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Guatemalan in Renton?

Will be travelling in GUA this spring wih my son. Could only find one Guatemalan rest. in the area - Chapinlandia - I found conflicting addresses on the web for the establishment so we went to both and struck out.

Anyone know if this place still exists, and is it any good?

Any other suggestions for some authentic Guatemalan in the area?

TIA, Dave

Dec 28, 2009
dcatwater in Greater Seattle

Mikes 4 Star BBq, Port Gamble SEA

Yup, that's the place.

Dec 14, 2009
dcatwater in Greater Seattle

Mikes 4 Star BBq, Port Gamble SEA

Visited this place today, after trying all the usual suspects and being disapointed in general with the BBQ choices in the PNW. Spoke with the propriotor (Mike) who has been q'ing on a mobile rig for four years now. Place is a converted gas station in Port Gamble. Decor is simple, clean and functional.

Ordered a three meat combo plate to share with my 16 yo son. Plate came with pulled pork, chicken quarter, and half a rack of spare ribs. Chicken was done perfectly, golden skin, moist and tender with a good smoke flavor. Ribs had a nice thick dry rub (cinnimon taste came out strong, but not in a bad way) on them, good smoke ring and falling off the bone. Quality cut as well. Pulled pork is where he really shined - very nice smoke ring, plenty of bark mixed in with the order, tender and not greasy. Served with a small bun that held up well to the sauce.

Two sauces available (I orderd my meat with sauce on the side...don't know if it comes sauced usually) one a tomatoe based (texas?) and the other a Carolina vinegar base. The tomatoe sauce was a bit ketchupy for me, but the vinegar was very tasty. Ended up mixing the two for what is for me a perfect combo.

Sides are simple with slaw and beans included in the meals. The slaw was fresh and crunchy with what looked to be the carolina sauce on it. It could use a bit more flavor. The beans were outstanding with a sweet smokey taste and a good bit of cumin coming through.

Place gets bonus points for having 5 or 6 micros on tap. Bill cane to 30.00 with beer and soda, had to take some home because we couldn't eat it all.

All in all a solid place, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it. It is for sure the best Q I've had since we moved here. I'll have to go back to check for consistancy, but if you are looking for decent Q, this could be it.

Dave

Dec 12, 2009
dcatwater in Greater Seattle

Breakfast in SEA

Thanks Amy, CJ's looks like it will fit the bill.....

Dave

Sep 05, 2008
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Breakfast in SEA

We will be staying aboard the boat in Bell Harbor marina downtown and are looking for recomendations for breakfast within walking distance of the marina after a night of semi-professional drinking. Any thing out there?

TIA, Dave

Aug 31, 2008
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

bbq in seattle

Update on BBQ on the peninsula - Fat Rascal's in Port Orchard has closed, something about not being able to pay taxes. Not a loss as they were not good anyway. Revisited Q's BBq in Bremerton (Hwy 303, East Bremerton) and had a good meal. Side of mac and chees (tad greasy but good) , and a mix of pulled pork and brisket. Pork was a bit dry, but a nice mix of bark and good smoke ring. The brisket was the better of the two, very tender with just the right amount of fat rendered out. Sauce is a texas style which is ok, get it on the side or it tends to be oversauced.

Has anyone been to Dos Okies in Port Townsend?

Dave

May 01, 2008
dcatwater in Greater Seattle

Unagi in Tokyo?

Thanks, I have them mapped out! What an one expect to pay at Obana?

Mar 18, 2008
dcatwater in Japan

Unagi in Tokyo?

Any recomendations for a moderatly priced Unagi set meal in the Tokyo area? Traveling in March / April, is this the wrong time of year for eel?

Mar 17, 2008
dcatwater in Japan

What would you buy in Japan?

We will be traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka for two weeks soon. I want to buy a Japanese knife as a souvenir to bring back home (I like things I can use, not just hang on a wall...). I have a 8 inch santuko that is my everyday go to knife, so I am thinking a nice slicer / sushi style. I am willing to spend up to 200.00 us, what brand would you suggest? Are there any other kitchen things that are unique to Japan that I should look for? And yeah, I am so going to get some of that plastic display food - that's going on the wall!

TIA,
Dave

Mar 16, 2008
dcatwater in Cookware

Street food in Tokyo / Kyoto?

Thank you everyone, we have made notes and will try them all!

Mar 06, 2008
dcatwater in Japan

Street food in Tokyo / Kyoto?

Will be spending two weeks in the Tokyo / Kyoto / Osaka areas for two weeks. I'l be with my 16 year old son who is a fairly adventurous eater and we have always enjoyed street stall food. What areas would you recomend for us to try? Are there particular streets or alley ways that would be good for a couple of gaijin to try?

TIA,

Dave

Mar 05, 2008
dcatwater in Japan

What's good in Kitsap?

