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Overwhelmed, need ideas on where to start

In terms of apps, I like Eater blog's app.
It gives you their "Essential 38 Seattle Restaurants" on a map, as well as other "Hot" places.

I think Eater can be a little too hype heavy about new places at times, but their set of places to eat isn't a bad place to start.

http://seattle.eater.com/archives/201...

Jul 29, 2014
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Funky Seattle Institutions?

I love when old posts get re-hashed.
Look, Mama's was "really mediocre at best" all the way back then! They should make a shirt: "Really Mediocre at Best Since 1982"

Jul 29, 2014
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Gems In Yakima?

Antojitos Mexicanos is a traditional stop for me. Handmade tortillas and excellent food all around.

The asparagus tamales at Los Hernandez Tamales just over in Union Gap are good. (I liked 'em, but some people go crazy for them)

Not dining, but I'd mention that Bale Breaker brewing is making some of the best hoppy beer in the state right now.

Jul 24, 2014
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Chicago Hounds Headed to Seattle

Or breakfast.
I feel like there aren't a ton of GREAT breakfast options in this city, but I think Tom's smashed garlic potatoes (I believe available at both Dahlia and Lola) are pretty dang good.

Jul 24, 2014
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Ramen and other casual restaurants appropriate for teens (Seattle)

Came across this piece which may offer some possibilities for you down South of the airport. Never been to any of these places though.

http://blog.thenewstribune.com/tntdin...

Jul 23, 2014
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Ramen and other casual restaurants appropriate for teens (Seattle)

I'd say Samurai over Tsukushinbo in the ID, but yeah, can't really think of anything down that way.

I mean, maybe Miyabi has ramen, but I've never had it there.

Jul 23, 2014
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B'ham fam doing SEA for a day - looking for casual ethnic (probably) dinner

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery?
It's THE trendy, hipster spot of the moment.
It's good (and a lot of fun, with alcoholic milkshakes and stuff), but I'm rarely willing to wait in the long line for it.

Jul 23, 2014
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Good BBQ in Seattle?

BBQ is incredibly challenging. Unlike most other cuisines, there are so many external variables in cooking that can affect even the work of even the best pitmasters. Changes in weather, external temperature, humidity, or wood can all have a major effect on cooking.

I've been to several "Best of" places in Texas on off days where I've had only mediocre BBQ.

Additionally, the quality of what you get is highly dependent on how long it's been off the smoker. There's no question homemade BBQ is often better than restaurant stuff because you always eat it soon after it's been pulled from the smoker.

As I think I've mentioned before, I have this theory that many "good" BBQ are good because they are busy (as opposed to being busy because they're good). Being busy and having a consistent, steady stream of customers allows them to keep refresh off the smoker meats ready to be cut (instead of sitting under a heat lamp or in a heating drawer or, heaven forbid, reheated).

So yeah, in a place like Seattle, where weather fluxuates constantly and we don't have a place that is able to keep a large steady flow of customers, BBQ experiences at the same place will vary wildly.

Jul 18, 2014
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B'ham fam doing SEA for a day - looking for casual ethnic (probably) dinner

Pestle Rock in Ballard seems like a good call. Green Leaf's Belltown location was mentioned in another thread and that might work well too. Revel and Joule come to mind as well if you want to go a little more upscale. How about one of the various Japanese spots on 45th in Wallingford.

If you're willing to expand your choices to some stuff North of the city, Old Village on the way home in Shoreline for charcoal Korean BBQ and Biang up in Edmonds would be solid choices.

Jul 15, 2014
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Bourbon and Bones BBQ

You're not a fan of the ribs at Rainin' Ribs?
I actually go the other way and dig their ribs but find their brisket to be a little plain (if I recall, they go pure Texas with just a salt and pepper rub).

Jul 14, 2014
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Solo eats in Ballard?

Staple and Fancy and La Carta de Oaxaca are both good, but I wouldn't advise them for a solo eater. For Staple and Fancy, because it's really a menu designed around group eating and for La Carta because I think it'd feel awkward to eat there alone (due to seating arrangements)

Plenty of other great options in Ballard though.

Jul 14, 2014
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Quick! Yakima visit for authentic Mexican!

