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barleywino May 3, 2011 11:08 PM

Coming back for a brief visit-- what are the best places that opened in the past couple years? (Including cocktails). TIA!

  1. barleywino Jun 26, 2011 02:57 AM

    I enjoyed the small but delectable top curve wagyu ribeye at Book Bindery and their crabmeat gazpacho. DC had the pork chop which came out a bit dry but porkbelly was good. Also enjoyed the rich flavors of the prawn stone bowl, smoked tofu (an old favorite) and korean mochi (like chinese nian gao rice stick but slightly crisped, with a sesame (or was it sake lees?) sauce) at Joule.

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      TownSpa May 5, 2011 04:56 AM

      Thank you, barleywino, for posting this question! I moved from Seattle to Boston about two years ago, am going back for a visit later this month. Was just about to ask the same question.

      Will definitely check out Tavern Law. Any Seattlites have thoughts on Bar Ferd'nand in the Melrose Market? A friend is working there, so I'm hoping to check that out, too.

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        barleywino May 5, 2011 11:14 AM

        it sounds like the Seattle cocktail scene (which was already thriving when I left) has really taken off in the past couple years. Is Spur still as good drink-wise as when David was there? (I remember a seasonal stone-fruit foam drink, as well as the Empress cocktail)

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          equinoise May 5, 2011 12:53 PM

          Ferd'nand is a fine place to wait for dinner at Sitka and Spruce, sip wine or a simple cocktail, and have some snacks, but their liquor and drink selections are much more limited than the cocktail specialists discussed on this list.

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          Lauren May 4, 2011 11:53 AM

          Welcome home! You're in Boston now, right?

          In addition to the places mentioned below, try out Ethan's new place, Staple & Fancy. You can go to Walrus and Carpenter for cocktails and oysters first.

          I had a great dinner at Lecosho recently, it's the place where Matt Janke opened after he left Matt's in the Market.

          Another fun place, for food and cocktails, is Madison Park Conservatory.

          If you have an iPhone, download the Seattle Cocktail Culture app. It was written by little ms foodie and is very thorough and up-to-date on where the bartenders are.

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            barleywino May 4, 2011 03:57 PM

            So many places, so little time...! BTW where's the best place to get a perfect plate of Totten Virginicas? Used to get them at Union but not sure whether they still offer them. East coast oysters just don't compare...

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              GreenYoshi May 4, 2011 04:56 PM

              Well, Union definitely doesn't offer them since they're now a Japanese fusion place called Japonessa...

              But I'm sure Stowell's new place Walrus & Carpenter Oyster Bar has'em, and I feel like Elliott's has them most of the time but I distinctly remember a few times when they haven't.

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                barleywino May 5, 2011 02:25 AM

                How is japonessa? Something like Nishino?

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                  not the bad Steve May 6, 2011 10:43 AM

                  Japonessa is essentially Umi + more kitchen dishes, open for lunch.

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                    barleywino May 6, 2011 11:29 AM

                    thanks! sounds like it will give that Japanese place on Harbor steps (if it's still there?) a run for its money

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                      terrier May 6, 2011 12:00 PM

                      No, the japanese place in Harbor Steps (Koji Osakaya) doesn't exist anymore - it's been replaced by Lecosho, which is Matt Janke's (of Matt's in the Market fame) new place.

                      I just went to Lecosho for dinner again a few nights ago and now deem them better than the Matt's in the Market of today, at least for dinner. (Less atmospheric space, but it's surely fine.

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                  cburnsi May 5, 2011 08:26 AM

                  Let's just make that Renee Erickson's Walrus and Carpenter (great oyster bar and good drinks, in Ballard). Stowell's newest (Staple and Fancy) is in the same building (but not related) and is not as likely to have the oysters you want.

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                    GreenYoshi May 5, 2011 01:17 PM

                    Yes, I'm an idiot. Thank you.

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                  Lauren May 5, 2011 03:43 PM

                  I have had great ones recently at Walrus and Carpenter, Madison Park Conservatory and Needle and Thread. But, you know, there's no "R" in May so ymmv!

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                    barleywino May 5, 2011 03:55 PM

                    good point! may have to settle for a Matt's catfish sandwich...

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                equinoise May 4, 2011 09:35 AM

                I also think that Sitka and Spruce has stepped up its game with the new Melrose Market space. It (or Corson) is on my short list for SEA vistors with very brief stays. I can't recall whether you had enjoyed it previously.

                I love Mistral Kitchen's cocktails, esp. at HH pricing, but the featured ones are fewer in number than Spur/Tavern law.

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                Mistral Kitchen
                2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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                  barleywino May 4, 2011 11:44 AM

                  thanks, looks like a crawl is in order! ;)

                2. terrier May 4, 2011 12:34 AM

                  The Book Bindery has been the best opening since Spinasse in my book.

                  Local 360 has my favorite breakfast and burger in town. (Dinner also good, but man, that burger...and the tongue hash...)

                  Mistral Kitchen is doing some outstanding cocktails. Highly recommend their happy hour.

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                  Spinasse
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                  Mistral Kitchen
                  2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

                  Book Bindery
                  198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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                    barleywino May 4, 2011 07:12 AM

                    thanks! will have to check those out. how would you rank the following, cocktail wise: Mistral Kitchen, Tavern Law, Spur...

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                      mcmullek May 4, 2011 09:35 AM

                      Tavern Law and Spur are sister gastropubs so the quality and ambiance is pretty similar. TL received many accolades this past year, but Spur is downtown and might be more convenient.

                      I have yet to try Mistral Kitchen (but love Rob Roy).

                      The Seattle Times just did a nice breakdown of their favorite cocktails of the moment: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

                      Maybe see which drink sounds most delicious (no easy feat) and head there! I'd check the menus beforehand though since food offerings might be sparse at some of the more cocktail-heavy spots.

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                      Mistral Kitchen
                      2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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                        barleywino May 4, 2011 11:45 AM

                        thanks for the pointer to the article!

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                          terrier May 4, 2011 12:41 PM

                          Knee-High Stocking Company - mentioned in the article - is fantastic, BTW. Can't believe I forgot that place. Their Ransom Sour is the best cocktail I've had in the last year.

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                            Lauren May 4, 2011 01:45 PM

                            Today's article talks about Il Bistro, where David Nelson is now. I was there last Friday and had some spectacular cocktails. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

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                            Il Bistro
                            93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

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                              barleywino May 4, 2011 03:53 PM

                              Thanks, i'm a big fan of David's!

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                        Lauren May 4, 2011 11:54 AM

                        Don't forget to check out Needle and Thread - upstairs at Tavern Law.

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                        alexa52 May 4, 2011 07:41 PM

                        Terrier- how does Local 360 compare to Palace Kitchen for a burger. Palace Kitchen is my fav Seattle burger (I have found so far!)

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                        Palace Kitchen
                        2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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