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Help me with tough Seattle decision!

I will be in Seattle for a conference, and have only two free nights. These are the restaurants I'm interested in - which should I pick?!

I eat mostly heart-healthy food, and all of these seem like good choices for that. I'd probably pick only one of the final 3 here, since they seem similar. Then again, I love Vietnamese food!

Tilth
Harvest Vine
Carmelita
Monsoon
Tamarind Tree
Long’s Provincial

Thanks!

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Harvest Vine
2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Tamarind Tree
1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

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  1. Cathy, Review the menu of Long's Provincial and your question will be answered.

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    1. re: Leper

      Oh. Wow. You're right. My mouth is watering!
      What about the 3 non-Vietnamese options I listed?

      1. re: cathyeats

        Harvest Vine is outstanding. You can't go wrong there either.

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        Harvest Vine
        2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

    2. I love Long's, but unless you know Vietnamese food really well (and it sounds like you do), you can sometimes get a server who is less than helpful in describing the dishes. If transportation is an issue, some of your choices are a bit of a distance from downtown Seattle...

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      1. re: Jeffo405

        Would any of these restaurants be ok for a well-behaved child? Like a 6 or 8 year old?

        1. re: Jeffo405

          Am I correct in understanding that Long Provincial has a more upscale interior than Tamarind Tree? I have a client coming to town that claims to like more eclectic foods. He's from Portland so need to go for 'uniquely seattle' salmon and whatnot. So I thought Vietnamese but want to make sure we are headed somewhere 'nice.' I've been to TT several times but not this sister property.

          Also, with regards to the above post...any specific suggestions off of the menu?

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          Tamarind Tree
          1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. re: ethereal

            Shoot...AND I have to choose which table I want in the restaurant? Decisions, decisions.

        2. My vote would be Long's or Tamarind tree over Monsoon. Long's is more hip than Tamarind Tree, if that makes a difference at all. Both have great food.

          Tilth is fantastic - it can be quite busy though. Carmelia is wonderful but vegetarian only (if that matters to you, but a bit further away (reachable by bus #5 if you don't have a car). You can't go wrong with either one.

          I have not been to Harvest Vine so can't recommend it, but I have hear good things about it.

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          Harvest Vine
          2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

          Tamarind Tree
          1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

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          1. re: maybelle

            I personally think that Monsoon is better than Long. While both are good, i find Monsoon more interesting. I am no expert in vietnamese food, so this is a palate comment not an authenticity comment.

            I love Tilth. Have not been to Harvest Vine in quite sometime, but really liked it. Totally different flavors, concept than Tilth; mixed reviews lately. Never tried Carmelita - need me some meat!

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            Harvest Vine
            2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

            1. re: bluedog67

              Monsoon/East are different from Long/TT. The latter are more "authentic", FWIW while the former get more into french colonial or modern american bistro flavors. I personally think Monsoon East is the best overall restaurant of the four, but I like all of them. Dim sum at the original Monsoon is nice, as you can combine, say, shumai with well-prepared eggs. TT and Long are pretty similar in terms of menu and price, but the ambiances offered are quite different, as others have said.

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              Monsoon East
              10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

          2. Hey Cathy, not sure if you're still in town or not, but I would vote for Carmalita's hands down. A bit removed, but well worth the trip to Phinney Ridge area (that's where I would say it is anyway). I really didn't think Tamarind Tree was worth the time, money or WAIT we put up with.

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            Tamarind Tree
            1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

            Carmelita
            7314 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103