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  • Post #31 - September 2nd, 2015, 9:14 am
    Post #31 - September 2nd, 2015, 9:14 am Post #31 - September 2nd, 2015, 9:14 am
    We also had an amazing lunch at Salumi that I haven't gotten around to posting
    and a very decent dinner at
    Ponti Seafood grill
    "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home."
    ~James Michener
  • Post #32 - September 22nd, 2015, 5:48 pm
    Post #32 - September 22nd, 2015, 5:48 pm Post #32 - September 22nd, 2015, 5:48 pm
    It says something about the quality of this forum that a year after leaving Chicago that I am coming back to this forum for recommendations on where to eat in Seattle, where I now live.

    I will echo the earlier recommendations of Walrus and Carpenter and Joule, both of which are excellent. If you find yourself with a wait at Walrus, the bar next door Barnacle is excellent.
  • Post #33 - March 27th, 2016, 5:24 pm
    Post #33 - March 27th, 2016, 5:24 pm Post #33 - March 27th, 2016, 5:24 pm
    Some highly recommended highlights from a recent trip to Seattle.

    corvo.jpg

    #1 by a wide margin is Il Corvo, a place I'll never skip on any trip to Seattle as long as I'm in town 11-3 on a weekday. The small downtown stop serves up three pastas a day and a few anitpasti. That's it. I assume the antipasti are good but there were two of us and I was determined to try all three pastas, a decision I couldn't regret less. On my visit, they had pappardelle alla bolognese; baked mafalda (pictured, made with spinach pasta, parsnip and kohlrabi cream, tomato and broccoli); and a pasta misti with braised pork leg ragu. Every piece of pasta was cooked absolutely perfectly. Perfect is grossly overused in describing food but I can't think of any other way to describe what I ate at Il Corvo. It's almost certainly the best pasta I've had (I think only Flour + Water in SF is close), but take the casual ambience and low prices ($9/plate) into account, and Il Corvo is unparalleled.

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    The fried chicken at Ma'Ono more than lived up to the hype. Absolutely loved it. Really enjoyed everything I had at the restaurant this twice-fried, umami-laden crusted bird was as juicy and crunchy a chicken as I've ever had. Served with kimchi because why not? Ma'Ono runner up was the banana cream pie. Ma'One second runner up was the Mac n Kimcheese, a super creamy kimchi spiced version of mac and cheese and I must try to recreate.

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    I thoroughly enjoyed my brunch at Revel and the ramen hit the spot on a cool wet morning, but the highlight of that meal was unquestionably the lemongrass cream puff with poached quince. Actually, the highlight was the sweet painting of Macho Man Randy Savage on the wall, but the cream puff was a very close second.

    Schilling.jpg

    Schilling Cider House had the best selection of cider I've ever seen in one place. 30+ on draft, including a handful of their own creations, and several coolers full of bottles. We stumbled on it when we had some time to kill and I'm thrilled I did.

    Pro tip for those wanting to try Walrus and Carpenter, which doesn't take reservations. If you're going on a weekend, either go early or be prepared to wait a very, very long time. We got there around 7:00 on a Saturday and were told there was little chance we'd get in that night at all. We didn't risk waiting to find out.

    Il Corvo
    217 James St, Seattle
    (206) 538-0999
    ilcorvopasta.wordpress.com

    Revel
    403 N 36th St, Seattle
    (206) 547-2040
    www.revelseattle.com

    Schilling Cider House
    708 N 34th St, Seattle
    (206) 420-7088
    www.schillingcider.com
  • Post #34 - March 30th, 2016, 7:12 am
    Post #34 - March 30th, 2016, 7:12 am Post #34 - March 30th, 2016, 7:12 am
    I wish we had a place like Il Corvo in Chicago. Next time you go he will have opened his "pasta workshop", so you can purchase some pasta to bring back to Chicago.
  • Post #35 - March 30th, 2016, 8:09 am
    Post #35 - March 30th, 2016, 8:09 am Post #35 - March 30th, 2016, 8:09 am
    dagrassroots wrote:I wish we had a place like Il Corvo in Chicago.


    We do. Check out Monteverde.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #36 - March 30th, 2016, 8:57 am
    Post #36 - March 30th, 2016, 8:57 am Post #36 - March 30th, 2016, 8:57 am
    stevez wrote:
    dagrassroots wrote:I wish we had a place like Il Corvo in Chicago.


    We do. Check out Monteverde.


    Nope--Monteverde's menu is probably, conservatively, 3x the size of Il Corvo. Hoping to get to Seattle this summer and this place is at the top of my list!
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #37 - March 30th, 2016, 9:16 am
    Post #37 - March 30th, 2016, 9:16 am Post #37 - March 30th, 2016, 9:16 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:
    stevez wrote:
    dagrassroots wrote:I wish we had a place like Il Corvo in Chicago.


