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#1 Post by Kris Patten » February 28th, 2019, 8:59 pm

Thought it would be nice to start a dedicated thread to Seattle and surrounding areas.

I'll start since Scott from Bisato is back and Bisato in SODO and William from Mistral just opened Violet, anyone been?
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#2 Post by Robert Dentice » March 4th, 2019, 12:30 pm

It has been a couple years since I was in the area. I will say The Willows Inn is one of my favorite restaurants in the country. Highly recommended. Requires a trek to Lummi Island and most likely an overnight stay but it is worth it.

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#3 Post by D Plude » March 21st, 2019, 9:45 am

SO many great places, most of which I have not visited. I’ve really like RN74 (and yes I brought my own Sojourn pinot.) Ray’s on the water north of DT is usually great (sometimes odd) but do stick to the fish, not beef. Really enjoyed Brimmer & Heeltap; great service, interesting food. And Purple Café (several locations) has decent food & excellent wines WA & beyond. (I believe no corkage either!)
Recently went to Copperleaf near the airport. Meh. The service was amateurish—the waitress zoomed up to our table & just said, “What would you like?” And promptly forgot our order & had to come back to ask again. (The place was practically empty.) My Caesar salad was just OK, wife’s fish & chips fine. For $$$ I expect much better.
P.S. Did go to Mistral 2 years ago and was disappointed in food & service.
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#4 Post by Peter Yanagihara » March 22nd, 2019, 4:09 pm

Cafe Juanita, always a winner.

Purple Cafe has corkage. Ate at the Bellvue location. Corkage waived by the waitress who was originally from Honolulu.

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#5 Post by Brandon R » March 25th, 2019, 10:13 am

As un-cool and un-trendy as it might be, I really still enjoy Nell's Restaurant on Greenlake. They have a well-thought-out wine list (lots of Burgundy, and a great selection of half-bottles, which I really appreciate) with decent prices and the food is always very good. We went a few months back and had some killer sweetbreads.
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#6 Post by Kris Patten » April 18th, 2019, 8:18 pm

Went to Violet tonight, William Belickis' new venture after Mistral. The theme is American Omakase with seasonal ingredients. You can order off the menu or a 5 course chef menu.

Thoughtful wine selection, mostly European, had a glass of Bieler 2016 Bandol Rose, followed by 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires and then a 2015 Jadot Vosne Romanee Les Suchots.

Food was excellent, scallop, beet carpaccio, anchovy, octopus and burrata all excellent as were main courses of muscovy duck, chicken and sea trout. One of the most creative chefs in Seattle.
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#7 Post by Ron Slye » April 19th, 2019, 2:11 pm

Thanks for the review Kris. I must have walked by you while you were eating on my way home!

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#8 Post by Robert Dentice » May 10th, 2019, 3:38 pm

Stopped at Sandwich House Tres on my way to Willows Inn. Excellent. And just the type of unique not too heavy lunch I was looking for. There was a writer and photographer there from the Seattle Times.



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#9 Post by Robert Dentice » May 13th, 2019, 4:30 am

I will try to do a separate post on the Willows. In short it remains my favorite restaurant in the U.S. and well worth the 12 hour commute from NYC. We dined there two nights and had one breakfast and one lunch. Just outstanding!

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#10 Post by mark rudner » May 13th, 2019, 8:09 am

hey Robert
that breakfast pic is beautiful
is that a glass of red wine in the top left corner?
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#11 Post by Brandon R » May 13th, 2019, 9:33 am

Gorgeous pics, Robert.
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#12 Post by Robert Dentice » May 13th, 2019, 11:14 am

mark rudner wrote:
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hey Robert
that breakfast pic is beautiful
is that a glass of red wine in the top left corner?
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Someone else that question. Do you think I would drink Red wine for breakfast! I prefer Sake for a meal like this. It is actually Blackberry Juice.

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#13 Post by mark rudner » May 13th, 2019, 12:26 pm

Robert Dentice wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 11:14 am
mark rudner wrote:
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hey Robert
that breakfast pic is beautiful
is that a glass of red wine in the top left corner?
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Someone else that question. Do you think I would drink Red wine for breakfast! I prefer Sake for a meal like this. It is actually Blackberry Juice.
ha! btw looks even better than manufactory. certainly a lot prettier!

