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Good eats near Green Lake Park (SEA)

I'm visiting my sister from Boston and I'd love to further explore Seattle's awesome food options. I'm not opposed to suggestions that aren't near Green Lake, but please keep in mind that we don't have a car. My sister and I are very adventuerous and we'd love to try anything. For example, there is a little french restaurant in Cambridge, MA that does a "Chef's whim" twice a week. You choose how many courses you want, the chef makes what he pleases and brings it out to you! I'd love to find something like that in Seattle. Two places we are definitly going to visit are Dick's (of course) and Elemental@Gasworks. Thanks in advance for the help!

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  1. Nell's at Greenlake offers a sublime dinner experience. For lunch, Duke's original Chowder is outstanding.

    1. Tbug, you're referring to Craigie St Bistrot in Cambridge, perhaps? There are numerous restaurants that do tasting menus here, but within walking distance of Green Lake...perhaps Tilth (which is not that close to Greenlake, on 45th) where you can put together a tasting from half-portions etc.

      1. Stumbling Goat is on Greenwood Ave just up the hill west of Greenlake-it's very neighborhood-y, French/Northwest and very good (make a reservation).

        I'm hearing very good things about Art of the Table, just south of Greenlake (you can take a bus down Stone Way). That might be up your alley:

        1. For a chef's choice menu, go to Pasta Freska. It's not walking distance of Greenlake, but it's on Westlake near Lake Union. Their dinners are something to behold. http://seattle.metblogs.com/archives/...

          I highly recommend it.

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          1. re: patriciajane

            That looks like fun! What is the price range of Pasta Freska's dinners?

            1. re: thunderbug84

              Every time I've been there it's run a little less than about $50 pp. That includes all of the wine.

              1. re: patriciajane

                Wow. I forgot how much I missed the Pacific Northwest!

          2. I really like Eva - good food, casual atmosphere, reasonably priced, and a decent wine list.

            I would second Nell's - but I would say it is probably one of the least adventurous places around.

            Eva Restaurant & Wine Bar
            2227 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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            1. re: NickZ

              I was searching for some reviews (other than yelp) on Eva Restaurant & Wine Bar before my husband and I went to check them out...your review was the most right on, so thanks for that. We also tried Pasta Freska mentioned on here too, as we had heard a little about them as well, and they were also delicious. A huge bonus is that Eva is in the Greenlake area whereas we still had to venture downtown to Pasta Freska on Westlake Ave. All in all, both places were great, fab wine list at Eva, and both reasonably priced :)

            2. right by green lake: kisaku for sushi is excellent. up the hill to your west (phinney ridge) oliver's twist on greenwood for fancypants cocktails and interesting small plates. south of green lake tutta bella for pizza is very good. ballard a little further west has a lot of interesting options. la carta oaxaca is supposed to be excellent, but the long lines have kept me from being able to try it and i like thaiku (good thai with kava laced cocktails that will blow your mind...almost litterally) in the greenwood neighborhood there's lots of good unfancy ethnic choices. szechuan bistro on 85th is top-notch and there are at least two good authentic taquerias (my favorite is taqueria tequila on nw 85th at 3rd ave.) it's a solid part of town for restaurants and there's lots of places that deliver too. have fun. -e

              1. I second Kisaku, Nell's, and Tilth.

                The best cupcakes I've ever had are at Trophy Cupcakes.

                Not huge on Pasta Freska--some courses seem fine, some somewhere short of fine, but none truly delightful. Also, it takes hours to eat there.

                1. I agree wholeheartedly with Eva & Kisaku in particular. I live close to them and never get tired of eating there. Tilth is good but not super close - although certainly a short bus ride away. I'd stay away from the mediocre places that are right on the lake (Greenlake Bar & Grill, Bluwater, etc) but Nell's is a good option.
                  Another random suggestion I have in the area is the donuts at Mighty-O which are actually vegan...this coming from someone that likes the steak + frites at the Central Kitchen in Central Square (Cambridge). They are right across the street from Kisaku and less than a block from Eva.
                  Mighty-O Donuts
                  2110 N 55th Street
                  Seattle, WA 98103

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                  1. re: notsobiglar

                    Look like good donuts I'm always looking for a place with cake donuts,this could be bad to know after doing laps at Greenlake I could eat about 6 of those.How much are they for regular donuts,I didn't see a price on the site.Winchells up on 45th has good doughnuts and coffee too.Too bad they dont fix the place up it looks like a dump.

                    1. re: notsobiglar

                      I haven't had them since shortly after opening, but I found Big-O donuts inedible.

                      1. re: not the bad Steve

                        Right you, are not the bad Steve. They are horrible.

                    2. At 49th and Stone is Perche No?
                      Italian and unexpected. Very nice.
                      Erratic, but sometimes very good (though not so much since Linda Graszyk left) and always a hoot, is Bizarro, off Stone at 46th.

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                      1. re: mrnelso

                        Indeed, had some unexpectedly good risotto with calamari at Perche No recently. Skip the appetizers, though.