    We do. Check out Monteverde.


    Nope--Monteverde's menu is probably, conservatively, 3x the size of Il Corvo. Hoping to get to Seattle this summer and this place is at the top of my list!


    Sure, the menu is bigger, but the point is that the pastas being served at Monteverde are of the same high quality as those being served at Il Corvo, there's just more of 'em...and there are daily special items that come and go as quick as an eye blink. Granted, the price point is higher than Il Corvo, but price doesn't usually enter into the equation for me when it comes to the quality of the food being served, and then when you factor in the price of the airline ticket to Seattle... Check out Monteverde. You won't be sorry.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #38 - March 31st, 2016, 9:12 am
    Post #38 - March 31st, 2016, 9:12 am Post #38 - March 31st, 2016, 9:12 am
    No doubt there are good places to get pasta in Chicago. I am more thinking about the feel of Il Corvo. It's a lunch place with counter service and you can get in-and-out in under 30 minutes. I look forward to trying Monteverde but 9 dollar pasta it is not.
  • Post #39 - April 13th, 2016, 9:44 am
    Post #39 - April 13th, 2016, 9:44 am Post #39 - April 13th, 2016, 9:44 am
    I took my inaugural visit to Seattle recently and ate really well. It was actually my first trip to the Northwest which is every bit as beautiful as the postcards portray it to be. Just a quick three nights so we stayed in city limits but I hope to get back sometime in the summer and do some exploring and outdoor sightseeing.

    ImageGreetings from Seattle

    Usually I throw all of my trip reports into one big round-up but I decided to split this one into two and focus exclusively on the Japanese food I consumed in part one and the rest after that. Never been to Japan, though that will change, but I've been fascinated with the food culture ever since I started reading all about it which in many cases happened right here (h/t to BR amongst others). Anyways there's some good intel here on Japanese food in Japan as well as Vegas, Los Angeles, Vancouver, NYC, Toronto etc and now Seattle as well. Though I really only scratched the surface as there were handfuls of other spots I wanted to try but we only had so much time.

    ImageCorner Shot in International District

    First up would be an Izakaya with roots in Vancouver. I liked what I read and then saw on them. They're open all day and were a short 20 minute walk from our downtown Hotel so it was the perfect first stop.

    ImageSuika Seattle

    The atmosphere inside was pretty relaxed, as was everywhere else in Seattle. I knew what we were here for and wasted no time in getting the lady fed. First up was an order of Smoked Tataki with sesame soy dressing and housemade chili oil. Simply outstanding. I'm sure the fact this was the first thing we ate all day played a part but it was also pretty much the only thing on this trip we ordered a second round of, aside from oysters and cocktails of course. You get to try a little more this way.

    ImageSmoked Tuna Tataki

    Moving onto the Grilled Yellowtail Cheek with grated daikon and umami soy. Every bit as good as the tuna tataki. This was a great opening act for what was to come later on in the trip.

    ImageGrilled Yellowtail Cheek

    We also got a round of Battera aka Osaka style pressed sushi where wooden blocks are used to mold the rice. I believe mackerel is the common topping in this style and it's usually lightly seared as it was here. Another tasty dish.

    ImageAburi Saba Battera

    While it's no longer an active enclave the Japantown district in Seattle still has some interesting remnants from it's heyday as it's said to be the most intact historic Japanese American district in the U.S. It's located in the International District which is where I headed to check out the Uwajimaya Market which is basically like Mitsuwa Market times twenty. I browsed through some things but because I carried on my luggage I wouldn't be able to bring back any sauces, whiskeys, or anything else fun. But I did hit up the food court.

    ImageTako Kyuuban Takoyaki

    Had to stop for an order of Takoyaki. These little balls of batter and octopus were good but I feel like they could've been been slightly more browned. But then again I've never eaten these on the streets of Osaka so I'm not too well versed in them. But I thought the Love Balls Bus in Austin was better. Though still enjoyed these.

    ImageTakoyaki

    Upon entering Uwajimaya Market I spied a food truck parked across the street and then again when leaving. I wandered over and was soon greeted by the sweet smell of fresh cooked waffles.

    ImageBeanFish Food Truck

    These guys are cooking up made to order Taiyaki which is a favorite Japanese sweet consisting of a waffle shaped fish stuffed with some sort of filling. Most common being red bean paste. So although there were some really delicious sounding options I stuck with the Jiro "a.ka. the original; sweetened organic azuki bean."

    ImageTaiyaki

    Staying in the International District I had wanted to catch the Sweet 16 games on Friday night and had the perfect stop to do, while eating food of course. Located on the second floor of the building pic'd below is a neighborhood drinking/eating favorite.

