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Sep 28, 2010 02:27 PM

Ideas for Special B-Day Dinner?

I've been out of the restaurant scene for a few years and am wondering what's new/good. I'm taking my husband (and another couple) to dinner for his birthday. Right now the short list includes: Chez Shea, Il Terrazzo Carmine, and Tilth. Any place else we should consider?

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

Il Terrazzo Carmine
411 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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  1. Those are all good choices, but none of them are new.

    Solid more current options: Corson Building/Sitka and Spruce; Spinasse; Joule; Poppy; Monsoon East.

    Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

    Monsoon East
    10245 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98004

    1. If you want to jump back in and hit some of the newest openings, the much anticipated Book Bindery (N.Queen Anne/Fremont) is supposed to open tonight. I read an article suggesting this could be the opening of the year. Seattle Magazine just printed a small sneak preview yesterday.

      Here is the link

      The restaurant is the project of Patric Gadre-Kidan (How to Cook a Wolf and Tavolata) and he has brought in Shaun McCrain (exec sous chef at Per Se as well as Michael Mina, Les Elysees du Vernet and others).

      It looks like on line reservations are up and running.

      Another one that looks intriguing and that I have yet to get to, is La Bete

      Aleks Dimitrtijevic has worked at David Bouley's Bouley and Danube (now closed) then worked as sous chef for Chef Mario Lohninger’s (Danube) new restaurant Silk in Frankfurt. In Seattle he has worked with various Ethan Stowell restaurants (including Union) as well as Harvest Vine and Licorous. Interestingly he has also done some short stints in Spain at powerhouse Catalan and Basque restaurants El Raco de Can Fabes (Chef Santi Santimaria) and Mugariz (Chef Andoni Aduriz). Chef Tyler Moritz has worked for Rulon Taite Pearson (Linen, Joël Robuchon at The Mansion), Janos Wilder (Janos), Johnathan Sundstrom (Earth and Ocean, Lark) and Ethan Stowell (Union).

      You can look at the menus for both using the links provided but both fall into the general category of modern American/ Pacific NW.

      Harvest Vine
      2701 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

      2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121