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Best ethnic restaurants in San Diego?

The Persian place in the Black Mtn. Indian mall has jars of house made Torshi you can buy, and I ordered some with my food and it was awesome. They also have Sabzi Gormeh on the menu always, my favorite.

Nov 30, 2013
dnamj in San Diego

What are the best eats in your hood?

Banker's Hill:
Lots of choices for good eats here, Of course Bankers Hill, and Azuki Sushi (nice back covered patio which is unusual for sushi). Cafe Bassam makes a proper espresso, pappalecco fpr happy hour and gelato late night, and of course it's little italy adjacent, which has some good finds, but I'll let L.I. hounds comment there.

On another note, perplexed at the no-love for point Loma. Fleetridge has Jimmy's, Suppanee, and Pummarola. If you haven't been to Pummarola, go now.

Nov 30, 2013
dnamj in San Diego

Restaurant Bea is opening the last week of March in Madrona

Looks like the old Cremant, / June space is opening for Dinners Friday, March 30th! They've been doing a lot of work, and have totally re-done the interior and Kitchen. I just got an email from them with the news!

http://restaurantbea.com/
http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voraci...
http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

Mar 19, 2012
dnamj in Greater Seattle

I'm craving...

Green Mole, but I'm up in Seattle and can't get to El Comal

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El Comal
262 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA 91910

Oct 20, 2011
dnamj in San Diego

Great Mexican and Latin-American Food in Seattle?

Some good suggstions in this thread, and I also recommend La Dona in White Center.

Jun 20, 2011
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Real Mexican food in Seattle or the East side?

La Dona in White Center is fantastic Oaxacan food. I also recommend La Estacion on Burien.

Jun 20, 2011
dnamj in Greater Seattle

La Dona in White Center. New Owners and Delicious.

La Dona has been under new ownership for about 6 months now. Coming here is reason enough to make a trip to White Center. The food is now Oaxacan, and is also completely delicious. They have Black, Red, Yellow and Green Moles, all homemade and all mind boggling,although it is the Mole Negro that I dream about. There are a couple of interesting differences from the Michoacano or D.F. cuisines that you can find around town (I will not address Azteca-style fake mexican food, as that is not relevant). All the masa dishes are tortillas,and they are homemade and fantastic. Large tortillas are what surround the Empanadas (they had squash blossum in them last weekend), and also the Huaraches. Smaller, thicker ones are the enmolitas, fried and soaked in that Mole negro.

They start you off with good chips and GREAT black beans, cooked with what might be Hoja Santo, and interesting herbal flavor. You also get red and yellow hot sauce, both hot and unique. The red sauce is made with walnuts, and is rich and mysterious.

They have great horchata as well, and are really nice people. Great breakfast on the weekends too. Highly recommended.

Jun 20, 2011
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Vegetarian/Vegan in Seattle

Sutra is amazing. Everyone eats at the same time, but you do get your own table. There are many courses, and it is wildly inventive, using really truly great ingredients. If you call beforehand they will accomodate allergies (I had a gluten allergic person in my group and they nailed it). They have a non-alcoholic beverage pairing which is exquisite too. Go. Go even if you're not vegan.

Nov 02, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Best Thai in Seattle

Naam in Madrona is pretty new and very good. Looks upscale, but prices are not high, good cocktails as well. They also have something that I'm not sure is Thai, but I am sure is fantastic: crab fried rice.

Jul 30, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Brief reviews of half the restaurants in the U District

Guanaco's tacos is pretty good and a good value. It's salvadorean, so Pupusas and fried Yucca are the stars (and they will put whatever you want in them). Many good vegetarian options.

Nobody has the 90 minutes it takes to eat at Samurai, although once it arrives the food is decent.

Jun 10, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Great Lao food in Seattle

I concur, this place is really delicious. I went with a Lao friend, who showed me how you eat with the sticky rice. You roll it into a ball with your hands about 1/2 inch to an inch in diameter. Then you flatted it into a concave disk with your thumb. Then you can use it like a tortilla chip and scoop with it.

The BBQ chicken is excellent. If you get the Lao green papaya salad hot, it is really hot (i mean with chili peppers). Their Larb Gai is incredible too.

Mar 11, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Fish: Where do you buy yours?

The Fish store next to Chinook's at Fisherman's terminal is good, and you can go down the docks and look for Loki's while you're there.

University Poultry and Fish is also great. Both have small selections of great fish.

Mar 04, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Best Seattle Fish and Chips?

