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Recs for homey/warm, PNW dinner in Portland

My husband and I will spend a night in Portland next week after our roadtrip through the Redwood forests. We like good food at a warm, unassuming, interesting spot where you can relax and enjoy your meal--outside seating is always welcome. Something laid back with good, inspired food. For example, the last time we were in Portland, we stumbled across a little tapas restaurant decorated with warm wood tables and baskets of fresh tomatoes everywhere. We sat on the sidewalk and drank wine and made our way through the menu. The service was spectacular--I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant and where it was. Anyway, not looking to go there again--but something similar. Thoughts? Happy to spend up to $150 on dinner for two.

Aug 20, 2014
casspants in Metro Portland

No reservations, anniversary dinner this evening?

they do not seem to be open tonight. no one answers, hours say "closed on monday" and urbanspoon does not list monday as an option for reservations. everything points to not open.

is there a secret password i don't know?

Mar 04, 2013
casspants in Greater Seattle

No reservations, anniversary dinner this evening?

My husband and I are celebrating our 7th year married and we both have slacked on dinner reservations. (A Monday anniversary takes the fun out of going out to dinner somewhat.)

I'd love some help:

Somewhere that is easy to get into without reservations

Pacific NW food or New American, preferably

Open on Mondays

Mar 04, 2013
casspants in Greater Seattle

Anyone been to St. Dames in Columbia City?

Heard about this new gastropub in my neighborhood, but would like to get a better idea for it beyond Yelp reviews. Anyone been? How does the food fare?

Jul 02, 2012
casspants in Greater Seattle

Aimless (DC) Tourist, Looking for Non-Tourist Spots

take a cab (or bus, though i'm not sure what line) up to capitol hill and try Pike Street Fish Fry--a little hole in the wall with tasty and hot fried seafood and fries. while you're up there, you might head over to Oddfellows cafe--i don't recommend for dinner, but drinks and dessert are awesome, plus the atmosphere is really cool. Smith is a really great gastropub up on 15th ave (probably need to take a short cab ride) and if you're up there and looking for a more substantial dinner, Poppy is a really neat experience--they serve "thali's" which is a plate of 7-11 small dishes that all complement one another. nice atmosphere there, too.

Jan 14, 2011
casspants in Greater Seattle

Seattle Weekend.. 4 days...suggestions please!

ray's boathouse has a fantastic view of the water and the food is good. you can also eat upstairs for a less fancy vibe, less expensive bill.

my favorite seattle restaurant is anchovies & olives on capitol hill. the best PNW food i've eaten since moving here, plus a really great oyster power hour.

Jan 14, 2011
casspants in Greater Seattle

Good restaurant for bachelorette night...?

Oh and the party will only be 4-5 people.

May 04, 2010
casspants in Chicago Area

Good restaurant for bachelorette night...?

No worries--she probably wouldn't attempt ordering anything.

Another problem is--and I hope this isn't too annoying--but I don't know where to stay. I was going to set a couple of the priceline filters and try to get a good deal at a 4 star hotel.

May 04, 2010
casspants in Chicago Area

Good restaurant for bachelorette night...?

My friend and I are meeting in the city for a pre-wedding celebration, lady style. We're not traditional girly-girls--she's put a ban on the bridal-veil-w/-condoms getup, and there will not be any clubbing. We will probably avoid standalone bars because one member of the wedding party (bride's sis) is underage.

So....I'm looking for a fun, maybe trendy, definitely interesting restaurant to have a late dinner with drinks. New American. A place that feels like a night out on the town. As for location--close to downtown? We'll be staying in a hotel and I'm not familiar with Chicago--so if you have any thoughts....

(Sorry, not a lot to go on, but I'm pretty clueless here...)

May 03, 2010
casspants in Chicago Area

good food for casual money, plus drinks please

you're right--cafe presse is just what i was looking for....

Apr 02, 2010
casspants in Greater Seattle

good food for casual money, plus drinks please

i'm new to seattle and job-hunting. i came here from new york where i ate out more than i ate in, and my favorite spot was a little place near my apt. where my husband and i could linger over amazing pasta and a couple glasses of wine and get out for under $40.

we're on a budget but we still need to get out of the house--does anyone have any suggestions? i feel like seattle is populated with good restaurants, but so far i don't know of a lot that won't break the bank. i'm trying to be money-smart and still indulge, which i hope is possible......ideas?

Mar 31, 2010
casspants in Greater Seattle

Fish: Where do you buy yours?

I was disappointed with Wild Salmon in QA (A&J Meats)--their selection was really slim and prices were high. Also, I found lots of bones in my fillet.

Mar 31, 2010
casspants in Greater Seattle

Good Delivery in Queen Anne?

I just moved from NYC where delivery practically kept me alive...and where you could get anything and everything delivered and it arrived hot and delicious (I'm homesick.) I haven't figured out the good delivery places here yet--anyone have suggestions?
I'm looking for thai, tacos, pizza, and sandwiches/burgers.

Nov 21, 2009
casspants in Greater Seattle

Tired of my pizza delivery place...looking for new options--Brooklyn-Slope

if you are in south slope, you must try Peppino's (5th Ave b/t 10th and 11th). i used to order from La Villa until we moved a few blocks south and discovered Peppino's.

it really is amazing pizza--great sauce, crust, ingredients, plus way more economical than La Villa. also, the staff is a lot friendlier.

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La Villa
261 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Peppino's
469 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Nov 02, 2009
casspants in Outer Boroughs

Best Thai in Seattle

ugh, thaiku. i hope this isn't the best seattle has to offer.

