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Whistler: Nagomi Sushi

We were in Whistler over Christmas. Hit the usual spots. But one new restaurant was absolutely a standout - Nagomi Sushi. Two former sushi chefs from Sachi. Great quality fish. Rice a bit cold on the nigiri, but hey, this is Whistler. We ended up going 2x.

Jan 06, 2009
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Third Annual Ultimate Seattle Restaurant Poll (2008)

1. Lark
2. Corison Building
3. Harvest Vine
4. Olivar
5. Spur

Dec 10, 2008
Greghms in Pacific Northwest

E. Washington restaurant on a farm?

Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation

http://www.dogmtnfarm.com/farm%20dinn...

May 27, 2008
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Walla Walla: Wineries with restaurants or picnic areas?

Most of the wineries in WW aren't zoned for restaurants, so no worries there. And I agree fully with above.

Feb 11, 2008
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one dinner in Seattle

I would highly recommend Lark. Its not specifically seafood focused, but its small plates and I have had seafood plates there. Amazing.

Feb 08, 2008
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Walla Walla: Wineries with restaurants or picnic areas?

Yes they will allow you to bring food.

For lunch, Salumerie on 2nd is a good place for meat and cheese. They can also do a boxed lunch if you call ahead. Luscious has some prepared salads in their case. And Merchants has a bit of stuff. I also highly recommend the Taco truck La Monarcha on Issacs in the Napa Auto Parts parking lot for take out Mexican. Perfect for winery picnic. I eat there a few times a week during harvest.

Super 1 Foods is a better bet than Safeway.

But its still a challenge. Lots of online ordering for those living in WW.

Feb 08, 2008
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Walla Walla: Wineries with restaurants or picnic areas?

They opened a Pho Shop and its really good. It opened a few months back.

Feb 08, 2008
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New Yorker's first time in Seattle

Former UWS, now Seattle resident.
One word: Sushi. You'd have to spend 5x what you get in Seattle. Plenty of info on the board.

Agree with Green Leaf

Feb 06, 2008
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Walla Walla: Wineries with restaurants or picnic areas?

None of the wineries have restaurants. My winery, Gramercy Cellars, has a picnic area. Other picnic type areas: Va Piano, Pepper Bridge, aMaurice

Don't miss Saffron restaurant.

FYI - Abeja by appointment only or with reservations. Also - July and August can be HOT.

Feb 06, 2008
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Where can I buy Domaine Rollin Pernand-Vergelesses 2003?

They have a retail store on the UWS. And those wines are consistently good year after year. Not sure if you have red or white, but the white is a steal.

Feb 06, 2008
Greghms in Wine

Vancouver help?

Yeah - Sripraphai is totally worth it. Also suggest bringing wine with you.

Best Modern Italian?

Limpero.
New chef Michael White doing amazing things.

Aug 29, 2007
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Awesome Seattle Sushi?

Ototo - tell Hutch to do his thing.

Aug 29, 2007
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Vancouver help?

Going to Vancouver this weekend and am planning on this lineup:

Kintaro Ramen

Vijs

GUU For Garlic

Shanghai River Restaurant (Richmond) - specifically for xiaolongbaos

Sun Sui Wah Restaurant (Vancouver)

Ajisai Sushi Bar

I am a total food geek, former restaurant professional, so looking for food quality, don't really care about atmosphere. Used to live in NYC and would get on subway for 45 mins for amazing thai in dive location. So thats kind of places I am looking for.

How does this line up look? Anything I am missing or should change?

Vancouver this weekend. Help!

Going to Vancouver this weekend and am planning on this lineup:

Kintaro Ramen

Vijs

GUU For Garlic

Shanghai River Restaurant (Richmond) - specifically for xiaolongbaos

Sun Sui Wah Restaurant (Vancouver)

Ajisai Sushi Bar

I am a total food geek, former restaurant professional, so looking for food quality, don't really care about atmosphere. Used to live in NYC and would get on subway for 45 mins for amazing thai in dive location. So thats kind of places I am looking for.

How does this line up look? Anything I am missing or should change?

Irish Pub/Food

I travel to Boston frequently and am always blown away by how good the traditional Irish food is there, for obvious reasons. Is there any Irish Pub in Seattle or beyond that serves great Irish food (particularly Irish stew), not fried pub food and burgers?

And who pours the best Guinness?

May 04, 2007
Greghms in Pacific Northwest

Wine tasting after work - Seattle

Go to Purple. Lots of wine. Or Wild Ginger and sit in the bar.

