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Good Restaurant between Mt. Ranier and Seattle

If he is truly summitting Rainier, he will be exhausted and unlikely to want a fancy meal. But no, there are no places en route, or even not en route (e.g., Salish Lodge), that would be considered "don't miss".

Aug 10, 2010
BruceB in Greater Seattle

denver airport restaurant

I had a great dinner at Chef Jimmy's last night based on your tip -- spinach salad, pasta caprese, and blueberry cheesecake. Friendly and fast service as well. Thanks!

Jan 23, 2010
BruceB in Mountain States

Vancouver CH: Seattle Dinner for 2?

Crush is delicious, romantic, sexy, and cocktail dress-compatible.

Oct 16, 2009
BruceB in Greater Seattle

Long Provincial or "Wrong" Provincial?

I've had 2 sensational meals there. I can't distinguish the menu or the quality from Tamarind Tree. Long has a more upscale atmosphere, better drink list, and slightly higher prices.

Sep 23, 2009
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Wedding Night Dinner in Seattle (?)

The private room at Canlis (called The Cache) would be a wonderful, unique experience. But if you can't get it (or don't want to pay the $150 surcharge), tell Rovers in advance that it's your wedding night and I'm sure they'll make you feel special.

Apr 19, 2009
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Lunch around the Seattle Center?

Crow (not the Crow) is open only for dinner.

Dec 11, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

what's taking over the old TeaPot in Upper Queen Anne?

and terikyaki!

Dec 11, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Recs for NYer

For delicious and authentic Basque tapas, try Txori in Belltown, the new place by Chef Joseba of Harvest Vine. Harvest Vine is also delicious and authentic but is mostly small plates rather than Basque-style, gourmet finger food.

Tango on Capitol Hill has Spanish-style small plates, generally less authentic than Harvest Vine but still delicious. They also have a great drink menu and are convenient to the Paramount, which comes in handy every now and then.

Oct 13, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Fennel Pollen- Where to buy in Puget Sound

I think I once found it at Whole Foods. Try one of the bigger stores such as Roosevelt Square, not the takeout-oriented store on Denny.

Oct 09, 2008
BruceB in Greater Seattle

Downtown Seattle Recommendations, with CONDITIONS!

Uniquely Seattle: Salumi. Shiro's if you like sushi (sit at bar). Matt's in the Market (sit at bar). FareStart (Thursday Guest Chef Night, the best deal in town, and you support the homeless students who cook your meal; also good lunches Mon-Fri).

Cheap, delicious: Tamarind Tree.

Cheap, delicious, guilty: Doughnut place in Pike Place Market.

Cheap, delicious, guilty, uniquely Seattle: Theo Chocolate factory tour (only organic chocolate roaster in US, in Fremont, fun neighborhood near downtown).

Fish & chips: Pike Street Fish Fry opened e few months ago and sounds good, though I haven't tried it and it's in Capitol Hill, not quite downtown.

Best PNW: Lark if you're willing to go a little out of downtown. Zoe. Dahlia Lounge.

Aug 27, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

SEA - Familiar Quandry

If they're really into food, take them to Lark. Most people I've sent to Lark loved it, but it helps if they enjoy contemplating the lengthy menu and figuring out what combination of flavors they're in the mood for. (The staff is always great about helping.) Your well-behaved daughter would be fine, especially assuming you bring sufficient diversions for her. (And you can absolutely bring her to Matt's.) One possible complication is that Lark doesn't take reservations except for parties of 6 or more (and they have just one table for those), so if you're fewer than 6 people, go early, especially on weekends.

I think Ray's is actually quite good, though I haven't been there for a few years. Ponti Seafood Grill is another option -- better food than Ray's though not as good a view (unless you're on the deck).

Jul 26, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Xinh's in Shelton WA - WOW!

I finally made it to Xinh's and am kicking myself for waiting so long. Xinh is a genius with seafood. The marinated mussels in tahini sauce, black tiger prawns in curry sauce, and manila clams in black bean hoisin sauce were my favorites; they had dramatic flavors yet didn't overwhelm the high-quality, perfectly-cooked seafood. The fried dishes we had -- Thai crab cakes and a geoduck special -- were also good, though not exceptional.

