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Second Annual Ultimate Seattle Restaurant Poll (2007)

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dagrassroots Dec 4, 2007 09:57 AM

Last year was the first year we did this poll on the Seattle board (props to Mr. Grub on the LA board who gets royalties for his idea) and it was a great success with 37 responses. Here is a link to last years results http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353349 . Hopefully this year we can have even more responses to make the list even more comprehensive. So here’s the deal, rate your top five, and only five restaurants in the Seattle area that you would recommend to a friend visiting Seattle, looking for a memorable dining experience. The scoring will go 5 points for a first place vote, 4 for a second place vote, 3 for a third place vote, 2 for a fourth place vote and one for a fifth place vote. I'll set the deadline for voting to be Dec. 20th. After that I will publish the results. For the moderators, this is not a chowhound sanctioned poll. I will start off with my top five.

1. Lark
2. Green Leaf
3. Harvest Vine
4. Palace Kitchen
5. Malay Satay Hut

  1. r
    rhoogs Dec 20, 2007 08:23 PM

    Lark
    Cafe Presse
    Cafe Besalu
    Carta de Oaxaca
    Via Tribunali

    3 Replies
    1. re: rhoogs
      b
      bluedog67 Jan 7, 2008 12:30 PM

      Was there a tally? Did I miss the thread?

      1. re: bluedog67
        d
        dagrassroots Jan 7, 2008 03:06 PM

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/471619

        1. re: dagrassroots
          b
          bluedog67 Jan 8, 2008 03:36 PM

          Thanks - for the link and especially for the tally!! Interesting results that they range from high end to casual, reflecting that good food doesn't have a price tag!

    2. b
      Bethwick Dec 19, 2007 11:24 PM

      Not my 5 favorites of the year, but 5 I would recommend to various friends;

      Union - for downtown
      Rovers - for splendid French vegetarian
      Ponti - for NW seafood
      Palace Kitchen - for NW
      Tamarind Tree - for Vietnamese

      1. e
        equinoise Dec 19, 2007 07:10 AM

        barleywino? howard1st? Only one day to go; this poll won't be the same without your imprimateur.

        1. c
          Courtneyah Dec 18, 2007 08:12 PM

          1. Le Gourmand
          2. Paseo
          3. Elemental
          4. Salumi
          5. Le Pichet

          1. z
            zoogrrrl Dec 17, 2007 09:48 AM

            Crow
            La Carta
            Palace Kitchen
            Le Pichet
            La Vita e Bella

            Hope to get to Quinn's and Green Leaf in the next couple of weeks!

            1. c
              chipqmunk Dec 16, 2007 06:57 PM

              Mondello
              Salumi
              Crow
              Shiro's
              Hi-Life

              1. c
                clearskies0810 Dec 16, 2007 03:27 PM

                tamarind tree
                la carta de oaxaca
                salumi
                umi sake house
                volterra

                1. malarkey Dec 16, 2007 01:02 PM

                  1. Boat St Cafe
                  2. Union
                  3. Le Pichet
                  4. Lark
                  5. Szechuan Chef

                  So hard to keep the list at 5, and many I feel are equally good but I go there for different reasons.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: malarkey
                    j
                    jaydeflix Dec 16, 2007 02:09 PM

                    "many I feel are equally good but I go there for different reasons."

                    That's the whole reason I haven't been able to make a list and why I hate people who simply ask me 'Where should I go for dinner tonight?' and can't give more details and force me to play 20 questions... 'Small group? Romantic? Loud? Beer/wine or Alcohol? Short meal, long meal? Dislikes? Price limit?'

                    And even then, I don't think I could rank the restaurants. I could easily name 5 'top' establishments I'd recommend, but I don't think I could compare, say, Rancho Bravo Taco Truck to Green Leaf, but I'd easily put them both near the top of the list. And then how do you throw in Skillet?

                    Well, heck, lets try, even tho I hate trying to number them.

                    Skillet
                    Green Leaf
                    Rancho Bravo
                    Paseo
                    Oliver's Twist

                    But I can't say Rancho Bravo is better than Oliver's Twist. I mean, it's two completely different types of food. Two different environments. I don't think it is safe to compare like this. Makes me feel all icky inside =)

                  2. c
                    christy319 Dec 13, 2007 10:56 AM

                    1. Mistral
                    2. Green Leaf
                    3. Boat Street Cafe
                    4. Seven Stars Pepper
                    5. Cafe Presse

                    1. r
                      rocrock Dec 13, 2007 08:52 AM

                      1. Cafe Campagne
                      2. Wild Ginger
                      3. Gaspare
                      4. Palisade
                      5. Etta's Seafood

                      1. r
                        Roo Dec 13, 2007 07:38 AM

                        1. Sitka & Spruce
                        2. Tilth
                        3. Cafe Juanita
                        4. Xinh's
                        5. Grinders

                        1. b
                          burritobelle Dec 12, 2007 04:59 PM

                          1. Umi Sake House
                          2. Paseo
                          3. Serafina
                          4. Tamarind Tree
                          5. Betty (only been once but it was so damn good it gets my vote!!)

