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Urbanspoon Alternative

Now that Urbanspoon is officially done (and I've decided that I really don't like "Zomato"), what app or site are people using to find new and interesting nearby restaurants?

If you suggest Yelp, so help me, I will report you to the moderators.

Jun 02, 2015
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Tacoma Lunch near Museum of Glass

It's a little bit further up the street, but I'd probably do Pacific Grill over the Swiss. Or maybe Indochine.

May 20, 2015
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Over the Moon, Tacoma--What the F?

I was surprised by Aviateur as well.
When I went, the place was nearly empty on a Friday night, which didn't seem like a good sign, but my fears were immediately allayed by the smell of butter filling the room.

I believe we had escargot, a lovely braised lamb and well-prepared salmon.

They have weird hours, and I've never seem more than a handful of people inside, but I'd put in on my list of legitimate Tacoma dining.

May 05, 2015
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Vashon Island in August

Vashon is surprisingly weak for food.
Hardware Store is fine, but nothing all that special.
May, the Thai place across the street (which I think is related to May in Wallingford) is definitely the best restaurant on the island.
Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie and the other stores in that building are pretty nice as well.
I hear Le Boucherie is nice, but not all that much to get excited about (especially considering the prices...)

Apr 26, 2015
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Best Sandwich at Tat's?

I actually prefer the Tatsrami more than the cheesesteak. Sometimes I switch it up with the Chicken Bacon Ranch.

Mar 30, 2015
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Local knowledge needed: beer near University of Puget Sound, Tacoma

Around that area, I can think of Engine House 9 (a brewery serving their own stuff), Dirty Oscar's and the Red Hot (both more focused on food, but with a solid beer selection). They're all within a half mile of campus.

Marrow is a little fancier for food if you want to go that direction.

Mar 23, 2015
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Coyle's Bakeshop

Oh, yeah, I'd forgotten about the scones.
They were definitely a surprise for me too (assuming they are the same as they were during the Book Larder days).

Mar 17, 2015
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WayBack Burgers

Meh. Got a burger and milkshake a couple months ago while in the area. I don't feel a need to return. I'd probably pay a little more and head to Whibbley's

They do fresh potato chips if that's something you're into.
I saw that they do "Irish Nachos" with chili on top of said nachos, which is different for a fast food chain, I guess.

Mar 16, 2015
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Tavern Hall has a fun chicken and waffles with a Sriracha (I know, I know... but it works here) honey that I really like.

Mar 09, 2015
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Looking for Good Pub Food, Happy Hour

Haha!! The travails of trying to make a suggestion TO Kaleokahu... ;-) Alright, I'll try harder.

Murphy's in Wallingford just reopened under new ownership and sounds like it might be worth a shot. I think I'll head over next Monday when they apparently have live Irish music.



Mar 05, 2015
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Looking for Good Pub Food, Happy Hour

How about Mulleady's in Magnolia?
I haven't been in a while (because Magnolia...), but I remember being surprised by the food there a while back.

Mar 04, 2015
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Anyone check out "Simply Soulful" down that way?
Not quite walking distance if you were wandering around Madison Park (unless you like big hills...), but it looks like my kind of spot.


Mar 02, 2015
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Skillet Ballard

Yeah, Skillet's been disappointing me for a while...
I loved them as one of the early food carts in an alley in SLU (become it became current SLU), but they're not the same anymore. I missed that old cornmeal waffle and pork belly off the Airstream...

Feb 23, 2015
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Chicago/Midwest style thin crust pizza?

Yup. Zayda Buddy serves exactly this style of pizza.
They also have legit fried cheese curds.

Feb 20, 2015
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H Mart coming to Bellevue?

That spot is now a Petco or Petsmart, so I think the dream is dead for now...

Jan 29, 2015
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Went to Santouka again today for lunch and I figured out why I don't love it as much as others. It's the noodles.
Dig the soup as much as everyone else, but to me, what sets really good ramen apart is the noodles, and Santouka's just aren't that great. Kukai has the same issue.
I think Jinya, and surprisingly Ramen-Man, have my favorite noodles.

Jan 21, 2015
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Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop - woohoo or wah wah?

I feel like I've seen a bunch of these popup recently, so I guess they must have some loyal customers. Wasn't really impressed the couple of times I've been.

Nice sandwich, wish it was a little bigger, I've had better.

Jan 15, 2015
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Urbanspoon app is shutting down

Yeah... Urbanspoon was my go to as well.
I assume they'll fold current Urbanspoon data into this new "Zomato" app (but currently there is nothing for the US, let alone Seattle), but that's certainly no guarantee of future updates.

Jan 14, 2015
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Whole Roast Beast

A few years back, I had got a whole roast pig from Kau Kau for a great birthday feast. Looking for something similar this year.

Anyone know of catering companies or restaurants that do a whole animal roast? (Lamb, goat, pig, etc.)
I think Marrakesh has a whole roast lamb, not sure if they will let me get it whole.

(Alternately, any other fun idea for a out of the ordinary birthday experience of this sort?)