We enjoyed talking with Xinh, who is warm and modest yet proud of her cuisine. She even volunteered that, while she sticks to seafood because she has a small kitchen, her meat dishes could "knock your socks off". We actually decided not to use the Entertainment Card that my in-laws had lent us -- I thought the meal was such a great deal that I didn't feel right taking the discount (even though of course I had every right to). If you knew what a cheapskate I am, you'd realize what an endorsement this is of Xinh's.

If you're anywhere near, or can come up with an excuse to be near, give it a try.

(Menu and directions at

Jul 01, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

SEA - Wedding Gift Dinner

Without doubt the best restaurant on Queen Anne is How to Cook a Wolf, and $100 would cover a good dinner there. But your friends will have plenty of opportunity to explore their neighborhood; why not get them to one of the other top spots in town? Seattle's not LA; it doesn't take that long to get across town. If they're serious foodies I'd suggest Lark, which has small plates of superb NW cuisine. The only drawbacks are (a) they don't take reservations and (b) some people (not I) dislike having to choose from such a large assortment of small plates. Another option, which is also closer than Lark, takes reservations, and has a somewhat more conventional menu (still focusing on top-quality local ingedients) is Tilth, which the NY Times just called one of the 10 best US restaurants outside of NY.

If they just like good food but aren't serious foodies, I have yet another suggestion: Sky City, which rotates atop the Space Needle (located in lower Queen Anne). Sure, it's touristy, and the food's not in the same league as the above places (or should I say "below" places, if you get my drift). But I think the price is reasonable for decent food and an incredible view -- especially for a newcomer. $100 would cover weekend brunch but not dinner.

Jun 01, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Family Friendly Sushi

Just about any sushi place in Seattle would qualify. Although it's big and established, I Love Sushi on Lake Union is always excellent, it's bustling enough that a slightly noisy kid is no problem, and it has a fair number of cooked dishes for anyone who doesn't want (just) sushi.

Jun 01, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

How is Andina?

We had an incredible dinner there just over a week ago. Everything on the menu looked tantalizing, everything we tasted was delicious (and gorgeous), and the service was friendly and professional. Don't miss it!

May 20, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Habesha: New Ethiopian Place

I ate there tonight and thought it was very good, though I can't really compare it with other Ethiopian places since I haven't frequented them in recent years (sadly). But Habesha's menu is more extensive and the atmosphere more refined than at most places. I'd go back.

Note: The address is 1809 Minor, not 809 as it says on Habesha's own website (which is still under construction)!

May 02, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

South Indian in Seattle!

I saw an ad in the Weekly for Malabar, 1401 NE 42nd, which calls itself "Seattle's first South Indian Restaurant". While the claim is debatable (Mayuri on Queen Anne once offered south Indian food, and there is or at least was a dosa place in the Westlake food court), it sounds promising. Has anyone here tried it yet?

Jan 26, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Seattle's Most Touristy, Overrated Restaurants

The Space Needle isn't overrated. No one says the food is great, but it's decent. You go for the view, and if you enjoy urban views, it's a lot of fun.

Jan 15, 2008
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Space Needle Fare?

I've had a few lunches there (with my kids, but I'd go with adults under the right circumstances). The food was quite decent -- not cutting-edge, but good. Service was good as far as I can recall, and the view meant we had a great time. You certainly wouldn't go there for a culinary experience -- which is why I usually go out -- but the food won't detract from your fun. The main negative is the cost, which is nearly twice what you would pay on land for similar food. But you're not paying for the food. If you can come to terms with that fact, you'll have fun.

Dec 10, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

How to Cook a Wolf?

I went tonight with my 10yo daughter and we had a superb meal of ahi crudo, scallops with sunchoke puree, chickpea salad, and pappardelle with rabbit bolognese. All hits. And I was dying to try several other things. Very cozy atmosphere and great service as well. Only drawback is the very limited dessert menu (which we easily solved by walking around the corner to Opal).

Dec 06, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Suggestions for a great turkey to cook?

