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Feb 27, 2007 12:01 AM

Most seattlest restuarant?!

i am laeving seattle for philadelphia after about 13 months and have enjoyed every singel moment here. For the next two weeks, I want to chow the most Seattlest possible restaurants/cafes. Places I have enjoyed are elemental gasworks, shiro's, etc. Since I travel quite a bit, am looking for places that cannot be found in new york, san francisco, paris, tokyo, beijing, singpore, etc. in other words, places that use local ingedients heavily (salmon, corn, pears, etc)

thanks a lot in advance!

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  1. When I've had friends from Europe visit me in Seattle, the one dish they all rave about is Duke's original chowder. Second would be the dungeness crab at Seven Stars.

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    1. re: Walters

      Boy, it's pretty hard to beat the Salty's @ Redondo the manilla clams (lots of veggies and garlic, and bread for dipping) not to mention the chowder. Ask for a touch of sherry in it, also they have the best "Coffee Redondo" ever! I think they actually have these items for happy hour, save some bucks.

    2. Market Grill (though they recently had 100% staff turnover, and I'm not sure if the new folks are as good as the old). That is the most "Seattle" place I know, though it's much more casual than the places you mention.
      Vivace for coffee.

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        1. re: hhlodesign

          Yeah, I've heard the stories. But I don't know that that means the person who goes in for his salmon sandwich will now be disappointed. And I wonder if the new cooks (esp. one) will be there long, anyway.

          1. re: christy319

            Mark, who used to run the place, had been there for (I think) 7 years. All the recipes were his; the chowder, the mayo, the rubs, all of it. Mark actually cared about the food he was serving and was not just there to make a buck (he was on salary.) Mark was the reason Market Grill was such a great place. When he left, he took the soul of the place with him. You can find Mark across the street at Frank's now.

            1. re: hhlodesign

              Google was no help, Henry, so what is Frank?

              1. re: mrnelso

                Frank's Produce.

                I haven't eaten there since both Mark and Shane left, but my sources tell me the salmon sandwich isn't much different (though the coleslaw is, and it's not good). The rub wasn't a recipe-it was just the cajun seasoning from Market Spice. So even though I would agree that the place isn't the same, it still sounds like a place to recommend to visitors looking for a good, inexpensive "Seattle" meal.

                1. re: christy319

                  Thank you, Christy, though I still want to know where Frank's is. I completely agree that this is a great and memorable place for a visitor to lunch, though I hope said visitor will keep room for Cioppino at Jack's, across the Pike, and maybe crab cocktail/oysters (skip the F&C - take a boat to Sunfish at Alki).

                  1. re: mrnelso

                    Frank's Produce is right between Jack's and the Asian Market on the Sanitary side fo the market. It's been a market staple for god knows how many decades.

                    And Christy, I contend that the qualities of a truly great place to eat is so much more than just the taste of the food. And as you stated, even that has suffered.

      1. Matt's in the Market - although I have yet to visit the remodeled location...

        1. Etta's Seafood, The Herb Farm, Carmelita's, Coco La Ti Da, Mistral

          1. Thanks a lot for the replies. My inclination now is to try Salumi, Maximilien, Etta's Seafood, Matt's in the market. These restaurants probably have local seafood (salmon, dungeness crab, geoduck) that will be fresher than Philly or NYC or have special expertise (Salumi.) Any other suggestions along these lines would be great. Not too into ethnic food (Italian, French, Chinese , Korean, etc) unless they use local ingredients.

            The Herb Farm sounds good but I am trying to keep to a budget of $30-50 per person (no wine.) Are there any signature Northwestern vegetable produce? I wouldn't mind Carmelita or other vegetarian restaurants but am looking for restaurants using special local produce.

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            1. re: newerjazz

              the new place Steelhead Diner (Pine below 1st) relies heavily on local seafood and ingredients, if you like places like Matt's you should check this place out if you have time before you leave

              1. re: newerjazz

                Matt's in the Market is closed for expansion - It's due to reopen April 13 (according to the website).