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Mother Hubbard Sep 22, 2006 09:39 PM

Suggestions for 3 best restaurants in Seattle please.

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    Leper RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 22, 2006 09:53 PM

    1. Harvest Vine
    2. Le Gourmand
    3. Rover's

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      Mother Hubbard RE: Leper Sep 24, 2006 02:10 PM

      Thank you

    2. barleywino RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 22, 2006 10:37 PM

      Mother Hubbard, what is your price range? What cuisines?

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        Mother Hubbard RE: barleywino Sep 24, 2006 02:09 PM

        Food more important than price.

      2. babette feasts RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 22, 2006 10:46 PM

        Mistral
        Sitka & Spruce
        the belgian frites place

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          Leper RE: babette feasts Sep 24, 2006 02:17 AM

          Babette, The Belgian Frites place is kick ass. For a close second, get the "skinny fries" at Joey's. (Their roast chicken with frites & cole slaw is really not bad for a restaurant that just doesn't care.)

        2. landguy RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 23, 2006 03:55 AM

          Tough one since there are so many outstanding high end restaurants in Seattle. I guess my favorites are:

          Lampreia
          Le Gourmand
          Cafe Juanita

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            karen2006 RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 23, 2006 06:40 AM

            Mistral
            Crush
            Lampreia

            If I had 2 more spots, I'd say Harvest Vine(smarmy waiter) and Sitka/Spruce (desserts nothing special)...I haven't tried Rovers or Le Gourmand yet.

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              Mother Hubbard RE: karen2006 Sep 24, 2006 02:10 PM

              Thanks, don't do dessert.

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              reesek RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 23, 2006 08:30 PM

              union
              harvest vine
              tilth (new, but hugely promising)

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                reesek RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 23, 2006 08:31 PM

                union
                harvest vine
                tilth (new, but hugely promising)

                1. terrier RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 23, 2006 09:54 PM

                  Matt's in the Market
                  La Carta de Oaxaca
                  Palace Kitchen

                  There's so many more places I'd love to mention (elemental@gasworks, Dinette, Union, etc) but these three have never ever disappointed me with any dish, ever (and I visit all three at least once a month).

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                    naes RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 24, 2006 02:22 AM

                    Mistral
                    Cafe Juanita
                    Harvest Vine
                    Tilth
                    Crush

                    Sorry, I couldn't stick to just three.

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                      itsonlyfood RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 24, 2006 06:12 AM

                      Lark, Union, Dinette

                      1. barleywino RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 24, 2006 06:43 PM

                        Personally i like Chez Shea (tasting menu and ala carte) much better than Le Gourmand or Rovers, both of which are less inventive (ymmv). Herbfarm (if no restrictions on money and time) and Mistral (both of these only do tasting menus). Cafe Juanita for Italian. Nishino (Matsuhisa alum) or Kisaku (more casual) for Japanese.

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                          HAF RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 25, 2006 12:48 AM

                          Sorry, I can't restrict to three either . . .
                          Union
                          Mistral (for our $$, way better than Rover's)
                          Eva (neighborhood bistro, we hit it at least once/month)
                          Kisaku (neighborhood sushi, also at least once/month)

                          So many good restaurants, you really can't go wrong with anything on these lists! Have fun

                          1. ssusu RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 25, 2006 04:28 AM

                            Wow, that's so impossibly subjective. I really think you need to go for a best-of-category survey! I.e., best restaurant to take your great-uncle to, best restaurant for pure umami experience, best no-holds-barred ultra-spendy dining extravaganza, most innovative, best fresh pasta, best tasting menu, etc.

                            I have a current top two that satisfies Terrier's never-disappoints criteria (but that's only because I haven't been to Tilth yet!):

                            Crush
                            Szechuan Chef

                            It's been so long since I could afford Mistral that I can't include it in good conscience, but my hazy recollection is it definitely rates.

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                              terrier RE: ssusu Sep 25, 2006 04:58 PM

                              Ah yes, Szechuan Chef. That place always does right by me, along with Pho Bac II and Malay Satay Hut. Don't know how these slipped my mind.

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                              Lauren RE: Mother Hubbard Sep 27, 2006 05:09 PM

                              Union
                              Boat Street
                              Lark

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                                Boomer1 RE: Mother Hubbard Nov 4, 2006 03:41 AM

                                Harvest Vine
                                Lark
                                Volterra

                                Ignore any Tom Douglas recos, just not even close to being there.

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