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Whats missing in Queen Anne??

I second that. Gordito's was all wrong though I love the owners. I'd love to see someone like Malena's (McGraw street hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint) open a sit-down restaurant with margaritas, etc. on QA Ave. We don't need another Peso's and we don't want a Jalisco's but something solidly in the middle would do well.

Feb 24, 2009
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Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

Update: Drove by Bustle today and it looks like it might be a while after all. Walls have been moved and it looks like some major remodeling had been going on, though it looked pretty quiet today.

Feb 11, 2009
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Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

Looks like they applied for a beer/wine license the 1st week of November, so might be soon.

Feb 09, 2009
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Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

Blue C would be interesting. Trying to narrow down their possible location, supposedly new construction? Any ideas. The old nail salon on McGraw (across from Ken's) will be Bustle, a wine-centric bar.

Feb 08, 2009
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Queen Anne 2009 (SEA)

I believe that Bricco is no longer for sale but revamped the menu and added a liquor license and that the original sommelier was back at Bricco. The Bricco owners just opened Moshi, a sushi restaurant on Ballard Ave with one of Shiro's proteges. The nail salon across from Ken's is definitely a bar or lounge. Tough location. Rumor of a Blue C coming to upper QA.

Feb 08, 2009
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Bye Bye Asteroid (SEA)

Actually, I think the implication comes from this blurb from the Seattle Weekly:

"Starting local, Nancy Leson gets two scoops this week: 1. Trader Vics closes, to be replaced by a restaurant named Pearl. 2. Fremont's Asteroid Cafe closes, done in by its larger surroundings. When asked if her blind item about the new restaurant space Asteroid owner Marlin Hathaway was negotiating to take over was Sitka & Spruce, Leson only blew electronic kisses."

Aug 27, 2008
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Tres Leches Cake or Tiramisu

Yes, It's on the menu at Senor Moose and quite good. They have a chocolate version, too. btw they recently got their liquor license and they pour a small but potent margarita.

Apr 04, 2008
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How to Cook a Wolf?

Nice addition to QA hill. On the other end of the street, does anyone know what the restaurant is that is going into the old hardware store between Betty and Bricco?

Mar 14, 2008
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what happened to Icon Grill ?

Looks like the Icon Grill is on their way out, whether they like it or not, to make way for a large condo/hotel project.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/busines...

Feb 15, 2008
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Queen Anne Updates?

I don't think any restaurants are scheduled to go in there, just a Bartell's.

Nov 12, 2007
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5 Spot

I think most of the people going there on Sunday mornings are folks within walking distance. Expectations aren't high, basically sunday morning comfort food, and the only other real option for brunch up on top of QA hill is Julia's and I'll take the 5 Spot over Julia's any day.

Nov 12, 2007
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Queen Anne Updates?

In the old O loung e space. QA Avenue and Boston Street.

Nov 10, 2007
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Queen Anne Updates?

I think within days. Rumor has it he was traveling and is back and that his dad (Kent Stowell) of Pacific NW Ballet fame will be working the front of the house. Um, not sure if that's a good thing! Such a tiny space...

Nov 09, 2007
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Favorite Wine Shop?

I really like Esquin but am also trying to expand my horizons. Esquin was great as I shared a on-site storage locker there with my friends and could buy and store in one trip. Based on some of the posts here, I think the Wine Outlet is my next stop. On Queen Anne, McCarthy & Schiering has some great wines and the staff are quite knowledgeable. Bricco, a wine bar down the street, has a Meet The Winemaker series where one can taste the wines then order them from McCarthy & Schiering at a discount.

Oct 27, 2007
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Queen Anne Updates?

They (Top Pot Donuts) are opening in the corner spot which I think is 325 Galer (corner of 4th Ave W & Galer). That bldg you mention is destined to be a salon/spa (Intermezzo) relocating from the Marqueen Hotel.

Oct 01, 2007
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Queen Anne Updates?

According to the workers inside, the Top Pot Donuts on Galer Street will open in a month. Looks like they will compete with Cafe Fiore across the street. Anyone remember what donuts Fiore serves? Mighty-O?

Sep 18, 2007
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Queen Anne Updates?

According to the local paper, Stowell's place will be called "How To Cook A Wolf" and will have 20 seats. Italian/small plates....

Sep 09, 2007
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Best Mexican in Ballard/Fremont?

