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Pioneer Square roundup

I work just north of PS and love some of the new things that are going in.

I just went to Rainshadow Meats on Occidental and the sandwiches are absolutely delicious (I had the Romanesco, my friend had the Reuben). The butcher case looks very nice. It's nice to have this option this time of year, when negoitating the Market is so hard due to cruise ship crowds. I'll probably be getting my prosciutto here rather than Delaurenti.

Bar Sajor isn't really my thing--I don't love any of Matt Dillon's restaurants (I don't think they are bad, but I just never love the dishes) but it's a great space and I had a nice time with some oysters and an after work drink recently. And I'm looknig forward to London Plane, the bakery Dillon is opening in the old BOA space.

Il Corvo is such a good addition.

There's a new farmer's market on Wed from 10-2 in Occidental Park that starts next week, which I'll be going to; I'm sure it will be small but it'll be nice to pick up some veggies/berries midweek.

I'm excited about some of the new things slated to open, like LIttle Uncle.
If anyone has any other PS tips/reviews, I'd love to hear them.

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  1. I work around PS, too.

    There are several great sandwich places... if we got a branch of Paseo, it'd basically be sandwich heaven:

    Rainshadow Meats, which you've mentioned.

    Tats Deli, locally famous for having authentic and tasty cheese-steaks, they also have a nice variety of cold sandwiches.

    Salumi, a Seattle destination restaurant known for it's cured meats. Also packs a terrific porchetta sandwich.

    Delicatus offers very high quality sandwiches with a large, varied menu.

    1. It looks like the Pioneer Square outpost of Little Uncle opened yesterday. I'm looking forward to trying it, I'll probably wait a few weeks.


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      1. re: Brunhilde

        I will probably be too excited to wait to try Little Uncle, but I'll cut them some slack at first.

        And there is Tinello, too:

        1. re: christy319

          Oh dip, hadn't heard about that one yet! Another one to add to our list...

          1. re: christy319

            Little Uncle is well worth checking out already. You wouldn't actually know they just opened by the food or service (the space seems a little unfinished). What a great addition to the 'hood. I had some beautifully poached checken with winter melon soup, and catfish fritters. The only slight negative was that it's in a basement, and ventilation isn't great, and the room was a bit smoky/spicy. But it wasn't a deal breaker. We went at 11:30 and had no line but people started coming in droves after us. But they handled it well, and food was coming out of the kitchen promptly.

        2. I had a sour cherry and rhubarb shaved ice (with evap milk) today at Little Uncle that was terrific. An absolute knockout.

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          1. re: christy319

            That is a great tip, as the shaved ice doesn't appear on the online menu. I'd like to try their beef cheek sarabao as well. The Seattle hit list is growing!

              1. re: babette feasts

                Thanks for the reminder -- I often forget to look on facebook, and it doesn't seem to come up in google searches.

          2. il Corvo is awesome. Favorite restaurant in the city right now. The specials are great, and the al Inferno is really amazing.

            1. Love love the new Pizzeria Gabbiano (from the Il Corvo guy). What a great addition to the lunch scene. Pizza is by the kilo so you can get smaller pieces of different flavors. Great toppings--today was pancetta and squash, wild mushroom, anchovy and cauli, tallegio and...(I forget). heirloom tomato and pesto. There was a prosciutto and something that ran out when I was in line. They also let me split a salad (I got two smaller portions of different kinds--garbanzo/zucchini and green bean) for the price of the regular size). My piece of pizza and the salad(s) came to $9 which I thought was reasonable. The space is all counter or communal seating which I think is very conducive to a solo work lunch.

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              1. re: christy319

                How were lines at Gabbiano? I've always been impressed with Il Corvo, would like to give Mike Easton's pizza place a try, but I don't want to wait in a long line.

                1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                  They've moved pretty quickly the two times I've been. I went early though, so I'm not sure about later. I loved both the potato topping and the fig & goat cheese topped pieces I've tried.

                  1. re: Brunhilde

                    Cool, been meaning to try it. Pioneer Square is the lunch/sandwich capitol of Seattle for sure.

              2. I tried La Bodega, the Dominican place, the other day and loved the empanadas (both kinds I got were veg--yam and gouda and loroco and some kind of white cheese). Anyone had the sandwiches or salads?

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                1. re: christy319

                  I've had a housemade sausage special sandwich, as well as the roast pork plate. The sausage sandwich was excellent, and the roast pork very nice, very thoughtful sides. It's got a twee factor (Goya products on display?) that is a far cry from the average back-east neighborhood Dominican joint, but you can't dock too many points for that (esp. considering that the food is fresher and tastier!)

                2. Quality Athletics: Went before the Ms game Saturday. I was initially put off by the 3 bouncers wearing security garb. I'd hoped it wasn't going to be another d--chy PS sports bar. It was still crowded with Sounders fans, most of whom were in the outdoor area drinking beer (I'm not sure if there is food service out there--all I saw were people standing and drinking beer). But it wasn't. Once we got our IDs checked and wrists stamped, we were seated at a communal table in a pretty big space with big tvs (they apparently will have these off during the week when they cater to the work crowd).

                  Menu was not the typical sports bar food--there were duck wings (husband liked these, but didn't love them), whole fish with taco fixings, salmon collar, razor clams, a veg section of the menu. The potato croquettes were delicious and a great thing to have with drinks. I liked my tartine with St Andre and shishito peppers, though I'd probably get something else next time (the whole fish looked great). I do love that they have interested veg options. The vanilla funnel cake with macerated peaches, very lightly sweetened whipped cream, and a dusting of cayenne was a knockout. I need it again, soon.

                  Service was very good. When a family (there were a number of young kids in there) sat down and noticed there were no chicken fingers on the menu, the waitress kindly let them know they could find those at FX McCrory's and didn't seem put out at all at having to clear their spots.

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                  1. re: christy319

                    "liked these, but didn't love them"

                    I feel like that's my entire impression of the Josh Henderson empire...

                    1. re: christy319

                      Now, you see, if children want chicken fingers, I think we should feed them chicken fingers. I'd have sent them to the ID, not FX McRory's...