May 03, 2007
Greghms in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Wines from Alsace

I second the vote for McCarthy & Schiering on Queen Anne. Best store in Seattle. They will order for you. I like - Mann, Dirler, Deiss, Weinbach and Bott-Geyl for Alsace.

Also - try Austria for Riesling, whcih I think are a step above the typical Rieslings from Alsace. Look for a wine from the Wachau at the "Smaragd" level.

Apr 06, 2007
Greghms in Pacific Northwest

Foodie/Winegeek in Vegas on a Fixed Budget!!

Also - Noodles at Bellagio and the Friday dim sum lunch at the Mirage Coffee Shop

Mar 22, 2007
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Foodie/Winegeek in Vegas on a Fixed Budget!!

Lotus of Siam, Lotus of Siam and one more time Lotus of Siam........

Mar 22, 2007
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Wonders wanted in Walla Walla

Its a real small city, so I'm giving you basically most everything.

Dinner:
26 Brix Bistro - Mike Davis is a great chef. If you dont see anything on the menu, ask him if he'll cook for you.

Whitehouse Crawford - Chef Jamie again great. Cool location as well.

Also have a drink at the Marcus Whitman bar/lounge. If you get the late night bar urge - The Green Lantern

Lunch:
Luscious
Salumerie - Amazing meats from Seattle, Norhtern CA and NYC
Taco truck on Stateline Road - awesome

Stop by Va Piano for some wine as well. Great wines.

Mar 15, 2007
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Udon in the house? SEA

Agree with the Samurai Noodle call. The pork is amazing.

Mar 12, 2007
Greghms in Pacific Northwest

Polish/Russian Food

Anyone know where I can buy Kielbasa and Kruschiki in the Seattle area? Any help greatly appreciated as my Mom is coming to town.

Dec 22, 2006
Greghms in Pacific Northwest

Beato Food and Wine

This was in the PI, which got me inititally interested -

Beato Food and Wine, "a cozy neighborhood osteria," is the baby of Brandon Gillespie, former general manager of Italian Wine Merchants in Manhattan, the upscale wine shop co-owned by Mario Batali. Other creds include a culinary arts diploma from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and further study in Italy. The remodeled 50-seat space will feature Italian-inspired food and "worldly wines," including Gillespie's private collection from Italy. The chef is Nick Devine, most recently sous chef at the Sorrento Hotel's tony Hunt Club. A full menu will be served from 5 to 9 p.m., with a small-plates menu until 11 p.m.

One detail we especially appreciated, in these days of wine bars and noises: Beato promises acoustic tiles to help encourage a conversation-friendly atmosphere. Opening is scheduled for mid-December, Web site coming soon at beatoseattle.com.
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The friends and family was gratis (except wine) but the prices on the menu were posted. I thought the prices were very fair.
I think avg check will be about $35 per without wine for 3 courses. The cuisine is definitely contemporary Italian. I'm new to SEA so don't know a comparison, but if you know Fiamma or L'Impero in NYC, that would be comparable, but Beato is much lower price point. Wine list prices are VERY reasonable. I drank Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella (which is impossible to find) for about $80......I think it satisfies both restaurant and wine bar. You could easily order a full dinner or wine and a few apps. Don’t know about the Ovio people.

Dec 21, 2006
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Beato Food and Wine

Went to friends and family at a new contemporary Italian spot on California in West Seattle. Very cool, intimate spot. Great food – not the usual SEA Italian staples. Almost like Lark with Italian spin and larger dishes. Awesome wine list, especially if you are into esoteric Italian wines and some back vintages. Owner used to run Italian Wine Merchants in NYC.

Dec 20, 2006
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Cozy Pub with Fireplace in Seattle

Paragon in Queen Anne

Dec 09, 2006
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breakfast in seattle

Dec 05, 2006
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Walla Walla

Defenitely try Luscious for lunch. Very diferent than anything else done in Walla Walla.

Also the Salumerie on 2nd has meats from Salumi in Seattle, Berkley and NYC. They are open from Tues - Sat.

And stop by Va Piano Winery for some Pannis. The owner, Justin Wylie, studied in Florence for a number of years and always makes them for Barrel Tasting weekend.

Nov 28, 2006
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Walla Walla

And our new place Luscious on Alder....a must try for lunch. Sweet Basil Pizza pretty damn good too.

Oct 14, 2006
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