I'd give my nod to Senor Moose. Simply wonderful and without the pressure of having smooshed faces against the window waiting for you to finish like Oaxaca. They've applied for a full liquor license so Magaritas can't be far behind. Beware on hot days as the kitchen is open to the dining room and the space lacks air conditioning.

Aug 16, 2007
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SEA: Sully's Tavern on Queen Anne

No relation to Sully's Snow Goose. They were originally going to name it Lucky's but thankfully changed it due to mistaken identity with Mr Lucky's, the infamous nightclub by the arena. Not sure how they came up with Sully's though Skyla refers to it being a two year old something or other!

Jul 21, 2007
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SEA: Sully's Tavern on Queen Anne

We tried it....meh. But will give them a little more time to work out some kinks and we'll definitely go back in a month. The owners are young and ambitious, and hopefully, Sully's will make it in what's proven to be a very difficult space.

Jul 21, 2007
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The Local Vine (new Belltown wine bar)

You're right. And since we have the first store here hopefully the quality will always be good. That being said, my experience with chains and many foodies seem to agree, are not good. Somewhere along the line quality IS often lost. They sound great and on paper it looks good but their pitch to people (potential investors and designers) who have seen the biz plan is apparently a quick roll out across the US ramping up exponentially. If everyone is lucky enough to get Jason Wilson's food there will be a lot of happy people nationwide!

Jul 11, 2007
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Lucky ? (Seattle)

UPDATE: Now open and renamed Sully's. Looks like cocktails and appetizers/small plates.

Jul 10, 2007
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The Local Vine (new Belltown wine bar)

Sounds really good. We can't wait to try it. The only thing making me a little wary is that the two Harvard MBAs behind it have said it's to be a chain! Hmm.

Jul 09, 2007
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New-ish on Queen Anne (SEA)

Let us know. I've passed by several times to/from home since the "official" open on Thursday. Fairly empty around 5:30pm but full by 7pm both nights. Looks like they were unable to put in a rooftop deck. Also, there's a space being renovated a couple doors down, on the corner. Rumor has it that Top Pot Donuts was interested.....

Jun 23, 2007
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Betty--new on the Hill

My experience closely resembles sammick's. The first time we went the place was full and the food (mostly) and the service was great. The second time we went, there was a smattering of people and one would think that would mean more attention to detail for us but it was definitely not the case. The service was absent-minded. While the drinks were great, the food was just okay, nothing memorable. Also, the menu selections are somewhat lacking with very few entree choices. They are just about to start their 2nd month in business so we'll go back soon for one last try and I'll post a detailed review after that visit. I asked about the rumored deck they were building but apparently it's "not going to happen".

Jun 04, 2007
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Queen Anne Updates?

I've always found the 5 Spot's food to be decent but then my expectations aren't too high when I dine there. To me, it's just a neighborhood joint where I know I can get decent breakfasts, brunches or lunches.

btw I've been to Betty a couple times now. The first time was much better than the second, with the second being just okay and the staff indifferent. I think they may have just hired a new chef? I'll go one more time before I write a full review. The food on the first trip was generally pretty good but there is not much on the menu to choose from. Has anyone else tried it?

Jun 03, 2007
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Layover at the Seattle Airport

As far as airport offerings go, Vintage Washington looks interesting! Vino Volo also seems like a good place to sip away a long layover and is on the post-security side so air passengers only, but no need to go through security again.

May 31, 2007
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coupage (SEA)

Yes. Citing "professional differences" per the local paper:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/food/blo...

May 30, 2007
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Layover at the Seattle Airport

Agree that time constraints may limit you to the airport where your best choice may be Anthony's. However there is a new-ish "wine bar" that has opened called 'Vino Volo'. They offer wine flights and small plates i.e. charcuterie, Beecher's Mac n Cheese:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/28...

May 30, 2007
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GOING TO SEATTLE

It's a bit of a walk but you could cut through Seattle Center and head to Shiro's 2401 2nd Ave (Belltown). It can be a bit expensive though. Another option might be Shiki's 4 W. Roy St. (maybe 6 blocks from Dexter?) Great sushi! Though I've never cared for the ambiance (very bright lighting). Of course, very near to where you are staying is SushiLand USA but it's conveyor belt sushi...

May 22, 2007
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