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February 19, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Lunch? Thought you’d never ask!

Today I’m taking my boss out to lunch. After reading my French onion soup roundup, he sent an email noting he’d never been to Cafe Presse and asked “Take me?” What could I say? He’s the boss. Yet as much as I love Cafe Presse, and my boss (suck up!), I’d rather have lunch at Saito’s. Why?

Because Flying Fish recently stopped serving the mid-day meal. Because Yutaka Saito is one of my favorite sushi chefs. Because (Hallelujah! and listen-up Lucy Mohl!) he’s finally reopened by day after a long dry spell of dinners-only. And because my standing order at lunch — and dinner — always looks as knocked-out gorgeous as this:

“One good thing about it being a bad time for restaurants is that Yutaka’s been able to get enough staff to open again for lunch,” says his wife and chief motivator, Anita, who still harbors fantasies of opening an intimate little sushi bar somewhere other than Belltown. Saito’s is serving lunch Tuesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. till 2 p.m. Save some uni for me, would you?

Saito’s isn’t the only restaurant on my must-go list to announce the advent of lunch service. Beginning March 1, Shea’s Lounge (the sexy little adjunct to Chez Shea in Pike Place Market) will start serving lunch every day but Monday from 11:30 a.m. till 2 p.m. Smart move for that intimate dining space. With only seven tables and a teensy bar, the spillover from busy Matt’s in the Market alone should warrant a full house.

Now tell me: which dinner-only restaurants would you love to see open for lunch?

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