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Billy Bob May 11, 2008 12:05 PM

I am a Southwest Chowhound coming to Seattle and I want to take a friend out to celebrate her 50th birthday. We are both foodies and looking for a unique, preferably ethnic dining experience. She lives near Bremerton, but with the right planning and the right dining destination awaiting us we are willing to go to anywhere in the surrounding area. Any price range is fine. We enjoy fine dining as well as the hidden family run gem in a strip mall!

We are ruling out Mexican since we both decided that we will save that for her visits here.

Wow me with your cool suggestions!

Billy Bob

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    lcritton May 11, 2008 12:42 PM


    This is a good spot to go but only for daytime outings. It is not open on Monday. There is usually a line so come early.

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      dagrassroots May 11, 2008 01:29 PM

      In the international District in Seattle you could got to Tamarind Tree or Green Leaf for very good Vietnamese. Also Malay Satay Hut has very good malaysian.

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        PAO May 11, 2008 10:15 PM

        Agree with Green Leaf and Malay Satay Hut. For Ethiopian, try Cafe Soleil for dinner.

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          Billy Bob May 12, 2008 01:52 PM

          This could be interesting. We have three really good Ethiopian places her in the Valley of the Sun. I wonder how they would compare to Soleil? Might just have to try it to see ;-).

        2. re: dagrassroots
          Billy Bob May 12, 2008 01:50 PM

          Grass Roots,

          It has been awhile since I have tried Malaysian stateside. I have traveled to Penang, Malaysia many times and love that style of food. My favorite Malay dish is Char Keow Teow. I braved the street Hawker stands and ordered that all the time. Thanks for the recomendations.

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            dagrassroots May 12, 2008 05:06 PM

            I have never been to malaysia but the Char Keow Teow at Malay Satay Hut is the best that I have tried at numerous malay restaurants throughout the states.

        3. re: lcritton
          Billy Bob May 12, 2008 01:47 PM

          lcritton - This place sounds very interesting. I plan on spending a few days just milling around downtown, so I will try and work this into my travels. Thanks for the tip.

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          Leper May 11, 2008 03:11 PM

          Billy Bob, Xinh's in Shelton is a true Chowhound destination. (Shelton is West of Bremerton; it's a tiny town and Xinh's is the jewel.) Her Mussels, Clams and Oysters will make your Pacific Northwest trip memorable.

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            Billy Bob May 12, 2008 01:55 PM

            Leper (couldn't you come up with a more appetizing nickname <grin>),

            This sounds very interesting and certainly would be something I can't get as fresh here in the middle of the dessert. Thanks!

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              Roo May 12, 2008 03:02 PM

              I second the recommendation for Xinh's. Take Hwy 3 south of Bremerton about 30 miles. I really enjoy the mussels in curry sauce and pan fried oysters, some of the best I've ever tasted. When it's available you can even find geoduck on the menu.

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              dogthis May 12, 2008 05:34 PM

              i second xihn's. their curried mussels are insane.

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              Leper May 11, 2008 03:13 PM

              Billy Bob, Tiny Xinh's in Shelton (West of Bremerton) is a great Chowhound destination. Her creative Mussels, Clams and Oysters will make your Pacific Northwest trip memorable and your friend will have a new found respect for your culinary research.

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                firecracker May 11, 2008 08:42 PM

                Canlis. Herbfarm. Neither are ethnic. Both are classic and delicious.

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                  Billy Bob May 12, 2008 01:56 PM


                  Can you give me a little more idea of what Canlis and Herbfarm are like?

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