My trips to Yakima always include a stop at Antojitos Mexicanos.
(I don't think they have a TV though, although maybe they have one set up for World Cup)

Jul 02, 2014
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Between Seattle & Anacortes?

Edison and Bow are nice, but they take you north of Anacortes.

Skagit Brewery is in Mt. Vernon, just as you hit I-5 from Anacortes. Not a bad little brewery serving food if you're a beer person. (admittedly, the beer's better than the food)

Otherwise, I feel like you're getting close enough to Seattle that you might as well just get something in the city. (and honestly, that's probably what I'd do, wait til you get back to the city)

Jun 25, 2014
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What to eat in/south of Everett before noon on a Saturday?

Oh, I've got this one.
Budapest Bistro. http://www.budapestbistrofood.com/

One of the most Chowhound-y places I know of. Basically a tiny family run cafe in a strip mall, serving up unique Hungarian dishes. I hit it up whenever I'm in the area, which sadly isn't often enough...

Here's a nice little review that Hanna Raskin did before she left:
http://www.seattleweekly.com/2011-11-...

Grouchy Chef up there is also fun, but not as crazy as people make it out to be.

Jun 20, 2014
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Chicago Foodies in Seattle--Bday Dinner?

Westward is solid. They definitely go with lighter fare, which is nice when you're out on their patio on a sunny day.

Jun 12, 2014
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Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

Do you get the happy hour burger at Jak's or the standard one?

I never felt Jak's was even a good burger but it turns out I'd just gotten the happy hour burger before. Going a second time and getting the real burger off the regular menu was a significant upgrade.

Jun 12, 2014
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Molly Moon's #6 in the WORLD

I feel like the best way to enjoy Molly Moon's is as part of their sundaes. They make delicious sauces and great homemade toppings that take things to another level.

(Agree that the ice cream itself is just "ok")

Jun 12, 2014
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One Dinner in Seattle

If you just have the day, and you've got a bit of a group, I'd suggest either Matt's in the Market or Steelhead Diner. Both are in Pike Place, so you'd get to see that, and they do solidly appealing NW-style food. That's probably your best bang for the buck in terms of both sightseeing and food. Not touristy at all.

If you're willing to give up scenery and tourism for a pure food experience, there'd be some other choices around.

Jun 09, 2014
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538.com Burrito Bracket: Rancho Bravo

The website fivethirtyeight.com has been running this "Burrito Bracket" for the past few days. It's actually been alot of fun considering selection on methodologies and inputs. On Saturday, they got to the Western region (California is it's own region).

Not surprising that Denver, New Mexico and Arizona did well, but somewhat surprisingly, Seattle got a nod in as one of the 16 seeds from the west.

They chose Rancho Bravo as one of the burritos to put into the tournament. Now, they aren't saying it's one of the 16 Best in the West, but they selected it to represent the Northwest in this region (a less forgiven individual might call it a "token nod to the Northwest").

Thoughts? Was there a more worthy burrito? I couldn't really think of one that I'd put over Rancho Bravo's... Do we acknowledge our specific burrito weakness beyond our specific Mexican weakness? Did we steal a spot from a more deserving place in West Texas or even Portland?

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/w...

Jun 09, 2014
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Bourbon and Bones BBQ

Gabriel's Fire
Rainin Ribs
Pecos Pit (Sliced Brisket Sandwich, not the pork that everyone else gets)
Bourbon and Bones

and then there's kind of a big drop off, but maybe Bitterroot (they're really inconsistent, though) or Boar's Nest.

May 29, 2014
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Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

And since I took a couple minutes to categorize your list, I hope you'll indulge me with my favorite breweries of the moment (completely subjective and one man's opinion):

(Strictly based on beer, no particular order) Peddlers, NW Peaks, Geaux, Black Raven, Reubens

3 others based on taproom atmosphere, uniqueness and food:
1. 2 Beers/Seattle Cider
2. Lowercase/Burdick (The beers themselves are ok, but fun to have two of the smallest Nano breweries in the city sharing a wall)
3. Outlander (in a small house in Fremont, always cooking up small batches of fun stuff)

May 28, 2014
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Vancouver Hound's first real trip to Seattle -- help an elf out?