    ImageFort St. George

    Fort St. George labels itself as a different kind of sports bar and while there is a bar frequented by older regulars there's also a dining area frequented by younger couples and families out to eat. Foodwise they specialize in Yoshoku which is Japanese interpretation of western cuisine. More commonly known dishes like Tonkatsu (Fried pork Cutlet) are served as are less known plates like Hamburg Steak and Tarako Spaghetti. I was all over the Doria which is a rice casserole that has a Swiss connection. I chose it with bacon and mushrooms, half and half. That being half bechamel sauce and half tomato. Loved this dish. It was perfect with a few cold Asahi's. It all made up for the crappy pre-HD TV's they had at the bar. This place isn't for those looking for a nice night out. It's anything but fancy.

    ImageBacon / Mushroom Doria

    Umi Sake House is located downtown. Because of that as well as the fact they sport couple different Happy Hours it's a popular spot for both tourists and locals.

    ImageUmi Sake House

    If you're staying downtown this place should be a short walk from your hotel and makes for a nice spot to grab a drink. I'm just getting well versed in Sake and learned some stuff here. Happy Hour is around the normal post work time and then also later in the night after 11p. The menu for it offers a bunch of different options both cooked and raw. We ordered a few to go with the booze. Good stuff, maybe not great as great as elsewhere around town, but better then you're finding in any landlocked areas.

    ImageSashimi Platter

    ImageTuna Poke

    ImageCrunchy Prawns wrapped in Ramen

    With the two hour fallback I was up pretty early for West Coast time. Not much on offer in the early hours, especially if you're not big on breakfast to begin with. But I did find a cute little old school Asian-American style diner.

    ImageMia's Off Broadway

    I had read some reviews that made this place sound like Seattle's version of Hamburger King (now Rice 'n Bread). As soon as I entered it felt just like that classic Asian-American diner you'll find here and there. There was a couple behind the counter and a few regulars sipping coffee. Can't do a trip to Seattle without chowing on some teriyaki. It's as commonly found there as the hot dog is here. Every Seattlean? / Seattleite? has a spot for teriyaki in the same way we have a spot(s) for hot dogs. Mia's is located right next to a Seattle College so it's easy to see why it's so popular. Big plate of food with both juicy (on the inside) and crispy (on the edges) bites of dark meat chicken. Perfect with some white rice drizzled with the teriyaki sauce that dripped off.

    ImageChicken Teriyaki Plate

    Sticking with the Japanese fast food options I kind of wanted to try Katsu Burger when reading up on spots and then decided to do so when we were near there. Place was packed for lunch.

    ImageKatsu Burger

    This is a local fast food spot with a few locations in Seattle. I guess you could say they specialize in Asian Fusion burgers. They're putting Japanese ingredients into a burger focused menu. I believe katsu is short for katsuretsu, the Japanese word for cutlet. Burgers here come in beef, pork, or even chicken cutlets and are dressed in a variety of ways. I rolled with the Katsu Curry option which comes with a Natural Pork Cutlet topped with American cheese, curry mayo, tonkatsu sauce. Everything includes cabbage, tomatoes, red onions, and pickles. This was a mighty sandwich, tasty too. The side of Nori Fries are kind of blurred but they were also awesome.

    ImageKatsu Curry Burger with Nori Fries

    Last up from my Japanese Eats portion of the trip was the best part of the trip. I knew I wanted some sushi while in town. A little bit of research led me to a few spots. One of the most popular places is Shiro's which was formerly owned by Seattle legend Shiro Kashiba until he sold it. Though he recently opened a new spot called Sushi Kashiba inside Pike Place Market. Problem with that was they don't take reservations at the sushi bar thus getting there when they open at 5p is best bet to indulge in the Omakase. But Pike Place was packed all weekend when we visited so I wasn't sure we'd get a spot there. Enter Wataru.

    ImageSushi Wataru

    I read up on this place in a recent Seattle Times article as it opened not to long ago. Chef Kotaro, the owner, trained under Seattle icon Shiro Kashiba who was a longtime student of Jiro Ono in Ginza. He told the story of when he joined Shiro at Jiro's spot as well as a bunch of other interesting stuff as he stuffed us up. Really nice guy, and very proud of his work. As he should be.

    ImageChef at Work

    Chef Kotaro explained how it took him over ten years of training to feel confident in opening his own spot where he's specializing in Edomae style sushi. So don't go in expecting any California Rolls. He's using a combination of fish flown in that morning from Tsukiji Market in Tokyo as well as some locally supplied product such as Sockeye Salmon, King Crab, and Geoduck. We were there for the Chef's Choice Omakase but had to start with an order of Black Cod Cheeks. HOLY SH!T. Straight butter. Best thing I've ate in forever.

