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Apr 8, 2007 02:16 PM

Restaurant recommendations in Seattle?

My wife and I, along with our two kids, are going up to Seattle and Vancouver in June. We are looking for a few restaurant recommendations. Any and all suggestions welcomed -- think more Wild Ginger and less Denny's. Our girls will do anything from simple pasta to a dozen oysters-on-the-half-shell, from salmon to caviar.


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  1. This IS not meant to come across as bitchy but there are literally thousands of posts on here with great recommendations that will fit your needs. I would suggest you scroll through and read some things that sound interesting to you and if you have more specific questions ask them.
    All but the toniest restaurants are going to be fine for well behaved children who are adventurous eaters. If you are very concerned search on kids in the “search window” where there are some good discussions that are less than a year old.

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    1. re: Charles

      Tried searching -- and most of the posts were older than I would have liked.

    2. you can get all of the above (pasta, oysters on the half shell, salmon and caviar) at Nishino-- pasta being the somen (on ice) w/ tamago and dipping sauce, or udon. Caviar comes on top of toro tartare, although you should definitely have the o-toro too (request seared w/ garlic paste if you like). They usually have several types of salmon sashimi available-- try requesting it "new style" (a la Nobu) w/ uni inside. Another place you might enjoy is Cafe Juanita in Kirkland

      1. boy, that's a hard one. because i think of wild ginger as the "asian denny's". good luck!

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        1. re: ccqueen

          That may be true by now . . .haven't been there in a decade or so.

          1. re: zin1953

            try Tojo's (for omakase) in Vancouver: what Wild Ginger should have been

            1. re: barleywino

              Was Wild Ginger ever good? It might be missplaced nostalgia, but when it was down off of the Market I remember loving it. But I was quite young.

              1. re: barleywino

                Oh dear. Nevermind. I just ran into some intense recent debate.

          2. Nell's at Greenlake is my never-fail recommendation. Fancy and adventurous enough for some, yet some safe bets on the menu as well. Plus, Greenlake is a great location in the summer. You can walk around the lake before or after dinner and pick-up an ice cream some at at least a couple spots.

            Jason - you didn't mention if driving was an option, so I am just assuming it is. Greenlake is probably only an option if you have a car.

            If you have any specific needs, just say so. It is always good to get some fresh dialogue started here. There are a handful of new recommendations/favorites/misses every week, so fresh reports are always welcome...right?