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Apr 27, 2010 11:17 AM


I am looking for suggestions for restaurants that serve their food in a different manner than most. i looked a little bit into elemental and the corson building, but is there anything else i should know about? communal restaurants, local/organic foodie places, or even delectable ethnic food/fusion places? i'm looking for a place to sit for hours and have a nice, slow meal, particularly if the menu is pre-set by talented chefs. i would also appreciate any feedback from elemental or corson building.

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  1. I haven't tried the Corson Building, but had a great meal at Elemental. I think you would enjoy the experience as long as you are prepared to let the hosts take the reigns and just accept what they decide to serve to you, that seems the best way to go about eating there.

    1. I would highly recommend The Corson Building for eating at communal tables. They support local farmers and foragers and provide an uncommon dining experience.
      IMO Elemental has quite an attitude regarding food and wines. Who needs it? It only food and the food is hardly cutting edge or great.

      Lark is excellent and a very relaxing place to dine.
      Springhill in West Seattle is very good however a bit noisy so may not fit your bill.
      Harvest Vine for great tapas and Spanish food. The only caveat is that there is a change in ownership and the chef/inspiration J. Jiminez is not longer involved.

      Harvest Vine
      2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

      1. In some places, you walk in, sit down, read the menu, and tell the waiter what you want.
        At Pasta Freska, you walk in, sit down, and answer 2 questions: Any allergies? Want wine?
        And the meal commences. Be ready for whatever Mike has in the kitchen that day. Very low-key, very tasty.
        Elemental Next door isn't quite as much of a surprise as Elemental, as they feature a short (4 or 6 items) paper menu of the specials of the day. They offer, like, a hundred $15 splits. Open late.
        Art of the Table is a tiny place with a small seasonal menu. Walk in, sit down, and staff will tell you what's for dinner and when it'll be served.

        Pasta Freska
        1515 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

        Art of the Table
        1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103