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Good Cheap Family Eats in Seattle

Yes, you can eat well and cheaply at Pike Place Market, and it's very much worth seeing. I have a six year old and she loves it there. Some of our (mine and my six year old's) favorite spots for food in the Market are Mr. D's Greek Deli (the gyros are great), The Crumpet Shop, and the Daily Dozen doughnut stand.

If you get a chance, drop into DeLaurenti's and see if they have their Salumi salami. It's called Rosmarino, and you can only get it there, and it's ridiculously tasty. We wander around the Market eating slices as we go. DeLaurenti's has other good snacks, too.

I think if I were coming in late and staying on Fairview, I'd be inclined to stop at the Whole Foods Market on Denny and get some of their takeout. That might be one of the simplest, cheapest, and tastiest options in the vicinity.

Feb 10, 2008
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

Second Annual Ultimate Seattle Restaurant Poll (2007)

1. Le Gourmand
2. Paseo
3. Elemental
4. Salumi
5. Le Pichet

Dec 18, 2007
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

SF 'hound requests additional info for visit

I recently tried Tilth for the first time and was really disappointed. The food was good but not excellent, the room was loud and cold (on a chilly night) and the service was pretty awful. I'm not particularly hard to please, so I was honestly surprised by how unhappy I was when I left.

Shiro's is in Belltown, and I think he's way more about food than flash.

I haven't been, but a friend with very difficult food sensitivities recommends Marjorie, which is also in Belltown. She was impressed by how accommodating they were to her menu alteration requests, and then doubly impressed by how good everything tasted when it arrived. She said her group of six (including a meat eaters and picky vegans) were all pretty happy there.

Dec 02, 2007
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

Unusual Icebox Cookies?

Did you happen to see this recipe: http://www.chow.com/recipes/10761? I just made these the other day - they were super tasty. After following the recipe, my one recommendation is chop the Ibarra chocolate very finely; larger bits make it difficult to slice through the refrigerated dough.

Oct 15, 2007
Courtneyah in Home Cooking

International Distict Can't Miss?

Don't miss the Panama Hotel Tea Room for a really lovely afternoon tea. Their snacks are adequate, but their tea is amazing. My favorite is the herbal chai latte.

Aug 22, 2007
Courtneyah in Greater Seattle

Nice dinner place in Port Townsend?

I recently had lunch at the old Otter Crossing restaurant, which is under new ownership. I know nothing about the new ownership, but the food was excellent, and much nicer than that of the old cafe.

The dinner menu included oysters and other seafood that all looked delicious. I've always been fond of that space, and was very happy to find food there that better matched the beautiful setting.

Aug 22, 2007
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

Baking with fresh brewed coffee

Really delicious banana muffins. This recipe is adapted from the original Moosewood Cookbook.

Mash 1 C ripe banana into 1/2 C strong, brewed coffee and let sit.

In another bowl, combine 2 C flour (I use a combination of whole wheat pastry flour and unbleached), a bunch of cinnamon, some freshly grated nutmeg, a large pinch of salt, 1/4 t baking soda, and 1 1/2 t baking powder.

In yet another bowl, combine 3/4 C melted butter, 1 scant C sugar, 2 eggs, and some vanilla.

Add the banana and the flour to the butter in turns, beginning and ending with flour.

Add 3/4 C frozen blueberries. Drop by 1/3 cups into muffin tins and bake at 350 until done.

Mar 19, 2007
Courtneyah in Home Cooking

Would Appreciate Lunch Rec's for Friday in Seattle -- high quality, sit down with wine ....

I love the Dahlia Lounge for lunch. I've had two bad-mediocre dinner experiences there (mediocre food, bad service), but always love lunch there. And they do take reservations.

Jan 25, 2007
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

Under $5 in Seattle?

I second the Crumpet Shop and Aladin Gyro-cery suggestions, and also want to mention Dante's hotdogs and sausages ($3-5, I think), and piroshky. I used to go to Cafe Yarmulka (sp?) in Pike Place Market... don't know if it's there anymore.

Jan 25, 2007
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

matzo ball soup in Seattle

I am not Jewish so may not have the best background for this, but I've been having the matzoh ball soup at Leah's Bakery for years and it's one of my favorite comfort foods. I love it.

Dec 29, 2006
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

relocating to Seattle, eating-wise

Columbia City, all the way. It is still (compared to most neighborhoods) affordable, and it has wonderful food options, many of which are listed by ceester up above. It is also close to downtown and the International District, both of which have fabulous food options.

Another option is Fremont/Ballard. It's where I live, with my moderate salary and my small child and my love of food and we do pretty well over here. It's more difficult to find decently-priced housing (we rent) but it's not impossible. For food we have Paseo, Cafe Besalu, Carmelita, Le Gourmand, cookies from the Greenwood Bakery, PCC's deli, Gordito's, Ray's Boathouse, and the Stumbling Goat Bistro, among others.

Also, a large number of the highly sought after public schools are in the Fremont/Ballard area, which means your chances of getting both kids into a good public school may (arguably) be higher over on this end of town.

Dec 29, 2006
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

Ultimate Resturants 2006 (SEA)

1. Le Gourmand
2. Salumi
3. Shiro's (at the bar)
4. Matt's in the Market
5. Paseo

Dec 28, 2006
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

retirement gift

There's a fabulous beer shop in Seattle (Wallingford) called Bottleworks - they're brilliant. I'd call/visit them.

Web site: http://www.bottleworks.com/

Dec 28, 2006
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest

So What are people making tonight for Dinner?

We're having lentils, too. Lemoned lentil soup.

Nov 23, 2006
Courtneyah in Home Cooking

Need a Romantic Dinner Place near Seattle

I'm a huge fan of Le Gourmand in Ballard. The food is incomparable. It is expensive, though. If there doesn't happen to be a bachelorette party going on (like the night I was there) the accompanying bar, Sambar, is a great place to get variations on the delicious food for a lower price. Additionally, I've never had more exquisite drinks than I had at Sambar and Le Gourmand.

I also like Matt's in the Market for lunch or dinner. There's also a funky little crepe place in Fremont called Bouchee that can be very romantic. Their prices are reasonable; the antipasto is excellent and makes a good meal; and if you go on a Friday, there's a great magician who wanders table to table.

Oh! And the Boat Street Cafe on Lower Queen Anne. Just ate there recently for the first time, and it was beautiful - the atmosphere and the food.

Nov 22, 2006
Courtneyah in Pacific Northwest