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SF Hound needs great lunch spot nearish U-Village

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turtl_girl Dec 21, 2011 11:27 AM

Hi Seattle Hounds -- I'm in town to see family and am looking for a nice lunch place near or on the way to (heading from Greenlake area) University Village.

We want to avoid the Ave, but anywhere else off the beaten path around the U District is OK.

Open to all cuisine types, but we tend to gravitate towards lighter & fresh tastes.

Thanks for your help!

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    PAO RE: turtl_girl Dec 21, 2011 12:06 PM

    Agua Verde down on Portage Bay? Otherwise, for something really close to U Village, try 50 North. http://50northrestaurant.com/

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      MsMaryMc RE: PAO Dec 21, 2011 08:39 PM

      While Agua Verde is worth it for the view (especially when the weather is better and you can sit outside), I'm afraid a Californian would be sorely disappointed by the food. Seattle can hold its own with any other city for all sorts of food, and some of what we do, we do better than anybody--but our Mexican food is not among those. And, Agua Verde is not among our best Mexican food, IMHO.

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      wwahl RE: turtl_girl Dec 21, 2011 01:11 PM

      I'd try Mama Melina's: http://www.mammamelina.com/

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        Bethwick RE: turtl_girl Dec 21, 2011 03:31 PM

        Satay on 45th in Wallingford, really good food!

        http://www.satayseattle.com/

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          mrnelso RE: turtl_girl Dec 21, 2011 06:25 PM

          Pair, at 5501 30th NE

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            GreenYoshi RE: mrnelso Dec 21, 2011 06:57 PM

            I don't think Pair is open for Lunch.

            I think you should at least think about some parts of the Ave. Up by 50th, Nook does delicious biscuit sandwiches that fit your "light and fresh" request, and there's Samurai Noodle and the new Udon place a little further down (which aren't very "light and fresh" but totally delicious).

            Otherwise, I Love NY Deli on Roosevelt and Guanaco's are some of my favorites in the area.

            Anyone been to Grace Kitchen in U-Village, assume it's pretty good, based on it's pedigree but haven't heard much about it since it opened.

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              PAO RE: GreenYoshi Dec 21, 2011 10:16 PM

              I've heard some pretty bad things about Grace Kitchen but that was a while ago. Don't know if they've gotten their act together.

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