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babette feasts Jun 25, 2009 02:57 PM

Having recently returned from almost 2 years overseas, I'm interested in a fairly comprehensive list of what has opened since then and is delicious. I have already been to Quinn's, that Spanish place on Capitol Hill in the Loveless Building, Txori, and Spur.

I've heard there are 2 new pizza places and 2 new sushi places in Ballard as well as Poppy, Anchovies etc., and Rancho bravo on Cap Hill. Downtown - Some place named after a fish where Wasabi Bistro used to be, and Kerry Sear's new hotel digs (although Cascadia always seemed like a disappointment, so I'm not going to rush there). What else is recent?

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    akq Jun 25, 2009 03:27 PM

    There are actually at least 5 new (within the last couple of years) pizza places in Ballard: Zayda Buddies, Veraci, Snooze Junction, 'Zaw, and Via Verde...and 3 new sushi places: Oshan, Skiku and Moshi. Yikes.

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      GreenYoshi Jun 25, 2009 04:01 PM

      To be clear though, Veraci is only one of the mentioned pizza places I would recommend.
      (though I'm looking forward to Delancy...)

      (haven't been to any of the sushi places)

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        jaydeflix Jun 25, 2009 04:25 PM

        Forgot Palermo when it comes to Pizza. =)

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          akq Jun 25, 2009 06:54 PM

          I haven't had pizza at ZB, but didn't like the sandwich and apps I did have. The one time I've eaten SJ pizza it was totally burned on the bottom. I enjoyed a pizza at Via Verde when it first opened. Sad to see the Market Street Grill close. I did forget Palermo, but I don't think I've been there.

          Of the sushi places, I've only tried Oshan, and I liked it. Tiny little place and weird blue lighting, but really nice servers and yummy food. I've had their maki, nigiri, udon and tempura, and enjoyed all of them. The fish quality was much higher than I expected from a little place in Ballard. Haven't gotten to the other sushi places yet.

          I did see a new greek place on 20th, a block off of market where the thai place used to be and across from what used to be the pattypan grill (which is now some kind of burger place). It looks good - has anyone tried it?

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            adamb0mb Jun 30, 2009 09:18 AM

            Zayda Buddies is a great bar/pizza place. Great service and good food. If you want to hang out with your friends for a couple of hours and get some pizza... this is the place.

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            Zayda Buddy's Pizza
            5404 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA

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              equinoise Jul 2, 2009 11:03 AM

              Do any of the Ballard pizzarias do by-the-slice at lunchtime?

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                akq Jul 2, 2009 11:28 AM

                I think Veraci and Snooze Junction do by the slice. Via Verde's pizzas are 1-2 person size. Zaw only does take&bake (they don't cook the pizza but they will deliver the raw pizza).

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              cocktailhour Jun 26, 2009 10:51 AM

              How to Cook a Wolf on Queen Anne. Tilth in Wallingford (I forget how old it is). The Corson Building by Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce. I really like Betty on Queen Anne but it's not a food destination. Pair in the U District.

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                babette feasts Jun 26, 2009 11:09 AM

                Tilth is pretty old, 3 or 4 years?, and Betty opened right before I left, tried it at a few weeks old. But I was on QA yesterday and noticed that Betty and Crow are continuing their $30 prix fixe indefinitely, so that might be a good excuse to go back. Pair's online menu looks tasty, might even be worth the trek to Ravenna.

                Thanks for the additions to my list.

              2. natalie.warner Jun 26, 2009 01:02 PM

                My moshi sushi exprience was tasty- give it a try if you are in the neighborhood- Their gin drinks are good*

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                  Jeanhea Jun 28, 2009 10:07 PM

                  Hmm--recent? Anchovies and Olives is OK (though I like How to Cook a Wolf, another Ethan Stowall restaurant in addition to Union and Tavolata better)--big cheffy scene at Anchovies and Olives. I liked Olivar (that place in Capitol Hill/Lovelace Building) and I would definitely try Poppy (Jerry Traunfield's new Indian restaurant in Capitol Hill--really liked it, but you don't have a lot of choice beyond meat/vegetarian plate). I've heard very good things about Corson Building (by Sitka and Spruce folks--also a very good restaurant). I don't know if Green Leaf is new since you've went away (our favorite Vietnamese restaurant in the ID), and you should try Samarai Noodle for pretty good ramen (I don't recommend Boom Noodle for ramen--though much like Wagamama in London) in ID. I've tried Spinaci early on, and found it overpriced though pasta very good. Loved Quinns, but not for vegetarians or people who don't love meat/fried foods/fat (I do!). I think the new restaurant at the Art Museum is OK but not great. IMO best pizza and salads at Tutta Bella (Columbia City)--I like it better than Veraci pizza and Serious Pie (Tom Douglas' pizza place). Overall, unfortunately, I don't think there have been that many great new restaurants in the past 2 years--perhaps Poppy would be at the top of the list). I don't know if Barolo is that new, but I like it for italian/atmosphere (good pastas).