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#14 Post by Kris Patten » May 19th, 2019, 10:49 am

Picked up food from a couple favorites in the past week.

Bok a Bok Chicken....the thigh and breast are great and crispy, the umami BBQ sauce is my favorite along with a side of kimchee. The Sesame chicken sandwich is unreal too.

Buddha Ruksa....crispy duck noodle, crispy garlic chicken (crack chicken) is unreal, won ton phad thai (no noodles, bean sprouts sub in this recipe), and panang curry. One of the great thai spots in WA.

Loretta's....awesome dive bar with a great tavern burger. The single is the way to go IMO, the proportion of meat to burn is ideal, the double is off balance. Great fries too.
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#15 Post by Kris Patten » September 2nd, 2019, 11:08 am

Did Buddha Ruksa again, repeat on Crispy Garlic Chicken and Won Ton Phad Thai, but switched up #3 to vegetable and tofu Pad See Ew that always seems to come out a star spicier than ordered. Along with fresh rolls I can't recommend this place enough, makes me miss living in West Seattle.
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#16 Post by Kris Patten » September 2nd, 2019, 11:10 am

Peel & Press in West Seattle is another place I'd suggest for pizza, great fresh ingredients and good crust, we always order it well done.
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#17 Post by Kris Patten » September 2nd, 2019, 11:13 am

Last place is Bakery Nouveau. After living in Europe, great bread and pastries were hard to come by, and then I found this place. One in Burien, West Seattle and Cap Hill. I have not visited Cap Hill, but the other two are consistently great options for Pain au Chocolate, Twice Baked Almond Croissants, Baguette, Quiche, cookies, olive bread, sausage roll, and coffee.
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#18 Post by Ron Slye » September 2nd, 2019, 2:13 pm

Bakery Nouveau (Cap HiIl) is fantastic -- we love the simple ham baguette sandwiches with cornichons and cheese! While I love their pain au chocolate, I do think Seasmoke's is better (though both are great).

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#19 Post by TR Barry » September 3rd, 2019, 8:53 am

Can definitely confirm that all of the places that Kris listed are delicious. Buddha Ruksa has been consistently the best Thai we've found in Seattle with the 'crack chicken' being a must order each visit.

My wife and I recently checked out Baker's in Sunset Hill and were pleasantly surprised. It was on the late side so we just sampled a couple small plates of the cheeses and the chilled corn veloute, both of which were great. My vesper hit the spot and my wife's rum cocktail was perfect for the hot weather. We'll be back to check out more of the food offerings and explore the wine menu as well.
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#20 Post by Robert Dentice » September 18th, 2019, 10:11 pm

I was in Seattle for a meeting and managed to fit in a lunch and dinner. I was extremely disappointed in Canlis. Was it just me or is it slipping? The famous salad was almost a joke it was so bad. Every other dish was bland except the duck which was ok. One of the somms told me about the wine list at Wild Ginger and it happened to be 3 minutes from my hotel so I went there for lunch. Food was barely passable but the wine list! Wow there are some deals on there, so good I will go back on my next trip.

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#21 Post by Mark Y » September 18th, 2019, 10:49 pm

Robert Dentice wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:11 pm
I was in Seattle for a meeting and managed to fit in a lunch and dinner. I was extremely disappointed in Canlis. Was it just me or is it slipping? The famous salad was almost a joke it was so bad. Every other dish was bland except the duck which was ok. One of the somms told me about the wine list at Wild Ginger and it happened to be 3 minutes from my hotel so I went there for lunch. Food was barely passable but the wine list! Wow there are some deals on there, so good I will go back on my next trip.
Example of deals on the wild ginger list?
I have been but didn’t get to order wine. Would love to hear about it!
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#22 Post by Chuck Miller » September 19th, 2019, 12:20 am

I took a few friends to one of my favorite places, Nell’s at Greenlake. We started with an off the menu special order app of Chimney Smoked Lobster. Always special. We all did the tasting menu, I ordered a Champagne off the list, and brought in a 2000 Fichet Meursault Chevalieres and a 2007 Dujac Combottes. Corkage was $25/ bottle.
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#23 Post by Robert Dentice » September 19th, 2019, 3:49 am

