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Looking for the ultimate eating in Seattle

Shiro has offered a nice sauteed geoduck at his sushi bar in Belltown. Speaking of which, he is somewhat of a local institution, having opened Seattle's first sushi bar {Nikko) something like 40 years ago.

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Greater Seattle

Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace - the annual trek

Agree. I've found some very good Korean restaurants around Shoreline and Lynnwood, e.g.

Old Village (traditional barbecue)
Ho Soon Yi (soon dubu)
Ka Won (barbecue and multi-course dinners)

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Greater Seattle

Plaka - New(ish) Greek in Ballard

We had a similar positive experience at Plaka earlier this summer and will definitely plan to return there.

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Choices: Move to Portland or Stay in Oakland?

Ignoring the restaurants for a minute, in Portland I like the immediacy of the food. You're minutes from many local organic farms, wild berries and truffles, small commercial food companies and an exceptional wine region between Portland and Salem. Or drive west and buy a bag of Alaska spot prawns right off the boat in Ilwaco, WA near Astoria. California has its gems, but in terms of truly local, sustainable food sources Portland and the Willamette Valley are as good as it gets.

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Seattle: Great casual places for 20 somethings?

You'll find great chow in the neighborhoods - Ballard, Capitol Hill and International District especially.

In Ballard, try Carte de Oaxaca for regional Mexican food, Ocho for tapas and libations, and Paseo on Shilshole Ave for Carribean-inspired sandwiches close to the beach. This neighborhood is especially great for twenty somethings - lots of local pubs and live music options if you want to escape Bumbershoot for an evening. Enjoy!

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Greater Seattle

What's seattle's best steakhouse?

It's been a few years, and it's not cheap, but the American Wagyu Tenderloin (Kobe style) at Canlis is hands-down the best steak I've ever eaten. Caveat - the marbling is incredible, so if you're counting cholesterol or into lean steaks this may not be your best choice.

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Looking for fun, un-stuffy, Italian style Trattoria in SEA

Here's one more vote for Rilato. Rudy has been at it for a long time and his menu goes beyond simple red sauce, which is also very good in my opinion.

Another great choice is Ristorante Picolinos at 65th St and 32nd Ave in Ballard. It's a neighborhood spot with great entrees and desserts made in house.

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Greater Seattle

Sunday Brunch

Portage Bay Cafe serves a nice brunch and has a location in South Lake Union. The organic buckwheat pancakes are the best I've tried and omelets are excellent too. Plus, there's a strong emphasis on local organic products.

Aug 28, 2009
Sky in Greater Seattle

Coffee Roasters in Eugene, Oregon?

Cafe Mam Light Roast may be what you're looking for. Like you I favor lighter beans for daily drinking. I discovered this roast while living in Eugene and continue to have 5-lb bags shipped to my home in Seattle. Sky

Dec 26, 2008
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Eugene??

Regarding Springfield eats, when I lived in Eugene I would visit Taqueria Los Compadres in the plaza at Pioneer Parkway and Q Street. Nothing fancy - just a small shop serving decent soft tacos and homemade tortillas.Also, I concur with a previous poster that Los Dos Amigos on Goodpasture in north Eugene serves up some decent Americanized Mexican fare.

Oct 01, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Lincoln City to Florence OR recs

What a nice time to see the Oregon coast! Dining on the coast can be a bit of an adventure, but we've had some nice meals. In Yachats, try The Drift Inn. Menu is pretty basic, well executed, plus you may hear some lively local entertainment on the weekends. In Old Town Florence, we've had a fine lunch at Bridgewater.

If the weather cooperates, try the Krab Kettle in Florence. It's an old fashioned roadside crab stand on the main highway serving fresh steamed dungeness crab. They have a picnic table or two, or you can order your crab to-go and visit one of the nearby oceanfront parks for an al fresco feast.

Sky

Apr 25, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Seattle excells at the following....

Steamers

Apr 24, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

[SEA]Musashi's - What do you really think?

This is a great topic. Recently my wife and I went to Blue C Sushi in Fremont, with modest expectations for an affordable sushi dinner. We were happy with the food and base menu prices, but at the end of dinner when we added up alll the fish, drinks, taxes and tip, we were within about $30 of Shiro's. That's when we decided to eat sushi a bit less often... at Shiro's. :-)

I'll offer one more suggestion that's worked well for us. We buy a nice brick of sashimi-grade tuna from Uwajimaya, plus a few smaller pieces of favorites like yellowtail and eel, and create an affordable sashimi feast at home for a very nice price. This works on those days we're not looking for the communal sushi bar experience.

Sky

Apr 17, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

wherein we discuss fine submarine sammiches

I agree TAT's is good, and also The Other Coast in Ballard.

Apr 13, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Cakes

It's been a few years, but T.M Dessert Works on Phinney Ave. makes some elegant cakes (including a "tuxedo cake"). I'm also a fan of the chocolate fudge cake at Simply Desserts.

Sky

Feb 17, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

delivery in ballard?

Golden City on 20th Ave NW in Ballard has decent Chinese food and delivers. The menu is fairly mainstream "comfort food" - e.g. hot & sour soup, pot stickers, prawns in lobster sauce, kung pao chicken, mu shu pork - and quality has been consistently good in my three experiences there. For example, the lobster prawns we recently ordered arrived nicely cooked (just past translucent) and generous (~14 prawns in the dish). The owners and servers are nice folks too.

Sky

Jan 18, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Which is best HMart,Uwajimaya or Ranch 99?

Fyi, a large, new Asian market is preparing to open at the site vacated last year by Larry's on Aurora Ave (Oak Tree Village). I believe it is a Vietnamese grocery with a companion store on Jackson in the ID.

Sky

Jan 17, 2007
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Old Fashioned American Brekafast in North Seattle?

Here's another vote for the Bay Cafe, although it's about a 10 - 15 minute drive from Greenlake. Especially good are the oyster dishes - omelets and benedict for example.

Nov 07, 2006
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Tasty Reasonably Priced Authentic Italian...

I've had many a good meal at the Fremont Classic. Prices are still fairly reasonable, e.g. around ten dollars for a variety of pasta dishes. Sky

Oct 10, 2006
Sky in Pacific Northwest

What's to eat in Eugene?

I second this recommendation. My partner and I dined on the patio at King Estate in June. Our light lunch was good, and the views / ambiance exceptional. KE is a very classy business, as their focus on organic ingredients and local philanthropy will attest to. Sky

Aug 22, 2006
Sky in Pacific Northwest

Seattle waterfront restaurants

It's not quite downtown, but I think Ray's Boathouse at Shilshole Bay is a nice alternative. Depending on the weather, you can dine indoors, or on the outdoor deck at Ray's Cafe upstairs. It's about three miles north of downtown in the Ballard / Sunset neighborhood. Sky

Aug 10, 2006
Sky in Pacific Northwest

big sandwich

The Other Coast Cafe in Ballard... oh man! I liked it a few years ago. Then we moved away for a few years. Well we just moved back and it's at least as good as I remember. I ordered one-and-a-half sandwiches to go and was presented with a bag weighing several pounds. Three of us feasted quite handsomely.

Aug 05, 2006
Sky in Pacific Northwest