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Tacoma great dining

From the Bayou changed hands and isn't the same. Two suggestions: Maxwell's Speakeasy (near downtown Tacoma) or Marzano's in Parkland.

Mar 19, 2009
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Dinner within 10 min drive of the Tacoma Dome

Indochine is a good suggestion. Also excellent is Maxwell's Speakeasy and Merende.

Mar 13, 2009
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Il Terrazzo Carmine (SEA)

Il Terrazzo Carmine closely resembles the food I experienced in Italy. As mentioned, it's not "trendy", but will be there long after Seattle's trendy Italian spots disappear because of inconsistent food and poor service.

Oct 16, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Help! Looking for an interesting bar in Seattle

I like the upstairs bar at Maximillien's at the Market. Very Euro-rustic. Same menu as the downstairs (white table cloth) restaurant featuring some of the best Mussels in Seattle.

Oct 08, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

I don't get Trader Joe's

AJ, It's simple really. Trader Joe's is to grocery stores as Rachel Ray is to cooking...

Aug 19, 2008
Glassman in Chains

Sacramento Business Dinner

Peter, Great recommendations. Thank you!

Jul 31, 2008
Glassman in California

Sacramento Business Dinner

Hey Chowhounds, Where is a Chow-worthy destination for a business dinner in Sacramento? All help appreciated.

Jul 31, 2008
Glassman in California

New Restaurant Nr. Airport Way at Spokane St?

The name of the restaurant is "The Corson Building".

Jul 30, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

South Okanagan Trip

Morefuuud, One of the most amazing wine's I've ever experienced is Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin. I have some in the cellar now and cherish every bottle.

Best of Seattle - Help

One of the local Chowounds asks each Seattle area Chowhound to list their 10 favorite restaurants. He then compiles the total number of restaurants selected. Last year they were:
1. Harvest Vine
2. Lark
3. Union
4. Salumi
5. Volterra
6. Boat Street
7. Mistral (now closed)
8. Tamarind Tree
9. La Carta Oaxaca
10. Paseo
11. Sitka & Spruce
12. Restaurant Zoe
13. Cafe Press
14. Crow
15. Cfe Campagne
16. Le Courmand
17. Palace Kitchen
18. Seven Stars Pepper
19. Tilth
20. Szechuan Chef
21. Matt's at the Market
22. Cafe Juanita

Total number of votes equals the final position/tally.

Jul 29, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

"Really Seafood" Seafood Restaurants Around Seattle

Cyld, Both Ho Ho Seatfood Restaurant and Seven Stars offer amazing crab dishes along with other well prepared seafood. (More affordable than Belltown offerings as well.) Seafood pots at Made-In-Kitchen are excellent. Hing Loon makes a delightful shrimp won-ton soup. There's a lot of fun seafood offerings in the International District if you seek and explore.

Jul 23, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Kingfish in Seattle?

ECP, Kingfish is definitely a Chow-worthy destination. Their southern fried chicken is the real deal as are the biscuits. You'll have a great time.

Jul 23, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Eating our way around Seattle in about 2 days

The Inn at the Market is a great location to explore Seattle. I have not been to Purple Cafe so I cannot provide you info. However, I note you're traveling from Pennsylvania. Based on that, I would recommend at least one meal in Seattle's International District. Three strong contenders are: Made-In-Kitchen, Tamarind Tree and Greenleaf. In the Market, Matt's at the Market for sure. For dinner, reservations in the wine cellar at Harvest Vine. (The #1 rated Chowhound destination in Seattle.) For breakfast: LOLA, a short walk from your hotel.

Jul 21, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

One Night in Seattle (Or Two)

Chowhound was created for people to find great food off the tourist path. Given that, Canlis has really uninspired, overpriced food. As mentioned, Matts, Veil or Union are more true Chow-worthy destinations. But Seattle was built and settled by Asians, so I would definitely recommend one meal in the ID district. Made In Kitchen, Seven Stars or Tamarind Tree represent Seattle well to traveling `hounds.

Jul 10, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

First time in Seattle

P.J. Excellent recommendations. I would also add Made-In-Kitchen in the International District and Maximillien's at the Market. (The mussels are incredible as is the upstairs bar.) Matt's at the Market is another Seattle Chowhound destination. For bakeries, Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle is not to be missed. The owner won the Paris Pastry competition two year's ago. For upscale dining, I believe Harvest Vine should be on every Hound's list when they visit Seattle.