Mark Y wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Robert Dentice wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:11 pm
I was in Seattle for a meeting and managed to fit in a lunch and dinner. I was extremely disappointed in Canlis. Was it just me or is it slipping? The famous salad was almost a joke it was so bad. Every other dish was bland except the duck which was ok. One of the somms told me about the wine list at Wild Ginger and it happened to be 3 minutes from my hotel so I went there for lunch. Food was barely passable but the wine list! Wow there are some deals on there, so good I will go back on my next trip.
Example of deals on the wild ginger list?
I have been but didn’t get to order wine. Would love to hear about it!
You can see the list on line:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/ ... 6.2019.pdf

I get the impression they are having a hard time selling wine. They told me the owners are doing these special events and opening up some of the wines on the to celebrate their 30 year anniversary. It sounds like a great deal.

https://www.wildginger.net/news/2019/7/ ... ary-dinner

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#24 Post by Kris Patten » September 21st, 2019, 7:24 pm

Mark Y wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Robert Dentice wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:11 pm
I was in Seattle for a meeting and managed to fit in a lunch and dinner. I was extremely disappointed in Canlis. Was it just me or is it slipping? The famous salad was almost a joke it was so bad. Every other dish was bland except the duck which was ok. One of the somms told me about the wine list at Wild Ginger and it happened to be 3 minutes from my hotel so I went there for lunch. Food was barely passable but the wine list! Wow there are some deals on there, so good I will go back on my next trip.
Example of deals on the wild ginger list?
I have been but didn’t get to order wine. Would love to hear about it!
Some Allemand wines for one.
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#25 Post by Brandon Y. » September 22nd, 2019, 11:50 am

Robert Dentice wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:11 pm
I was in Seattle for a meeting and managed to fit in a lunch and dinner. I was extremely disappointed in Canlis. Was it just me or is it slipping?
I had high expectations for Canlis, but was incredibly disappointed when we went a few years ago. We went all in with the tasting menu and paired wines. The wines were great, but the food was shockingly bad. Maybe my expectations were just elevated based on the reputation (and cost) of the place, but we will likely never go back. The toughest duck I've ever had, an under cooked barley dish that was so hard it was legitimately not edible, a "salad" that just made us scratch our heads, etc. Really disappointing.
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#26 Post by Brandon Y. » September 22nd, 2019, 12:02 pm

It's a bit of a drive outside of Seattle, but my wife and I had a fantastic dinner at Salish Lodge about a month ago. Beautiful location and friendly staff. Limited wine list with a pretty steep markup from what I remember, and I can't recall what the corkage was (we brought a 1994 Bouchard Aîné et Fils Bonnes Mares - wonderful). The meal itself was excellent.
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#27 Post by Robert Dentice » September 22nd, 2019, 12:11 pm

Brandon Y. wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 11:50 am
Robert Dentice wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:11 pm
I was in Seattle for a meeting and managed to fit in a lunch and dinner. I was extremely disappointed in Canlis. Was it just me or is it slipping?
I had high expectations for Canlis, but was incredibly disappointed when we went a few years ago. We went all in with the tasting menu and paired wines. The wines were great, but the food was shockingly bad. Maybe my expectations were just elevated based on the reputation (and cost) of the place, but we will likely never go back. The toughest duck I've ever had, an under cooked barley dish that was so hard it was legitimately not edible, a "salad" that just made us scratch our heads, etc. Really disappointing.
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#28 Post by Kris Patten » September 22nd, 2019, 1:52 pm

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September 22nd, 2019, 12:02 pm
It's a bit of a drive outside of Seattle, but my wife and I had a fantastic dinner at Salish Lodge about a month ago. Beautiful location and friendly staff. Limited wine list with a pretty steep markup from what I remember, and I can't recall what the corkage was (we brought a 1994 Bouchard Aîné et Fils Bonnes Mares - wonderful). The meal itself was excellent.
Salish used to have a pretty deep list with Coche, Lafon and others at killer prices. Unfortunately those days are gone.

Surprised by Canlis feedback. I'd share it with them, the family is top notch and would want to know what went wrong and how to get another shot at you as lifelong customers.

