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D.C. Visitor to Seattle

Thank you for the update. It has been several years since I visited the Bainbridge Island Winery and it sounds like the viticultural business has certainly picked up there - as it has throughout much of the state.

Sep 10, 2009
Roo in Greater Seattle

D.C. Visitor to Seattle

Bainbridge Island has, to my knowledge, only one winery, but it does offer some fine wines. For more variety consider a trip to Woodinville (about 30 minutes northeast of Seattle in good traffic) which has tasting rooms for over 40 Washington wineries (the grapes for which are mostly grown in the arid eastern part of the state).
http://www.woodinvillewinecountry.com/

For seafood, Anthony's offers an all you can eat Dungeness crab feed on Sundays.

Sep 08, 2009
Roo in Greater Seattle

Seattle October 22 – 26

At Pike Place I recommend I Love New York Deli for an authentic east coast style sandwich. But, truth be told, I'm equally as happy eating mini-donuts from the stall next door, The Daily Dozen (I like mine plain; they don't need anything else on them, IMO).

At Ballard Sunday Market I like Anita's Crepes or Veraci Pizza.

It's been awhile since I've been to the U District Saturday Market. Perhaps someone else can weigh in on that one.

Sep 08, 2009
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Seattle October 22 – 26

For Italian comfort food in the downtown area, I recommend Tulio or Assaggio.

Your Friday plan is sound by concentrating your effort in the Market area. You can't go wrong with any of your choices.

Since you will be on Bainbridge Island on Saturday, I recommend lunch at Lola. Dahlia would work better for Sunday dinner. Be advised that the University District, while easily accessible by bus from downtown, is in the opposite direction of the ferry terminal to Bainbridge. If you end up going to Crush for dinner (located east of downtown in the Madison Valley), this could make for a long day,

On Sunday, since you will be in the Ballard neighborhood, I recommend you check out the Ballard Sunday Market instead of the Capitol Hill market. You will find, however, many of the same vendors you encountered at the University District market on Saturday.

Finally, "Pike's Peak" is in Colorado, "Pike Place Market" aka "The Market" is in Seattle. (Just so you don't stick out too much as an out-of-towner!).

Sep 01, 2009
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Pizza in Manhattan

Thank you, Kathryn, for your very specific and well-conceived response. I've been duly educated, since I'm a neophyte at such matters. All the chatter in the Pacific Northwest is about how you can't get decent, NY-style pizza out here (with a notable exception of Apizza Scholls in Portland, Ore. - a coal-fired operation that I've yet to try). For the record, my preferences gear towards thin crust with fewer toppings, coal or wood-fired, and that special NY-style red sauce that I've heard tastes so much better on the East Coast . . .

Sep 15, 2008
Roo in Manhattan

Pizza in Manhattan

Seattle 'hound heading to NYC in a couple of weeks. Will be staying in the Bryant Park neighborhood. What pizza is not to be missed? I want the quintessential NY style pizza experience that can't be had in the Pacific Northwest. Mille grazie!

Sep 15, 2008
Roo in Manhattan

Clover coffee brewers (SEA)

The Hwy 99 & 220th Starbucks in Edmonds has a Clover.

Sep 15, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

PDX CheepChees

Trader Joe's is my go-to spot for affordable cheese.

Sep 11, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Places to buy specialty chocolate near Seattle?

I believe Central Market carries Michel Cluizel.

Sep 11, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

SEA late night eats - not 13 Coins

Any suggestions?

Sep 09, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace - the annual trek

If you're willing to take a short trek into Shoreline., I highly recommend Grinders for their phenomenal sandwiches. It's about 1/2 mile south of the Snohomish/King County line on Hwy 99:

http://www.grindershotsands.com/

Sep 09, 2008
Roo in Greater Seattle

Curry leaves in Seattle?

I believe this is the place you are thinking about:

http://seattle.citysearch.com/profile...