Jun 14, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Broadway QFC Seafood Department

Dagoose, Ever since Kroger bought QFC it's been all downhill. (Hence the closings of multiple QFC's.) It's a classic example of bean counters ruining a winning formula to make an extra 2% while ruining the business entirely.

Jun 11, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Tacoma - After Work Cocktail Options

The top floor of the Murano is for private parties only. The mid-level bar and restaurant is terrible.

Jun 08, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

The "new" Bon Appetit (magazine)

Their new logo looks like "Microsoft 1992". The graphic artist that created it must have been trapped in time at some Starbucks with WiFi access. As to the smaller page count, the reality of magazine publishing is that costs for commercial printing paper are going to increase 25% in 2008. Subscriptions to most publications are declining so they cannot ask for higher advertising rates to cover the increased production costs. A truly smart editor would increase the value of the content; instead, they are dumming it down.
It's ironic that a publication filled with recipes would follow one to disaster.

Jan 18, 2008
Glassman in Food Media & News

Hamburgers in the Pacific Northwest?

The Pick Quick! is closed until February 1st. This little gem should be on every Chowhound's short list of great burger destinations. (Fries are fresh potatoes hand cut each day--not frozen.)

Jan 18, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Looking for best Italian in Seattle area?

Il Terrazo Carmine, hand's down.

Jan 15, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Eating Out in Seattle

Paula, The Dungeneous crab here is signature to the region and no one does a better job of cooking it than Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan Restaurant. I also recommend Harvest Vine as a true Chowhound destination. (It has been voted best Seattle restaurant by local Chowhounds two years in a row.)

Jan 11, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Bakeman's

Dave, Bakeman's fresh baked turkey is light year's ahead of the processed deli-dreck served throughout Puget Sound. Bakeman's is an Oasis from Sysco and Food Services of America. (And should be an inspiration to struggling Puget Sound restaurants--make your own food from scratch and your business will double.)

Jan 10, 2008
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Visiting seattle

I second La Carta de Oazaca; Seattle's International District offers great seafood. Don't miss the Szechuan crab at Seven Stars Pepper restaurant. (Just don't wear your good shirt.)

Jan 07, 2008
Glassman in Greater Seattle

Saturday dinner on First Hill (SEA)?

Returning Son, You are five minutes from the International District which offers excellent affordable cuisine. I suggest Seven Stars Szechuan, Tamarind Tree, Green Leaf or the funky Fort St. George (Japanese). You are also just a few minutes from the Kingfish Cafe (traditional Southern) is your cholesteral count permits. Avoid O`Asian as it's the equivilent of an Asian Olive Garden.

Nov 15, 2007
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

P.F. Changs

I find this ironic that you would place these posts on Chowhound. PF Chang's is to Chinese as the Olive Garden is to real Italian. Chang's is a mall version of a Chinese ClaimJumper. I suggest you get out and find the real thing and support your local, family owned Asian restaurant that serves great food prepared with honest, loving care. They may not have a 28 page menu, but then, they don't have a CEO who knows nothing about Chinese food and everything about marketing to the masses.

Nov 13, 2007
Glassman in Chains

Can't get hamburgers cooked the way I want

If a restaurant won't cook their burgers medium or rare, it speaks volumes for the quality of meat they are serving. One of the reasons Jack `N The Box has had so many e-coli incidents is the standard of meat they purchase. In their corporate guidelines, they specifically list the "parts per thousand" of feces and insect parts they will accept and still serve to their unwitting customers.

Nov 12, 2007
Glassman in Not About Food

5 Spot

For the same reason people go to the Olive Garden. They're clueless.

Nov 12, 2007
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Recs for one night out

DB, LOLA is not part of a chain. It is one of Tom Douglas' restaurant incarnations and very, very good. However, LOLA would not be my Seattle recommendation because of its Greek theme which has nothing to do with a city founded by Native Americans, Asians, Danes and grumpy, mostly-gay Norwegians. My suggestions in order of preferance would be: Matt's at The Market, Seven Stars Szechuan (for their Szechuan Crab) and another Douglas option, the Palace Kitchen. Harvest Vine, a Spanish Tapas venue, is probably the best food in Seattle right now, but not traditional to the city of Belltown Zombie Night of the Living Dead servers.

Nov 05, 2007
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Japanese recomendations

Per Chowhounds, we tried Fort St. George for lunch today. What a fun little food destination. Definitely Chow-worthy.

Nov 03, 2007
Glassman in Pacific Northwest

Daves Bar-b-que?

If Red Lobster is one of your dining destinations, you'll enjoy Dave's.

Oct 01, 2007
Glassman in Chains