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Joule, How to Cook a Wolf, Rest. Zoe, Mistral Kitchen, Crow - help me decide!

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Philadelphian visiting Seattle for 24 hours and need help with a dinner spot! We are "foodies", money isn't an issue, enjoy all food types (except seafood), not necessarily looking for fine dining, and have narrowed down our options to:

How to Cook A Wolf
Restaurant Zoe
Mistral Kitchen

I've seen some more negative reviews of Crow being boring on the board recently so that is last on my list. We are not expecting to have the most amazing meal of our lives in Seattle, however we are just looking for a really good meal. Any other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance!!

Restaurant Zoe
2137 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Mistral Kitchen
2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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  1. I'm a big Ethan Stowell fan, so my vote would be HCAW, though really, I'd recommend his newer restaurant, Staple and Fancy. Similarly, I wasn't a big fan of Joule, but would highly recommend their newer place, Revel.

    1. I would rank those in order of preference:

      1. In terms of fine dining, I think Zoe and Mistral are at the top. Joule and HCAW are not quite fine dining, however I would def recommend Joule. Don't know anything about Crow except for what you've already read.

        1. I would concur with dagoose and recommend Staple and Fancy over How to Cook a Wolf. However at both of these restaurants I think the small plate experience is better with at least 4 people. I would not describe Crow as fine dining, casual bistro is more accurate. I don't think I would call it boring but I would not describe it as particularly special. The food is good but won't blow your socks off.

          Others that aren't on your list but are worth considering are:
          Book Bindery
          Sitka and Spruce

          I recently went to Dinette and was impressed with the food but the lack of parking is a big turnoff.

          Book Bindery
          198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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          1. I love Joule and never get tired of going back there. (I like Revel also but would pick Joule over Revel.)

            Restaurant Zoe was very, very good both times that I went there, but not particularly unusual.

            I went to Crow recently and it wasn't good at all. Not sure why it's on any "good food" list.

            Haven't been to the other two yet.

            Enjoy your visit!

            1. I have been to all of these. Wolf first, with the caveat that it is much more about small plates. They also have a few pastas as entrees, which are excellent, but the starters are worth making into a meal. Second caveat is that it was definitely "off" the last time I went. Third caveat is that I hate it when someone asks for a choice among restaurants and respondents suggest a completely different place. Nevertheless I am going to do it and suggest Staple & Fancy, if you are willing to do the "fancy," which is multicourse for $45 and is great. You will get more variety and diversity than at Wolf. Wolf is smaller and more intimate.

              Mistral second, and it it more experimental, while Wolf is more classic, so you could switch them depending on preference.

              Zoe third. It is perfectly classic and everything is always excellent. I would have a business dinner here, if my companions were "foodies."