Dec 31, 2014
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Raw bar and Dungeness crab eastside: Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville

All fine choices.
I'll add Ballard Annex Oyster House.
Don't know what they're doing for Happy Hour, but a fine selection of oysters and real solid all around.

Dec 04, 2014
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Lunch Recommendations in Phinney Ridge or Greenlake?

Anyone try Hecho yet?

Dec 03, 2014
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Raw bar and Dungeness crab eastside: Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville

Honestly (and I hate when people do this), you should hop over to the Seattle side. There are some decent seafood spots on the Eastside, like Seastar, the Beach House or, to take a step down, Anthony's, but a Seattle experience would be much better for an out-of-stater.

Someone mentioned Matts' Rotisserie and Oyster Lounge as a legit spot a little while back, but I haven't been.

Dec 02, 2014
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Quick Recommendations Near 1113 6th Ave

I mean, you're really at the heart of downtown.
Anything from Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market or the central business district is accessible...

I throw out Taste at SAM as a relatively inexpensive ($20 entrees) place that's kind of interesting. Great cocktails, too.

Dec 01, 2014
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Thai Basil in bulk

Is that old lady still there that sits just outside the Seattle Deli parking lot? I'm pretty sure she always had Thai basil.

I feel like the various local H-Marts and Central Markets would also be good bets.

Nov 25, 2014
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Seattle Restaurant for a graduation luncheon?

I think between the out-of-towners who would love the views and the graduation celebration, Palisades might be a really great spot for you.

I know they'll do custom menus, and they have some private rooms available, but I'm not sure if there's a minimum group size for that.

They can be a little pricey for what you get, but hey, a kid only graduates college once, right?

Mary's Kitchen at Corazon.

Popped by this place last week and I was very impressed. Not fully ready to declare it the best fried chicken in Seattle, but I'd put it in the league of Ezell's, Maono and Brave Horse.

It was profiled in the Seattle Times, so it's not really a secret spot or anything, but haven't heard anyone talking about it.

They only do dark meat chicken, so I guess it's a little cheating (I mean, a fried chicken thigh is always going to be pretty moist and delicious...), but I really liked everything I had. Fried okra was perfectly crisp and not greasy. Mac & cheese was done casserole style and cut out in squares with a jalapeno kick, and the cornbread bars were deliciously light and airy.

Be forewarned that it's just a takeout window right by the Corazon entrance so you can't sit anywhere and if you go in the evening, there will likely be a bunch of folks smoking and milling around in between sets of whatever band is playing (I happened to drop by on the night of an all-ages show, so it was extra-terrible...)

Nov 24, 2014
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A Walrus and the Carpenter sanity check

Man, y'all are a bunch of Debbie Downers...

Yeah, the weather might be bad, but it could also be one of those spectacular clear winter days we sometimes get. Why take it out of play now?

As for the route, the Lake Union trail along Westlake isn't bad. There are some old railroad ties along the way and several nice boats moored along the water. I go running that way occasionally and I could do worse. Some legitimate points of interest along the way: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/lakeunio...

A Walrus and the Carpenter sanity check

I'd go through South Lake Union and Fremont/Ballard via Westlake Ave and Leary Way. (Well, I probably wouldn't walk it in the winter... but if your wife is dead set on it, I guess this is what I'd do)

Not a ton to see along Westlake besides little boat shops and stuff, but if you were a fan of Sleepless in Seattle you may recognize the spot where Annie almost gets run over in the middle of the street. And maybe there'll be an awesome private yacht moored there at the time.

Once you cross the Fremont Bridge (detour to the Troll?), you may want to grab a snack or a drink in one of the many places in that area (Fremont Brewing, Red Door, Brouwers, Barrel Thief).

From Fremont to Ballard you'll pass a few places and see some of the older more industrial part of Ballard.

Best part of this is that if you get tired (or cold) you can hop on a bus (the 40, maybe?) that runs along that exact path (Westlake and Leary)

Nov 18, 2014
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Need help for Seattle Thanksgiving itinerary

While this user may have already booked something for Thanksgiving. I'll note that Palisades and the Four Seasons are also doing Thanksgiving buffets.

(no idea what each does, but based on what they have to offer on other nights, it stands to reason they would be pretty good on a Thanksgiving buffet)

Went with this philosophy for a wonderful Thanksgiving at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland when Lisa Nakamura was still there.

Nov 17, 2014
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Seahawks Stadium Kegs Watered Down?

But the lower alcohol beers are different that the standard low alcohol beers that breweries make and distribute. It's not the 3.2% beer that they serve in Utah, Minnesota or apparently San Diego's stadiums.

In order for this to be right, they would need to be creating an entirely different beer that's "only" 10% less alcohol, specifically for the sake of Century Link (and Safeco and maybe a couple other venues), right? That just seems implausible...

It seems to me more likely that all beers, from the stadium and from local bars, would've measured low (whether due to the testing process or because InBev and Redhook are actually lower ABV than labelled)

Maybe KOMO should've gotten a control sample from Sluggers or FX McRory's or whatever...

Nov 13, 2014
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