    ImageBlack Cod Cheek

    I was able to reserve some seats at the bar (5:30 / 7:30 seating times) where we would indulge in the Chef's Choice Omakase. He throws together a bunch of amazing stuff and you just eat until you cant anymore.

    ImageSockeye Salmon

    ImageKing Crab

    For us that was after round 22. Not going to post all the pics but I will share some. Wataru is small as it only has six seats at the bar and 16 at tables. But you really want to sit at the bar and do the omakase. Reserve your spot if in or headed to Seattle soon. Word is starting to spread!

    ImageTuna Two Ways - Zuke

    ImageSpot Prawn (complete)

    Up Next: Everything else, and there's alot of it.
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    Suika Seattle
    611 E Pine St
    Seattle, WA 98122
    (206) 747-9595

    Tako Kyuuban Takoyaki
    600 5th Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 682-8256

    BeanFish Food Truck
    Check site for locations

    Fort St. George
    601 S King St #202
    Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 382-0662

    Uni Sake House
    2230 1st Ave
    Seattle, WA 98121
    (206) 374-8717

    Mia's Off Broadway
    1601 Harvard Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122
    (206) 325-4992

    Katsu Burger
    6538 4th Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98108
    (206) 762-0752

    Sushi Wataru
    2400 NE 65th St
    Seattle, WA 98115
    (206) 525-2073
  • Post #40 - April 14th, 2016, 8:04 pm
    Post #40 - April 14th, 2016, 8:04 pm Post #40 - April 14th, 2016, 8:04 pm
    Awesome report. Can't wait for the next.
  • Post #41 - April 21st, 2016, 12:41 pm
    Post #41 - April 21st, 2016, 12:41 pm Post #41 - April 21st, 2016, 12:41 pm
    Then there was everything else. Which was quite enjoyed. As I mentioned up above I didn't get to hit many of the spots I had hoped for but did save my google maps guide for next time. Seattle is a large city so I used to it figure out what spots were near others so I wasn't going from one end of the city to the other and back and forth. Gotta make a stop at Pike Place Market if you're an inaugural visitor which I was.

    ImagePike Place Market

    It was a nice 60 degree day on the Saturday we walked over and thus it was a madhouse. It actually made the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco seem tame. I got a nice chuckle when I saw a line extending almost a block long and came to realize it was a Starbucks when walking by. I assume it's the original. Another long line spotted for a place called Piroshky Piroshky which is pushing Russian Pirozhki .

    ImagePiroshky Piroshky

    Wasn't going to wait then and there but I did walk back down this way on our last day and decided to give them a try when there was no line. Pirozhki are baked buns stuffed with a variety of fillings. Everything from hearty to fruity. I tried a beef and onion option and liked it. Good for a quick snack but not something I would wait in a long ass line for.

    ImageBeef and Onion Pirozhki

    The place in Pike Place that should have lines out the door is a semi new spot from Seattle's locally famous Szechuan chef. It sits tucked away thru a hall and up some stairs but it's easy to find with the signs leading you there.

    ImageCountry Dough

    The star of the show here is the Guo Kui. The premiere street food of Chengdu, China. They're flatbread sandwiches where the dough is sizzled in oil and crisped up in the oven. They're labor intensive and require high turnover thus Pike Place is the perfect spot for this shop.

    ImageMaking Flatbread

    They offer a few different meats and also a veggie filling in a few different styles. I loved the Szechuan chicken version which was both sweet and spicy with a wonderful texture in the bread. I tried to return but they weren't open yet. Would've liked to have tried a lamb cumin flatbread and taken an order of hand shaven noodles home. They also do Chinese Crepes and Meat Wraps and offer an assortment of teas. Definitely worth a stop on your Seattle food itinerary.

    ImageSzechuan Chicken Guo Kui

    If there was one spot I was going to make sure I made it into Din Tai Fung was it. With a location in Seattle now, as well as Bellevue, this was my chance to finally try the Taiwanese based Soup Dumpling giant.

    ImageDin Tai Fung

    I got there maybe 20 minutes before opening and a line was already forming. This would be a commonplace on this trip, lots of lines in Seattle. I was able to snag a seat at the bar and immediately placed my order for a Pork/Crab Xiao Long Bao as well as an order of Shrimp/Pork Shao Mai.

    ImageXiao Long Bao

    I thought these were going to be better. Not that they were bad but they weren't better than an order I had in Dallas recently. That umami bomb of both crab and pork flavor just wasn't there. Some of the spots I went to in Frisco gave off much bigger explosions. These just didn't seem to live up to the hype or the $14 pricetag though I'm sure they vary by location.

