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L.A. Asian (i.e. will-eat-most-things) needs recs for last minute trip to Seattle!

Normally, I am much better prepared with a spreadsheet and multiple scenarios/options for all my foodie needs...planned and prepared weeks beforehand...but this time, the trip was so last minute, I'm hoping you all can help a girl out!

I will be in Seattle this weekend with 3 dinners, 2 lunches, and 3 breakfasts (if I wake up in time - totally not a morning person) available.

While I've been able to piece together seafood, oyster, dungeness crab options, Vietnamese, Asian fusion, and gastropubs, a certain "type" of restaurant eludes me...

I'm not sure how to describe it except meat-centric, decadent, generous and with a laid-back, neighborhood vibe...

Los Angeles = Animal / Eva (for their Sunday Suppers) / Mozza for the (Mangiare Familia suppers)
Montreal = Au Pied du Cochon
New York = Blue Ribbon / Minetta Tavern
San Francisco = Wayfare Tavern
Napa = Ad Hoc

What are the best options in Seattle for this kind of food?

P.S. And Any family-style suppers in Seattle would be much appreciated too! Not necessarily communal but rather family style where orders are meant to be shared amongst your table. Eva restaurant in LA does it for $39 on Sunday nights (all you can drink wine). Mozza does it a couple times a week with their Mangiare Familia series for $75 per person (nose to tail dining), all served on platters...

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  1. For a communal-table dinner with good food, The Corson Building for dinner on Saturday or Sunday evening. The $90 price-fixed Saturday dinner is more extensive (9 to 12 courses) than the scaled-down Sunday dinner at $60 including wine. For meat-centric places, Local 360 and Lecosho (where there are lots of meats on the menu, but pork, and specifically porchetta, is a specialty). Local 360 also serves breakfast and lunch. One morning you should get yourself up and go to Ballard to have a croissant or two at Café Besalu. It’s way, way better than any croissant you can get in Los Angeles. You can get other great pastries there as well, but whatever you do, don’t miss the croissant.

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    1. re: Tom Armitage

      Echoing the Corson Building rec. Spectacular, especially the Saturday prix-fixe.

      Lecosho is fine, and Local 360 is my favorite breakfast and burger, but it's hard to imagine missing Salumi if you're looking for something laid back and meat centric (if not particularly decadent or fancy.) Lunch only, Tuesday through Friday. Grab a porchetta or meatball sandwich, dawdle over it in the back with some wine (bottle's on the table, honor system.) Local tip: call your order in well ahead and skip the line!

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      Salumi
      309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

      The Corson Building
      5609 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

      1. re: terrier

        Great call, Terrier. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t think of Salumi myself, especially since I just posted on another thread about Salumi’s hot meat sampler plate, which always includes the deservedly legendary meatballs, plus other things like oxtail, roast pork, grilled lamb, porchetta, fennel sausage, grilled cotechino, and peppers. Even if you just go for the cured meat plate or a sandwich, Salumi is meat-centric, generous, laid back, and has a communal table. It’s just the sort of thing that Virgo is looking for. Kudos to you, Terrier.

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        Salumi
        309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        1. re: Tom Armitage

          I've been to Salumi before and unfortunately I just wasn't that impressed by the porchetta. I'm absolutely in love with porchetta and have never had a good porchetta sandwich state side. In Rome, I was there for 4 days and 3 out of 4 of those lunches were spent at the same amazing porchetta sandwich shop...I'm serious. The thing Salumi lacked, at least when I was there, is that their porchetta is devoid of the crispy, crackling skin - i.e. the best part. But maybe I should go to Salumi and try one of their other sandwiches... :-D

          I'm definitely going to look into the other suggestions. I had considered Corson but initially decided against it because of the communal dining...but you guys make it sound worth the awkwardness of forced conversation. hahaha

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          Salumi
          309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. re: virgo411

            I agree about the crispy, crackling skin on porchetta. The last time I had the hot meat plate at Salumi, it had meatballs, roast pork (not porchetta), grilled lamb, ox tail, and cotechino, and I enjoyed it a lot. I haven't had the porchetta at Lecosho, so maybe someone else can comment on that. Now that I re-read your original post, I'm not sure what distinction you are making between "communal" and "family-style" dining. At the Saturday night dinner at The Corson Building you sit at a long table with other guests and the plates of food are passed around the table. Is this "communal" or "family-style"? What's the difference?