Sunfish on Alki is the best, both in texture and fish quality. Also the location. That said, Seattle is pretty good in general, and I've had great ones at Pike Street (especially late night) and the classic is spuds.

Monday is All U can Eat at Chinook's and it is kind of crazy wonderful.

Mar 04, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Best shrimp po boy in Seattle? Help!

Oh boy. They just don't make them that good here at all (compared to new Orleans). The bread is too hard, the shrimp are pacific, not gulf, and the dress is too dainty. That said, the Columbia City Ale House does great Po Boys when they do them. They're usually fish, though.

Mar 04, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Union, Poppy or Tilth -- One Night in Seattle

I recommend Boat Street. The past few times I've been there have been really wonderful, they had a roasted chicken with paprika type spice mix that was sort of spanish-esque and mind-boggling, they have wonderful oysters, and a great wine list (although it IS more french than washingtonian).

Other interesting seattle things include Maneki, which isn't always great, but IS an institution, Nishino, which is always top notch, Shiro's as well, and as a great snack Jack's Fish and Chips in the market for pure fried food fun (especially outdoors in the sinter / spring), and you can stop in to Beecher's right down the block.

Mar 04, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

SEA: NYT article on Seattle and Teriyaki..............

I'd say Tokyo garden is among the top ones for this type of cheap fast teriyaki. They used to give you extra onion salad dressing, which is definitely part of the local tradition. Gigantic portions to be sure, no "meat nuts" in the meat.

Shun, by U. Village does a chicken teriyaki lunch special that really IS special, though.

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Tokyo Garden Teriyaki
4337 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Feb 01, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Finally. Good fried chicken!

Does anyone know if the Alki Homestead still has good fried chicken? They used to be pretty good. It's pan fried.

Feb 01, 2010
dnamj in Greater Seattle

good indian in Seattle?

I can Vouch that Mayuri is good. One thinng they have is Indo-Chinese dishes, the "lollipop" chicken, kind of like sweet and sour chicken, but not sweet, and hot as heck with tons of fresh Jalapenos. Pretty good! They make good Onion Pakoras, Onion Dosas, and the the Chicken is good, too. Overall a good vibe.

Aug 25, 2009
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Best Kept Secrets on the Eastside

Facing East Taiwanese place. A couple of blocks north of Bell Square, ont he west side of Bellevue way (off the road in a mini-mall behind a bank). Really amazing.

Aug 25, 2009
dnamj in Greater Seattle

A "Remember Moment" in Seattle

Second the shrimp recommendation at Paseo. This all sounds great. Nishino is delicious.

Aug 25, 2009
dnamj in Pacific Northwest

SEA Coffee: Vivace, Victrola or Cafe Besalu?

Go to Cupcake Royale on Capitol hill, and get Stumptown. Yes, the beans are actually roasted in Portland, but it's top notch, and you can get cupcakes and enjoy the surroundings.

Aug 25, 2009
dnamj in Greater Seattle

102 Cuisines: Taking Inventory (SEA)

El Salvador: Salvadorian Bakery in Burien!

May 18, 2009
dnamj in Greater Seattle

Two Days to Sightsee, Eat, and Drink Our Way from SF to Vancouver

Halfway between Portland and Seattle on I-5, in Centralia, is La Tarasca, a wonderful Michoacano restaurant. In Seattle, Jack's Fish and Chips is good in the Pike Place Market (and the Apple Fritters at Three sisters bakery directly next to that are great, too). In Vancouver, Sun Sui Wah is pretty great, but there are so many options, it;s tough to even narrow them down. For a great downscale meal (a second breakfast, midafternoon snack) Hon's Noodle house is good. Get the cooked lettuce, they will try to talk you out of it, but don't be scared away!

May 18, 2009
dnamj in Pacific Northwest

Kaui and Big Island help...

Harrington's is now closed. The place replacing it is still being fixed up, they were painting as of May 13, 2009, so they should be open soon.

May 14, 2009
dnamj in Hawaii

slow food on the Big Island, or the road less traveled.

I've been here 6 days now. My advice is to cook most of your meals, and pretty much east out when you're driving around at lunch time. Use your west coast rules: carry cash and keep your eyes peeled for farm stands, visit ALL the farmer's markets, avoid touristy looking places. There is great food to buy everywhere, look for locally produced stuff (KTA stores are OK and have great Asian stuff, and the Health-food store in Waimea has lots of local stuff: labeled HOFA Hawaii Organic Farmers Association).

What part of the island are you staying at?