    ImageShrimp/Pork Shao Mai

    The Shao Mai were a bit better but again not as good as I was hoping. Thought the skin could've been more delicate. I probably went in expecting the best dumplings ever so the bar was set way high.

    ImageMaking Dumplings

    Not a big brunch guy but when on vacation it's all about having a good time and where there's brunch there's booze. There's lots of Vietnamese to be found all over town ranging from pool hall grub to chef driven spots in hip and happening neighborhoods.

    ImageMonsoon

    Her pick for a spot to meet up at after I finished over at DTF. No counter offer from me as the brunch menu here actually looked appealing with the dim sum part of it standing out. So even though I had just put down 20 something dumplings I was ready for more.

    ImageShrimp Wonton

    These wonton were a candidate for best bite of the trip. First and foremost as far as why was the shrimp itself. Nice sized specimens still fully intact were full of succulent shrimp flavor and the skin was perfectly crisp and not too thick. If I hadn't ate so much I would've tried more of the dim sum menu as it all looked good. She got the Dungeness Crab Benedict which was loaded with crab meat and served with a side of simple but delicious breakfast potatoes. Everything on the plate was cooked perfectly.

    ImageDungeness Crab Benedict

    If looking for some good food and drink late night this place in the Central District is also very hip and happening. They're doing Vietnamese Cuisine with Craft Cocktails in an industrial setting.

    ImageBa Bar

    Street Food made with as many local ingredients as possible is the way here. Starting off with an order of Bánh Nậm was a good call by our waiter. Described as Vietnamese tamales these rice based treats get mixed with locally raised pork and cooked in a banana leaf. These were great with the potent dipping sauces served on the side.

    ImageBánh Nậm

    Also got the Bún Chả Cá Lã Vọng option from the Vermicelli Bowl portion of the menu. Served with Idaho Catfish, crispy imperial roll, cucumber, dill, roasted peanut, shrimp sauce, turmeric. Very fresh and very little substitution of funk but plenty of sauce options on the side to add more should you so desire.

    ImageCatfish Vermicelli Bowl

    Continuing on with the hip Asian spots we head over to the 2015 'Best New Restaurant' in Seattle. Located near the stadium(s) they're doing Korean Style Sssam Plates with Steak and other meaty options.

    ImageGirin

    It's basically a Korean steakhouse and it's huge inside. The design is pretty sweet. Same goes for the food. Just a Happy Hour session here but it still allowed us to try their housemade ginger sausage in ssam form. Also got to watch some of the tourney. Would love to head back to further explore the menu if the chance was there.

    ImageGinger Pork Sausage

    I didn't have much of an opportunity to explore some of the less touristy traveled neighborhoods but I did get a chance to break away one day while she looked at dresses. I chose to roll over to the White Center Neighborhood where there's a bunch of different ethnic options. I went with Cambodian food. I know people are starting to detest the word "authentic" but I have to use it here as I didn't feel like I was in Seattle anymore upon entering.

    ImageQueen's Deli

    Just me and a few locals speaking in native tongue over some coffee. The menu was a whats what of Khmer dishes I've never tried. All of it under $10 and in many cases $8. I would wind up settling on the Num Banchuk aka Khmer Noodle. "Old and very traditional noodle soup made from ground lemongrass and spices, served with many kinds of vegetable." This was a vegetarian dish but it still had substance. Underneath all the noodles is a bunch of different greens that worked well with the creamy lemongrass broth. I enjoyed it as well as the housemade egg rolls. Hard to find a better deal, so much food, for just $10.

    ImageNum Banchuk aka Khmer Noodle

    Taylor Shellfish is an oyster farm outside of the city that has a few different oyster bar locations within the city. If you can manage to squeeze in during happy hour it's one of the better deals in town. Much cheaper than the regular prices.

    ImageTaylor Shellfish Oyster Bar

    I'm pretty much a fan of all oysters but tend to prefer the cold water west coast options. These were an assortment of Taylor Farms oysters with the Shigoku and Kumamoto being most enjoyed.

    ImageAssortment of the days fresh Oysters

    Always down to check out a city's doughnut scene and did so at a spot that gets lots of love. General Porpoise is owned by the group behind Seattle heavyweights Walrus & Carpenter as well as The Whale Wins amongst others.

    ImageGeneral Porpoise

    They're doing custard creme filled doughnuts and coffee. I got an original and loved it. Cant say I've had one like this in Chicago but I don't get o the trendier donut spots too often. The shop sits in Capitol Hill right next to Bar Melusine and Bateau which are two other hotspots from the aforementioned group.

    ImageStuffed Dougnuts

    As long as I'm talking about Sea Creatures, the Seattle Hospitality Heavyweight, let's get their most popular Seattle food stop up.

