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May 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Pink-slipped and hungry: where to go for your last lunch?

“Pink-slipped in Seattle” wrote with this compelling question:

I am one of those unfortunate souls facing a layoff in a few weeks and suddenly feeling like I have to make sure I have one last lunch at my favorite haunts downtown. On the list are JR Sprints Cafe (turkey sandwich) Wild Ginger and Salumi. What else should I hit before the paychecks stop flowing in?

I thought I’d throw the question out to my Eatership, so help me here, please: Where would you go for your last lunch(es) if the bad news came your way?

If I were in pink-slip’s shoes — and that’s certainly a possibility for many of us — I’d hightail it over to Matt’s in the Market for pretty-much anything on the menu, along with a Bloody Mary (as I mentioned in yesterday’s post). And then, just to guild the lily, I’d walk right over to Place Pigalle afterward — also a great last-lunch option — for a classic pot de creme:

I’m sweet on this sweet, and I’m not even a “chocolate person”

And you already know I’d make an immediate beeline for Saito’s for sushi, where I’d let Yutaka-san set me up with whatever he deems worthy.

Just say “omakase” at Saito’s

I’d also take a counter seat at the Steelhead Diner to drown my sorrows with a slice of caviar pie.

A new job: hopefully not pie-in-the-sky. Meanwhile: caviar

Oh, and of course there’s Le Pichet — for a pichet of rose and a platter of charcuterie.

Till we meat again

Also: the elegant Spanish restaurant Taberna del Alabardero — the one that moved in after Cascadia moved out. They’re famous for their paella, but I’d be sure to have a taste of Iberico ham. Rich! But a little goes a long way.

Taberna’s got a leg up when it comes to great food and service

Then there’s Lola, where I’d order the spicy chermoula squid with a Greek salad, a side of smashed potatoes and extra pita bread. Afterward, I’d go across the street to the Dahlia Bakery for a bag of that housemade pita and a mini-triple-coconut-cream pie.

L-O-L-A. . .”Hey! Can I have some more pita?”

I’d probably have to have one last slurp-o-rama at an oyster bar. Elliott’s Oyster House tops my list of great options.

Yo, Mr. Elliott’s oyster-shucker: Do you have any shigokus?

I’m most definitely with Pink-slip regarding Salumi (and sadly, with their truncated hours and my overly-full ones, I don’t get there often enough). But I’d also have lunch at Tamara Murphy’s revamped Elliott Bay Cafe and opt for a sandwich with one of their fabulous sides. Afterward, I’d head upstairs to the Elliott Bay Book Company and treat myself to a great cookbook.

Hey, Pink: I have a lot of cookbook favorites, but If you don’t already have it, may I suggest Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s “The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper”? It’s a great read, and will help you embrace the joys of home-cooking anew.

First, lunch. Next, a cookbook

Those are only some of the places I’d go. You? And though I was answering the question re: downtown Seattle, feel free to chime in about the lunch-spots near your workplace, where ever that may be.

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