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zestylemon Oct 4, 2013 08:39 AM

Hey folks,

I'm heading to Seattle on business and staying with a friend, meaning it's out to dinner on the company dime. What do you recommend that's great Seattle food where she otherwise might not go? We're both mid-20s, pretty big foodies. I know Restaurant week is going on, but it doesn't function on a Saturday so that won't work. No allergies, no dining restrictions, etc.

If there's any place with a cool, cheap, tasting menu, that'd be great. Otherwise, something fun, something gastronomically "cool", and a place with just a nice vibe is what I'm going for. Any help would be incredibly appreciated, thanks!! :)

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    Gizmo56 Oct 4, 2013 10:43 AM

    Consider the excellent thali meals at Poppy:


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    1. re: Gizmo56
      seattle_lee Oct 4, 2013 01:42 PM

      Agreed about Poppy. Other good options are Joule, Revel.

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      mrnelso Oct 4, 2013 02:34 PM

      We like the tasting menus at Golden Beetle and Revel, especially at happy hour.

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        miasmom Oct 5, 2013 12:19 PM

        Try re:public - no tasting menu but it fits with gastronomically cool and nice vibe. It's located in the South Lake Union area.

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          JayDK Oct 6, 2013 07:44 PM

          Place Pigalle. It remains under the radar for locals but has a certain something.
          I don't think you'd find foodies at either place as these choices are not trendy but classic, nearly old school.

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          1. re: JayDK
            firecracker Oct 7, 2013 03:58 PM

            I like both of those places, Jay. I didn't realize I was""old school". *grin*

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              JayDK Oct 7, 2013 04:43 PM

              Well, you are as old as...
              I think old school in restaurants is where you recognize items on the menu and they prepare them true to tradition.
              And they prepare them well and are popular enough and well enough managed as to be successful to stand the test of time.
              With that in mind, I recommended these two places because I haven't seen anyone in their mid 20s dining there so that fits the bill for Zesty Lemon.

              1. re: JayDK
                Gizmo56 Oct 7, 2013 05:41 PM

                In Seattle's culinary scene, it seems as though any restaurant that has been in operation since before the millennium will be looked upon as "old school." I love Place Pigalle.

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              gingershelley Oct 7, 2013 06:03 PM

              JayDk; love both those places, but I sure wouldn't put them in the category of 'gastronomically cool', esp. for a visitor from out of town, IMHO:)

              They would do better to eat at Spinasse, or - I might suggest the newly-cool, and relatively unsung as of yet new place "Le Zinc" by the guys from Maximillien's? That would be NEW COOL, by some guys who are OLD SCHOOL:)! An idea.....


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              zestylemon Oct 8, 2013 07:53 AM

              I think I'm going to make reservations for Poppy, the thali meals look right up our alley! Thanks everyone, I'll let you know how it goes :)

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              1. re: zestylemon
                Gizmo56 Oct 8, 2013 07:58 AM


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