    ImageThe Walrus & the Carpenter

    Here's a place most tourists make it too, and plenty of locals as well. Considered by many of professional to the one of the better restaurants not just in Seattle but also the country. Happy Hour is a good time to go but since the oysters are MP you're not getting any sort of crazy good deal. Still the oysters themselves are divine.

    ImageView at the Oyster Bar

    Aside from the actual dining space being small, the menu is too. Just a few options on top of the oysters. We rolled with an order of Grilled Sardines with Shallots and Walnut Parsley that was just perfect. I'd advise travelers to go early and guarantee yourself a seat though should you have to wait there's a bar next door.

    ImageGrilled Sardines with Shallots and Walnut Parsley

    The people behind Manolin are former employees of Walrus & Carpenter so we wanted to check them out too. Similar setup although this space is a bit bigger especially if it's warm enough outside where there's a big area surrounding a fire.

    ImageManolin

    Menu setup is also similar to Walrus although there's not any oysters here. The focal point is the wooden grill on display in the open kitchen. That and fish. First order up was a plate of Smoked Salmon that I'm still thinking about.

    ImageSmoked Salmon / Dill, Turnip, Mustard Seed, Sour Cream

    The salmon itself was as good of smoked salmon as I've had, which I guess makes sense considering the area I was in. The flavor combination of smoked salmon and dill with some sort of cream is one that gets me excited. After that we had to get a taste of the first halibut of the season that had just come in. Grilled over the fire this too was a harmonious plate of food. The grub itself was good enough to be satisfying at almost any pricepoint but nothing on the menu was over $13 so it's an excellent deal and a good way to taste a few things. Highly rec'd.

    ImageGrilled Halibut / Epazote, Buttermilk Crema, Navy Beans

    I'd give the city's cocktail scene a solid B+ not quite on the level of places like Chicago and San Francisco but better than Nashville and others. Canon was as good as the critics say it is, beautiful space as well, whiskey fans should enjoy it. Rumba was the spot for rum drinkers with 100's of bottles on display as well as island vibes as far as food and music. Really liked it there. E.Smith Mercantile was the definition of hipster with a store selling toiletries for your beard as well as bitters in front and a cocktail bar in back. Bathtub Gin & Co. was hidden behind an apartment building in an alley but worth finding. Enjoyed a big boozy coconut drink at Stateside where they're doing elevated Vietnamese food and drink.

    ImageRumba

    Also available for your indulgence is a wide selection of cannabis and cannabis related treats available at the city's Recreational Marijuana shops. It's not quite like Denver where there's stores all over over but there are about 50 something stores where the average age of those in line is somewhere around 40 years old. Unlike San Francisco I never really smelled or saw people smoking it so you wouldn't even know unless you visited one of the stores. I doubt much has changed for the worse since weed became legal in the state of Washington.

    ImageChecking out the Menu at Uncle Ike's (for research purposes only)

    Continuing on with the drinking spots we were near a place called No Bones that had tiki drinks and a totally vegetarian menu.

    ImageNo Bones Beach Club

    Stopped in for some drinks which were good, not great, but an order of cauliflower wings was enjoyed. These were meaty and sauced well but a tad too big for one bite so a bit of a mess.

    ImageCauilflower Wings

    If you talk best sandwiches in Seattle there's always going to be a mention of Paseo which is a spot serving Caribbean style sandwiches. Long story short the owner of that place got in trouble and had to sell his business and did so minus the recipes to a local guy who then hired the old employees to make the sandwiches like they used to. Not too long after Paseo returned the sons of the former owner opened up their own spot.

    ImageUn Bien

    I guess this place is pretty much the same stuff as Paseo but loyalists will tell you which one they like better. Un Bien is known for long lines so I was delightfully surprised to find maybe 3 people in it when we arrived. Got the signature Caribbean Roast Pork Sandwich and it was indeed as glorious of a mess as it was said to be. That pork is cooked in some sort of crack sauce while the onions are memorable and the bread is fantastic. Seattle seems to be an excellent baking city. As good as this was it wasn't even the best sandwich on this trip (read on).

    ImageCarribean Roast Pork Sandwich

    Lots of spots to get fish and chips in Seattle and Spud Fish & Chips on Green Lake seemed like nice place to eat some with the views of the water across the street.

    ImageSpud Fish & Chips

    Cool looking spot and I love the old time places (Since 1935) but these F&C were just average at best. Overfried and the breading itself was nothing special. The fries were better but overall I assume there's better elsewhere in town.

    ImageFish & Chips

    Was able to slightly satisfy a crave that's always coming to me when I checked out one of Seattle's favorite late nite spots.