Never had a bad meal there, couple dishes weren't my favorite, but service and wine/bar list are excellent too, best in WA.
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#29 Post by Ron Slye » September 22nd, 2019, 7:41 pm

I would also urge those who had bad experiences to communicate that to the restaurant. We went to Canlis about a month ago -- this was my first time in over ten or more years. My candid feedback is that the food was very very good -- one of the dishes, a rice with dungeness crab, was excellent. The others were quite good. My experience with Seattle is that it is hard to get to the really top of world class cooking -- which is fine, as they still do a great job and there are such good fresh ingredients. (The one exception was Willows Inn on Lummi Island -- very unique and fantastic meal). But Canlis -- the service is really some of the best I have experienced anywhere. The overall experience was really quite special. We brought some wines -- the corkage is very reasonable. We shared the wines with the staff -- and then got a nice tour of the restaurant and the wine cellar. I do think the PNW does a superb job with service generally (all of the stories about Nordstrom, etc), and Canlis lives up to that reputation. Does it match the amazing food I had at Alinea back in 2005 or 6, or Bouley back in the early 1990s -- no. But it was really well done, and the overall experience was fantastic. We had nothing close to poorly cooked food -- which it sounds like some of you had. I would definitely communicate that to them.

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#30 Post by Chuck Miller » September 23rd, 2019, 12:16 am

If Canlis is about anything, it is about service. This is a long-standing family owned restaurant, and their goal is to make everyone’s experience an ideal one. I have only dined there 3-4 times, but every one has been exceptional. If it isn’t special for you, they WANT you to give them feedback and they will make it right. There are a few other places in town that can sometimes match their commitment to service, but no one will ever beat it. Willows Inn, Cafe Juanita, and Nell’s might equal Canlis’ service on a given night, but Canlis is special, and a well deserved Seattle icon. IMO
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#31 Post by Darren Leininger » September 23rd, 2019, 6:59 pm

Dropping off our Sophomore son at UW and had a fantastic meal at 8 Row in Green Lake last night. Fantastic! Spot on! We started with Heirloom Tomato fried tomatillos, walnut pistou + cherry valley fromage blanc and Grilled Calamari cucumber, compressed melon, arugula + buttermilk and poppy seed vinaigrette followed by Local Lettuces shaved vegetables, mixed herbs, sleeping beauty cheese + champagne vinaigrette. Veggies were incredibly fresh and someone in the kitchen has deft touch with herbs and dressing. Our mains were Sweet Corn Cavatelli corn cob broth, tomato confit, pecorino + watercress, Honey Glazed Half Smoked Chicken esquites, aleppo pepper + lime with "street corn hash" and Hangar Steak olive oil crushed potatoes, blue cheese yogurt + cucumber salsa verde. All 3 mains were great (the chicken was the best chicken dish I've had in a very long time) and dessert was equally impressive, I had Apple pie and sweet cream ice cream and my son had the fudge brownie sundae. Certainly not nuvo cuisine but really well executed classic desserts, I'm still thinking about the apple pie. The wine list is small but super cool with names like Egly-Ouriet, Schiopetto, Joguet, Foradori, Occhipinti and Faury and they have a pretty cool selection of beers and ciders too. Highly recommended!
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#32 Post by Brandon R » September 24th, 2019, 7:57 am

I live 10 minutes from there, Darren, and haven't even heard of 8 Row. I'll check it out! Thanks for the nicely detailed recap.
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#33 Post by Doug Lee » September 28th, 2019, 1:17 pm

Le Pichet (get the chicken)
Nell’s
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#34 Post by Kris Patten » September 29th, 2019, 8:17 am

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#35 Post by Jeff Twersky » September 30th, 2019, 5:32 pm

Eden Hill, in Queen Anne.
Tarzan y Jane. We went the first week it opened, and I understand it had changed concept. That said, the food was excellent. I am curious to hear from others who have been.

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#36 Post by Kris Patten » October 5th, 2019, 12:37 pm

Walking around downtown yesterday, had lunch at Wild Ginger with friends. Had duck, 7 flavor beef, egg rolls and my all time favorite Hanoi tuna. Brought a 1989 Beaucastel and then off the wine list a Long Depaquit 2010 Les Clos, killer for $129, and a 2008 Knoll Gruner.