Slabbit,

Where is August Winn? I have not heard of it, can you elaborate?

TIA, Dave

Mar 05, 2008
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Disappointing Sazerac at Sazerac (Seattle)

Best Sazerac I've had was at the Palace Kitchen. Female bartender, from Alaska, don't remember her name. She had to look up the recipie, but she nailed it. They had the proper ingrediants as well.

Feb 06, 2008
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Biscuits & Gravy in Seattle?

I too am on an eternal quest for great B&G. After many disappointments I went to the Hi Lo Cafe in Bremerton. Gravy was smooth and creamy, with a nice kick to it. Good amount of chunky sausage bits in it. Bisquuits, uh were not bisquits. They were a combination of a bisquit / waffle cooked in a waffle iron. Not traditional, but worked for me...I will order it again.

Feb 04, 2008
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Orlando for a day...

Traveling to Kissimmee and staying at the Gaylord Palms for a few days of work - I have one Saturday until about 4 pm to sample a few great items - looking for something within a cab ride. I would love to go to the Ravenous Pig - I read about the saturday roast, is that still going on? And is this within a cab ride....

Apart from that any suggestions on BBQ close to the Palms? I am partial to Carolina style.

I will also be spending an afternoon at Epcot - best places to eat in the park Iif any...)

Thanks for the help, I'm from the Pac NW and there is no BBQ here....

Sincerely,
Dave

Jan 04, 2008
dcatwater in Florida

Gourmet Burger

High end nothing beats the Palace Kitchen burger. Guilty cheap greasy pleasure has to be a double bacon cheese burger with grilled onions at the Pic Quik in Tacoma with a side of limp fries - hear that sound? That's my arteries clogging just thinnking about it...

Dec 18, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Japanese recomendations

Thanks for the suggestons, looks like we'll hit Samurai for lunch and then try Tsukushinbo for dinner. And yes, the standing rule in the house is that everything must be eaten with chopsticks!

Oct 31, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Japanese recomendations

ooopps, that would help - Seattle

Oct 30, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Japanese recomendations

My son's 16th birthday is coming up and in preparation for a trip to Japan with him we are wanting to go out and sample some food in Seattle. Looking for something that would be as close to what we would find in Japan as we can. We are very ignorant when it come to Japanese food save for a small amount of sushi that probably wasn't very good. A place with sushi as well as some small plates that could be shared would be a bonus. Also someplace that would have a knowlagable wait staff that would be able to give direction and explain what we are eating? I know, I'm not looking for much here....

Oct 30, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

BBQ place I was not impressed with. Lousy sides and I think yesterdays meat. In Bremerton is a place called Q's which is a Texas style who IMO does a better job. Stick with the breisket, and get the sauce on the side. Cosmos is good for quality, but nothing special. And I'm sorry,but I have nothing good to say regarding PV - had lunch there and it was quite possibly the worst meal ever. Would rather go to Tacl Time. There is also a Belgian Frites place by the ferry that had beer and frites just like Europe. They have brats and fish and chips as well, but I would stick with the beer abd frites.

Oct 28, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

What's good in Kitsap?

I'd give Amy's By The Bay a go in Port Orchard. Only been there a few times but each has been very good. Service is ok...

Gino's has opened recently where Tweetens was, have not been myself but word on the street has not been encouraging.

Oct 26, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

What's your go-to drink?

Unknown bar, Jack and coke, hard to screw up. Summer time Bombay Saphire and tonic or Tequila and Fresca. Winter, Maker's neat with a Fat Tire. In a bar with someone who knows what they are doing, a Sazerac.

Oct 24, 2007
dcatwater in Spirits

What bourbon are you drinking these days?

Ratio of cider to whiskey? I would like to try this combo....

Oct 16, 2007
dcatwater in Spirits

Burgerville closest to I-5?

Thnaks for the replies, looks like the one in Centtralia will work with our driving schedule.

Aug 19, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Burgerville closest to I-5?

We will be traveling down I-5 and not knowing southern WA or northern Or very well I an looking for the closest one to the interstate?

TIA, Dave

Aug 17, 2007
dcatwater in Pacific Northwest

Smoked meat and poutine in Victoria?

Thanks to everyone for the recomendations for our trip to Victoria. In my perusal of the Canadian boards there seem to be two regional dishes I need to enjoy - Poutine (sp?) and a smoked meat sandwich. Does anyone have any good recomendations on where to get these delicacies in Victoria or the surrounding communities? Any other regional dish I should have?

Sincerely,
Dave

Victoria visit....

Will be in Victoria in June for our 20th wedding aniv. Looking for your recomendations for the best romantic place for dinner. View not so important as an intimate setting with excellent service, and of course spectacular food. Did a search but most of the post are a few years old, just wondering if there is anything new...

TIA,
Dave