Oct 28, 2009
casspants in Greater Seattle

Anyone been to The Grocery on Smith?

I went there for my husband's birthday dinner about a year ago--it wasn't very memorable of a meal, I didn't even really enjoy my dish and for the life of me can't remember what I even ordered. The space itself felt a little stuffy, and the service a little too attentive to feel comfortable. I felt overall like the room had a "hushed" feel, and was ready to leave about ten minutes into our meal.

I kind of feel like some of the restaurants on Smith get over-talked. Chestnut, for example, which I found to be nothing short of terrible after hearing so many good things.

I like Applewood (Park Slope).

Oct 04, 2009
casspants in Outer Boroughs

Birthday dinner recs for a seattle newbie

Thanks for the great recs. Tin Table looks great. So does Matt's but it is closed this weekend--they are cooking at James Beard.

Sep 29, 2009
casspants in Greater Seattle

Thoughts on The Tin Table?

I was recommended the Tin Table by a chowhounder for my husband's birthday, but I can't find a thread on it. I'm new to Seattle, so I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts....

The menu looks great and it is the right price, plus the right neighborhood (Capitol Hill).

Sep 29, 2009
casspants in Greater Seattle

Birthday dinner recs for a seattle newbie

Just moved to Seattle from Brooklyn and so far am a little homesick in terms of good, casual dining. My husband's birthday is this weekend and I'd like rec's on a good restaurant.

Looking for something New American and/or particularly Northwest (fresh seafood, etc.) Relaxed atmosphere, but still lively, maybe something with a bar. Moderately priced, not too expensive. Somewhere you can linger over your glass of wine and take your time on dessert.

Our favorite place in nyc was a casual, boisterous Italian restaurant that had great pastas, an inexpensive wine list, sidewalk dining and was open late.

(Please don't post just to tell me to search other threads, as I have already done some of that, and Chowhound has just about the worst search feature ever. If you don't want to recommend, keep your comments to yourself.)

Also, bonus to anyone who can recommend a good bar for after dinner.

Sep 28, 2009
casspants in Greater Seattle

Aussie Meat Pies in Seattle?

Does anyone know a good place to get Aussie pub fare in Seattle? I've relocated from NYC and am looking to replace my favorite gastropub (Sheep Station in Park Slope), specifically their amazing meat pie. Any ideas?

Sep 19, 2009
casspants in Greater Seattle

Info on Hillery's on Toulouse?

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about Hillery's on Toulouse, the restaurant housed in the Hotel St. Marie. It has been three years since I've been and can't find anything online about it. Is it still going? The chef and his wife, Ed and Hillery Moise, were magnificent in our 2006 wedding at the hotel. I'll be sad if they are no longer there...

May 07, 2009
casspants in New Orleans

Bakeries/Pies in Brooklyn

Two Red Hens is now Ladybird Bakery on 8th Ave. between 11th and 12th. Same owner and baker, just a name change. The French Apple tart is delicious, as is the Raspberry Pear.

Feb 25, 2009
casspants in Outer Boroughs

Little D's Eatery

i like little D, too, but i wish their menu was a little more varied. i've only been twice this winter, and already I was tired of the same choices. the food is always wonderful, however, and the service very good.

Feb 25, 2009
casspants in Outer Boroughs

savannah eats

I ate at Savannah Bistro on my honeymoon 3 years ago, and the red snapper I had is still, to this day, one of the best meals I have ever eaten! Don't miss this spot!

Appalachicola/St George Island eats

This is probably too late--but anyone searching "Apalachicola bay" might benefit. The best--and I mean, very best--oysters I've ever eaten were at Papa's Joe's in Apalachicola. It's a locals place, right on the Bay, with a nice deck and the freshest seafood ever. Still, even now, my heart dies a little when thinking about those lazy days of summer when I was attending Florida State, my boyfriend and I would drive down to St. George and spend all day at the beach, then come back to Papa Joe's for the cold, fresh oysters that tasted like the best part of the ocean. The seafood was topnotch, cooked fresh to order, and the atmosphere was just a bunch of beach bums with sand on their feet. The deck butts up to the dock so many of the patrons come in right off their boats.

Highly recommended!

Feb 14, 2009
casspants in Florida

CURRENT Tallahassee restaurants

Is the Main Ingredient still in business? When I lived in Talla. 3 years ago it was my favorite place to go. The special dishes were always delicious and inventive. I also liked sitting outside.

Feb 14, 2009
casspants in Florida

dinner recs in Spokane

Churchill's, unfortunately, has since burnt down.

Feb 14, 2009
casspants in Pacific Northwest

Jacksonville Beach Lobster Rolls--A La Carte

There's a hidden gem in Jacksonville Beach--a cute little gift shop/lunch place that serves New England style lobster rolls and clams. A La Carte. The bread is delicious--soft and buttery, just the way it should be. The prices are a little steep, but well worth it.

Feb 14, 2009
casspants in Florida

Key West Recommendations For Long Weekend

I'm still dreaming about the fish sandwich I had at B.O.'s Fish Wagon. So delicious--the fish is cut thin and fried, on soft bread. You will never have another fish sandwich this good. I have to stop writing about it or I'll be planning another Key West vacation.

Feb 14, 2009
casspants in Florida

New Orleans fare in Park Slope?

Now that NoNo Kitchen has shut its doors :( does anyone know of a good substitute? I miss gumbo and po'boys! And my husband can't go for much longer without jambalaya...

(Does anyone know the reason for NoNo's demise? The food was always stellar. The atmosphere needed a little work...but still, I had hoped they would be around a lot longer.)

Feb 14, 2009
casspants in Outer Boroughs