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Any Seattle 'Hoods Where Lack of Parking Keeps You Away?

This has been happening to me far too often lately. I made the mistake last night of trying to find parking near Pine & Broadway on Capitol Hill. Circled several blocks repeatedly, for >15 minutes. Ultimately decided it's not worth it and left. It's easier to park in San Francisco than on the Hill.

Ballard is getting almost as bad. Lack of parking anywhere near Old Ballard Avenue is actually keeping me from going to some great places.

Anyone else for whom lack of parking is a Chowkiller?

Aloha,
Kaleo

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  1. The ID, obviously. If you're a normal person and want to eat at, y'know, mealtimes, it's a joke. I gave up on weekend Dim Sum or good Chinese BBQ 20 years ago unless I wanted to park many blocks away from the decent places.

    It just isn't worth the hassle.

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    1. re: acgold7

      I don't know the street but it runs under the freeway and we've found onstreet parking there. But we go for dim sum no later than 9.

      1. re: c oliver

        The only reason I still go to the ID for dim sum is that House of Hong provides parking (with the nicest attendant you could ever ask for).

        1. re: kaleokahu

          We walk past it after parking on the street on our way to Jade Garden (our fave in SEA).

          1. re: c oliver

            Ancient Chinese secret: If you play your mahjong tiles right, you can park at Hong and *eat* at JG.

            I just detest being sardined in JG's lobby, but the dim sum is better there. The experience there is far better if someone in your party speaks Cantonese or better yet is a regular Cantonese customer.

            Aloha,
            Kaleo

            1. re: kaleokahu

              Since we're there no later than 9, we've never had to wait. And because I'm such a suck-up :) we get great service!

              1. re: c oliver

                Hi, coliver: "And because I'm such a suck-up :) we get great service!"

                Actually, IME almost no gwai lo gets great service at JG. And they certainly don't get the choicest dim sum. I've been there by myself and with a Cantonese restaurateur client who eats there several times a week, and there is no comparison.

                Aloha,
                Kaleo

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Maybe you're just not as handsome as I am beautiful :) But really JG would definitely be in my top five for service. Again, it could be also because we're there earlier than many. They're almost full but no one is waiting for a table.

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    Actually I can personally attest that speaking Cantonese doesn't improve the service all that much...

      2. Lower Queen Anne and Belltown are getting worse and worse.

        I'll say though, that while parking might affect my eating decisions, I don't know that it makes anything a "Chowkiller". That is, I can usually find appropriate times to get to a place/neighborhood that makes it tolerable.

        (except Cap Hill. There is never parking around Cap Hill)

        1. For me, Ballard is the most painful. Pestle Rock is one of my favorite restaurants in town, but every time I go, I find it taking me longer and longer to find a space that is an ever increasing distance away.

          1. None, because I've started using UberX when going to parking-deficient neighborhoods to eat.

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            1. re: sweetpotater

              Hi, sweetpotater:

              This is a rideshare (unregulated taxi) service?

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

              1. re: kaleokahu

                Not technically rideshare but yes, alternative to traditional cab companies. $8.64 yesterday to Matt's in the Market for lunch from my house atop QA; $10.68 home from Mamnoon in Capitol Hill. To keep this food-focused, I know there are mixed feelings about Mamnoon, but this was my second meal there and I haven't yet had a bite I didn't love.

                1. re: sweetpotater

                  Hi, sweetpotater:

                  Have you eaten at Cafe Munir? If so what's your opinion of how its fare compares to Mamnoon's food?

                  Aloha,
                  Kaleo

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    I have. I liked it but like Mamnoon better. I can't recall my Cafe Munir meal enough to remember why, but I didn't feel like I needed to go back.

            2. I seem to usually get lucky with neighborhood free parking, but paying for street parking until 8pm downtown keeps me away from there.