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Trip Report - Spinasse, Poppy, Walrus & Carpenter & More

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A big thank you to everyone on this board for making my long weekend in Seattle so enjoyable. I never posted for restaurant advice but put together a great list from reading over old posts from the board.

Arrived Saturday morning and headed straight to Cafe Besalu. Loved the croissant, one of the best I've ever had. It was buttery without being at all heavy. Also had a really nice slice of quiche Lorraine.

Saturday lunch was a quick salad and sandwich at Le Pichet. The house green salad was really tasty with a really nice dressing. The perfect place for a quick bite.

Saturday dinner was at Cascina Spinasse. I had been here before and everything was fantastic. The best dishes were the tajarin with butter sauce (which I'd had before) and my husbands rabbit meatballs with polenta. I really don't think you could go wrong ordering from this menu. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where we have a lot of regional Italian restaurants, but this restaurant is one of my favorites.

Sunday lunch was a quick bite at Ivar's Fish House followed by ice cream at Molly Moo's. I liked the ice cream quite a bit, the lunch was fine for what it was.

Sunday dinner at Poppy was the biggest disappointment of the trip. We started with the spice crispies which were tasty, and a fig tart which was a little boring. I had a 7 choice vegetarian thali, husband had a 7 choice meat thali. Nothing tasted bad, but everything was a little cold when it came to the table, and a little bland. It's hard for me to put my finger on why I didn't really enjoy this meal, but I think it was just a lot of average small bites.

Monday breakfast was just some standard breakfast fare at Easy Street Cafe (in the Easy Street Records). I had a breakfast burrito, husband had French toast. Just basic, but good breakfast foods.

Late lunch Monday at Serious Pie for Happy Hour. We had 3 small pizzas for I think $6 each. These were a great deal and all really tasty. I especially liked the Chanterelle mushroom pizza.

Dinner Monday was at The Walrus & Carpenter and was the highlight of the trip. We only waited about 10 minutes for 2 seats at the counter to open up and had a great meal. Started with a bunch of raw oysters and a jamon and peach salad. We then moved on to some fried oysters, escargot, more raw oysters, and a nice plate of cheese. Ended with the bread pudding with espresso sauce. We loved everything we had, it was all seasoned really nicely and tasted super fresh. It was a lot of fun to watch the cooks from the counter and listen in on all of the conversations happening around us.

Thanks again for all the great recommendations. We had a fantastic trip and can't wait to come back.

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Le Pichet
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Spinasse
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

Le Pichet
1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Serious Pie
316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

Cafe Besalu
5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Cascina Spinasse
1531 14th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

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  1. Thanks so much for posting your trip report!

    1. Thanks for the write up. I really love The Walrus & Carpenter and you remind me that I need to get back.