                          1. dandelion Dec 10, 2007 04:01 PM

                            1. Lark
                            2. Crow
                            3. Caffe Presse
                            4. Veil
                            5. Tilth

                            1. a
                              amyb Dec 9, 2007 12:50 AM

                              1) Volterra
                              2) Nishino
                              3) Zoe
                              4) La Carta de Oaxaca
                              5) Le Pichet

                              1. k
                                karen2006 Dec 8, 2007 10:02 PM

                                1. Mistral
                                2. Restaurant Zoe
                                3. Cremant
                                4. Waterfront
                                5. Ototo

                                Really looking forward to trying Quinn's and Trellis soon!

                                1. j
                                  jiaotzegirl Dec 8, 2007 08:19 PM

                                  Sichuanese Cuisine (Bellevue)
                                  TRELLIS!!!
                                  Cafe Juanita
                                  Le Pichet
                                  Salumi

                                  2 Replies
                                  1. re: jiaotzegirl
                                    b
                                    bighound Dec 9, 2007 04:56 AM

                                    is this poll for SEATTLE only or are we including the eastside? might have to change my list if we are.

                                    1. re: bighound
                                      d
                                      dagrassroots Dec 9, 2007 10:01 AM

                                      It is the seattle area.

                                  2. o
                                    oliveoyl Dec 8, 2007 05:37 PM

                                    Union
                                    Lark
                                    Green Leaf
                                    Quinn's (despite it's being so new)
                                    Sea Garden (for the dungeness crab in black bean sauce alone)

                                    but there are a few new places I've not been too ... I guess, that's for next year!

                                    1. b
                                      bighound Dec 8, 2007 03:02 PM

                                      1-UNION
                                      2-SALUMI
                                      3-MATT'S
                                      4-PASEO
                                      5-NISHINO
                                      and just for fun
                                      1-CAFE BESALU
                                      2-LE FOURNIL
                                      3-NORTH HILL BAKERY
                                      4-BAKERY NOUVEAU
                                      5-60TH STREET DESSERTS

                                      1. m
                                        ms sonja Dec 7, 2007 09:54 AM

                                        1. Cremant
                                        2. Harvest Vine
                                        3. Lark
                                        4. Crow
                                        5. Via Tribunali

                                        1. s
                                          slabbit Dec 7, 2007 08:45 AM

                                          1. Lark
                                          2. Harvest Vine
                                          3. La Carta de Oaxaca
                                          4. Steelhead Diner
                                          5. People's Pub (love those fried pickles!!!)

                                          1. m
                                            mrnelso Dec 6, 2007 09:50 AM

                                            Salumi
                                            Elemental at Gasworks
                                            Green Leaf
                                            Paseo
                                            Tilth

                                            1. a
                                              alki_chick Dec 6, 2007 08:51 AM

                                              1. Voterra
                                              2. Cafe Campagne
                                              3. Tamarind Tree
                                              4. Restaurant Zoe
                                              5. Shucker's

                                              1. a
                                                aloe24 Dec 6, 2007 08:17 AM

                                                1. Lark
                                                2. Tilth
                                                3. Restaurant Zoe
                                                4. Harvest Vine
                                                5. Pair

                                                1. c
                                                  cburnsi Dec 6, 2007 07:43 AM

                                                  Voterra
                                                  Harvest Vine
                                                  Szechuan Chef
                                                  Serious Pie
                                                  Senor Moose

                                                  1 Reply
                                                  1. re: cburnsi
                                                    j
                                                    jiaotzegirl Dec 8, 2007 08:23 PM

                                                    If you like Szechuan Chef, head a bit further north to Sichuanese Cuisine -- the most authentic Sichuan flavors in the PNW. Try fish with pickled peppers; Chongqing chicken; Water-Boiled beef or fish; Ma-Po Tofu; and there is a lamb dish with cumin and coriander...the name escapes me. This is not for the faint of tongue...it is really rich and ma-la the traditional numbing spice of Sichuan. No other restaurant does it like this one.

