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A Review of our Seattle Dining Exploits

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I just got back from Seattle and had a wonderful time with my husband. You all should be proud of your magnificent city. Also, thank you to everyone who offered suggestions on where to eat. Now, on to the details.

Our first meal was dinner at the Steelhead Grill. We had a comfortable table toward the back and the place was boisterous and everyone was having a good time. We were served some bread with pesto butter that we thoroughly enjoyed. For our appetizers, we got the Cheese Curds and the Spring Rolls. The Cheese Curds were tasty, but a bit on the large side. Still, very much enjoyed. We didn't know what to expect with the Spring Rolls, but they were excellent. The chicken, veggies and rice paper rolls were a hit. For my main, I had the Fish and Chips which was a huge portion. The batter on the fish was light and crisp and the fish was very fresh and tender. My other half had the Kasu Marinated Black Cod with mushrooms, bok choy and carrots. He was very happy with the dish. I also got a side of Cole Slaw which was an interesting mix of creamy and tangy. We had a very nice time at Steelhead.

The next day we nibbled our way through Pike's Market with the stand out being Piroshky Piroshky. We bought a Beef and Cheese, a Chicken and Rice, an Apple and Cranberry, and a Moscow piroshky. We really loved them all. Service was quick, friendly and helpful in making suggestions. We also had a mini-cheesecake from a shop and two large Chinese BBQ pork buns. We also had a couple of pieces of fruit. A stellar place.

We made our way to Serious Pie for dinner and got one of the last seatings for the evening. We started with the baby greens salad for me that was refreshing and crisp. J. had the Roasted Cherries, Burrata and Pine Nut dish that was exquisite. I had the Buffalo Mozz and Tomato Pizza and J. had the Wild Boar Sausage Pizza. We were very happy with our pizzas and they were the perfect size for two hungry guys. For dessert, J. had the Chocolate Pudding with Olive Oil and Salt Flake and I had the Spumoni. Again, just great. Service was excellent and we loved closing up the place and relaxing. A very, very, very enjoyable evening.

Our next lunch was spur of the moment as we were headed to the Univ. of Puget Sound to look at the campus (my hubby had this as one of his final places to go to college, but ended up at UCLA). Making our way to I-5, we stumbled onto Ivar's Salmon House. The interior of the massive restaurant was done in First Nation art and was beautiful. We sat inside at a window table with a clear view of Union Lake and the Space Needle. I started with a cup of Clam Chowder and J. had the Salmon Chowder. We were both pleased with the starters. Next up was the Fish and Chips for me and the Seafood Platter for J. Both were very good and we had no complaints. Service was engaging and very friendly. This was a very solid choice for lunch with a killer view on an a clear summer's day. Thanks, Ivar! (BTW, the campus of UPS is amazingly gorgeous.)

Dinner on our last night was at Cafe Campagne. We were lucky to get a table on the patio and it was perfect. We started with a couple of beers and then I ordered the Potato and Leek Puree Soup and J. had the Bacon, Onion and Goat Cheese Tarte. The soup was silky smooth and bursting with flavor. However, it didn't hold a candle to the tarte which was sublime... and huge. It was one of the best items we had on our vacation. We both then had Haricot Vert salads. Mine was in a lemon vinaigrette with bacon on top and J's was tossed in a mustard dressing with pork rillons. Wonderful. Our mains were the Lamb Burger for J. and the Steak Frites for me. J. was enthralled with his burger, especially the flavor of the lamb and the mix of onions and peppers. My steak was excellent and enhanced with a Roquefort and garlic butter that was amazing. The thing that stole the show, however, were the pomme frites that we both had with our meals. Outstanding.

Our last meal in Seattle was also a reunion with a friend from grad school. So, we decided to have fun and booked a table at Sky City atop the Space Needle. We were seated at a window table and had a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainer. We were there for brunch ($45.00 pp) and it was three courses. I had the Caesar Salad while the other two had the Crab and Corn Chowder. This was followed by one Steak Oscar, one Classic Eggs Benedict and one BBQ Chicken Sandwich. Dessert was one Huckleberry Cheesecake and two Apple/Rhubarb Cobblers. In a word, the meal was decent. It won't win any awards, but we were pleased with the food. No problems to mention and we enjoyed it. Of course, we were paying mostly for the view, but the food was completely serviceable and we had no complaints.

With that, we headed back to SEA-TAC and headed home.

Thanks again, Seattle for a wonderful trip and great food. We will definitely be back.

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Piroshky Piroshky
1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, Seattle, WA 98121

Cafe Campagne
1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

Ivar's Salmon House
401 NE Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98105

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Space Needle
203 6th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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  1. Thanks for the report! I'm glad you enjoyed our city!

    1. Seth, always nice to see an old familiar 'hound from Arizona posting in my transplanted home! Looks like you picked some of down towns winners... though you missed a bet at Piroshky Piroshky, the marzipan piroshky's are a personal favorite ;).

      Also, Serious Pie makes me homesick for Pizzeria Bianco...

      1. Sounds like you had a great time! Enjoy seeing an "outsiders" feedback.
        I take it that you didn't have time to go to Vancouver BC, which is an optimistic thing to do on a short trip. :-)

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        1. re: dave_c

          Actually, we did spend time up in Vancouver, BC. I just haven't had a chance to post my reviews yet. :o)

        2. 2 quick ?'s.....

          Where is the Univ. of Puget Sound ?

          and is the Steelhead Grill a different resto. from Steelhead Diner??

          Thanks*

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          Steelhead Diner
          95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

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          1. re: grangie angie

            Univ. of Puget Sound is in Tacoma (beautiful campus!). I don't know about Grill vs. Diner.

            1. re: grangie angie

              Sorry. It is Steelhead Diner, not Grill. My apologies.

              And UPS is in Tacoma and about one of the most beautiful college campuses I have ever seen.

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              Steelhead Diner
              95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101