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I need to be wowed

My wife and I have lived in Seattle for over a year now and are looking for something that we immediately say" I can't wait to go back" haven't found that yet. Have had some great meals, but nothing exciting. What place wows you and why?

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  1. It ain't highbrow, and it ain't the PLACE that wows, but the Midnight Cuban sandwich at Paseo is a definite multiple mouthgasm. They also have a stand out at Golden Gardens (the old Gordo's stand) across fromRay's Boathouse.

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Paseo has definitely been a constant

      1. re: NYPORK

        Funny. Must be your nick, but as soon as I saw this topic, I was logging in just to rave about the Cuban Pork I had at Paseo's in Freemont last night...only to find it as the headline response. Between mouthfuls last night we were trying to narrow down what makes it so wondrous but couldn't choose between the piquant aoli and the ambrosia they simply call roast pork...but tastes like that summer holiday in the Caribbean when you were 21 and could fit into the size 4 and didn't know what SPF stood for and -- er...ummm.... I mean... it's good stuff.

        1. re: Liz_H

          We're visiting our Ballard daughter this week and she just took us to Paseo. OMG, maybe the best sandwiches we've ever had. Here's the menu:


          The three of us shared the first two sandwiches and that was still a HUGE amount of food. Messy as hell and I wouldn't have it any other way. They give you loads of napkins :) We told her that we could easily go there every day and just work our way through the menu. What a treasure y'all have. Already thinking about our next visit :)

          1. re: c oliver

            c oliver: I know we've had our tangles in the past, but you have my complete agreement about Paseo. While you're here, I suggest you have the "Midnight Cuban", but get there early, before they run out.

            1. re: kaleokahu

              Aw, k, we're both just passionate people. Right? That Midnight Cuban is definitely on our list. We have no intention of leaving town without having one. Going to Staple and Fancy on Thursday.

              1. re: c oliver

                Had the Midnight Cuban for lunch today. Another total winner. I don't think they have anything but winners. I really appreciate the rec. Thanks, again.

              2. re: kaleokahu

                I couldn't see a Midnight Cuban on the current list -- is this an off-menu type thing? Don't want to miss out when we hit Seattle the end of the month!

                1. re: grayelf

                  I was under the impression the Midnight Cuban had the name changed to the Paseo Press. Not 100% sure since I've never seen the Midnight Cuban on the menu in the ~2 years I've lived here, but from what I've read online about the Midnight Cuban, it is the Paseo Press.

                  It is insanely good, I can practically guarantee you will enjoy it, never heard of anyone who didn't.

                  1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                    Had the Press yesterday - see below - and, no, there is no longer the MC on the menu.

        2. re: kaleokahu

          Had the Paseo Press today:

          Paseo Press
          succulent morsels of roasted pork nestled atop sweet banana peppers, draped with sheer slices of smoked ham, swiss cheese, and caramelized onions; all melted together between a hot press. (no lettuce or jalapeños)

          I'm guessing they don't have a loser on the menu. Gooooood!

        3. Just for reference, what are some places in (I'm guessing) New York that have wowed you? It may be easier for us locals to help you out if we knew where your previous wow-moments were.

          I was most recently wowed by Joule. However, my wow-experience there was a combination of the food we ordered and the people I was with.

          1913 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

          1. If you haven’t read it, you might get some hints from a thread in which Chowhounds voted on the best overall meal they had in Seattle during the last year: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7282.... For me, as you will see, the restaurants that “I can’t wait to go back” to include both Spinasse and Joule, to which I’ll now add Noodle Boat in Issaquah. I’m also a regular at Kisaku Sushi.

            1. I second Spinasse. Sometimes Lark. Growing up in NYC can be a curse if you move and expect to find the same variety of food and you aren't relocating to another "world class city". On the bright side our waist lines and arteries are probably much better off longer term and Seattle rocks in many other ways. Hehe.

              Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

              1. at the time I moved away from Seattle (almost 2 yrs ago), Crush was the place I went to to be wowed...hopefully it still falls into that category

                1. Lager and pizza pairing at Serious Pie. Not the fanciest of Seattle, but it wowed me.

                  Serious Pie
                  316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

                  1. I would put Rover's in the wow category primarily because of the complex flavors in every dish. There are plenty of restaurants in Seattle where one always thinks "this is a great little dish, I should make this at home". At Rover's I always think "how many people are back in that kitchen slaving to produce tastes this deep and savory?"

                    1. Well I have had “wow” at a taco truck, but know what you’re talking about.

                      Copperleaf out by the airport, this is my newest wow place.

                      You will not be disappointed, this place is great.

                      Copperleaf Restaurant
                      18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

                      1. Thanks for the replies. Spinasse is a favorite. Joule is on my list to try. I've had mixed reviews on Crush but I'll give it a try.

                        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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                        1. re: NYPORK

                          i would suggest the beef short ribs (sous vide) and anything lobster/prawns at Crush...and reserve seats at the bar for the best overall experience. Joule also has flashes of brilliance amidst the "comfort food" (did you see them on Iron Chef America a couple months ago? they were robbed)

                        2. I was wowed by an appetizer at the Book Bindery. Hamachi Crudo with Avocado, Watermelon Radish, Dashi Gelée. Can't wait to have that again. I've only been once to Book Bindery. Our other appetizer, Apple Salad, was interesting, but I didn't love it.
                          I can't give me impression of the rest of the meal. Unfortunately, the flavor of my entree was demolished by the proximity of a perfumed-drenched customer.
                          I suspect there may be other Wow items on their menu. The room and service were wonderful.

                          Book Bindery
                          198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109