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.
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-
Seastar Raw Bar- Bellevue
Matt's in the Market (for lunch)
Crave (for dinner)
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!)
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".
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.
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...)
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?
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.