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Clams. Lots and lots of clams!

Where is the best place downtown to set down and get a huge bowl of clams for lunch? Who has the best clams?

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    1. re: FoodChic

      Sorry. I would have replied if I could help. Thing is, spanking fresh clams are so cheap at the markets around here and so easy to cook perfectly that I never see the merit in ordering them out and paying the ridiculous mark-up for something that takes 10 minutes to do at home and turns out better than most restaurants. To me, they're really the at-home convenience food of the PNW (along with mussels).

      1. re: eight_inch_pestle

        Agreed. It's like people on the New England chowhound board who ask where to go for lobster. No one raised in NE goes out for lobster-- we eat it at home. I feel sorry for the tourists.

        1. re: JackNH

          The OP can certainly find them downtown. I know I've ordered them for happy hour at Taste, Elliott's and the Brooklyn. I just can't say who has the best and who has them on their lunch menu. And I don't think anyone's going to give you a giant bowl, unfortunately. It'll be like mussels, where you get a small/medium portion and you realize how cheap they are to buy, and how much you paid for these (except at happy hour).

          1. re: JackNH

            Prices on clams are quite reasonable, but I usually only pay a dollar or two more per pound back home (Texas). I just love the aspect of them being fresher here and not packed and shipped. On other trips to Seattle, I have puchased clams and cooked them at someone's house, but this trip will not provide that opportunity.

            Thanks for your response.

      2. Check out the clam linguini at Tulio...it's a huge mound of tasty little clams with butter, garlic and a bit of citrus. V. nice.

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        1. re: akq

          Tonight we will be having dinner at Italianissimo in Woodinville. The online menus shows a clam linguine with tomatoes and asapragus that I'm really looking forward to trying.

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          Italianissimo
          15608 NE Woodinville Duvall Pl, Woodinville, WA 98072

            1. re: eight_inch_pestle

              Had two amazing dinners in Seattle. First and best was at Chez Shea...nothing short of amazing. The entire table had the tasting menu with wine pairing. Heaven. The oysters were so fresh, foie gras rich and so very savory, crab bisque, halibut to die for, perfect tenderloin, cheeses and basil pineapple sorbet! I will be visiting this place again and again.

              Italianissimo is a fabulous locally owned Italian restaurant. Their homemade salsiccia was some of the best I've ever had. Seriously. I've lived in Chicago and St. Louis, both huge Italian food towns, and this was the absolute best! We had their homemade pastas, veal marsala was superb. They really focus on organic and local products - which is great to see. This is the kind of place you want to keep around for years to come.

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              Chez Shea
              94 Pike St. Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

              Italianissimo
              15608 NE Woodinville Duvall Pl, Woodinville, WA 98072

            2. re: FoodChic

              I think there is a place in downtown Snohomish that offers a wide array of ala carte seafood. I don't know the name of it, but it's on the corner of two main intersections. Most anyone local to the area could tell you where it is.

          1. Elysian Fields on 1st Ave. S. by Qwest Stadium has a nice bowl of clams. There was a little too much bacon, but the broth was tasty and the clams were delicious. Definitely a good size portion for one person.

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            Elysian Fields
            542 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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            1. re: Boychucker

              Haven't had the clams, but there's a nice, more "neighborhoody" Elysian Fields in Capitol Hill (the original) and the same folks own a brewpub in Greenlake called Tangletown.

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              Elysian Fields
              542 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104