 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, WA 98310

Jun 03, 2011
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Great Happy Hours

I'm off this week and looking to take advantage of some great happy hours. Whether it's for food or cocktails, beer or wine, early or late. I've got the time to make the most of all of them and I'm looking for suggestions.

I love Via Tribunali's late night $5 pizza happy hour, but what are some of your favorites?

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Via Tribunali
317 W Galer St, Seattle, WA 98119

Aug 09, 2010
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Poppy or Spring Hill?

I 100% agree with landguy. I live two blocks from Poppy and want to like it, but I've been 4 times and haven't been impressed on any occasion. Spring Hill on the other hand is somewhere I continue to return. I wouldn't say that I haven't been disappointed a few times at Spring Hill, but for me it's no question: Spring Hill is a better choice. And get some oysters. However, I have noticed it can get loud at times.

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Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Aug 07, 2010
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Best new restaurants of 2009

I hadn't heard of Rizzo's before, but looking at the menu, it sounds good. I love that the only have 3 items (http://www.rizzosfrenchdip.com/). I'll have to check it out:
Here at Rizzo's, we serve one thing; French Dips. Every sandwich comes with a side of macaroni salad, made fresh daily from Grandma Dinah's recipe.

The Original (no cheese).......... $7.00
Cheese (American or Swiss).... $ .75
Soda (can) or Water (bottle)..... $1.00

Best new restaurants of 2009

Seeing as we are now in 2010, I thought this might be a good time to gather the collected wisdom of the hounds and pull together a list of the best restaurants to open in 2009.

What are your picks?

Any East Coast style Chinese food in Seattle?

My wife and I moved from DC about 4 years ago, but we both grew up in CT, so we are familiar with "East Coast Chinese." There really isn't any here. Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon is about as close as I've found. Give it a whirl and see what you think, just don't get your hopes up.

Jan 05, 2010
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