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bonlee Jul 24, 2011 12:18 PM

We are two Vancouverites who will be visiting Seattle for four days in September, our first trip in several years. On our last vist we enjoyed Matt's in the Market in the old location (more for the atmosphere than the food, though the food was very good), Salumi, and Paseo, and another place I can't remember the name of; hence my first question.

1. The mystery place was Latinesque, was near water, possibly at the foot of Fremont, and had lovely flaky carnitas. It was recommended by someone on this board. Does anyone know the name of this restaurant, and whether it is still in business?

2. This visit we would like to try one of Tom Douglas' places for dinner and are wondering whether it should be Dahlia Lounge or Etta's. I'm allergic to mollusks, so would prefer a resto with a range of local fish on the menu. We also like a relaxed atmosphere that is quiet enough for a bit of conversation.

3. A co-worker and fellow food lover recommended the Pink Door. Is this a good choice for Italian? It seems to be well-reviewed and a popular place on this board, based on previous reviews, but I'm wondering if there are other choices we should consider. My husband loves tagliatelle.Is there a place that serves an outstanding version that is reasonably close to the downtown area?

4. We'll be staying at the Fairmont and plan to have breakfast there at least once, as my husband is a serious lover of corned beef hash. However, I'm concerned The Georgian will be on the stuffy side and not a place to relax, even though I've read that the food is outstanding. We're middle-aged and dress appropriately but are uncomfortable in pretentious places. What is your experience at the Georgian, and what other breakfast/brunch places would you recommend?

Thanks.

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Pink Door
1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Dahlia Lounge
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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    Leper Jul 24, 2011 04:12 PM

    Bonlee, I can definitely recommend the Dahlia Lounge; the Pink Door is very offbeat with good Italian fare. For a level above, I suggest Il Terrazo Carmine. For other breakfast places, I recommend Lowell's at Pike Place Market and LOLA. (Both within walking distance of your hotel.)
    I can say with certitude, Lowell's will not be stuffy.

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    Pike Place Market
    1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

    Pink Door
    1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

    Dahlia Lounge
    2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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      PaqpIn Jul 24, 2011 04:46 PM

      1. Were you perhaps thinking of Senor Moose? They have good carnitas.
      http://senormoose.com/

      2. Of the two I much prefer Etta's. It is easier to talk in there I think and I do prefer the food and service, but both are good.

      3. If you are looking for good pasta you probably cannot beat Spianssi. It is a bit North of downtown but not too bad http://www.spinasse.com/docs/Spinasse_Menu.pdf

      4. Breakfast at the Georgian will be nice. We have dined there many times and while it is certainly upscale it is not really stuffy. The service there is always outstanding and really a nice without being snobby. There is also a great bakery - Belle Epicurean right in the hotel http://www.belleepicurean.com/ and for a fun, not stuffy breakfast try Lola' - another one of Tom Douglas' places. http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=...

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      Senor Moose Cafe
      5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

      Belle Epicurean
      1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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        tsquare Jul 24, 2011 10:34 PM

        I'm guessing the place in Fremont was Bandolere (close?) which no longer exists. In the new complex right by the Waiting for the Interurban sculpture.

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          tsquare Jul 25, 2011 06:39 PM

          Bandoleone. Closed due the reconstruction of the Fremont Bridge.

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          GreenYoshi Jul 25, 2011 01:45 AM

          2. I think Dahlia's a big cut above Etta's. Particularly if you're looking for a relaxed, quiet atmosphere. The only reason I'd go with Etta's if I REALLY wanted a particular seafood dish or wanted to be closer to the Market after dinner.

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            bonlee Jul 30, 2011 05:40 PM

            Thanks so much for all the info and feedback. We've decided on Dahlia's and Il Terrazzo Carmine for dinners, Lowell's for breakfast and the Bell Epicurean for something, especially as it is right in the hotel. Haven't had a macaron in well over a year, so will check out their pistachio version.

            Too bad about Banoldeone. We had a very nice late evening meal there last time we were in town. Have they opened something new in the complex by the Waiting for the Interurban sculpture?

            Senor Moose looks like it could be fun, but we are spending a few days in Portland before we hit Seattle and planning to focus on Mexican and food trucks.

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

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              tsquare Jul 30, 2011 06:48 PM

              I think the space is occupied by Blue Moon Burgers. I rarely eat a burger, so I don't know how theirs stack up.