And does anyone know where to get Rubashkin's Aaron's Best turkeys in Seattle?

Nov 04, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Special Request in Seattle - Queen Anne

Tilth and Carmelita were my first ideas, too. For a great dinner in more elegant surroundings, try Rover's, a French / Pacific Northwest place on Madison (you'll need to drive). I've never had their 5-course vegetarian menu, but I'm sure it's as delicious as their other food.

In Lower Queen Anne, my best pick would be Moxie.

You will certainly see farmed salmon in Seattle. Many restaurants are price-sensitive -- their customers demand it. But better places will have the good stuff.

Oct 09, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Thanksgiving Dinner in Seattle

Lisa Dupar Catering does a takeout Thanksgiving meal that sounds delicious(and I'm sure it is since everything she makes is).

Sep 26, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Seattle to Whistler

I usually take the Lynden/Aldergrove crossing to save time. The crossing is usually quicker -- especially now with the border construction -- and you miss the worst of Vancouver traffic, skirting to the east and north of Vancouver on Rt. 1. I haven't found the likes of Tojo's or Vij's on this route, but I've found several good places:

Westview Oriental ( - Good Chinese, including pretty extensive dim sum from a menu, with friendly service, in a shopping center (excuse me, centre) just north of Rt 1 (exit 17) in North Van. There's also a decent, friendly little sushi place in that same center.

Persian Restaurant, 1533 Lonsdale - This is the only one of these places that I haven't been to, but it's right off Rt. 1 (exit 18 & go south) in North Van and the Georgia Straight said good things.

East No. 1 Seafood Restaurant, upstairs in the big shopping center at 302-2800 East 1st Ave @ East Kaslo, East Van (exit 27 & go west) - Good dim sum.

La Casa Gelato ( - 218 flavors (flavours) at a time -- rotating from a much larger selection!!! And it's delicious, though after a dozen or so free tastes of all sorts of exotic flavors, followed by a bowl of 2 or 3 flavors, I'm not sure I can really tell good from great. 1033 Venables @ Raymur, a couple of miles west of Rt. 1 in between exits 26 and 27.

I had a decent Cuban meal at the super-hip Havana, which is between La Casa Gelato and Rt. 1, but I didn't think it was worth returning to.

I'd love to hear of other places near Rt. 1.

Sep 26, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Where to take guests in Seattle...but lots of restrictions

How about the Pink Door? Italian with a NW flair, reasonable. Any decent place in Seattle ought to be able to serve a vegan. Ray's Cafe is another good option. Neither is cheap but one can eat reasonably at either -- though not if some people order expensive dishes and drinks and then everyone splits the bill evenly.

Sep 24, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Knife sharpening in Seattle?

Bob Kramer ( will make your knives sharper than you ever believed possible. You have to ship them to Olympia, but it's not really much harder than taking them to a store.

Sep 12, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Seattle dinner with parents from S.Dakota

Ray's Cafe is a decent choice, but it will tempt dad-in-law with fish & chips. If you take him to the main part of Ray's (how shocking will the prices really be, after an Alaska cruise?), he won't be able to get fish & chips unless he pretends he's a kid.

Sep 12, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Skillet! (SEA)

"Easily" found? :) The stated address and the GPS location were different, and the trailer was not to be found at either, although perhaps that's because they had just closed (though their hours aren't on their website). Arrrgh. I'm sure the quest will just make it that much better when I actually find it.

Aug 23, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

A "Crash Course" in Seattle Dining...?

Palisade is a decent view restaurant in Magnolia. Pacific Palisades is a town in California.

Aug 23, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest

Restaurant with a view (SEA)

If I take your criteria literally -- great view, good food, not too fancy -- the perfect fit is SkyCity, the restaurant at the Space Needle. I almost always choose food over atmosphere, but I love my occasional meal there (usually family brunch). However, it's good food, not great, and the prices are nearly double what you'd pay for comparable food at sea level. If you can deal with the prices (see their website), you'll enjoy it. And it's probably walking distance from where you're staying.

Aug 21, 2007
BruceB in Pacific Northwest