    ImagePelmeni Dumpling Czar

    Those familiar with Paul's Pelmeni in Madison will find this place to be alot like it. Down to the pelmeni topped with hot sauce, cilantro, curry powder. What gives? This guy used to be partners with Paul in Bellevue. These hit the spot but when I said slightly it was because I didn't think they were made with as much care as Paul's where the perfect amount of toppings goes on and the dumplings are bit better in texture.

    ImageHalf / Half (Beef / Potato) Pelmeni

    Rounding out this trip report with the Italian spots visited. Neither of which are any sort of hidden gem however both were must stops on my itinerary. If you get into Seattle in the morning this should be your first stop for lunch. They don't dinner so if not day one make sure you go on day two so you can go day three as well. That's how good it is.

    ImageIl Corvo

    Lines start forming before they open but they move fast as it counter service and you sit after you order and pay. There's three daily pasta selections as well as some small bites like a plate of olives that was the best I had since Spain. I got the Pappardelle Bolognese and she got an order of Sicilian Perciatelli and both were perfection. I'd eat here twice a week if I lived in Seattle. Only catch is they're only open Monday-Friday.

    ImagePappardelle Bolognese

    ImagePerciatelli with Anchovies, Sardines, Garlic, Chilies, Chicorices, and Toasted Bread Crumbs

    Last stop up! Long heard good things about Mario Batali's Salumeria and sandwich shop. Me and many others. Get here early because there will be a line. I'd say it moves medium fast.

    ImageSalumi

    Everything looked and sounded good so I eventually just got what the guy before me got which was a salumi sandwich with everything and their famous pork meatball on the side. The meatball was good, sauce was top notch but I prefer some beef in my Italian style meatballs. The sandwich was downright glorious.

    ImageSalami Sandwich

    Man I was so disappointed in myself for not taking one to go home with. The peppers and onions are something special, almost as much as the salami itself. If someone wanted to call Salumi the best sandwich shop in America they wouldn't get much of an argument from me. See ya next time.

    ImageThe Insides


    Piroshky Piroshky
    1908 Pike Pl
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 441-6068

    Country Dough
    1916 Pike Pl #14
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 728-2598

    Din Tai Fung
    2621 NE 46th St
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206) 525-0958

    Monsoon
    615 19th Ave E
    Seattle, WA 98112
    (206) 325-2111

    Ba Bar
    550 12th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122
    (206) 328-2030

    Girin
    501 Stadium Pl S
    Seattle, WA 98134
    (206) 257-4259

    Queen's Deli
    9808 14th Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98106
    (206) 767-8363

    Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
    410 Occidental Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 501-4060

    General Porpoise Doughnuts
    1020 E Union St
    Seattle, WA 98122
    (206) 900-8770

    The Walrus & the Carpenter
    4743 Ballard Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98107
    (206) 395-9227

    Manolin
    3621 Stone Way N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 294-3331

    Rumba
    1112 Pike St
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 583-7177

    Uncle Ike's
    2310 E Union St
    Seattle, WA 98122
    (844) 420-4537

    No Bones Beach Club
    5410 17th Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

    Un Bien
    7302.5 15th Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98117
    (206) 588-2040

    Spud Fish & Chips
    6860 East Green Lake Way N
    Seattle, WA 98115
    (206) 524-0565

    Pelmeni Dumpling Czar
    3516 Fremont Pl N
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 588-2570

    Il Corvo
    217 James St
    Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 538-0999

    Salumi
    309 3rd Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98104
    (206) 621-8772
  • Post #42 - April 22nd, 2016, 7:40 am
    Post #42 - April 22nd, 2016, 7:40 am Post #42 - April 22nd, 2016, 7:40 am
    I used to live in Seattle and you hit some of my favorite spots. Ba Bar was a late night favorite for me and Taylor Shellfish has some of the best oysters anywhere in the world. Great report.
  • Post #43 - April 22nd, 2016, 9:26 am
    Post #43 - April 22nd, 2016, 9:26 am Post #43 - April 22nd, 2016, 9:26 am
    Da Beef is Da Man, vivid and delicious post. Thanks for taking us along.
    One minute to Wapner.
    Raymond Babbitt

    Low & Slow
  • Post #44 - September 19th, 2016, 10:59 am
    Post #44 - September 19th, 2016, 10:59 am Post #44 - September 19th, 2016, 10:59 am
    Here's where we ate on a brief visit to Seattle:

    The Whale Wins: A lovely dinner here which reminded me of Vera or Avec. We ate all small plates (they have entrees but we didn't eat any), mostly vegetarian (those dishes just looked the most interesting), all with big bold flavors. The highlight was a sardine dish that consisted of a slab of excellent bread, covered with a saffron aioli, on top of which was a large sardine and fresh parsley. Salty, creamy, chewy, herby and great. My dessert was roasted zucchini bread with creme fraiche.

