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Olive You Disappointing Experience

Sadly, I've had the same consistently poor service at Olive You. Despite that, I still go frequently (was just there last night) due to the great atmosphere, super nice owner and fantastic food. I've accepted that price for such awesome food.

Oct 24, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Best Nachos in Seattle

Pig & Whistle at Greenwood & 85th. Their cook is Mexican. They make their own homemade salsa, and there's a secret, hidden layer of black beans underneath the nachos (so as not to make the chips soggy - these people know what they're doing). Those beans are so deliciously seasoned instead of the typically bland black beans most places dump on their nachos. And they carry a nice selection of beers to go along with the nachos.

Oct 24, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Brix Wine Cafe - Kirkland/Juanita

It wasn't cheap - you're definitely paying for the quality. Our meal for two of 2 appy's, 2 entrees, 1 bottle of wine = $150. If I recall correctly, the wine portion of that tab was $70.

Oct 24, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Brix Wine Cafe - Kirkland/Juanita

I had an excellent dinner last night at Brix Wine Cafe in Juanita Village. The chef hails from Barking Frog, and boy does it show! The food is fantastic. The atmosphere is upscale comfortable with hip music played at a comfortable volume. Our friendly, enthusiastic waitress helped with our food and wine selections. The restaurant is a great alternative to Purple, which I always think I'll like until I have to pull my 800 lb chair away from the table. ugh!

About our Brix meal:

- A fresh bread basket was served with a very green, herby dipping oil which we loved. It required the addition of a bit of salt, which our server brought to our table on request.

- I highly recommend the scallops appetizer of three perfectly seasoned and seared scallops served with a smear of buttery mashed potatoes.

- We also ordered the wild mushroom flatbread as an appetizer, which was tasty, but I would skip that next time for a more flavorful flatbread option, of which they have several.

- The skirtsteak entree was surprisingly tender and cooked perfectly to medium doneness. The steak was almost overshadowed by the amazing potato sidedish of paper-thin potato slices seared with the perfect amount of crunch. Awesome! Also on the plate was a tasty sauted swiss chard.

- I ordered the pappardelle with bolognese ragu sauce when I learned they used fresh (not dried) noodles. The sauce was delicious, but could have been more 'saucy' as it started to dry out toward the end of my meal.

Brix has a huge wine selection, and we enjoyed a wonderful bottle of Shiraz.

Has anybody else had a good experience at Brix? I certainly will be returning very soon before it gets discovered and the wait for the tables gets too long!

Oct 04, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

dives in seattle saught!

Emmett Watson's Oyster Bar in Pike Place - excellent clam strips and handcut homemade french fries!

Sep 25, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Sat. night special

Bluedog67's suggestion for Boat Street is a fantastic option. If you like French food, and are okay with a slightly more casual atmosphere, consider Pair. I'm going tomorrow night. It's divine!

Sep 25, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Thanksgiving Dinner in Seattle

howard1st - you have an extremely good point. Perhaps we'd do better with a takeout meal from an upscale market. I'll shop around for prepared meals for a small group (perhaps Metropolitan Market or Whole Foods). Thanks!

Sep 25, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Thanksgiving Dinner in Seattle

I live in Seattle, and my parents visit each year from Texas for Thanksgiving. I've been taking them to Ray's Boathouse (the downstairs restaurant). This year we want to try something different. Here's what I'm looking for:

1. more casual than Ray's (but not a dive)
2. not a buffet
3. not in a hotel
4. traditional turkey dinner
5. must be delicious!

Any ideas?

Sep 24, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Any Homemade Pie in Seattle?

I live in the Phinney Ridge/Greenwood neighborhood and I often crave a slice of homemade fruit pie a la mode in the evening after dinner. I haven't had success finding any reasonably close to where I live (I'm not interested in driving to Georgetown or Columbia City for dessert).

Help me get my pie fix!

Sep 24, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Seattle Restaurant in July - Any Help?

Try the Palace Kitchen. It's just a couple blocks from the Westin, it's run by a famous local chef, Tom Douglas, and it's the perfect combination of nice yet casual. They are known for their rotisserie foods (delicious chicken!) but I have a hard time passing up the pork & chard-stuff ravioli for an appetizer. They also have a fantastic bar. Check out their menu at tomdouglas.com.

May 16, 2007
wlayres in Pacific Northwest

Seattle- Perfect french fries?

Try the fries at Red Door in Fremont. They are similar to Dick's fries - hand-cut, skin-on fries, but they are slightly less greasy. I dip mine in ranch dressing. Cafe Campagne makes my favorite fries. They divulged their secret to me recently - their fries are cooked in duck fat. Yum!

May 16, 2007
wlayres in Greater Seattle