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Restaurant Week

We're North-enders, though mobile enough, looking for strategies for Restaurant Week.
We've picked a few targets from the (alphabetical) list and hope for comments and suggestions from hounds to help us explore:
Avila
A&O
Betty
Brad's Swingside Cafe
Brasa
Canlis
Crush
Emmer & Rye
Eva
HTCAW
Joule
Lark
Lola
Mistral Kitchen
Nell's
Ponti
Sazerac
Stumbling Goat
Tilth
Zoe
...And whatever we've missed.

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Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Brasa
2107 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Swingside Cafe
4212 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. Only 2 weeks...and half the places closed on Mondays...grr....

    Trying to decide between Brasa, Crush, Quinn's, and Palace Kitchen for Monday night.

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    Palace Kitchen
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

    Brasa
    2107 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

    1. I live in the North End too. Tried to get a reservation at Nell's on Sunday night (I called late in the day) and the hostess said they were booked until 9 pm that evening because of the special. I'm going to try there again though- I love that place. I also want to try Tilth. We ate there once right after they first opened and I thought it was really overpriced. I want to go back on the cheap and give it another try. I keep reading so many good things about it that I think I must have missed something.

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      1. re: bourbongal

        I second the recommendation of Nell's. My wife and I ate there twice during the 30-for-30 promotion last month, and had spectacular meals both times. I think Nell's is one of the most underrated and overlooked restaurants in Seattle.

      2. Just did Mistral and it was amazing. Arugula Salad, Halibut, Pork Chops, and ice cream sandwiches. So stinkin' good.

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        1. re: violetseverine

          Being new to Seattle (moved from DC in March), choosing just one place for RW was rough but I chose Crush knowing that it would be a good contender for the $25 menu.

          We enjoyed the pork belly and salad courses, as well as the steak and donuts, but were disappointed by the varying levels of service.

          I expected some service issues given the RW rush, but was really turned off after waiting 15+ minutes before anyone acknowledged us, poured water, etc. We're young, and probably wouldn't have eaten at Crush if it weren't for the $25 menu, but still...it felt like I was back in Uptight DC, not laid-back Seattle.;)

          In any case, food was delicious. I'm excited to try more of what seattle has to offer!

          1. re: mcmullek

            I had a similar experience with poor service at Crush on my first and only visit there a couple years ago. The food was great, but Seattle has too many restaurants with both great food *and* service to give my money to one that only has the food component down, so I haven't been back.

        2. Went to Stumbling Goat for RW last night and wow were they packed! They did a good job, though. Starters we had mussels (light curry sauce, mussels were a little too soft for my taste) and the duck liver terrine (OMG - this and their apricot mustard were outstanding!). For mains we had the trout and a hanger steak. The fish was good - an ENTIRE brown trout with English peas and proscutto in a lemony sauce was quite nice, but waaaaay too big of a portion. Also would have liked a starch on the plate. The steak was also good - charred on the outside but rare to mid-rare on the inside, with odd purple potatoes (seemed overcooked to me). Desserts were also good - a special chocolate and pistachio terrine with raspberry coulis (meh for me, but SO loved it), and orange and milk chocolate pots de creme (YUM). Nice dinner, not breath taking, but pretty solid. Recommended.

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          1. re: akq

            Stumbling Goat's Restaurant Week menu seems very similar to their regular menu. The mussels and hanger steak w/ the purple potatoes were part of my meal there last fall. Is this a common thing for most of the places participating in Restaurant Week?

            Either way, I think Stumbling Goat is exactly how you stated it. Solid. They do these items quite well, so I don't think its a bad thing that they stuck with what they are great at.

            1. re: Mike CP

              Not sure if that's common, but I do kind of like it. I think RW is an excellent opportunity to try a new place and I want to eat food that is representative of their actual menu, so it works for me.

          2. I went to Palisade last night for Restaurant Week and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with my meal! We were looking for a place last minute and they had reservations. Their view doesn't hurt either.

            The starters are a bit boring (3 choices of salad) but their entrees made up for it. My husband got a very nicely cooked king salmon - simply grilled over a risotto cake, and it was fresh, lovely and not overdone. I got the Wagyu SIrloin with butter poached prawns, which was a nice portion and well executed. Desserts were not outstanding, but definitely more than okay. I got the Chocolate cake (great for chocolate lovers since it comes with choco-hazelnut ice cream AND two chocolate truffles) while hubby got the Banana Split. Both were very large portions. Service was a bit slow (the restaurant was very busy) but pleasant and professional. All in all, I would say the dishes weren't very inventive, but were well executed and solid all around. I would definitely recommend this place for Restaurant Week.