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November 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM
They’re always contenders for the best chef, the best service, the best atmosphere… so sure, why not the best bathroom? Canlis has topped The Daily Meal’s list of the best restaurant bathrooms in the U.S. The “Zen-themed, spa-like” women’s bathroom took first place in a group judged on “overall design, the “coolness” factor, uniqueness, the use of funky gizmos and gadgets (you’ll see), and ease of use.”
Ned Ludd in Portland ranked #9 for a bathroom where, if you removed the sink and toilet, “you might as well be in a well-curated art gallery.” That is a big if.
In a Canlis vs. Canon showdown when Eater ran a similar contest a few years back (yes, there’s been more than one of these lists — even more than two), owners of both finalists agreed that the loser would clean the winner’s bathroom. Here are the results of that one.
As for Canlis, we had a lot of kind words for the place in Providence Cicero’s 3.5-star review last month, but we used our space talking about things like the canapés and like servers who “appear to communicate with each other telepathically.” Here’s that piece. And remember, if the prices are too dear, you get to use the bathroom and eat “relative bargains” if you stop by the bar, which also does pretty well in the design department.
October 17, 2013 at 2:53 PM
Our Restaurant Week giveaway continued Wednesday by asking readers to nominate the most romantic restaurant in Seattle. We’ll award a $50 gift certificate to a participating restaurant to the person with the answer that draws the most ‘likes’ on our Facebook page.
One of the leading nominations as of my last check was the Dahlia Lounge, for the slightly risque anniversary writeup that “of course, after the coconut pie, we are too full to get romantic, but we make up for it on other days.”
Canlis was the choice of a few entrants as the place that has “got romance covered,” with The Pink Door, La Rustica, Brad’s Swingside Cafe, Purple Cafe, Stumbling Goat, and “hidden gem” La Fontana also on the list. Harvest Vine got date night credit for “a cellar room, dim lighting, soft music, and shared plates.”
Agree? Disagree? Got nominations of your own? Head over here to express your opinion or for your own chance to win.
September 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Now we know what it takes to get Seattleites hot under the collar.
Seattle magazine contributor (and my former colleague) Leslie Kelly suggested bringing back restaurant dress codes — or at least a “dude-free dining policy” — after seeing a diner wander through The Metropolitan Grill in shorts and flip flops, carrying a bottle of electric blue Gatorade.
Kelly’s plea for decorum: “No shorts, no slippers, no wearing your company’s badge to complete your look.”
Then, the Internet lit up.
She got applause for highlighting “the sad state of Seattle fashion,” and for taking on behavior that “crosses the line from bad fashion to bad form.” Others slammed her (using decidedly dressed-down language, in some cases) for criticizing one of the unwritten Seattle policies that some people love. She got a tip to check out the dress-up “Tie Tuesday” monthly happy hour at The Tin Table.
“I’m happy that Seattle doesn’t require me to own a $600 suit AND be able to pay for my fancy meal. I’m happy to share a restaurant with people both better and worse off economically than myself. I’m happy that women in this town don’t feel as much foolish East Coast pressure to be covered in makeup,” wrote one Facebook commenter.
“I’ve seen men wearing pj bottoms in high end restaurants and ladies wearing sweats to the theater. Incredibly disrespectful and low rent,” wrote another.
There’s one place, at least, where the argument is long over: High-end Canlis requests (and in some areas requires) that men wear a suit or sport coat.
May 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM
It’s a good thing it’s an honor just to be nominated, because the 2013 James Beard awards weren’t kind to Seattle.
Gabriel Rucker of Le Pigeon in Portland took the “Best Chef Northwest” category of the awards, commonly known as the Oscars of the food world, beating out a group that included Seattleites Jason Franey of Canlis and Ethan Stowell of Staple+Fancy. Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco was the national “Rising Star Chef,” a prestigious category where the finalists included Blaine Wetzel of the Willows Inn on Lummi Island. In the cookbook awards ceremony Friday night, three locals were finalists — Michael Natkin for Herbivoracious in the Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian category (Roots by Portland’s Diane Morgan took the medal), The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle for Baking and Desserts (Portland’s Ken Forkish won for Flour Water Salt Yeast), and Modernist Cuisine at Home by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet, of the Bellevue-based Cooking Lab, in general cooking (breaking the Portland lock, at least, that category was won by Canal House Cooks Every Day by New Jersey-based Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.)
The complete list of 2013 winners is online here. And if there’s a consolation prize — beyond the fact that the nomination really is something to celebrate — it’s that some of the most notable awards, as L.A. Times reporters remarked, were “long overdue.” That’s starting to be true for Canlis and Stowell’s restaurants too.
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