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lisaf Feb 2, 2009 09:22 AM

I've noticed that over the years my family has accumulated certain restaurants that we frequent for special occasion, a date night, etc. In the interest in sharing and getting out of my rut, I thought it'd be fun to see other people's lists.

Nice occasion restaurants:
Nell's
The Met
Canlis (but have noticed the quality slipping in recent years)
Cafe Juanita
Il Terrazo Carmine

Friday or Saturday date:
Lola
Nishino
Jak's
Cactus

Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
Bings
The Attic
Coastal Kitchen

Brunch spots:
Atlas
The Varsity Inn
5 Spot

I look forward to seeing your lists and maybe trying some new spots.

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  1. natalie.warner RE: lisaf Feb 2, 2009 11:05 AM

    Nice occasion restaurants:
    Art of the Table
    Matt's in the Market
    BOKA (for atmosphere and solid drinks/desserts)
    Preservation Kitchen

    Friday or Saturday date:
    Txori
    SpringHill
    How to Cook a Wolf
    La Isla
    La Carta de Oaxaca

    Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
    Ototo Sushi
    Thai Ku
    Malena's
    Quazi's
    Pho Viet Ahn

    Brunch spots:
    Portage Bay Cafe
    The Roxy
    Hi-Life
    Bad Albert's
    Glo's

    1. frygirl RE: lisaf Feb 2, 2009 12:13 PM

      Great idea for a thread! Here is my list.

      Nice occasion restaurants:
      Elemental
      Restaurant Zoe
      The Herbfarm

      Friday or Saturday night:
      How to Cook a Wolf
      Olivar
      Poppy
      Boat Street Cafe
      Pair

      Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
      Gorgeous George's
      74th St Alehouse
      Olive You
      Pagliacci Pizza
      Bad Albert's

      Brunch spots:
      Hi-Spot Cafe
      Chinook's
      Hi Life

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        cocktailhour RE: lisaf Feb 2, 2009 01:53 PM

        I guess neighborhood spots depends on your neighborhood, but we fall regularly into Betty's for a weeknight. I find it really perfect for what we are looking for--nice cocktails and wine, and the food is solid but with a twist. I have never had a bad meal there that I can think of, and I love to sit at the food bar. I think it would also suit well for a date night.

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          bergeo RE: lisaf Feb 3, 2009 08:03 AM

          Nice Occasion:
          - The Harvest Vine
          - Crush
          - Tulio's

          Friday/Saturday Night:
          - Crow
          - La Carta de Oaxaca
          - Tamarind Tree
          - Ocho

          Neighborgood Spots:
          - Toyota Sushi
          - Chiang's Gourmet
          - Grinders
          - Paseo's

          Brunch:
          - Senor Moose
          - The Dish
          - Jade Garden
          - Original Pancake House

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            mcquarjk RE: lisaf Feb 3, 2009 11:32 AM

            Nice Occasion restaurants:
            Restaurant Zoe
            Poppy
            Shiro's
            Monsoon

            Friday or Saturday date:
            Jak's
            Pink Door
            Pam's Kitchen

            Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
            Pair
            Thaiger Room
            La Casa del Mojito

            Brunch Spots:
            The Shanty Cafe
            5 Spot
            Baranof

            1. terrier RE: lisaf Feb 3, 2009 02:18 PM

              Nice occasion restaurants:
              Matt's in the Market
              Harvest Vine
              Nishino
              Union

              Friday or Saturday date:
              Palace Kitchen
              Dinette
              Spinasse
              Spur
              Txori

              Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
              Cafe Presse
              Elysian Fields
              Le Pichet
              Virginia Inn
              Typhoon

              Brunch spots:
              Geraldine's Counter
              Maximilien
              Jade Garden
              Pho Cyclo (sodo, Saturdays only)
              La Carta de Oaxaca (Saturdays only)

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                dagrassroots RE: terrier Feb 3, 2009 08:28 PM

                Special Occasion-
                Harvest Vine
                Lark

                Date night-
                La Medusa
                Dinette
                Cafe Presse
                Quinns

                Neighborhood-
                Malay Satay Hut
                Seven Star
                St. Clouds
                Flying Squirrel Pizza
                All Purpose Pizza
                Green Leaf
                Tamarind tree
                Dahlak

                Brunch:
                Pomegranate
                Phnom Penh

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                  equinoise RE: dagrassroots Feb 4, 2009 07:37 AM

                  Special occaision:
                  Crush
                  Lark
                  Rover's
                  Canlis
                  Il Terrazzo Carmine

                  Date:
                  Union
                  La Medusa
                  Saito's
                  Cremant (before the ownership change; probably go to Le Pichet now)
                  Spur
                  Quinn's

                  Neighborhood:
                  La Medusa
                  Flying Squirrel
                  Dahlak
                  Roy's BBQ
                  Mawaada Cafe

                  Brunch:
                  Geraldine's Counter
                  Jade Garden
                  Noble Court
                  Monsoon

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                  terrier RE: terrier Feb 4, 2009 07:33 AM

                  I forgot Lola as one of my brunch spots.

                3. danindowntown RE: lisaf Feb 5, 2009 03:43 PM

                  Nice occasion restaurants:
                  The Met
                  Poppy
                  Maximillians

                  Friday or Saturday date:
                  Olivar
                  Kushibar
                  Palace Kitchen
                  Shiki
                  Quinns

                  Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
                  Nordstrom Grill (downtown)
                  Pho 900
                  Tamarind Tree

                  Brunch spots:
                  House of Hong (quick and plentiful dim sum)
                  Campagne
                  The Saint

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                    mrnelso RE: lisaf Feb 8, 2009 03:31 PM

                    Nice occasion restaurants:
                    Elemental
                    Sitka and Spruce
                    Stumbling Goat
                    Art of the Table

                    Friday or Saturday date:
                    Palace Kitchen
                    Tilth
                    Pasta Freska

                    Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
                    Veraci
                    Paseo
                    Lunchbox Laboratory

                    Brunch spots:
                    Cafe Campagne
                    Anita's Crepes (not been yet, but they are advertising brunch)

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                      Bethwick RE: lisaf Feb 8, 2009 07:50 PM

                      Nice occasion restaurants:
                      Rover's
                      Il Terrazzo Carmine

                      Friday or Saturday date:
                      How to Cook a Wolf
                      Tilth
                      Etta's

                      Neighborhood places when you just don't want to cook:
                      Hilltop
                      Malena's
                      Crow
                      Ponti's bar

                      Brunch Spots:
                      Not brunch fans but for lunch:
                      Baguette Box
                      Araya

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                        bluedog67 RE: Bethwick Feb 9, 2009 12:06 PM

                        Special Occasion:
                        Rovers
                        Crush
                        Corson Blg

                        Date nite:
                        Spur
                        Txori
                        Boat St.
                        Monsoon

                        Neighborhood eats:
                        Hi LIfe
                        Chinoise
                        Tribunali
                        May Thai (followed byMolly Moon's)
                        India Bistro

                        Brunch:
                        For out of towners:
                        cafe campagne
                        Monsoon
                        Veil (so sad)
                        Ettas
                        For just us:
                        5 spot
                        maggies

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