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wc4572 Jan 11, 2014 08:25 AM

My wife and I love wd-50 in NYC (she's a chemistry teacher). We are heading to the Pacific Northwest this summer for the first time. She asked me if there was something similar to wd-50 in Portland or Seattle (I don't think we'll make it to Vancouver). I know very little of the restaurant scene other than a few places, so any suggestions on places to start researching would be awesome. And if I need to provide any other info, please let me know

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    GreenYoshi Jan 13, 2014 10:31 AM

    You'd really be looking more for specific dishes than a full restaurant that does "modernist cuisine" like wd-50.

    For example, Theirry Rateareau's Luc has a souffle potato crisp that was developed with Nathan Myhrvold and featured in the Modernist Cuisine book.

    Mark Fuller at Spring Hill used to do a rotovap of popcorn that he put into one of the more awesome ice creams I'd ever had, but I'm not sure what they've got now that they're Maono Fried Chicken and Whiskey.

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    1. re: GreenYoshi
      tykapfh Jan 13, 2014 01:13 PM

      They still have the popcorn ice cream...

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      wc4572 Jan 12, 2014 02:18 PM

      Thanks for all the input. I've heard of Canlis in Seattle. The link boredough provided mentioned Spur. I'll look into Book Bindery and Tavern Law

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      1. re: wc4572
        Brunhilde Jan 14, 2014 04:01 PM

        I love Spur for cocktails and small plates.

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        cburnsi Jan 12, 2014 02:01 PM

        I think Book Bindery, Tavern Law or Spur in Seattle would be a good bet for molecular gastronomy.

        In Portland, I agree Castagna is the place to go and maybe Lightbar.

        1. boredough Jan 11, 2014 12:35 PM

          This article is 2+ years old but it's a start for your inquiry:
          I know Canlis is still around as I plan to go there on my next trip to Seattle.

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            FoodDee Jan 11, 2014 12:07 PM

            I think Castagna in Portland does quite a bit of "modernist" cuisine.

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