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Looking for really good dinner in Seattle area

zippyzop Sep 15, 2008 04:48 PM

Wife and I are trekking up I-5 from PDX in 2 weeks and are looking for a really good meal up there for Fri/Sat night dinner. It's been awhile since I've been up there, and loved Wild Ginger and Dahlia Lounge, but am looking for a new experience.

Herbfarm is intriguing, but seems really drawn out, and then, how do I drive back to the city all sloshed?

Also, I remember some great Chinese place that cut their own noodles down near the train station. Shanghai something?


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    bourbongal Sep 16, 2008 09:25 PM

    Try Restaurant Zoe in Belltown. It's on Second, near Dahlia. Same price range and very good atmosphere and service. Try the gnudi (little savory dumpling/gnocchi things) there.

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      dnamj Sep 16, 2008 04:53 PM

      I highly recommend the Boat Street, now that it's moved downtown. A beautiful Room, and great wine list. Not truly fancy, but very well prepared and utterly delicious french-inspired. Be sure to get the walnuts roasted in Butter, the homemade pickle plate, and whatever fish they have is usually splendid. My #1 place in SEA.

      1. Salty Mouth Sep 16, 2008 10:51 AM

        If you want a taste of the Herbfarm, do Jerry Traunfeld's (the executive chef at the h-farm for 17 years) new restaurant on Capitol Hill, Poppy. I haven't been able to try it yet as it is supposed to open this week.

        Lark and the Harvest Vine are fantastic choices too.

        1. natalie.warner Sep 16, 2008 10:07 AM

          Check these two out...



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            PAO Sep 15, 2008 05:51 PM

            Shanghai Garden. Still there. Still doing hand-shaven noodles. Wild Ginger has gone downhill in recent years, so it's a good thing you're looking for something new.

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              allisonw Sep 16, 2008 12:23 AM

              Search this forum for many other similaly-minded posts.

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                zippyzop Sep 16, 2008 01:37 PM

                Thanks... got it... is there any place better that I should be going to instead for Chinese? Why does Seattle have good Chinese, but Portland sucks?

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                  HungWeiLo Sep 17, 2008 07:40 AM

                  Shanghai Garden, if it wasn't for those green barley hand-shaven noodles, are just as bad as Wild Ginger. They are literally a one-hit wonder.

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