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I've found some of the best restaurants are often well kept secrets, little neighborhood holes in the wall. What are you favorite places to grab a quick bite?

Personally, we like Bings in Madison Park for a sandwich or burger on a week night. For a nice Italian meal, Sostanza Trattoria is always good with a romantic setting complete with a fireplace. And Cactus for a good mojito or margarita and southwest food.

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  1. I like Mi La Cay, chinese soup shack on the corner of Rainier and Dearborn. Also I like That's Amore for Italian on 31st Ave S.

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    1. I truly wish Dandelion was in my neighborhood. In the same vein, we're wanting to try Persimmon for dinner some night. And, Brad's Swingside is a place we wish we could eat at more often.

      Alas, none of these is in my neighborhood and my best recommendation for that spot would be Barbacoa, where I often have Saturday lunch.

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      1. re: SandraV

        Barbacoa on the top of Queen Anne? Sadly, it's closed and has been replaced by a French restaurant called Portage.


        1. re: dandelion

          Portage just got a great review in the Times:


          wow, that's a really long link. If that doesn't work just go to seattletimes.com and search "portage".

      2. Try Casa D'Italia in the Ravenna/Bryant area - wildly popular with all the nieghborhood.

        1. On Capitol Hill, I love Cafe Stellina (newly reopened on 12th between Pike and Madison). Lovely owners and the yam and peanut soup is to die for. They're currently open only for breakfast and lunch but soon will be expanding to dinner.

          1. Persimmon is fantastic for brunch, haven't yet tried it for dinner. In the same neighborhood, there's a phenomenal little Cuban sandwich place ~ can't recall the name but it is about a block or so north of Persimmon.

            We enjoy Yanni's on Phinney Ridge for neighborhood Greek. Also good for delivery when you're in a Mediterranean mood is Olive You near 85th.

            Has anyone tried Portage on Queen Anne (where Barbacoa used to me) yet? Thoughts?

            1. Paseo is the Cuban place.
              I enjoy the dinners there, too.
              A feast for ten bucks.

              1. In my neighborhood (Wallingford, but we consider Greenlake/Tangletown our 'hood too) we really love Eva (just off Meridian on 56th), really great sort of French bistro. Went last week and I had the fresh corn crepes with lobster and chantarelle mushooms and goat cheese, with a microgreen/heirloom salad (sounds precious, but really not!) DH had the 1/2 duck with was astounding--crispy skin and moist meat. They also do moroccon-type stuff really well--the eggplant soup with yogurt raita (which I started with) was great!

                We love Kisaku (about a block from Eva) (frequently mentioned here on CH)--we sit at the bar and just ask Nakano-san to serve us whatever is great. If you can get the smoked scallop it's great--and last time we ended with broiled eel on rice with a quail egg on top--oh my goodness!

                For a more casual meal than Eva we like Smash WineBar on 45th. Interesting wine flights, and the food keeps getting better.

                We have a new winebar too, Perche'No, from the Q.A. Perche'No folks--haven't tried it yet, but the menu looks good, and another post mentioned that it was tasty.

                I love these neighborhood queries, I always learn so much!

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                1. re: HAF

                  Perche'No scares me with their bizarre faux architecture. We'll probably work up the nerve to try it soon. I drive past it every day.

                  Loud seconds for both Eva and Kisaku. Up on Phinney Ridge, Stumbling Goat Bistro is usually outstanding, though last month wasn't as good as last May. The 74th Street Alehouse does surprisingly good food. Their gumbo cures hangovers, too. Further up Greenwood, the Kebab House is the best place imaginable for very casual Pakistani/Indian happiness.

                2. It doesn't exactly count as a hole in the wall, but we had a lovely experience at O2 in West Seattle (Admiral) a while ago. The prices were very reasonable (particularly compared to sibling restaurant Ovio Bistro now in the Junction) and everything we had was delicious. I remember the borscht was raved over and I had some juicy, flavorsome roast chicken. We will certainly go back.

                  1. Hi Lisa,

                    This is not a neighborhood restaurant, but if you are looking for a real hole in the wall go to the Oriental Market Dinette at 1506 Pike Place Market. It has been there for over thirty years. The best chicken adobo in town and other great Filipino food. And the most cross-cultural crowd. (Cops, punks, tourists, business people and hopefully you too soon)

                    1. I go to Fort St. George on the corner of 6th & King St. in the ID for Japanse style curries and pasta. Or across to Maekawa bar for more traditional bento style meals and donburi.

                      Sushi Zen in Mill Creek is a favorite for sushi, outside of seattle. Plenty of parking, restaurant is never empty, and staff is really nice.

                      Red Mill on Dravus for burgers and chicken sandwiches. Burrito Loco in Ballard for Mexican fare. Spotted Cow in Bothell for creamy gelato and coffee drinks (spiked with liquor too!).