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Aug 18, 2010 10:02 AM

In town for the weekend, any can't miss places?

I'm coming from the other Washington (DC) and was wondering if there are any cheap can't miss places. I used to live on the Eastside and have a couple of remembered spots to stop at:

XXX Burgers in Issaquah and Talay Thai in Lynnwood

Anywhere else that is a can't miss that's easy on the wallet?

I'm specifically craving dungeness crab.

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  1. XXX isn't the place it used to be... Went a few months ago and got a not-very-good mess of a burger.

    If there's a car show, I'd kick around for a rootbeer float (still delicious), but i wouldn't call it can't miss anymore.

    Anthony's has their all-you-can eat dungeness feast on Sunday nights, but last time I went it felt more expensive than I'd remembered.

    1. I don't think of "cheap" and "Dungeness crab" as going together. That said, I think it depends on how you like to eat crab. Some people like Chinese preparations like Sichuan crab or black-bean-and-ginger crab, while others think that such flavors overpower the sweet, delicate flavor of Dungeness crab and prefer simpler preparations with just some lemon and/or melted butter. For the former, you can try some of the better Sichuan restaurants, like Bamboo Garden in Bellevue or Szechuan 99 in Lynnwood. These places also offer lots of other good Sichuan dishes. For simple, unadorned crab, try Jack's Fish Spot in the Pike Place Market.

      I think that, for tasty, well-prepared cheap eats, your best best is to focus on Asian restaurants. Seattle has a number of good Vietnamese restaurants, for example. The popular Tamarind Tree offers good, but Americanized, Vietnamese food with a great selection of non-alcoholic drinks and ice creams. For more authentic Vietnamese food, try Lemongrass or Binh Huong.

      For lunch, Salumi is a popular and good choice, and I happen to adore the fresh roasted turkey sandwiches and turkey noodle soup at Bakeman's, a Seattle institution. Another good place for sandwiches is Paseo in Fremont.

      Most Thai food in Seattle is of the dumbed-down, Americanized version, but one of the better places is Noodle Boat in Issaquah. I'll pass on the subject of burgers, but there's lots of posts on the Seattle board on this subject. Basically, it comes down to whether you are looking for a fast-food-type burger or a steak-house-type burger.

      3 Replies
      1. re: Tom Armitage

        I have heard much of Salumi. Any standouts on the menu?

        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

          I usually get the hot meat sampler which comes with some of the best meatballs you've ever had, along with lamb, pork, and whatever else they've prepared that day. Another option is to get the cold sampler which provides an assortment of various salamis and othe cured meats. If you go with a companion, get one of each and share the bounty. There are also daily specials, many of which are very tasty, to supplement the sampler plates. Of course, you can also order a sandwich, but the sampler plates let you explore lots of different items and tastes. A word of warning: Salumi is very popular and the seating is very limited, so there are long lines at the peak of lunch hour. To avoid the long line, go early.

          1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

            if you are there this week they have pork cheeks!!!! they only have them 3-4 times a year. the best thing they have. if not the porchetta is amazing as well.

        2. FV, I agree with the suggestions on Asian food--especially the Szechuan Crab. Two Bells Tavern (ironically in Bell Town) has a great pub burger. Fairly new and very good is Long's Provincial for a mixture of French/Vietnamese. (They are owned by the same people as Tamarind Tree but offer a different, more extensive menu.) Hing Loon in the International District offers excellent shrimp won-ton soup and salt & pepper ribs. Don't be put off by the interior which looks like a grade school lunch room. Sunfish in West Seattle has excellent fish & chips with a great view of the city from the west. Don't miss Salumi--be there by 11:15. If they have the pork cheek sandwich you're really in luck. (Only open Monday-Friday) If you go to Bakeman's order the turkey sandwich and soup but do so definitively and quickly. Enjoy your visit to the Emerald City!

          Tamarind Tree
          1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

          Two Bells Tavern
          2313 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

          Hing Loon Restaurant
          628 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. If you are again on the eastside I definitely agree with the Noodle Boat and Bamboo Garden (for your crab) recs. Even if you aren't they are worth the trip.

            Bamboo Garden
            202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

            Noodle Boat
            700 NW Gilman Blvd Ste E104B, Issaquah, WA 98027