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Opal in Queen Anne Closing...what's next?

I saw the notice a few weeks ago and there appears to be a sign of another business moving in. Does anyone know what that will be this time? Any word on the Vincenzo space?

Nov 24, 2009
TacoBusHound in Greater Seattle

Dig the Pig

Thanks...I checked out Wolly Pig's website and it looks fantastic. I'll trek over to Univeristy Farmer's Market this weekend -- I usually hangout at the Ballard market.

Oct 19, 2009
TacoBusHound in Greater Seattle

Dig the Pig

Last fall, my life changed forever when I tasted the home smoked/cured ham from Seabreeze Farm on Vashon at the Ballard Farmers Market. Now I am in a constant search for highest quality hams available -- not the pink, saline infused products at most grocery stores. With the Holidays just around the corner, can anyone suggest potential sources for the beautiful salty pig product? Many thanks.

Oct 18, 2009
TacoBusHound in Greater Seattle

Whats missing in Queen Anne??

Just saw on Nancy Leson's blog that a new Mexican taqueria is opening in the old Veil...the For Lease signs are up at Vincenzo's so hopefully a family friendly pub like Hilltop or Buckley's takes advantage of the outdoor deck. Bustle is opening across from Ken's and is a wine bar/cafe. Anything else?

Making cassoulet, need ingredients

Not sure if you are still checking this string, but I'm in the same boat and was wondering if the Tarbais beans made a big difference? I need two pounds and at $15/lb, want to make sure it is worth the extra effort.

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

Ouch...looks like they are clearing out a nice area for a deck as well. Please no bakery...

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

...still quiet. Any updates from anyone?

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

Wow...Blue C on Queen Anne could be interesting although Ottoto seems to be holding its own..but probably a completely different clientele.

Seattle Chowhound Returning to SF for a week

Its been nearly 8 years since we have moved away from The City for the third time. Short of a few quick business trips, we have not had a chance to return to the food mecca for an extended period. We are now coming the week of Feb 15 and have a few old haunts that we want to return to (they may very well have gone downhill or closed but I will be doing due diligence this week) but also would like to poll the group on new classic, or potentially classic SF institutions. As you will notice, we are less about fine dining than about food experiences of all types. On the old haunt list we have (in no order of preference):

-Swan Oyster Depot
-LuLu
-Tadich Grill
-Boulevard
-Ebisu
-Harbor Court/Yank Sing
-Tommy's Joynt
-Red's Java House
-The Clam House
-Brandy Ho
-La Vie
-Foreign Cinema
-Roosevelt's Tamale
-Molinari's
-Hyde Street Bistro
-Jeaunty at Jacks
-Plouf

Any suggestions would be welcome but we will only have budget for 1 or 2 "splurge" restaurants. We won't have a car but will be staying in a central location and will be fully prepared to cab anywhere.

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

The only positive is a potential move of Vincenzo's and a Buckley's type family pub moving into the cavernous space with outdoor seating. The Paragon does a good job for adults but I think a more casual sports oriented pub with good food would do well.

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

My wife refuses to step another foot in the door after a terrible food/service experience. The greens were limp and inexcusably overdressed, service slow and ambience a miss.

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

I drove past on Friday night and the lights were on and people inside. I assume they were employees but looks like something is gearing up. Anyone have more info?

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

I live down the alley from Ken's and it looks like a MAJOR revamping of the new space across from Ken's. Anyone have an update? Any rumors on the Jamba Juice space?

Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

Opal is gone? What a shame as it was a very adventurous attempt on the Hill and probably the most since Pirosmani (spelling?) which was before my time.

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

Just when I thought that Upper QA was getting some incredibly good spots (Wolf, Portage, Betty, Via Trib), we have stalled. I wonder how long Opal, Julia's and Vicenzo's can hang on in this very difficult location. Where is a kid friendly gastropub? If I knew anything about running a restaurant, I would open one myself.

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

I saw an application for alcohol service so that is a good thing as well, although I must say that Ken's with the addition of Boars Head meats has a fairly fine sandwich lineup.

Vancouver: Small Plate/Izakaya Crawl for 8 on a Sat in Oct?

Thanks all. Hapa is a definite and I haven't had a chance to try Kingyo, so maybe I will do those two and see how the crowd responds. We may actually try to catch a Giants game prior for the true Canadian experience so hopefully later reservations will be easier to come by. Amtrak has one train per day each way between Seattle and Vancouver and I highly recommend it. I have eaten at Tapastree a few years ago as we stayed at the TimesSquare Suites above the restaurant. It was very good but not memorable. I will post after the trip. Any suggestions for a good experience lunch around Stanley Park on Sunday? I was thinking of one of the restaurants in the Park or on Davie near the water.

