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Le Pichet or Bastille?

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Can't do both any time soon, gotta pick one. Which and why?

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Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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  1. Maximillian at the Market.

    1. Bastille is kind of a greatest hits of french cooking, and can be noisy and crowded (also a tough table to reserve). On my one visit, I thought it was good, not great. I love Le Pichet, always-changing menu, interesting food, a good value, and an intimate (if noisy) room. Reminds me more of actually being in France.

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      Le Pichet
      Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

      1. I love le Pichet.
        I've never been to Bastille. We walked past there this chilly evening. It looks cozy and fun. There's a bar table by the front window. It has a small firepit in the center. That's where I would want to sit.

        1. Le Pichet. Bastille has more of a full menu and full experience, but Le Pichet has better food.

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          Le Pichet
          Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

          1. Pichet, no question. Pichet is what happens when a restauranteur builds something over a period of time, developing a style and a craft. Bastille is what happens when a bunch of investors hire a guy who used to do something like Pichet to build one "off the shelf" for them.

            Bastille is good, slightly generic, and a fine place to grab a drink while you wait for a reso someplace else in Ballard; the back bar is particularly good for this. But Pichet is the real deal, an actual bistro that's run like a bistro by people who care about getting it right.

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            1. re: mmadsen

              Thank you! Your comment is right on. A 'crafted restaurant", not a Bistro of craft...