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                    babette feasts Jun 28, 2009 11:42 PM

                    Just tried Veraci's prosciutto and asparagus pie. Good pie. Low on atmosphere as far as dining in. Will try again.

                    I love Sitka & Spruce but am not so into the communal dining thing so will probably skip Corson.

                    What/where is Spinaci?

                    Thanks for your suggestions. I know several places have closed and not a lot have opened, just trying to get back in the loop.

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                      GourmetLight Jun 29, 2009 10:11 AM

                      I think they mean Spinasse, Justin Neidermeyer's fairly new restaurant: www.spinasse.com

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                        babette feasts Jun 29, 2009 10:52 AM

                        A-ha! Forgot about him, thanks.

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                          equinoise Jun 29, 2009 01:06 PM

                          Not mentioned above, relatively new, and quite good are Spring Hill in West Seattle, and Branzino in Belltown.

                          Haven't really experienced the Ballard pizza explosion, but I really like Flying Squirrel in Seward Park, which opened about 6 months ago.

                          Also noteworthy in the past year is the proliferation of mobile street food vendors. I tried both Skillet and Marination Station quite recently and was stunned by the quality and value. I am eager to try Paladar Cubano, the new Cuban truck on 90th and Aurora.

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                          Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar
                          4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

                          Branzino
                          2429 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

                          Paladar Cubano Catering Company
                          8953 Aurora Ave North, Seattle, WA

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                            babette feasts Jun 29, 2009 03:28 PM

                            Branzino - that was the name that was escaping me, Wasabi Bistro is still where it is, there was some other Japanese restaurant on that corner.

                            A cubano sounds pretty tasty right about now, definitely a must try.

                            Thanks!

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                              cocktailhour Jun 30, 2009 11:04 AM

                              For a Cubano, it would be hard to beat Paseo. They added a location near Golden Gardens, too.

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                                GreenYoshi Jun 30, 2009 04:33 PM

                                Paseo does not make a real Cuban sandwich.
                                It's good but it's not a cuban sandwich!!!

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                                  cocktailhour Jun 30, 2009 05:49 PM

                                  True. I should have just said that make a sandwich called a Cuban Roast that is one of the best sandwiches in Seattle!

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                                    Lauren Jul 1, 2009 03:37 PM

                                    They have a pressed sandwich too. Midnight Cuban Press: Cuban roast pork nestled atop sweet banana peppers, draped w/ sheer slices of smoked ham & Swiss cheese melted between a hot press.

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                              not the bad Steve Jun 29, 2009 04:53 PM

                              Thanks for the tip about PCCC. I'm excited to try it!

                              Tracked down their website, which includes menu, hours, and contact number:

                              http://www.pedritovargas.com/paladarc...

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                      burritobelle Jul 2, 2009 11:24 AM

                      I say steer clear of Zayda Buddy's: I found the food to be pretty disgusting. But I am not a fan of frozen tater tots atop gray beef, covered in a stiff layer of Velveeta.

                      I also love How to Cook a Wolf and have you tried Tavolata in Belltown? I haven't tried it yet, but my food loving friends are raving about Spur.

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                        pusherman Jul 2, 2009 05:37 PM

                        I think my fave places that have opened in the past year at Kushi Bar in Belltown and Spinasse in Seattle. Actually, Seattle's getting silly with high end pasta places these days. I still think Tavolata is my fave, but Spinasse is good, and I also had a good meal at the newish place in Wallingford (I can't recall the name).

                        Really, the Belltown 1-2-3 punch of Tavolata, Txori and Kushi is pretty tough to beat now, in my opinion.

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                          babette feasts Jul 2, 2009 06:59 PM

                          Tavolata....eh, I can cook pasta at home. I guess I'd give them another try, they opened summer of 07 right before I left. I dunno, I just don't get excited about going out for pasta.

                          What's good at Kushi bar?

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                            AMG PHD Jul 7, 2009 02:35 PM

                            Poppy has one of the most award winning chiefs in town.

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                              babette feasts Jul 7, 2009 05:05 PM

                              Thanks, I'm not new in town - was living on a deserted island for awhile now back in civilization - and am aware of JT's reputation. If I could eat his awards and his awards were delicious, that would be great. Instead I'll have to see if I think his food is delicious and if I agree with the awards.

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                                barleywino Jul 7, 2009 06:21 PM

                                awards and recognition mean nothing when the chef has more than one venue, or has changed their venue. the food at Poppy, while interesting, couldn't be any further in style or taste from the food the chef served at his former place of employment. there is a famous chef in Boston who operates a high-end tasting menu restaurant, a midrange tapas place, an overpriced steakhouse and a positively mediocre burrito place. Blindly following zagat, james beard or any other "experts" (as inexperienced "foodies" tend to do) instead of your own taste buds is the fastest route to disappointed expectations.

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