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if you had to choose the best in the city---Seattle

sonja Mar 13, 2002 03:39 PM

Hi all
If you were forced to choose the best overall dining in Seattle---so consider how much it costs, the service, the food, the atmosphere---what would you choose? I always hear about the same places (rovers, lampreia), but I don't know....for the money? I think I'd choose others...
So, I'd love to hear what you'd say is the best, overall, restaurant in the city!

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    KathyR RE: sonja Mar 13, 2002 04:34 PM

    This seems a little too broad to me. You're still going to hear Lampreia, Rover's, Brasa, etc. etc., then someone else will say they had a horrible, just horrible, experience there. As far as "for the money" is concerned, that's gonna be all over the map as well. Narrow it down a little!

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      Chris RE: sonja Mar 13, 2002 11:05 PM

      No Queston, The Dahlia Lounge.

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        Joe RE: sonja Mar 14, 2002 11:28 AM

        My best overall choices in Seattle is Cafe Lago on 24th Ave. West in the Montlake neighborhood. It's a small place, very good Italian. I'm a little biased because we can walk there.

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          chi chi RE: sonja Mar 14, 2002 11:56 AM

          I've got to say, for overall pleasure time after time...Palace Kitchen. I always have a good time there.
          Also--Matt's in the Market.

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            marcus jones RE: sonja Mar 14, 2002 12:05 PM

            I agree about Cafe Lago---it's great. If I had to choose the best, though, I'd say the best meal I've had in the last year was at Le Pichet...for the price, the food and the way the place feels...I really liked it.

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              Paulette RE: marcus jones Mar 14, 2002 01:54 PM

              I would enthusiastically second Le Pichet. I've yet to have a bad meal there after several visits, and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable.

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              bighound RE: sonja Mar 16, 2002 11:31 AM

              for overall quality and appeal i wholeheartedly agree with matt's in the market. great place! 2 other top choices for seattle are chez shea(very romantic)also in
              the pike place market area and earth&ocean in the W hotel downtown.they have the hands down best pastry chef in town.

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                Seattle Todd RE: sonja Mar 16, 2002 07:30 PM

                Personally I love Rover's enough that I'd still call it best in the city even taking in the price. That being said I'm in the minority I know even among Rover's-lovers. =)

                I'd nominate Le Gourmand out in Ballard. For the price (seem to recall the 3 course dinner is at max ~$40) and the quality of the food as well as the coziness of the surroundings (in an old converted house) it's got to be up there on the list.

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                  Retro RE: sonja Mar 25, 2002 05:55 PM

                  It's been years since I've been there, but for an overall mix of wonderful aspects, I'd have to agree with the folks who suggested Cafe Lago.
                  Charm, friendliness, magnificent food, ahhh...fond memories. I gotta go back, SOON!

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