Ok, so I've gone and sorted your list into 4 categories based on brewery vs. pub and food options. I've put an asterisks on ones with what I consider worthy food. (Note that some also have food trucks that pop in on weekends)

Breweries with mininal or no food:
Hilliards, Stoup, Reuben's, NW Peaks, Peddler, Populuxe, Geaux, Black Raven, Georgetown, Two Beers, Seapine, Emerald City, Rooftop

Breweries with food:
Hales, Urban Family, Maritime Pacific/Jolly Roger*(Onion Rings), Pike, Schooner, Epic* (short hours for food), Pyramid

Brewpubs with food (Beer restaurants):
Bravehorse*, Noble Fir (limited), Sixgill, Brouwers*, Collins Pub, Pinebox, Masonry*, Elysian

Brewpubs with no food (tap rooms):
Chuck's, Dray

I could add Naked City (Beer-centric restaurant that brews their own stuff) and Super Deli Mart (the original Chuck's, but fewer taps, more rare beer) as interesting ones as well.

May 28, 2014
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Bourbon and Bones BBQ

So I checked out this relatively new BBQ spot today. Haven't seen a viewpoint on here on Chowhound, so here we go. All-around, I was very impressed. I'd definitely put it in at least my top 5 for Seattle area BBQ, maybe higher.

The pitmaster's a Carolina guy, so the pork is definitely very good. There's a bottled mustard BBQ sauce available that works very with it, as well as a unique traditional BBQ saucem(that I preferred for the brisket).

The ribs were also good. A little on the sweet side (which is my personal preference, but some may be looking for something different.), but not excessively so.

This is also the only place I know of in the Seattle area that does an Alabama-style White BBQ sauce for their chicken, which immediately earns some points from me.

As always with BBQ, I caution that your results may vary. The hardest thing about BBQ (especially in this region, where temp and humidity vary so wildly) is consistency, and I may have hit it on a "good" night at the right time when things were properly off the smoker. But simply knowing they can deliver at this level, puts them in an echelon above many others in the area for me.

Also, in that vein, I was impressed that when I asked what was good today, I was offered a legitimate recommendation (I feel like rarely happens here, but is common in Texas and other BBQ communities), and in the end, I was very happy that I heeded the advice.

I'll definitely hit up this Fremont-Ballard spot more often to see what else they can do, and if they can keep the consistency, but definitely impressed in my first impression.

May 26, 2014
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Smokehouse/BBQ joints that sell party-sized sides?

ah, so this is more of a best Mac Salad, Potato Salad request than anything else, right?

I actually can't think of smokehouse where I've loved those sides.

I like what Ezell's does for Mac Salad and Potato Salad, but that might fully be a function of loving their chicken. I'm sure they'll provide larger servings if you ask.

May 22, 2014
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Peter Cipra Died

Just saw that Tom Douglas is doing a Labuznik cooking class as part of his "Hot Stove Society". Hopefully a nice tribute.

http://tomdouglas.com/blog/2014/05/ho...

May 20, 2014
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Great beer in Seattle

I'd recommend going to breweries over beer bars. You'll have more unique experiences and unique beers, some that aren't available at bars and stores.

Here are a couple resources:
http://washingtonbeer.com/breweries/
http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/...

My personal favorites of the moment are Geaux and Stoup. (which gives short shrift to a place like Black Raven which has consistently produced some of the best stuff over the past 5 years)

But honestly, you can't go wrong. Around here, you can pop into any dive bar, and they'll at least have Manny's and Mac & Jack which are very good local brews.

Apr 24, 2014
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dark days for pizza

EatFoodGetMoney, I couldn't find the right words to let you know why Piecora and Stellar are/were special, but this Stranger piece does a pretty good job.

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/go...

Apr 11, 2014
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A New Orleans native visits Seattle for the first time

Yeah, this warrants follow-up...

Chartreauxx, genuinely curious, is there some secret place up there we should be hitting up?

Apr 09, 2014
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Best Lasagna in Seattle?

Yeah, it's pretty good. They do theirs with a really thin noodle. A little bit different than what I think of for classic lasagna, but definitely tasty.

Mar 24, 2014
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Kaisho, Bellevue

Not related to the original post, but you know what I learned that makes Cheesecake Factory a significantly better option? You can get breakfast all day.

I mean, I doubt all these people lining up for CF are getting breakfast for dinner, but I'd respect them more if they were...

Mar 23, 2014
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