Sep 03, 2008
Roo in Greater Seattle

Breakfast at/near Seattle Center

I ended up going to the 5 Point, mainly due to its proximity to the Center. The place definitely qualifies as a dive, but the bacon and thick sliced rye toast I had were tasty. Thanks, mrnelso!

Aug 25, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Northgate-area restaurant? (SEA)

There's a new place that recently opened on Northgate Way called Saffron Grill (in the old Berkshire Grill location). Apparently it's Mediterranean-themed. I haven't been yet, can anyone else comment on this place?

Aug 25, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Breakfast at/near Seattle Center

Are these places open for breakfast on a weekday?

Aug 21, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Breakfast at/near Seattle Center

Are there any good breakfast spots near the Seattle Center, say within 2 to 3 blocks in any direction?

Aug 21, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Lunchbox Laboratory

Because they are closed on Tuesdays . . .

Aug 20, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

A Trip South: Destination Rockaway OR

Centralia: La Tarasca for lunch or dinner. Authentic Michoacan-style Mexican fare and the best homemade corn tortillas you'll ever eat.

Rockaway: Karla's Smokehouse for fish-n-chips and other smoked fish to go.

Aug 14, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Challenge finding east coast favorites in Seattle

I second Roxy's Deli for pastrami, which I tried for the first time last night. Served on light rye with a slathering of good mustard, it was moist and smoky flavored without the acrid, overly-peppered patina found in most deli versions. The accompanying potato salad, however, was merely so-so; not great, but not bad either. I am definitely looking forward to going back to try that sandwich again . . .

Aug 08, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Frozen custard in Bonney Lake

Hot news flash: I have been informed by a very well placed source that the owners are currently negotiating a lease in the Capitol Hill/1st Hill area and the new store is slated to open by next spring . . .

Aug 06, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Columbia River Gorge (Literally!)

Wind River Cellars on the Washington side should fit your requirements:

http://www.windrivercellars.com/index...

Jul 28, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Opal: Among Seattle's Best!

You had me at Diver Scallop with Morels. I will heartily persuade my dining buddies to join me at this place, based on your recommendation.

Jul 25, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Seattle to Vancouver, BC

For a scenic detour, try the Rhododendron Cafe on Chuckanut Drive. Their constantly changing menu is currently serving Northwest summer fare:

http://rhodycafe.com/

Jul 16, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

First Post! Vegas Chowhound in PN. 2 weeks

Just so there's no confusion, Salumi is located in Seattle . . .

Jul 14, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

HELP - BIG CHALLENGE!!

At the Beaverton Round there is Typhoon! for Thai food. If that doesn't fit the bill there is also the Italian themed Mingo.

Jun 30, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

Top Chef-Puerto Rico

If you check out Antonia's chef bio page it says she's "still cooking" even though it's been a week since she "packed her knives" . . .

Jun 11, 2008
Roo in Food Media & News

Top Chef-Puerto Rico

Something to think about: Antonia's bio on the Bravo Top Chef site has her listed as "still cooking".

Hmmmm.....

Jun 05, 2008
Roo in Food Media & News

Top Chef-Puerto Rico

<AND what's with next week's preview saying, "The most shocking Top Chef winner yet!"

hmm, they can't possibly be alluding to Lisa winning this, no?>

Just throwing this out there . . . maybe they will be bringing BACK a more deserving cheftestant (Dale, Andrew, Jennifer) for the final competition. I'm reminded of the most recent "Next Food Network Star" competition when one of the leading two contenders was ousted for going 'Robert Irvine' on his resume . . .

Jun 04, 2008
Roo in Food Media & News

The orange house in Mississippi?

What city?

Jun 02, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest

El Ranchito, Zillah

Might I offer an alternate route to Walla Walla that should satisfy your culinary requirements? Take I-5 south to Centralia and dine at La Tarasca for authentic Michoacan-style Mexican fare. Their house-made corn tortillas are light, pillowy, and the best I've ever tasted. Continue south on I-5 past Chehalis and take Hwy 12 east over White Pass to Yakima and Walla Walla . . .

May 25, 2008
Roo in Pacific Northwest