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Aug 2, 2010 11:43 AM

Planning a year's worth of eating out

Crazy, I know, but my sweetie and I are planning to eat out at least once a month for the next year. We figure this will allow us to visit all of the 'musts' in Seattle.

Here's the list of places we want to try, from first to last:
1. Chez Shez
2. Rover’s
3. Mistral Kitchen
4. Georgian Room
5. Kingfish Café
6. Matt’s in the Market
7. Copperleaf
8. Salty’s at Redondo
9. Serafina
10. Mama Melina’s
11. Café Campagne
12. Restaurant Zoe
14. Crow
13. Steelhead Diner
14. Crow
15. Lark
ADDED: Tilth, Olivar, Dinette

Any thoughts on the order we're going to be trying these in? Any place we left of the list that is a 'must'? (We don't consider Asian to be a 'fancy dinner out' meal. Not saying it isn't, just saying we don't think of that cuisisne when wanting a fancy meal.)

Restaurant Zoe
2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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

86 Pine, Seattle, WA 98101

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. I would add Tilth, Olivar and Sitka & Spruce. I am dying to try Dinette, All my friends rave about it but I have not been yet, so I can't assertively recommend it.

    I have only done the Georgian room for Xmas Eve. The service was excellent, I wasn't that impressed with the food though.

    This sounds like something I would do. This year I bought a mixed case of wine on my Birthday and each month on the 12th we drink a bottle.

    I hope all your meals are fabulous.

    Sitka & Spruce
    2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

    806 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102

    1. Fun idea. I would add Poppy to your list.
      Copperleaf is an excellent idea.

      I might suggest that if you are looking for a good basic Seattle seafood place then I would swap Ray's for Salty's - unless you are thinking brunch at Salty's. Just for the general overall experience I prefer Ray's. I also like Ray's upstairs better than downstairs, but it does depend what you are looking for.

      You might also want to consider Canlis.

      Canlis Restaurant
      2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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      1. re: PaqpIn

        I have heard some so so reviews for Poppy's, so they didn't make my list. I'll hold them in reserve though.
        We've eaten at Salty's in Alki and didn't enjoy it. We'd heard that the chef at Redondo is really passionate, so I'd put it on my list. May reconsider that choice.

      2. I would substitute Harvest Vine for Salty's. (And make sure you budget properly for Rover's.)

        Harvest Vine
        2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

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        1. re: Leper

          Harvest Vine is now on the alternate list. And thank you for the reminder about Rover's.

          Harvest Vine
          2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

        2. Salty's needs to come off for sure. And possibly Mama Melina's. There are so many I would add: Anchovies and Olives or How to Cook a Wolf, Corson Building, Boat Street Cafe, Bastille, Cantinetta and Joule are one's I can think of off the top of my head.

          Boat Street Cafe
          909 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

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          1. re: Lauren

            No interest in How to Cook a Wolf or Anchovies and Olives (sorry, but the menus don't appeal).
            Corson Building sounds fascinating. I need to look into that more.
            I used to love the Boat Street Cafe, but haven't been there since they moved. Now added to my alternates list.
            Cantinetta looks good (added), but Joule doesn't appeal so much.

            Boat Street Cafe
            909 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA

          2. P.S. There are a number of places we've already been to, and enjoyed.
            El Gaucho
            Tilikum Place Cafe
            Waterfront Seafood Grill

            Canlis Restaurant
            2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

            Waterfront Seafood Grill
            2801 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

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            1. re: lmcsherr

              We've also been to Il Bistro and The Pink Door.

              Pink Door
              1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

              Il Bistro
              93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101