            1. re: Tom Armitage

              I think OP means: Communal = share with strangers vs. Family style = dishes shared with your party (rather than single serving plates).

              1. re: akq

                Thanks. That makes sense. Communal = The Corson Building. Family-style = the typical way of serving dishes at a Chinese restaurant.

                1. re: Tom Armitage

                  Yep! Exactly, akq! I'm not totally against communal dining, it's just not usually something that attracts me to a particular restaurant. But for good food? I can deal with it! :)

              2. re: Tom Armitage

                I got the prochetta early in Lecosho's life, and really regretted it--incredibly gristly. Not particularly crispy either. I imagine I'll give it another chance sometime, but it's unlikely to be soon.

              3. re: virgo411

                The Porchetta is hit-or-miss for me, too, but the Prosciutto and goat cheese sandwich with fig confit is an awesome melding of flavors.

        2. Dinette on Capitol Hill does Monday suppers every couple of weeks,
          Volunteer Park Cafe does some Sunday and a pop-up Monday "Square Meal" supper now and then,
          Tom Douglas's Cuoco does Sunday Suppers, and Tom D in general is regularly hosting one-off dinners around town - October fest, Home cooking Philippine dinner, etc.
          There are probably a few more...Joule's Urban BBQ is done for 2011, but the winter version will probably start up soon.

          1. We need an Animal in Seattle - I can't think of anything that would be comparable. We have some nose to tail special events, but not anything on a regular basis. For family-style suppers, try the "fancy" menu at Staple & Fancy. You just put yourself in Ethan Stowell's hands and he prepares a four course (at minimum) meal served family style.

            1. How has no one mentioned Quinn's yet? They were all anyone here could talk about when they opened, are we so fickle?

              When I think of neighborhood-gastropub-meat centric they would definitely be at the top of my Seattle list; Lecosho is more meatist, but less neighborhoody due to their downtown location. I'd say the two places kind of bookend Animal in style based on only 2 visits to Animal. Mmmmmaybe Re:Public, Black Bottle, and Local 360 would be in the same group?

              Re: Family style supper -- doesn't Joule do a Sunday BBQ? I've tried to go before, but it sells out a lot.

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              Black Bottle
              2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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              1. re: pusherman

                Local 360 (especially happy hour menu) and Black Bottle seem great! Quinn's look delicious too! Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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                Black Bottle
                2600 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

                1. re: pusherman

                  I think Joule's Sunday BBQ is a summer event. Last year they did a Sunday Family style soup supper but haven't announced one yet for this year.. They do show a family style option on the regular menu.

                2. i agree that quinn's is your best bet for an animal-type experience. my husband and I are angelenos who visit seattle once or twice a year and it is always on our list. any of their foie gras dishes or homemade sausages are excellent.

                  i also highly recommend joule, staple & fancy, macrina bakery (the breakfast sandwich with bacon, tomato, goat cheese, and arugula on a bialy still sings in my memory), and pizzas at the alibi room (not mozza but better than serious pie imo). we also *love* toulouse - french creole food that fits your meat-centric request - lots of duck confit and pork belly to be had here. a server told us that the beignets have pork fat in them and i couldn't verify this with the kitchen (i certainly tried, being a pastry chef and feeling rather bold from drinking several sazeracs at brunch), but they were phenomenal and served with a chicory coffee creme anglaise.

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                  1. re: tastycakes

                    Sazeracs and beignets with pork fat -- you're my kind of woman!