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Trip Report--Last weekend in Seattle

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bte576 Oct 26, 2011 05:46 AM

A report from our anniversary trip.

Here’s where we ate. Hope it is helpful to someone.

Steelhead Diner (lunch)- Ordered very quickly due to extreme hunger, with me getting the fish and chips and husband with the Rich Boy sausage sandwich. The fish was really good, but I wish I would have ordered something that may have better shown off the restaurant. Husband thought the sausage wasn’t spicy enough for being classified as hot sausage. The people ordering off the restaurant week menu were clearly getting a great value…wish I would have done that.

Book Bindery—Had a great time here and loved that we could start the night with a wine tasting at Almquist. We were seated in their greenhouse/atrium which was the only real disappointment because the dining room looked so beautiful. The rabbit and flavor curve entrees were both excellent and we enjoyed the thoughtfully prepared cheese plate for dessert.

Staple & Fancy—I was the most excited about this dinner and I was a little disappointed. It also didn’t help that we had to cab to and from downtown, so we thought that $40 plus could have been better spent eating some place closer to our hotel. (We were able to fit in a drink and a few oysters beforehand at Walrus & Carpenter though…which was lovely.) We did the “fancy” menu option. Things started out promising as we were overwhelmed by a table full of bites. In addition to bread and olives, there was a fish toast, ahi tuna, beef tongue salad, chickpea/squid salad, and a grilled sardine. We really enjoyed the tuna and beef, but found the other things to just be ok. Our second course was a beef and kale ravioli with squash and a brown buttered sauce. Sounds delicious, does it? It wasn’t. While there was nothing objectionable, there was no flavor. Zero. I couldn’t understand how they could put those components together and end up with such a flavorless dish. I tried to scoop up the brown butter sauce at the bottom of the bowl and it tasted like water. Then, our meat course was strip steak with kale and squash. This was actually pretty good, but it struck me as odd for them to serve us two beef dishes in a row complemented by kale and squash. We had a ricotta cheesecake with fresh figs for dessert. This was good, not great…I think fresh figs are beautiful, but I don’t find them very flavorful and I think the pie could have used a great flavorful garnish to give it a boost. Service seemed to trail off here as the dinner progressed as well.

Breakfast at Skillet Diner—First of all, loved that this place opens at 7…so we actually had time to have breakfast before our Sunday flight home. I had the pancake breakfast sandwich. My egg was a little overcooked and the syrup provided was strangely thin, but it still managed to be really yummy. My husband had the grilled cheese. He added bacon jam and thought he might have actually preferred it without, but he wanted to try it.

Salumi—We tried the porchetta and meatball sandwiches and both were good as expected…happy we went, but also happy we didn’t wait in a long line as it wasn’t a mind blowing experience.

Harbour Public House on Bainbridge—We had a beer and nibbled on the classic poutine here one afternoon. We thought it was a great little place for a beer and snack…

The Crumpet Shop—So glad we fit in a stop here for crumpets and jam. Sad that I didn’t have a chance to buy some to bring home.

Belle Epicurean—Had an apple croissant here another morning. Fine, but wish I would have spent the calories on something else, like another crumpet.

Collins Pub—We were looking for a casual, non-crowded spot to grab burgers. Fit that bill for sure. Burger and reuben were both good…and the onion rings were a real highlight.

In review—Wish we would have made a few different choices in terms of restaurants and ordering, but overall we were well fed on the trip. Enjoyed exploring your city!

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Armandino's Salumi
309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Skillet Street Food and Diner
1400 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122

Crumpet Shop
1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

Steelhead Diner
95 Pine Street, Suite 17, Seattle, WA 98101

Collins Pub
526 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Belle Epicurean
1206 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Harbour Public House
231 Parfitt Way SW, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Book Bindery
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Staple & Fancy Mercantile
4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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    bte576 Oct 26, 2011 06:22 PM

    You're welcome of course! And yes, we did hit lots of spots...now I need to hit the gym.
    Cheers!

    1. gingershelley Oct 26, 2011 12:45 PM

      Yes, thanks for the trip report!
      I agree with many of your mehs, sometimes I think hype trumps FLAVOR here on CH...
      Glad you had a good overall experience, and tried lot's of places.
      I could see from your egalitarian range of choices that you don't eschew a brewpub over fancy, so you are a trusted hound...
      We have yet to do bookbindery. So need to ask for seating in main DR, and request not to be in atrium. Thank you for that.
      My friends say the same about F&C Fancy menu as declining as you move to end... great spread on starting, more confusion/ lowered delivery of flavor later. Appreciate your comments.

      Come and see us again!

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        Lauren Oct 26, 2011 11:15 AM

        Thanks for the report back. Sounds like you were able to hit a lot of places.

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