The restaurants here are generally expensive, and you either pay a lot (like at Merriman's) or go cheap and funky (like Hawaiian Style in Waimea). The people are wonderful and gracious everywhere, and despite people complaining about slowness, you won't notice it if you just relax and soak up the good vibes.

Highlights:

North Kohala: Hawaiian Style in Waimea (breakfast and lunch). Get the loco moco, or chicken and long rice (really bean thread type noodles). Havi: Bamboo is good. The Waimea and Hawi Saturday farmers markets are both good (but the Hilo on Sat and Wed. is mind blowing: the more organic type produce is back by the wall). If there's a little blond girl selling stir-fry greens in Hawi, by all means buy them. Also, the bananas are incredible and make superlative Daquiris. In coffee country, Holuakoa cafe is really nice (but three of us spent $100 for lunch, although we did drink a nice bottle of wine). Elsewhere in Kona, there is a decent wine store (although we found good deals at the Waimea KTA too), google it and stop in. Kim Crawford NZ Sauv. Blanc for $21 a bottle is a good deal for Hawaii, and pairs perfectly with Mac Nuts.

BEST PLACE: is in Kwaihae: a little fish store called "da fish place" just off the road where it bends toward Hawi. It's all delicious.

Hilo we had a less great experience with (except the farmer's market). Cafe 100 is the cultural stop for more loco moco, but coming from Portland, be prepared for gravy and white rice (that goes for Hawaiian Style too). Dotty's was our other old standby, but has been replaced by a IHOP (rrrgh!!).

Harriman's is also gone, and the place replacing it is stil being painted (or was yesterday). We tried a place called Ohana grill, and it was properly executed, but quite plain.

The resort section of Kohala is full of fancy restaurants (in the resort complexes), fancy prices, and fancy people. If that's where you're staying, there will probably be something serviceable, but I encourage you to get out of there and mingle with the real Hawaiian people as much as you can, and also go to as many parks as you can.

Final tip (not food related): drive over the saddle road once between Waimea and Hilo. It's incredible.

May 14, 2009
dnamj in Hawaii

Two days in Detroit, my summary

Thank you! I plan to come back whenever I can. I forgot to mention that the new Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD) is great.

Apr 06, 2009
dnamj in General Midwest Archive

Exceptional Regional Cheese Available in Seattle?

Beecher's is a fun stop in the Pike Place market. They make more of a vermont cheddar than anything else, but they make it into grilled cheese sandwiches, and the quality is 1st class. While you're there you can check out Jack's Fish and Chips, and the three sisters bakery Apple Fritters.

Apr 06, 2009
dnamj in Pacific Northwest

Two days in Detroit, my summary

Just got back from two days in the Detroit area. I was staying in the 'burbs, but was in downtown a lot of the time. Great place for eating, and a fascinating place to visit.

Bloomfield Hills: The Unique Deli, the restaurant at the Radisson where I was staying, was probably the best hotel restaurant I have ever seen. Perfect combination of Jewish Deli and Diner, friendly as can be, and perfectly cooked food: Turkey Rueben, Turkey Hash, Eggs, Lox, Salads that were wonderful. I wish this was next to my house.

Mexicantown: El Borzon. The menu is Mexican on the left side, Italian on the right side, delicious on both sides. A rollicking sort of place, all smiles. I had great Fritto Misto with a wonderful tangy tomato dipping sauce, a taco and gnocci, both solid and fresh ingredients, and a superb chicken pipian (green mole).

Clawson: Shilla, delicious Korean food. Great BBQ (not at the table), beef ribs, chicken. Wonderful little fried cod pieces (a Korean companion ordered everyting). Great Pan Chan (the little side dishes that are always there) especially a fish cake sliced thin and dressed with pepper and vinegar.

Dearborn El Ameer: Perfect Lebanese food. This is just scratching the surface of Dearborn. Go to the supermarket across the street as well, it's incredible.

Please go to Detroit and see for yourself. If you haven't been you can't imagine what the place looks like. It's easy to root for the place, because the people are so nice, and it's mind-boggling to try ti imagine what comes next for that city.

Apr 06, 2009
dnamj in General Midwest Archive

Doner Kebab withdrawls in Detroit

A little O/T but the inventor of the Doner Kebab, Mahmut Aygun, died in January:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

Mar 13, 2009
dnamj in Great Lakes

West Indian (Trini) Food in Seattle?

Yes Pam's is the real deal. Great stuff, and wonderful hot pepper sauce that will hurt you so good. The Chicken Pilau (spelling?) with pigeon peas is especially great.

Feb 16, 2009
dnamj in Pacific Northwest