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notomatoesplease Aug 10, 2008 08:50 PM

Hello! I'm planning a trip up to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska to fish for salmon. I was just wondering if you guys could let me in on the best restaurants at which to get salmon in Alaska or Washington. Any help would be great. Thanks!

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    zoogrrrl Aug 10, 2008 10:59 PM

    McCormick Schmick's, Chinook's, Matt's at the Market, Restaurant Zoe. I prefer these more than Ivar's, but they are known for salmon. We also had great salmon at Steelhead Diner and Etta's.

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      porky pine Jun 20, 2009 11:53 AM

      I'm pretty sure McCormick & Schmick's doesn't use wild salmon. I think Palisade's has really good salmon.

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      cocktailhour Aug 11, 2008 11:50 AM

      Salmon is available at many, many Seattle restaurants, in a variety of preparations. You want wild Pacific salmon, some people have a preference for King or sockeye, etc. I think one of the best classic preparations in Seattle is at Etta's, with corn pudding and shiitake relish. I haven't been in a long time, though. Matt's and Restaurant Zoe are always great restaurants. I think I like Ray's Boathouse, upstairs, best for traditional fish preparation, but I only go there with out of town visitors.

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        GreenYoshi Aug 11, 2008 11:58 AM

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/497759

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          PAO Aug 11, 2008 02:13 PM

          I personally do not care for any of the McCormick's' empire restaurants. We had some wonderful salmon at Trellis in Kirkland. I do recommend wild over farmed. I believe they had both on the menu the night we went.

          1. enhF94 Aug 11, 2008 05:08 PM

            I live far away, but I believe you're just entering the season for Yukon River Salmon (thrice the fat!), which is one of those once-in-a-lifetime thrills that PNW'ers get to have for weeks of the year, every year.

            I miss PNW.

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              paulj Aug 12, 2008 09:03 AM

              Speaking of salmon fat, is there any restaurant that serves salmon belly?

              99Ranch sells belly strips for half the price of steaks. Usually they are mostly skin and fin, and best for stock, but occasional packages have a good proportion of meat and fat. With a crisp fried skin these are some of the best salmon I've cooked.

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                barleywino Aug 12, 2008 09:33 AM

                great question! please let us know if you hear of any place TIA

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              downtownbrown Aug 12, 2008 09:43 AM

              This probably won't help much because you are unlikely to head down to Gold Beach, Oregon but I had amazing fresh Chinook salmon at Nor' Wester Seafood there.

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                staffstuff Aug 12, 2008 06:24 PM

                If you are going to catch salmon here then the best way to enjoy salmon is THAT WAY....catch it and cook it yourself asap!.....better than ANY restaurant here could prepare I would bet.

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                  howesit Jun 16, 2009 07:52 PM

                  Why not wait to catch one for yourself? Nothing beats grilled salmon that was swimming in the ocean only a couple of hours before you eat it.

                  I hope you get the opportunity to catch and eat several of the different salmon species - each one is slightly different in taste and texture.

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                    Bethwick Jun 16, 2009 09:34 PM

                    It's a year old post but I have to reply. I have had dinner twice in the past month at Ponti Seafood and I have to say the grilled salmon with mashed potatoes is outstanding. I don't know of a better choice in Seattle for a great taste of NW salmon, plus the outdoors deck along the ship canal is just beautiful.

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                      kerryog Jun 17, 2009 11:46 AM

                      Another good choice is Anthony's on the waterfront. I've had some of the best salmon there and their prices aren't as high as some others

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                        Jeffo405 Jun 18, 2009 08:59 PM

                        What about Ray's Boathouse?

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                          mrnelso Jun 19, 2009 09:41 PM

                          Reliable and gorgeou$.

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                            jamesbra Jun 20, 2009 12:31 AM

                            Love Ray's Boathouse. Old school Seattle and great fish / salmon options done in classic, standard Northwest preparations.

                            Seastar is good. New restaurant in Seattle provides some of the best salmon I've had in a long time at lunch a month or so back...

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