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Great Creole and/or Soul Food in Seattle

SeattleuPersian Sep 27, 2007 08:39 AM

Hey all

I have been challenged by a friend to find the best Creole and/or Soul Food that Seattle has to offer. I am clearly highly skeptical that there is anything so I am putting this out in Chow-land.

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    equinoise Sep 27, 2007 09:15 AM

    Kingfish Cafe http://www.thekingfishcafe.com/ . Haven't been for years, but it was great last time I did go.

    Catfish Corner http://mo-catfish.com/index.htm . Never tried it.

    Steelhead Diner http://www.steelheaddiner.com/index.html . Has some creole/soul elements. Very good.

    Hey, how about some Persian recs?

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    1. re: equinoise
      Teknotic Sep 26, 2010 11:52 AM

      Caspian Grill in the University District was highly recommended to me by my Persian coworker. I've been there once, the food was excellent. There is also Kolkeh in South Seattle. I haven't been to that one, as it looks sorta expensive.

    2. dagoose Sep 27, 2007 09:17 AM

      This is going to be far less helpful than you want, but I once got some great gumbo, I believe it was down in Tacoma. Can't remember the name, good stuff.

      Soul Food, you got a few more options. Kingfish Cafe is pretty good, hearty but not the most traditional. For more traditional you have Catfish Corner, and the most is Ms. Helens. She moved recently, the weekly had an article a few months back.

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        barleywino Sep 27, 2007 09:23 AM

        The place in Tacoma might have been Southern Kitchen Restaurant 1716 6th Avenue, Tacoma WA 98405 253.627.4282. I haven't been but a coworker raved about it to me recently.

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          kkbriggs Sep 27, 2007 09:33 AM

          It could also be From the Bayou, which technically is in Parkland (near PLU) which would definitely satisfy what the OP is looking for, except it's not in Seattle, but it is well worth the drive.

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            dagoose Sep 27, 2007 10:24 AM

            It might have been the one in Parkland, because my roommate took me there and she went to PLU, so it might have been that....I don't remember.

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            ericlutzker Sep 27, 2007 09:41 AM

            where did ms helen's move to? we ate there when it was at deano's on madison. that place was a trip. but the oxtails i had there were fantastic. thompson's point of view has good soul food too, but not quite as ms. helen's. i'm definitely interswted in hearing about where to get gumbo. so many places make mediocre gumbo, cf 74th st alehouse.

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              dagoose Sep 27, 2007 10:23 AM

              Mmmm I'm drooling thinking of the oxtail. I think it is somewhere on rainer now?

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                dagrassroots Sep 27, 2007 10:29 AM

                This is where Ms. Helen moved. Its good too.

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              GreenYoshi Sep 27, 2007 09:52 AM

              I'm a big fan of Joanne's, on Cherry St. in the CD by Garfield.

              They do a fun Sunday brunch.

              (and I think they have live music many nights)

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              1. re: GreenYoshi
                Barry Foy Sep 27, 2007 10:14 PM

                Had a very enjoyable, great big buffet soul food brunch on a Sunday a few months ago at the Wellington Tearoom in Columbia City. The fried chicken in particular was as tasty as could be. Fixed price.

              2. knowspicker Sep 28, 2007 01:42 PM

                I thought Sazerac in the Hotel Monaco was great... Though it is "Southern inspired".

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                  Liz_H Sep 28, 2010 04:31 PM

                  Toulouse Petit in Queen Anne had a melt-in-your-mouth duck confit on dirty rice with andouille sausage when I was there a few months ago. The rest of the menu sounds just as wonderful.

                  Queen Anne Cafe
                  2121 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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                  1. re: Liz_H
                    RandyB Oct 1, 2010 05:16 PM

                    Does the Toulouse Petit use a cajun andouille (smoked meats and spices) or a French andouiille (tripe)? The famous, designated-label saucisse de Toulouse is the former and would never be called "andouille" in France. It is also an important ingredient in a traditional Toulouse cassoulet, along with duck confit. I've heard that some places in France they use French andouille in cassoulet, but it sounds awful to me.

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                      Lauren Oct 7, 2010 01:54 PM

                      Toulouse Petit uses Cajun andouille.

                    2. re: Liz_H
                      Scott O Oct 2, 2010 09:47 AM

                      Go only if you don't mind a cacophony of sound bombarding you while dining - day or night. Honestly, they think they're running a Belltown nightclub in there.

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