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Caterer for a BBQ Party

go talk to Nick Castleberry .. he is southern and I believe he is the chef at the soon to re-open Cafe Petitrosso on cap hill ..

Oct 24, 2012
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Recipe for Harusami Salad from Musashi's

I’d say the Harusami salad recipe at Mushashi’s is a combo of the two mentioned here .. the group recipe doesn’t have the fake crab or mayo and the iheartbacon leaves out egg ...

May 05, 2012
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BURGER IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

i think the burger at Palace Kitchen is awesome ... I think there might be a burger on the bar menu at Dahlia at dinner & it’s yummy too ... both are an easy walk from Westlake. Burgers are somewhat ubiquitous now but the Palace remains one of my favs in town

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Palace Kitchen
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Nov 19, 2011
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Trip recs such as best "NW cuisine" in Seattle?

You don’t say when you’ll be here or where you are visiting from ... there are great places mentioned here. I think both Lark and Sitka & Spruce are great. Lark has much better service and the quality of the food is on par with Sitka. Lark isn’t always as inventive but Matt Dillon seems to be on a Middle Eastern flavor kick right now ... worth checking out for lunch ..I’d have dinner at Lark and cocktails not at Canon but at Tavern Law. The music at Canon is horrible, and horribly loud ...
I’d avoid Bako, really avoid it .. great idea but it needs some time to figure out if it’s a bar or a restaurant and get a few more seasoned wait people working.
You should pop into Purple, a wine bar near the W, they are probably the best bet for Andrew Will wines and the like. Places like Sitka and Lark tend to have more European wines on their lists. Walrus & the Carpenter is awesome ... as is Staple & Fancy it’s neighbor.
Have a great trip!

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Sitka & Spruce
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Nov 19, 2011
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Need help choosing: Walrus & Carpenter or Ponti's?

I’d give Walrus & Carpenter a try, it’s charming and the food is amazing. It is a different experience than Ponti’s wh/ in my opinion is a place I’d go to w/ my parents. W&C is more modern in it’s approach, everything is pretty much ala carte .. but everything is also fabulous.

Oct 24, 2011
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Ba Bar

perhaps it’s the title of your article stating Ba Bar must die .. seems a bit extreme.

Aug 26, 2011
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Justin Niedermeyer??

Aug 26, 2011
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Ba Bar

i agree Don, qlandseattle does seem to have a grudge .. I hope that Ba Bar does get it together .. i think there is talent in the kitchen, it just feels like the whole place needs leadership

Aug 21, 2011
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Ba Bar

I’m with you all .. REALLY want to love Ba Bar but there is not much to recommend. Horribly distant service, very average food ... I suppose if you must have a cocktail with your just OK Vietnamese food but really, when there is Tamarind Tree a few blocks away, why settle?
I’ve been multiple times and have been let down each time I go by lukewarm bland soup, laughably bad service from walking in the door through to the check, just OK cocktails, over 30 minute waits for easy entrees, pasty desserts, mealy dumplings where the sauce is cold and the dumpling is barely warmed through, I’ve had to go to the kitchen for chili sambal myself. Basically the food is a sort of whitified version of the Vietnamese places down the street .. so I suppose if you are uncomfortable going to eat at the real thing then this is your penance for being unadventurous

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Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

Aug 11, 2011
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Chicago CH looking for lunch

and i’ll recommend something in the opposite direction: lunch at Mistral Kitchen is awesome .. same awesome food as dinner, great wines by the glass and of course amazing cocktails ..

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Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Jul 25, 2011
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Rye Bread In Seattle

Tall Grass & Macrina both make nice rye .. Tall Grass’ is very dense and seedy, it’s great

Jun 17, 2011
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Healthy vegetarian date spot in Seattle

if I were a vegetarian and going on a date ..either of these would be great ..better yet go to Poppy for happy hour snacks & cocktails and then pop down the hill (drive) and have dinner at Nettletown

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Nettletown
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Jun 17, 2011
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If you could only eat in five Seattle restaurants for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Monsoon, Anchovies & Olives, Sitka & Spruce, Le Pichet, Flying Squirrel Pizza

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Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Sitka & Spruce
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Anchovies & Olives
1550 15th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Apr 25, 2011
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New York hound looking for recommendations in Seattle

it’s Shophouse at Licorous not chop house ..oops

Apr 25, 2011
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New York hound looking for recommendations in Seattle

Hi ... I’ve lived in Seattle for a long time, once owned a restaurant here and have travelled to NYC frequently since I was little. Here is my list:
1. Sitka & Spruce, it’s awesome and is a good example of what PNW cuisine is about. They are open for lunch, dinner & weekend brunch.
2. You might want to try Nettletown on Eastlake, it’s where S&S used to be and it’s pretty unique.
3. Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard, great, casual Oaxacan food in a fun neighborhood to wander around ..maybe you’ll be here after Curtis Steiner opens his new store down the street the first weekend in May.
4. I like both Spur & Tavern Law (same owners) .. great cocktails.
5. If you here on a Monday, try Chop House at Licorous on 12th Ave, 2 chefs, one Thai create great authentic Thai food & I’ve never found any in NYC.
6. Try to get to Sea Garden in the International District for Dungeness crab with black bean sauce, it’s spectacular.
7. Go to Monsoon on 19th, great upscale Vietnamese, open for dinner, lunch, brunch .. all good and the Pho at lunch/brunch is the best in town and we have great Pho here.
8. I’ve heard great things about Madison Park Conservatory from a few chef friends
9. And do go to Mistral KItchen and be sure to make time for a cocktail, they do an amazing job.

