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jeffj100 Apr 30, 2008 05:40 PM

I am a long time Seattleite and have been to most of the standard Seattle icon restaurants. I am currently building a list of new (at least new to me) eateries that I must check out over the spring/summer months with a group of commited foodies. Nothing highly pretentious or necessarily fancy, just newer spots providing new experiences. So far my list includes: Txori, Harvest vine, How to cook a wolf, Tilth, Trellis, Coupage, 94 Stewart, Asteroid ristorante, Tamarind tree, and La Dolce Vida. I would like some help with rounding out the list with some insights from fellow chow hound members. Thanks in advance for any insights provided.

  1. natalie.warner May 8, 2008 10:49 AM

    I love this post thread- It reassured me that I am on the right track. Jeffj100 your list includes most of those that are one mine- Except I have done How to Cook a Wolf and my review from Yelp is quoted on their Website :). I have also done Tilth but for breakfast and was not all that impressed with the food though it was good. They charded my mothers potatoes.

    The other places that have been suggested are on my list too! I love this coincedence!
    I am going to Coupage this month and report back. I did Cremant the last 3 for 30 promotion as well as Nishino last time.
    I am on Art of the Tables email list and I suggest you sign up- they send out what the menu is every week and it is enough to make you run for the phone for a reservation. You should add Skillet to your list of places to try.

    Here is my list-
    Serious Pie
    Seastar Raw Bar- Bellevue
    Matt's in the Market (for lunch)
    Crave (for dinner)
    Restaurant Zoe
    The Palace
    Sitka and Spruce
    Art of the Table
    Green Leaf- Vietnamese (in the ID on 8th)
    Tamarind Tree- Vietnamese (in the ID on Jackson)
    Malay Satay Hut- Islander Pacific (in the ID on 12th- open Mon- Fri)
    Seven Stars Pepper Szechuan- Chinese (in the ID on Jackson)
    Shiro's- Japanese Sushi (on 2nd in Belltown)
    Fu Man Dumpling House (on Greenwood in the boonies- open Tues- Fri)
    Jack's Tapas Mainly Chinese (on the Ave)
    Shi'an- regional Chinese (on Lake City)
    Chiang's Gourmet (on Lake City)
    Szechuan 99 (in Edmonds boonies on 99)
    KaWon Restaurant- Korean (in Edmonds boonies on 99)
    Noble Court- Dim Sum (in Bellevue)
    Bobby's in Everett- Hawaiian (was on food network!)

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      Oreally May 7, 2008 07:54 PM

      Lot's of newly opened to try this month with the new urban eats (3 for $30):


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        Leper May 1, 2008 06:58 PM

        Jeff, Just tried Made-In-Kitchen and was Chowhound impressed. Food rivaled Tamarind Tree without the wait. The pork chops were literally world class. As a long time, experienced home cook, I could not ascertain how they achieved the moist, tender result. I plan on returning until I "run the menu".

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        1. re: Leper
          adamb0mb May 8, 2008 11:51 AM

          I have to disagree with you Leper. I work within walking distance of Made-in-Kitchen, and will no longer go there because the service is SO SLOW. This may be a just for lunch, but it appears as if a good chunk of the wait-staff is just not paying attention.

          The Braised Curry Duck is amazing though.

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            barleywino May 8, 2008 01:12 PM

            their kalbi beef is also usually nicely done, and their crab rolls are good. i agree it's sometimes hard to get the attention of the staff.

          2. frygirl May 1, 2008 11:34 AM

            In addition to those already mentioned, you could try:

            Pair (Low key French in U Village/Ravenna area)
            Beato (bistro food in W. Seattle)
            Tilth (higher-end organic in Wallingford)
            Triangle (Fremont - just got a new chef from Portland. Profiled in Seattle Times on 4/25. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...)

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            1. re: frygirl
              GreenYoshi May 1, 2008 12:58 PM

              Frygirl, have you been to the new "Triangle Pub"?

              I have been with new chef, but I just can't imagine it as much more than the beer and food (mostly beer) place that it has been in the past. I know the article makes it sound fancied up, but does it really exist above other "bar & grill" type places?

              1. re: GreenYoshi
                samsmom2000 May 1, 2008 06:25 PM

                Some of my favorites....Marjorie, Zoe, and Lark. Plus, anyone ever check out Pair?

                1. re: samsmom2000
                  dagoose May 2, 2008 10:28 AM

                  I liked Pair, I actually just wrote a review of it for a new magazine coming out in June (Wino Magazine).

                  It is really pleasant atmosphere, simple food, a few execution gaffs, but the kind of place you really want to like enough that those don't matter. Definetly worth a try for a small plate and glass of wine, if nothing else.

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                    Freida May 8, 2008 02:45 PM

                    I love Pair - it's just a wonderful, cozy space with reliably yummy food. And easy parking, too!

                2. re: GreenYoshi
                  frygirl May 2, 2008 02:05 PM

                  I haven't been to the Triangle since the new chef took over, but it's on my list to try very soon. Pair is one of my favorites. I enjoy the food, atmosphere and prices. It has the whole package!

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                Daniel May 1, 2008 07:54 AM

                I would substitute Joule for Coupage. The chefs who opened Coupage left shortly thereafter and opened Joule last fall.

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                1. re: Daniel
                  Lauren May 1, 2008 09:38 AM

                  I would keep both Joule and Coupage. I'd eaten at Coupage before the chefs left and I've eaten at Joule three times now. I'm not as in love with their cooking at Joule as I was at Coupage.

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                  nseattlefoodie May 1, 2008 06:22 AM

                  I would add Boat Street Cafe for lunch (I think they do brunch too on the weekends?), I love the space and have always had amazing service.

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                  1. re: nseattlefoodie
                    allisonw May 1, 2008 01:16 PM

                    I just had a great dinner at the Boat Street myself. First time at the new space. Still as great as ever!!!

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                    mrnelso Apr 30, 2008 10:44 PM

                    That's a pretty good list. New are:
                    Lunchbox laboratory - 73rd & 15th NW
                    Green Leaf - 418 Eighth Ave S
                    Szechuan 99 - Shoreline
                    Art of the Table

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                      little ms foodie Apr 30, 2008 06:01 PM

                      possible additions without knowing where you have been:

                      Ocho, Quinn's, Licorous, Portage, Cafe Presse

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                      1. re: little ms foodie
                        jeffj100 Apr 30, 2008 06:07 PM

                        Thanks Ms Foodie.I know my post is a little vague, just not sure how else to phrase the question. I HAVE NOT been to the restaurants you mentioned and look forward to adding them to our list.

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