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Seattle Recs for one night out

Hi, my brother is new to Seattle, and while he enjoys food, it is my career, so my folks and I are going to visit him in Seattle and have one meal out. We would love the utlimate Seattle dining experience, great seafood or a great place in general. I have a reservation at Lola, but the general gist I get is that it's a bit of a chain. I love all food, so do they. I cook in SF, so I tend to think of the more neighborhoody places (Blue Plate, Pizzaiolo, Zuni, and the like) as places we would really enjoy.

Thanks so much!

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  1. DB, LOLA is not part of a chain. It is one of Tom Douglas' restaurant incarnations and very, very good. However, LOLA would not be my Seattle recommendation because of its Greek theme which has nothing to do with a city founded by Native Americans, Asians, Danes and grumpy, mostly-gay Norwegians. My suggestions in order of preferance would be: Matt's at The Market, Seven Stars Szechuan (for their Szechuan Crab) and another Douglas option, the Palace Kitchen. Harvest Vine, a Spanish Tapas venue, is probably the best food in Seattle right now, but not traditional to the city of Belltown Zombie Night of the Living Dead servers.

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    1. re: Glassman

      if you want casual, i would probably reverse the order i.e. Harvest Vine, then Palace kitchen instead of Lola (go to Matt;s for lunch but not dinner, and skip Chinese food if you're coming from San Fran)

    2. I think Matt's in the Market would fit the bill for you.

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      1. re: christy319

        I tend to post this often, but consider Lark.

      2. Palace Kitchen is pretty damn tasty, and just like the other's have said: Lola is definitely not a chain. I recommend Crush for excellent food in the Madison Valley, a new spot called Betty on Queen Anne, and I really like BOKA in downtown Seattle.

        http://www.bokaseattle.com/kitchen_di...
        http://www.chefjasonwilson.com/

        1. Stumbling Goat on Phinney Ridge.

          1. All of your requirements can be met at:
            Crow Restaurant & Bar
            823 5th Ave N
            Seattle, WA 98109
            (206) 283-8800
            Harvest Vine qualifies as the WORST meal I've ever eaten in Seattle.

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            1. re: MahiMahiFish

              Thank you! FInally someone who feels about Harvest Vine the way I do. I have went a few times (trying to give the benefit of an off night) and have not been more disappointed in a Seattle meal. (Service and food)

              1. re: nseattlefoodie

                My wife & I gave it two tries, both were awful. Since we are being honest, the wine was just as bad. We let them choose, at both visits, thinking we could always use some expertise, right? WHOA, tasted like the blending of many spit cups from a Napa tasting!
                I can't even describe how bad the food was, let alone how bad it tasted. Chef Boyardee finally opened a restaurant!!

                1. re: nseattlefoodie

                  Overpriced. Quinn's is my favorite new restaurant.