Vancouver: Small Plate/Izakaya Crawl for 8 on a Sat in Oct?

It is my wifes 40th this October and as a tradition, close friends from college back East and a few friends acquired along the way, celebrate the fourth decade by torturing our livers and treating our stomachs somewhere in the Americas.

Given that we have landed in Seattle, we are planning on taking the train to Vancouver and I wanted to treat the party to an Izakaya crawl but am fearful that trying to get 8 people stuffed into some of the tiny Izakaya locations may be daunting and frustrating. I'm in love with Izakaya in Vancouver with Hapa and Guu my favorites. I know Hapa takes reservations, but do any others? We will have access to a driver (given the drink) and a Saturday night/Sunday afternoon at our disposal if that helps. Which other small plate venues may take reservations or can easily accomodate a large party? There were a few in Yaletown that I have experienced in the past but again I'm worried that a Saturday night may prove to be more waiting than eating.

Suggestions/Experiences would be great!

Sea - Places you want to hate

I think that the bottle is burgundy -- chilled...and I can't seem to stay away from it. Back in the day when the wine was served in pint sized glasses to wash down the whole chicken cacciatore with mashed potatoes, it didn't last long. It's much tougher to get through when in a wineglass and "smaller" portions....thank God.

May 30, 2008
TacoBusHound in Greater Seattle

Best Burger in Tacoma-Seattle?

My definition of a good burger comes from the East Coast where anything over medium rare indicates questionable beef. Rating this way, Sport and Steelhead Diner are my two favorites. What I miss most is going into a cozy pub and getting a great burger...guess I'll have to try Two Bells again...

If the destination was based on food............

Thanks Freida..good to know. It seems to be a constant battle with red tides, bacteria levels, etc in most oyster producing regions but this isn't the only place they harvest the oysters and the store at this site will still carry a large variety of oysters and the amazing view. A quick call confirmed that the bay is closed, but they are hoping to hear today and they have plenty of product from their other farms on hand. I plan on making it up there this weekend myself so I was a very interested observer.

Taco Trucks in Seattle

Has anyone been to the one in Ballard right after the bridge?

If the destination was based on food............

The best way to sample these delectable water filters is to buy a couple of dozen x-small pacific, kumumoto or virginica's at Taylor Shellfish (right around the corner from the Oyster Bar), buy or borrow a shucking knife, go to one of the aged picnic tables overlooking the bay and have at it...or they sell a single use bag of matchlite and grill them open. On your way, stop at Samish Bay cheese and taste all of their wonderfully organic cheeses. Pick up a bottle of bubbly at the corner market before you make your way to Taylor Shellfish. One of my top food experiences period.

If the destination was based on food............

Pension Anna is the most authentic with a great German breakfast. Don't miss King Ludwig's Schweinhaxen!

Queen Anne Updates?

...and if you missed O Lounge it was the noodle soup restaurant prior..the place looks very empty and very little activity lately. Does anyone know if any other restaurants are going in at the new condoplex that used to be the gas station and Pete's Calzone?

Upper West Side Must Hit List

Much thanks. We will be at 103rd but can grab a cab so no worries..

Oct 14, 2007
TacoBusHound in Manhattan

Queen Anne Updates?

I've only been once but I thought it was very good albeit a bit expensive. It is extremely authentic tasting if that means anything. The osso buco was very good.

Upper West Side Must Hit List

Frequent New York visitor (Seattle chowhound) staying in the Upper West Side for the first time (usually in the West Village) and looking for suggestions for must visit locations. Not picky on type of food and will be in an apartment with the ability to cook. Best cheese shops, hot dog, suckling pig, international...it doesn't matter, just trying to canvass the area and not stray too far.

Oct 04, 2007
TacoBusHound in Manhattan

Good food in Leavenworth?

I can't seem to stay away from King Ludwig's Schweinhaxen. Having just returned from a trip to Munich, it is very authentic and extremely delicious for those pork lovers. Coupled with the Polka bands in the covered beer garden with dancing, and it is a very fun evening for the family. My wife and daughter also like the roasted chicken. I haven't had the schnitzel's in a long time but don't recall them being very good. Prost!

Queen Anne Updates?

Just drove by tonight as I have been travelling and it looks great as a drinking place...something I thought would have happened to Vincenzos before Q...looks fun.