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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.
http://seattletimes.com/html/restaura...

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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Jason Franey to Leave Canlis as Owners Launch National Chef Search

I guess that's what I mean, finding someone who doesn't have that desire for celebrity and ego (Or do all chefs of this caliber have that these days...?). Finding someone who cares more about building and maintaining Canlis than building their own "brand" as a chef. Someone who cares more about their legacy being built through the reputation and legacy of Canlis, than around Michelin stars.

But obviously this is all speculation on my part...

Oct 30, 2014
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Jason Franey to Leave Canlis as Owners Launch National Chef Search

Naw, I don't think you'd want to make it contractual. I think it's all about finding the right person who genuinely gets the Canlis brand and buys into what the brothers are doing. They're really bringing on another partner (monetarily or not), more than finding the next Executive Chef.
I think they're approaching it the right way.

Oct 30, 2014
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Seattle Donuts

My most recent one was about 6 months ago (never much of a sweets person), so maybe quality has fallen off recently... I will investigate as well.

Oct 08, 2014
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Seattle Donuts

Come on, KK is only overrated due to the excessive hype they used to get. (Like 5 Guys or In-n-Out or any cupcake shop)

It's a pretty damn good raised donut overall.

Oct 07, 2014
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Seattle Donuts

Nothing as good as Blue Star here (sorry...), but I'll put Frost in Mill Creek as reasonable alternative. I like them more than Top Pot and about the same as Mighty O for the cake donuts (but they do raised, so Frost gets the edge)

Oct 06, 2014
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Need help for Seattle Thanksgiving itinerary

While it may have gone down in quality slightly in recent years, I'm also a fan of Ray's Cafe Thanksgiving buffet.

Kaspar's used to also do a nice little spread for Thanksgiving, but I don't know if they still do.

I'll note that I'm limiting my suggestions to buffets, some always feels off to me if we do an a la carte dining menu for Thankgiving. I need to be able to go back for seconds...

Sep 29, 2014
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Pioneer Square roundup

"liked these, but didn't love them"

I feel like that's my entire impression of the Josh Henderson empire...

Sep 29, 2014
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Great Mexican and Latin-American Food in Seattle?

I would add El Paisano in White Center and El Habanero in Burien (One of my favorite Chowhound finds, thanks Equinoise) to your list.

Sep 25, 2014
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Looking for fried (whole belly) clams...

Yup. They are legitimate New England Style whole belly fried clams (or at least a respectable NW attempt at it).

Obviously not as good as even a mediocre New England clam spot (the clams themselves were a tiny bit gritty and kind of flat tasting), but passable if you need a memory of Ipswich or the Maine coast.

And miles ahead of any clam strip in existence.

Sep 24, 2014
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Legitimate Poutine

Got a hankering for some good poutine recently. I remembered Pies and Pints having a good version, but when I went last week, I was sadly disappointed to find shards of cheddar cheese on top of a thick, pasty gravy covering my fries. Not good poutine.

Now I'm looking for someone serving some legit poutine around these parts. Any suggestions?

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I thought about it a little further and put together some "Legitimate Poutine" Requirements:
1. Good fries. Doesn't have to be the world's best fries, but no skinny fries and some good crispiness needed.
2. Cheese curds. Large pieces of soft, white, "squeaky" cheese is necessary. Nothing with cheddar or any alternate cheeses and absolutely no cheese sauces.
3. A thin traditional gravy. No chunks, no crazy variations. Preferably meat, but I could imagine a strong veg. gravy that would be acceptable.
4. No additional toppings. Dead giveaway that you're serving cheese fries and not poutine. Just fries, cheese and gravy.

Aside from Pies & Pints, here are a few others I'm disqualifying due to my set of requirements: Skillet, Coterie Room, Angry Beaver, Nabob.

Pictured above is what I could consider a quintessential poutine (maybe the curds could be a little smaller...), the more the suggested poutine looks like what is pictured below the better.

I think the last good version I had was at Smith, but it's been a while now, so I barely recall what it was like... Might have to go back later this week.

Sep 16, 2014
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Looking for fried (whole belly) clams...

Nope. That's more like the clam strips you can get at Ivar's, Spud's and other places of the type.

Sep 16, 2014
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Puyallup Fair 2014 Food Recs?

Dole Whips?
I remember those from childhood Disneyland trips. Have to admit I hadn't thought about em in at least 20 years...
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyouc...

Sep 16, 2014
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Looking for fried (whole belly) clams...

I saw that on their menu and was going to inquire if any Chowhounders could confirm if they were in fact, legitimate "whole belly fried clams".

I'll have to get over there and check it out.

Sep 15, 2014
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Good BBQ in Seattle?

Didn't that branch of Jones close a while back?
I think all that's left is the West Seattle location.

Sep 15, 2014
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Good BBQ in Seattle?

What do you order at R&L?
I've never had a good BBQ meal there and I feel like I'm missing something. Is there some secret?

Sep 12, 2014
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Best deli for Western European meats / cheeses?

Oh, nice. This was the place that was in the old Lake Hills shopping center, right?

Wow, there have been so many Bellevue spots that have re-opened in new locations...

Aug 28, 2014
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Best deli for Western European meats / cheeses?

I think many of the Kroger shops have the Murray's cheese shop thing now. I believe I saw it at Greenwood Fred Meyer and UVillage QFC as well.

That said, I didn't find them any more impressive than the standard cheese selection at a Whole Foods or Met Market or whatever. No better, no worse.

Aug 28, 2014
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Dinner near water-taxi?

Well, I mean, the "duh" option is Marination Ma Kai, which is right at the water taxi landing, but as an "LA-girl", you might be looking for something a little fancier, which would mean a nice, 10 minute stroll down the path to Salty's (which falls into the generic "seafood restaruant" category, but provides a wonderful view and competently prepared seafood).

Aug 21, 2014
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Chik-fil-A

That's funny.

Aug 21, 2014
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