Walked down to Ben Paris at State Hotel for an after lunch espresso while buddies had Espresso Martini's and an Espresso with Chartreuse. Will be back for a meal, good service and ambiance.
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#37 Post by Jason K. » October 19th, 2019, 2:36 pm

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Le Pichet, dont forget frites and everyone I know orders the eggs with ham religously.
Absolutely. The oeufs plats are the only thing I've ever had there -- it's so good!
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#38 Post by Gus Siokis » October 25th, 2019, 6:05 pm

Traveling to Seattle on Sunday morning from Atlanta for a conference and planning on stopping in the SoDo area for a few tastings at the following places:

Sleight of Hand, Latta, Rotie, Waters, and Kerloo.

Thoughts? Any to add or subtract?
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#39 Post by Ron Slye » October 25th, 2019, 9:38 pm

Those are all good. I would also go to full pull which is in the same complex.

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#40 Post by Gus Siokis » October 26th, 2019, 5:29 am

Thanks, Ron!
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#41 Post by Andrew Kotowski » October 26th, 2019, 7:22 am

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Those are all good. I would also go to full pull which is in the same complex.
Georgetown Brewing is ~1 mile down the road. If you're a beer fan, I'd swing by and try a couple of beers and take a growler of IPA to go ;)
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#42 Post by Kris Patten » October 26th, 2019, 9:14 pm

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Traveling to Seattle on Sunday morning from Atlanta for a conference and planning on stopping in the SoDo area for a few tastings at the following places:

Sleight of Hand, Latta, Rotie, Waters, and Kerloo.

Thoughts? Any to add or subtract?
K Vintners is right down the Street. Worth a visit for sure.
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#43 Post by Gus Siokis » October 27th, 2019, 5:01 am

Thanks, Gentlemen!
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#44 Post by Kris Patten » November 16th, 2019, 2:30 pm

Couple lunches out in the trade this week and some happy hour gnoshes....

Place Pigalle - escargot and beet salad were both excellent

Re:public - had a vegetarian falafel, good+

Canlis - half bottle of Ramey Chard, truffle fries with a glass of Chartogne-Taillet BTG and version of yakitori with duck meatballs and a soy and egg yolks dipping sauce..... didn't do dinner, but a great bar to have a bite and guaranteed parking close by

Heritage (Woodinville) - oysters and a house pate with a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvee, oysters fresh as expected, pate was good, but small-ish portion
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#45 Post by Kris Patten » December 22nd, 2019, 5:01 pm

Hit Campagne in the Pike Place Market Friday for lunch. Server was very nice and receptive to stemware asks.

Food was just okay. Had meat, cheese and pate plate to share around, then while others had French Onion soup while the heavens were opening up outside, had a salad verte which was dressed and seasoned great. The steak frites was alright, my hanger wasn't the most tender and had a vein of sinew in it. Frites and aioli were delicious as always a couple bites of strawberry sorbet were great. Espresso was really poor, could tell machine needed a good cleaning. Friend had Croque Monsieur and enjoyed it.

Regret letting them talk me out of Le Pichet.
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#46 Post by lisalewis » December 22nd, 2019, 11:50 pm

Metropolitan Grill used to be fantastic. There really are so many fantastic culinary choices just on Capitol Hill. I ate lunch up there often, but that was some years ago.

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#47 Post by Mike Maguire » December 23rd, 2019, 7:50 am

lisalewis wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 11:50 pm
Metropolitan Grill used to be fantastic. There really are so many fantastic culinary choices just on Capitol Hill. I ate lunch up there often, but that was some years ago.
The Met bar is still my go to Happy Hour bar. [cheers.gif]

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#48 Post by Todd Hamina » December 23rd, 2019, 8:16 am

Spinasse is quite good.
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#49 Post by Kris Patten » December 23rd, 2019, 7:08 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 8:16 am
Spinasse is quite good.
Yea, the buttered noodles are unreal...Tajarin con burro e salvia.
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#50 Post by Kris Patten » December 23rd, 2019, 7:08 pm

Mike Maguire wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 7:50 am
lisalewis wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 11:50 pm
Metropolitan Grill used to be fantastic. There really are so many fantastic culinary choices just on Capitol Hill. I ate lunch up there often, but that was some years ago.
The Met bar is still my go to Happy Hour bar. [cheers.gif]
Happy hour burger and prawn cocktail are both go to's.
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