                                                  2. k
                                                    kkbriggs Dec 5, 2007 12:14 PM

                                                    1. Green Leaf
                                                    2. Cafe Campagne
                                                    3. Paseo
                                                    4. Pair
                                                    5. Volterra

                                                    1. s
                                                      staffstuff Dec 5, 2007 06:53 AM

                                                      Mistral
                                                      Pomegranate
                                                      Chiang's Gourmet
                                                      Cucina De Ra
                                                      Divine

                                                      1. e
                                                        etoiledunord Dec 5, 2007 06:42 AM

                                                        1. Union
                                                        2. Salumi
                                                        3. Volterra
                                                        4. Zoe
                                                        5. Green Leaf

                                                        1. e
                                                          equinoise Dec 4, 2007 09:09 PM

                                                          1. Union
                                                          2. Harvest Vine
                                                          3. Tamarind Tree
                                                          4. Szechuan Chef
                                                          5. Kisaku

                                                          Props to dagrassroots once again.

                                                          1. l
                                                            Leper Dec 4, 2007 05:31 PM

                                                            dagrassroots, What a great tradition! Mulled wine, decorating the tree and voting on our favorite Seattle area Chowhound destinations. Here's my fav 5:

                                                            1. Harvest Vine
                                                            2. Seven Stars
                                                            3. La Gourmand
                                                            4. Il Terrazo Carmine
                                                            5. Salumi

                                                            1. b
                                                              bobert1006 Dec 4, 2007 05:24 PM

                                                              1. Harvest Vine
                                                              2. Rover's
                                                              3. Cafe Juanita
                                                              4. Le Gourmand
                                                              5. Zoe

                                                              1. m
                                                                magfoodguy Dec 4, 2007 05:05 PM

                                                                1. Sitka & Spruce
                                                                2. Boat Street
                                                                3. La Carta Oaxaoca
                                                                4. Cafe Presse
                                                                5. Quinn

                                                                1. Charles Dec 4, 2007 04:53 PM

                                                                  1) Café Presse
                                                                  2) Harvest Vine
                                                                  3) Via Tribunale
                                                                  4) Jack’s Tapas Cafe Mainly Chinese
                                                                  5) Green Leaf

                                                                  1. landguy Dec 4, 2007 04:39 PM

                                                                    1.Samurai Noodle
                                                                    2.Quinn's
                                                                    3. Lark
                                                                    4. Szechuan Chef
                                                                    5. Via Tribunali

                                                                    1. natalie.warner Dec 4, 2007 01:21 PM

                                                                      Volterra (for Brunch)
                                                                      Ray's Boathouse (for the View)
                                                                      Cascadia (for the HH)
                                                                      Honeyhole (for Lunch)
                                                                      Shucker's (for Northwest style fish and scallops)

                                                                      1. h
                                                                        hhlodesign Dec 4, 2007 01:02 PM

                                                                        1. Mistral
                                                                        2. Salumi
                                                                        3. Veil
                                                                        4. Union
                                                                        5. Samurai

                                                                        1. g
                                                                          gt1485a Dec 4, 2007 12:48 PM

                                                                          Boat Street
                                                                          Voila
                                                                          La Gourmand
                                                                          Tamarind Tree
                                                                          Sorrentino's

                                                                          1. terrier Dec 4, 2007 11:37 AM

                                                                            1. Pho Bac
                                                                            2. Dinette
                                                                            3. Harvest Vine
                                                                            5. Serious Pie
                                                                            4. Tamarind Tree

                                                                            1. k
                                                                              kirkj Dec 4, 2007 11:02 AM

                                                                              1. Green Leaf
                                                                              2. Harvest Vine
                                                                              3. Crush
                                                                              4. Yea's Wok
                                                                              5. Flying Fish

                                                                              1. dagoose Dec 4, 2007 10:17 AM

                                                                                1. Seven Stars Peppers
                                                                                2. Dahlak
                                                                                3. Shun
                                                                                4. Old Village Korean Restaurant
                                                                                5. Volterra

                                                                                1 Reply
                                                                                1. re: dagoose
                                                                                  b
                                                                                  bluedog67 Dec 4, 2007 10:43 AM

                                                                                  1. Sitka and Spruce
                                                                                  2. Crush
                                                                                  3. Boat Street
                                                                                  4. Lark
                                                                                  5. Matt's

                                                                                2. frygirl Dec 4, 2007 10:13 AM

                                                                                  1. Matt's in the Market
                                                                                  2. Palace Kitchen
                                                                                  3. Market Grill
                                                                                  4. Pair
                                                                                  5. Old Town Alehouse

                                                                                  1. d
                                                                                    dimsumfan Dec 4, 2007 10:03 AM

                                                                                    This is always fun!

                                                                                    1. Green Leaf
                                                                                    2. Malay Satay Hut
                                                                                    3. Kisaku
                                                                                    4. Szechuan Chef
                                                                                    5. Paseo

                                                                                    1. l
                                                                                      Lauren Dec 4, 2007 10:02 AM

                                                                                      1. Boat Street
                                                                                      2. Union
                                                                                      3. Lark
                                                                                      4. Palace Kitchen
                                                                                      5. Portage

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