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                cocktailhour Aug 1, 2011 09:28 AM

                I work close to Belle Epicurean, to the dismay of my waistline. They have a variety of great chocolate cake/dessert/treats, and really good sticky buns. I don't remember seeing macaroons there, but of course the chocolate would probably blind me.

                have fun with your meals! since your at the Fairmont (go local and call it The Olympic), across 4th from your hotel is Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. I think the food is nothing special--not at all bad, but not unique. However, it is a very nice place to stop for a drink or a glass of wine, with or without small apps, which they do well. The wine list is usually eclectic and international, I think it's a shame it does not specialize more in NW wines. Also across on 4th Stree is Cafe Migliore, which several of my coffee fiend friends think is one of the best in town.

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                Belle Epicurean
                1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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                  bonlee Aug 1, 2011 02:47 PM

                  Thanks. for the info about Cafe Migliore.My husband is a coffee fiend and will be delighted to know there is a fiendish place close by.

                  The website for Belle Epicurean says they make macarons, and everything else is very tempting as well.I will be in heaven either way.
                  http://www.belleepicurean.com/our-men...

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                  Belle Epicurean
                  1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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              toddwseattle Aug 1, 2011 05:24 PM

              I think the best tagliatelle is at la spiga on capitol hill, 12th and pike; a short bus, car, or taxi from the fairmount. Pink door is also great; especially for the atmosphere. ate there last night and had a delicious pasta with truffles and mushrooms, and a brilliant veggie sidedish of carrots and fried sage.

              Of the two tom douglas, i have a soft spot for ettas. Tom's tasty tuna salad is one of the best dishes in seattle. I think dahlia is overpriced, but in fairness I haven't been there in quite a long time.

              El Camino in freemont has ok carnitas; and the best mexican in seattle; though I think mexican is wanting in seattle generally. I heard something good is opening on eastlake that is more rick bayless inspired.

              I had cornbeef hash at Bacco in the market sunday morning. good; a bit dry. They have great juice and the best eggs benedict in seattle IMHO. the red flannel hash at five spot on queen anne is very good. The best hash in seattle was at the western cafe, which unfortunately is long defunct. oh well.

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              Pink Door
              1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

              Etta's Seafood
              2020 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

              Five Spot Restaurant
              1502 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

              La Spiga
              1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

              Bacco
              86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

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                christy319 Aug 1, 2011 10:35 PM

                I would agree with the La Spiga recommendation for pasta; Spinasse is a board favorite as well, as is Tavolata. Il Terrazzo is pretty different from those, both in price and style; check out the menus for all of them and see which style appeals to you most. Pink Door has a great view deck and I love it for a drink but it's not my first choice for Italian.

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                Pink Door
                1919 Post Aly, Seattle, WA 98101

                Spinasse
                Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

                Tavolata
                2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

                La Spiga
                1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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                  bonlee Aug 2, 2011 06:17 PM

                  Oh. Em. Gee. La Spiga is definitely it. We are planning a trip to Italy next year, and Emilia Romagna is going to be a big part of it. Thanks for that recommendation.

                  Am rethinking Dahlia and Etta's. We definitely want to try something by Tom Douglas.

                  Just saw a Food Network program on Skillet, then learned they have opened a brick and mortar place. Shouldn't be too hard to chase down some of their famous Bacon Jam!

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                  La Spiga
                  1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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                    GreenYoshi Aug 3, 2011 12:00 AM

                    Have you guys been to La Spiga recently? The last few times I've been over the past year or so, I've been kind of dissapointed... The pasta just wasnt the same. The meat dishes, which i used to love, weren't great either.

                    I actually likenthem more for their cocktails than anything else now.

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                    La Spiga
                    1429 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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                      toddwseattle Aug 4, 2011 12:48 AM

                      yup. been to la spiga in the last 90 days. sorry your experience wasn't good; mine was great.

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                        pusherman Aug 4, 2011 01:27 PM

                        I hope this means they have gotten better...it's been probably 1-2 years since I've been, and I've never been all that impressed by the food (the room is very nice, though), but maybe I'll give it another try. I have to walk past Spinasse to get there, so it's kind of fallen off my radar.

                        To the original poster -- concur with Christy319, check out all three, I don't think you can really go wrong.

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                        Spinasse
                        Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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