    Wataru: Alerted to this place by Da Beef (many, many thanks for that), we reserved the 7:30 seating at the sushi bar, where the chef feeds 6 people for 2 hours (you cannot get this meal anywhere but at the 6 person sushi bar). Best sushi meal we've ever had. We had about 22 pieces, mostly nigiri plus a few hand rolls. In the middle somewhere we had 5 types of tuna! Watching the chef prepare everything added to he pleasure of the experience. After cutting the fish and putting it on the rice, he'd put the six pieces in his hand for final seasoning (a drop of lemon or some sea salt) and then from his hand hand out the six pieces. At about $110 (including tax but not tip), I actually found it quite reasonably priced. All in all, an epic meal.

    Mamnoon: We had brunch at this "modern" middle eastern restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had Shakshuka, eggs atop a spicy sauce of tomato, onions and feta, and my wife had fatteh, a dish with crunchy pita chips, chickpeas and yogurt. We also shared "kaak bi knafe," described as a stuffed purse-shaped sesame bread, toasted vermicelli, fresh cheese, and orange blossom. Tasted to me like a wonderful marriage of a bialy and a blintz.

    As there is no separate thread for the San Juan Islands, where we spent most of our time, so here is a quick summary.

    The Place Restaurant Bar and Grille (Friday Harbor, San Juan Island): a nice, not fantastic restaurant. This is a white table cloth, slightly upscale, place. They use local seafood to good effect.

    Friday Harbor House (the restaurant in the hotel): A great meal eaten on a patio with a perfect view of the postcard ready patio. The crispy brussels sprouts and burger (yes, I ate a burger on an island surrounded by ocean) were fantastic.

    The Mansion at Rosario (Orcas Island): historic building with a very upscale restaurant. It was good, but not great. The cooking attempted a bit more than they were capable of.

    The Inn at Ships Bay (Orcas Island): My favorite meal on the Islands. They grow a ton of fruits and vegetables on the property and use them to great effect. The shaved vegetable salad and the plum crisp with plum ice cream will stay will me for a long time.
  • Post #45 - September 28th, 2017, 3:41 pm
    Post #45 - September 28th, 2017, 3:41 pm Post #45 - September 28th, 2017, 3:41 pm
    MarlaCollins'Husband wrote:Some highly recommended highlights from a recent trip to Seattle.

    #1 by a wide margin is Il Corvo, a place I'll never skip on any trip to Seattle as long as I'm in town 11-3 on a weekday.

    My bus from Portland (Boltbus - highly recommended) arrived in downtown Seattle at 11:30 on a Thursday, and I walked straight to Il Corvo and got in a short line. Any fears I had the food wouldn't live up to the memories went away with my first bite.

    rsz_1img_0182.jpg Maccheroni Rigate with a charred spring onion and toasted walnut cream sauce

    rsz_img_0183.jpg Pappardelle with Ragu alla Bolognese - this one seems to be a mainstay
    rsz_img_0181.jpg Unknown pasta with with nettle and lovage pesto

    Can't say any more about how good this place is. Seattle is lucky to have it.

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    I also checked out The Wandering Goose for the first time and came away impressed. I wasn't so into the idea of going out for southern food in Seattle, but my traveling companions humored me enough during the trip and this was right up their alley. Turned out it was right up mine as well. The biscuits and gravy, pictured, was fantastic. Indeed, biscuits seem to be the house specialty as I tried bites of a couple biscuit sandwiches and those were also great. If you go, don't skip the hand pies if available.

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    Safeco Field is a great place to watch a baseball game, but take a hard pass on the grasshoppers. Not sure what they're using for the lime part of the chili-lime seasoning but it was really bad.
  • Post #46 - January 24th, 2019, 1:52 pm
    Post #46 - January 24th, 2019, 1:52 pm Post #46 - January 24th, 2019, 1:52 pm
    I have one night in Seattle. I will be near the Westlake train station. I want to walk, not spend more than $40 total, and don’t have a cuisine preference. Where should I go?
  • Post #47 - January 24th, 2019, 10:14 pm
    Post #47 - January 24th, 2019, 10:14 pm Post #47 - January 24th, 2019, 10:14 pm
    I went to Le Pichet for a glass of wine and duck pate. Le sigh. It was very good. And a very large portion. No complaints at all. I would happily go back based on the excellent pate to see what else they have to offer.

    I followed up by going to Seatown Seabar and had the bristol bay sockeye salmon. This was a letdown. The salmon was beautifully cooked but it was very bland. The wait person was very attentive and brought more sauce from the kitchen but, all and all, it did not live up to it’s great reputation. I don’t think I’d go back.

    Both restaurants include the tip in the bill. I have no problem with that. Service was great both places.

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