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First Post! Vegas Chowhound in PN. 2 weeks

Hey Hounds,

I'm excited to post for the first time. My wife and I are heading to Seattle and the surrounding wine country for a week, along with Portland and the Willamette Valley for a week. After much research, I have a few places but need some help with which spots would be better for lunch, causal dinner, and intimate dinner. This is our first time in WA. We want a real feel for Seattle and it's food/people. Thanks for all the great info! I'll be posting my recent dinner thoughts of Restaurant Charlie in the LV board soon! Let me know what you think.


Sel Gris
Le Pigeon
Park Kitchen
Alberta St. Oyster Bar and Grill
Salumi (lunch and crazy line...)
Apizza Scholls (get there early I saw in a post)
Simpatica (brunch on Sun.)


Matt's in the Market
How to Cook a Wolf (no resv. I read)
Sitka & Spruce

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  1. Just so there's no confusion, Salumi is located in Seattle . . .

    1. Make sure to go to Simpatica early or expect to wait, perhaps even 8:45 am.

      Also consider Ken's Artisan Pizza in addition to Apizza Scholls. Same wait though. Both are dinner only no res.

      Le Pigeon is kind of noisy. You may have to sit with others. Consider eating at the bar.

      Park Kitchen has many fans, but I find it to be style over substance.

      Thanks for doing the research before posting! And please give us a report.

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      1. re: Leonardo

        I'd skip Ken's. Perfectly good, but Apizza Scholls is sublime. Get on the list and then take a 30 minute walk through the neighborhood.

      2. Of your Portland places, the only ones open for lunch are ten 01 (M-Sat) and Park Kitchen (M-F) (and of course Salumi, as was previously pointed out, is open for lunch but in Seattle), so that should narrow down the list of lunch places quite a bit!

        More casual: Le P, Alberta St, Apizza Scholls.

        1. Sorry about the Salumi! Thanks Roo.

          1. In Portland, it'd be a shame to miss Pok Pok.

            In Seattle, I recommend you hit up at least one Viet restaurant. Green Leaf is my favorite at the moment. (A good choice for lunch, btw)

            And are you wine-only? Because there's a ton of great microbreweries that don't distribute past Oregon and Washington that you shouldn't miss while you're in the area - but maybe that's another thread.

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            1. re: terrier

              agree with Terrier on the microbreweries, stop at Issaquah Brewhouse for some of their gold-medal winning Menage a Frog (Belgian tripel style) http://thefullpint.com/2008/06/17/iss... or Imperial IPA on tap

            2. This might be outside the confines of true Chowhoundyness, but when you say you want a real feel for Seattle, I want to recommend locations to you, not just the top trendiest restaurants.

              Like Ray's Boathouse out by the Shilshole marina where you can sit on the deck and get a great view of Puget Sound and the boats coming in and out of the Ballard locks. And the food is pretty decent (try the mussels in Thai red curry).

              And you didn't ask for breakfast or snacks, but you have got to try Mighty-O vegan donuts in the Tangletown intersection in the Greenlake neighborhood. And Kisaku right across the street is one of the better sushi restaurants in town. Then you can walk off all that good food with a stroll around Greenlake.

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              1. re: chipqmunk

                I don't think recommending Ray's is outside the confines of true Chowhoundyness but recommending Mighty-O is! :)

                  1. re: not the bad Steve

                    To each their own, but I really like their donuts, especially the pumpkin and the apple with cinnamon dusting. They are best eaten fresh from the source, the ones sitting around in a grocery store case all day are admittedly less than awesome. I like Top Pot too but sometimes they are just too much sugar and grease overload for one donut.

                    1. re: chipqmunk

                      I live in Tangletown and I have spit out their donuts due to their denseness and lack of flavor on more than one occasion. I will not be going back.

              2. Thanks for the tip on Ray's chipqmunk. That sounds great! And I totally forgot about the microbrews!#@%! When you live in vegas, you forget that people make artisanal and handcrafted things. I thought everywhere was full of celebrity chefs (WHO are NEVER in sight) and hemorrhaging cash restaurants, overpriced winelists, and $10.00 coronas. (Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox...........) terrier, thanks for the post! I think you just opened a whole new topic to research. Pok Pok and Green leaf sound great! Lots of posts on those. I'll find some time to hit them up. Thanks everyone!