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January 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM

A roundup of readers’ favorite soup spots

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Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson embarks on a six-month leave with a tasty farewell — a post about reader-recommended places for soup of all sorts. While Nancy takes a break, award-winning food writer Rebekah Denn will host the All You Can Eat blog.

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Bisotted: by butternut squash soup at Bisato, in Belltown. [Seattle Times/John Lok.]

Soup: It’s what’s for dinner. And lunch. And, if you’re me, breakfast. Especially in January. As much as I love to take to the stove and soup-er-size-it, I’m always on the lookout for a restaurant fix. Recently, I asked my Eatership to point me toward their soup-spot favorites and — thanks, guys! — they offered a wide world of ideas, directing me to hole-in-the-wall places, as well as haute haunts. With a nod to their lineup, I’ve added a soupçon of seafood-scented suggestions:

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December 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Seattle-area Italian joints? Eaters say “That’s amore!”

Last month I shouted “Mambo, Italiano!” and with help from my Eatership came up with a list of Italian joints longer than Frank Sinatra’s musical canon, curated here to a handy dozen.

Did we miss our chance to raise a glass of chianti and sing “That’s Amore!” to your homiest of hangouts? Come-on-a-my-comments-box and sing it, Paisan!

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Angelo’s Ristorante

After 50-plus years as kitchen crew and Welcome Wagon, the Ricci family is the Burien equivalent of Italian-American royalty. “They are old, old school Italian,” notes one enthusiastic follower, and their reach extends to a second Angelo’s, in Bellevue.

601 S.W. 153rd St., Burien, 206-244-3555, www.angelosofburien.com; 1830 130th Ave. N.E., Bellevue, 425-883-2777, www.angelosofbellevue.com

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November 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Fall harvest in Seattle: a taste of 10 new restaurants

Talk about a fall harvest! So many restaurants made their debut last month, it’s difficult deciding where to go first. To celebrate the season, here, in alphabetical order, are 10 October debutantes to put on your check-it-out list. Want to add your two cents about these newbies — or any others recently opened or in the offing? Please do.

By the time autumn turns to winter, dozens of new restaurants will have opened in and around Seattle. October brought the debut of many, including (from left) Altura, Mezcaleria Oaxaca, March&#233 and LloydMartin. [Seattle Times/Erika Schultz]

Altura

Here on North Broadway, chef/owner Nathan Lockwood is turning it out in an open kitchen and turning us on to seasonal Italian cuisine and the option of a “3-4-5” coursed dinner ($49-$69). Added attractions: paired wines and a 10-seat counter.

617 Broadway E., Seattle (206-402-6749 or www.alturarestaurant.com). Hours: dinner 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Bako

Remember the old Jade Pagoda? Forget it! On that site across from Altura stands Keeman Wong’s contemporary Cantonese restaurant and bar. Wong ditched the kitsch to make a modern mark. Cocktails are king, and you may enjoy one alongside char siu pork at “Foursies” (think happy hour).

606 Broadway E., Seattle (206-829-8958 or www.bakoseattle.com). Hours: dinner 5 p.m.-close Tuesday-Sunday (Foursies 3-5 p.m.).

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October 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Nothin’-fancy restaurants satisfy old-school tastes in Seattle (and beyond)

Not all of us are Slow Foodies craving burrata with heirloom tomatoes or sous-vide chicken with chanterelle emulsion. And if you just said “Huh?” I’ll bet you a senior-citizen discount you could have been among the crowd crying big salty tears when Marie Callender’s closed its Northgate location in June.

Charlotte and Harry Spizman were, and they called me, bereft, leaving me to wonder: When it comes to affordable, family-friendly, senior-citizen-loving restaurants, what’s left? My Eatership helped supply the answer, offering ideas for neighborly places where “the usual” is not unusual and soup du jour is de rigueur.

They gave the nod to menus where liver and onions still reign (Leena’s Cafe in North City) and places where no one gives a rip whether or not the “B” in their BLT is cured in-house (Patty’s Eggnest in Greenwood? Not!). They singled out names like Mitzel’s (in Kent) and Shari’s (in Shoreline); houses local (Family Pancake House) and international (IHOP); and put their thumbs up for Seattle breakfast-and-burger-stops north (University Burgermaster near University Village) and south (Silver Fork in Rainier Valley).

Among the nods were the following nothin’-fancy joints where I paid homage with a recent visit: local favorites that have been feeding old-fashioned tastes for decades.

Good-old-fashioned food? Yeah, they’ve got it. [photos/Nancy Leson]

The Wedgwood Broiler has served its same-name neighborhood since 1965. There, my waitress delivered a lunchtime martini to an elderly gent who could have played Don Draper’s body-double back then. Had I been inclined, I might have leaned across the aisle of a dining room brown as my thick-sliced pot roast and gravy and said, “I haven’t had pot roast and potatoes this good since I visited my mother-in-law at the fancy hospital!” Meantime, our waitress dropped a salad to our next-door-patron noting, “Sally, we changed the bacon bits to salami bits, so I put yours on the side.” Now that’s service!

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August 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Restaurants where Seattle Eaters wow out-of-towners

Ours is a food-lover’s Paradise. When I asked folks to join me in singling out the places we show off to visitors, they proved loud and proud, pointing to the city’s delicious attractions. Did we miss your gotta-take-’em spots? Share them here on the blog.

Way to show folks a good time: at Matt’s in the Market (left) in Pike Place Market [Seattle Times/Betty Udesen]. And at Sitka & Spruce in Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market, where simple pleasures might include Pacific Northwest lox with zucchini and wild currants. [Seattle Times/John Lok]

There’s seafood and then there’s “see” food. With apologies to a certain native chief, that’s why they call it Seattle. “When I pick [guests] up at the airport, I like to jump on the viaduct and breeze through downtown for that ‘Chamber of Commerce tour.’ Then get off in Ballard and head for Ray’s Cafe for deck seats,” says one Eater. “By the time they finish their first beer, they’re AGOG.”

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June 30, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Seattle-area sandwich sensations? Readers pile ’em on

For my July roundup, I took the liberty of asking Eaters to salute their favorite sandwich — by naming the stuffed breadstuffs that form a more perfect union. I asked them to lay off the banh mi (recently discussed here) and leave out the burgers (for now). Battles raged. But I’m in it to win it — and did they ever come up with some winners. Did we miss the one that rings your bell? Feel free to raise the flag for your favorite, right here on the blog.

If you think Paseo makes the top ‘wich in town, get in line. You won’t be alone! “They have no competition,” insist a multitude who flock to this Caribbean sandwich-shack duo in Fremont and Shilshole. “All of their sands are a religious experience,” says one zealot, who’s quick to single out the Grilled Pork with its “sweet oozy onions” and pickled jalapenos, among other add-ins. “Heavenly,” opines another, describing the marinated pork on the Midnight Cuban, pressed with smoked ham and melted Swiss. Slow-roasted pork shoulder defines Paseo’s best-selling Cuban Roast sandwich — my choice, and one respondent’s death-row dinner. Another prefers the “4-star” Grilled Prawn sandwich: “Two of those, along with a couple ears of their corn, would be my last meal.”

Cuban Roast sandwich at Paseo — the glamor-shot version. [Seattle Times/Ellen Banner]

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