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Feb 4, 2011 09:10 AM

If you could only eat in five Seattle restaurants for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

This was a topic of discussion at a recent dinner out. If you could only eat at five Seattle restaurants for the rest of your life, which five would you choose? (Assume you are not going to win the lottery, so you need to take your budget into account.)

This might not be the same as your "Top 5" list, because the restaurants (IMO at least) need to cover a variety of situations, seasons, and price points, and you also want a mix of cuisine types. Sometimes you want fancy, sometimes you just want your neighborhood joint or a place with sentimental value.

My five, as of now:
Monsoon (Seattle)
La Carta de Oaxaca
Matt's in the Market

I want to add The Dish here, because I think a good breakfast counter is important. Still working on the list. Other runners-up were Le Pichet, Via Tribunali, The Corson Building, Pink Door, Canlis.

What about you?

Canlis Restaurant
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Pink Door
1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

Via Tribunali
317 W Galer St, Seattle, WA 98119

1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

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    Veraci Pizza
    Perche No
    El Camion

    Veraci Pizza
    500 NW Market St, Seattle, WA

    309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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    1. re: mrnelso

      I'm pretty sure Rainin Ribs just made the list (first trip, last night) Skyler (sp?) smokes his brisket 2 days. Ask for a quick look at the smokers. I may need to take my father in law there tonight.
      Do not get the sauce of Bhut Jolokia too close to your food. That stuff is not food, it's a parlor trick.
      A fun one, though. Dip the tiniest point of your little plastic fork into it and touch it to your tongue.

      1. re: mrnelso

        And now Golden Beetle and Revel and Dot's and Uneeda Burger...

    2. Jak's - for the Burger
      Firenze - for the Bolognese (Crossroads mall)

      I can only think of 2 that I couldn't live without, these are my goto comfort places that make food I cannot hope to duplicate at home.

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      1. re: pairswellwithwine

        I keep hearing about the burger at Jak's (West Seattle, right?). I've got to remember to try this.

        1. re: caraely

          The original Jak's is in Issaquah.
          I used to live up the street from Jak's in West Seattle.
          The burgers & fries are killer as are the steaks.
          The bar is great as well. A real bar not foo-foo.

        2. re: pairswellwithwine

          Wow - I didn't know anyone else felt the same way about the bolognese at Firenze. That is one of my favorite dishes. Everything I've tried there has been fantastic!!

          Another place I cannot live without is House of Hong - the best dim sum and since they got their new chef, their regular dinner dishes are amazing!!

          House of Hong Restaurant
          409 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        3. So since I do not really have the opportunity to eat out much because I work early in the morning and my husband wants to stay home ALL the time I have not been able to go to a lot of different restaurants but my top choices are.....
          2. IHop (in Des Moines on Pac Highway)
          3. Sharis (in Kent on Meeker)
          4. White Center Pizza and Spaghetti House (my parents have been going there for 35 years, it used to be Alfies Pizza)
          5. The Rocksport (love love love their nachos but can not eat them now since I am on WW)

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              1. re: equinoise

                I couldn't live with out my moons over my hammy.

                1. re: dagrassroots

                  Pair of box cars, close the gate, tater side!

                  1. re: JayDK

                    OK, I bite - what did you say?

          1. Good one. My choices for today (may change tomorrow):

            Le Pichet, Harvest Vine, Green Leaf, Quinn's, Via Tribunali

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            1. re: babette feasts

              Hmm, time to update. I do love Quinns but in truth I've probably always loved Zoe more. Pizzeria 22 boots Via Trib, and I need to make room for Mashiko somewhere. Need to go to Harvest Vine, seems like its been years.