Enjoy & hope the weather is good for your visit

I’d avoid Crow, it’s quite mediocre now.
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Sitka & Spruce
2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Sea Garden
509 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Apr 25, 2011
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Source for chocolate

you might also look into the factory store over at Theo Chocolate in Fremont. They sell broken bars in bulk

Mar 09, 2011
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22 (capitol hill)?

I haven’t been there since summer but they have new-ish owners and the burger was pretty good. They do have a nice little outdoor patio on the side of the space ... it’s not very expensive so worth a try again

Feb 01, 2011
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Great savory pies at new pie shop, PIE, on Fremont Ave

me too Paqpin ... but went back to check the sweet pies and well, they are better than the savory but not even as good as some nice grocery store pies

Feb 01, 2011
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Great savory pies at new pie shop, PIE, on Fremont Ave

yes I was describing High5 .. looking forward to trying Fremont’s new pie shop

Feb 01, 2011
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Chinese Clay Pots

i’ve also seen them at Viet Wah on Jackson

Feb 01, 2011
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Great savory pies at new pie shop, PIE, on Fremont Ave

I am so glad to hear it’s good ... High 5 Pie on Capital Hill is NOT and I so wanted it to be. I had 4 of their savory pies, Macaroni & Cheese, Spinach & Feta, Taco pie and Broccoli, Mushroom & Cheddar. The Macaroni & Cheese was dry and uncheesy, it should have oozed cheese sauce when I cut into. The Spinach & Feta was so salty that it tasted fishy or like kelp. The taco pie was the best but did taste just like the taco mix from the supermarket. The broccoli, mushroom and cheddar was OK but there was no detectable broccoli in it. It was such a disappointment that we couldn’t be bothered to order any of the sweet pies.

Jan 28, 2011
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Le Pichet or Bastille?

unhesitatingly Le Pichet, the food is so much better + I think Bastille seems like it’s a restaurant designed to really be a bar serving food

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Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Jan 01, 2011
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Bresaola in Seattle?

that would be at Rain Shadow Meats in Melrose Mkt ..I’d call Russ first to double check

Dec 16, 2010
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Brining Bags

I've seen them at both Whole Foods & Sur la Table. There are huge ziploc bags that aren't made solely for bring that will work too

Oct 30, 2010
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Affordable lobster/seafood restaurant

if you decide you would rather have nice local Dungeness, Sea Garden in the ID makes a great Dungeness Crab with black bean sauce. It's where I go when I want to have an affordable yet indulgent seafood dinner. The salt & pepper prawns are great too

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Sea Garden
509 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Oct 30, 2010
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What's up with spice wimps in this town?

I don't think it's just here in seattle, it's all over the country. Spicy, as in kick your a** hot seems to be what you want, and well that might not be the point of the heat spices in the food you are ordering. That siad, I've had hot-spicy food at the litle Lao-Thai place on MLK and certain dishes at Schezuan (sp) Cuisine on Jackson, like the Boiled Schezuan Fish can be intensely spicy. I grew up traveling in Asia and eating authentic Mexican and when I first moved here I missed the big kick .. but honestly have felt that the need for super hot left me missing on some of the nuance.

Apr 24, 2010
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Venue for 120 people for a 50th Anniversary

i have no idea what it costs, but no one has mentioned Tom Douglas' Palace Ballroom.
there is no view, but IMHO nice food and great staff can trump just OK food and a sketchy view.

Apr 24, 2010
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SODO - Georgetown Venue

try the Georgetown Ballroom

georgetownballroomseattle@gmail.com

they are on airport way .. great space with enclosed outdoor area in the back

Apr 23, 2010
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Pike Street Fish Fry

Revisited Fish Fry with a friend last week .. probably one of the mosy overwhelmingly awful food experiences I've had in a while.

Every item we ordered was dripping with fryer oil, there was absolutely no seasoning to speak of .. I watched/waited as our food came out and our food went straight from basket to serving container. The fried asparagus actually dripped onto the floor as I carried it. A little bit of sea salt would've made a huge difference.

I went straight away when they opened and I loved it ..but now it seems to be a place purely for those who need some grease to sop up their booze.

Jul 02, 2009
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Seattle Takeout Sushi Recs?

if you end up living on Cap Hill I recommend Hana on Broadway for takeout. I've been ordering takeout sushi from them about once a week for years (8 or 9), and once I figured out their strengths and weakness, I'm never dissapointed. The are busy enough that their fish is fresh, they don't make oodles of fancy rolls but if you like basic traditional sushi, it's your place. Plus their agedashi tofu is among the best I've had in town. I'd not recommend takeout from Liberty .. the variety is quite limited and I've had dubious fish there a few times.
If you end up in Wallingford, I lived there before I moved to Cap Hill and ate to-go from Musashis all the time, enough that they knew my name by my order! .. the sushi there is dependably good though the style there is huge pieces which seem a value but end up feeling wrong in the mouth. However, the harisami salad is addictive, the teriyaki dishes are splendid and if you cut each piece of sushi in half it's a great deal and since it's super busy the fish is dependably good.
Chiso in fremont is lovely, go there when you want to sit at the bar though.

May 02, 2009
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