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Nov 7, 2011 10:47 PM

Coming back to Seattle after a few years

Hi everyone, if my question is redundant just let me know. I've used CH in the past and gotten great results.

As I said in the title its been a few years since I've been down in Seattle, I'm a chef/teacher in Vancouver BC, and kinda wondering what I've been missing these last years. I love the Seattle food scene and have had some amazing meals there.

Been to in the past: Paseo, Salumi, most of Tom Douglas's places (PK rocks!), La Carta de Oaxaca, Top Pot, Matt's, Macrina Bakery, and a few others that escape me right now. I guess you could say I'm a fan of hole-in-the-wall type places, but also enjoy more upscale casual as well.

The list for now? ...looking at Revel, Quinn's, Spur, Walrus and Carpenter, Sitka and Spruce, Book Bindery, also going to SAM restaurant for chicken and waffles on Sunday brunch (the wife has a craving).

Is this a good list? Wouldn't mind hitting a few of these at least. Does anyone have anymore recommendations in the Downtown/Belltown area?

My other question... where are some great places for drinks happy hour or otherwise? I love the food scene in my Vancouver as well, but one thing that the U.S. always does better than us here North of the border is booze. Looking for some really good drinking places or somewhere with a good craft beer scene.

Let me know Seattle!

Macrina Bakery & Cafe
2408 1st Ave, Seattle, WA

309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Book Bindery
198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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  1. It's a tasty list.
    Add Golden Beetle, Spinasse, Dot's, Revel.
    And don't turn up your nose at a (genuine medium-rare) tavern burger from Two Bells, a plate of gorditas at El Camion, or a Georgetown special at Stellar Pizza.

    Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

    Golden Beetle
    1744 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

    1. You have an excellent list. For craft beers I suggest Brouwer's Cafe in Fremont. Their beer selection is amazing and they also feature well above average pub food.

      1. Try The Coterie Room (formerly Zoe). It's being highly touted now.

        1. after looking around a bit more... if I want to go for a nice dinner, Spur or Book Bindery? What's the experience on price point at the end of the meal?

          Book Bindery
          198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

          1. Revel, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Sitka and Spruce, and Spinasse are all excellent. I would add Poppy and Madison Park Conservatory. Also, have you been to Boat Street Cafe? It's not particularly new, but it is wonderful and near Belltown.

            You mentioned that you are a Tom Douglas fan. He has a slew of new places in South Lake Union, including Cuoco (Italian), Brave Horse Tavern (hearth-baked soft pretzels, fried cheese curds, shuffleboard, and perhaps the beer you seek?), and Dahlia Workshop (biscuit sandwiches and more--my favorite is the truffled frittata).

            I'm afraid I can't help you with the Spur v. Book Bindery question. But for cocktails, I highly recommend Tavern Law. Welcome back to Seattle!

            Boat Street Cafe
            3131 Western Ave Ste 301, Seattle, WA 98121

            3 Replies
            1. re: willothewhisk

              I like several of Tom Douglas' restaurants, and welcome some of his new additions - but Cuoco is a pale, corporate-slick, would-be Spinasse that does not do it for me at all.

              The Brave Horse Tavern is a much, much more successful - and much less fancy - restaurant. Bar, really - but the food is good to very good (and the the selection of tap beer and the dart alleys are definitely very good.)

              Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

              1. re: terrier

                Really? I like Brave Horse's beer selection, but find the food to be unimaginative and not very good (and over priced to boot). The pretzels are terrible, saved only by te delicious mustards, and the burgers are tiny. I kind of liked the fancy corn dogs, but I hear they're off the menu now.

                Aside from Ting Momo, which wasn't very good the one time I went, Brave Horse is at the bottom of my TD ranks.

                10727 Pacific Hwy SW, Lakewood, WA 98499

                1. re: terrier

                  I agree--Cuoco pales in comparison to Spinasse.