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Any suggestions for a restaurant between Seattle and Ft. Lewis for a work-related lunch or dinner? One of our co-workers is leaving and we want to do a goodbye lunch or dinner for him, and we have 2 campuses, 1 close to Ft. Lewis and 1 in South Seattle. Most of the people go to chain restaurants i.e. Olive Garden, and would prefer meat and potatoes type food. Mexican or Italian would also be okay, I think. Chains are fine for this occasion or not, if there's something better. :) This will probably we on a weekend or possibly one night after work. Thanks for your help.

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      1. re: Boychucker

        If you want to go "upscale" I'd recommend Copperleaf, near the airport.

        For more casual and funky, 13 Coins (also at SeaTac) has a couple of private rooms that would be a great fit.

        Obviously these are both closer to your South Seattle campus. I'm sure others will be able to offer ideas at the Fort Lewis end.

        1. re: Gizmo56

          13 Coins is a really good idea, except I think it's too close to Seattle. I think something like that but in Kent or Puyallup maybe?

          1. re: Boychucker

            I live in South King County and was wracking my brain for something that would be midway...in Federal Way, Auburn, or Kent. One of the reasons I asked about the size of the group is that the places that come to mind in that area tend not to be places that are well set up to handle a party of your size. In other words, the restaurants I know in that area that are reasonably good tend to be small spaces.

            Places that you might try calling would be The Lobster Shop at Dash Point (seafood, in a waterfront setting in Federal Way), Gino's Bistro (mainly Italian, in both Federal Way & Maple Valley) and Mama Stortini's (Italian, at Kent Station).

            None of these are destination restaurants, but they all beat out Olive Garden, would work for the "meat and potatoes" types, and if they can set up for your group, I suspect they'll be satisfactory for your farewell celebration.

            Good luck, I hope you'll get other suggestions as well, and do let us know where you end up.

            1. re: Gizmo56

              Looks like the guest of honor picked Bahama Breeze. Thank you for your help. :)

              1. re: Gizmo56

                Looks like we're going to Bahama Breeze. Thank you for your help! :)

      2. How about The Poodle Dog in Fife? I love that place and it hits your bill geographically.

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        1. re: bourbongal

          Great suggestion! If it was my party, that's definitely where we'd go. However, looks like we're going to Bahama Breeze. Thanks for your help!