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October 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM
One of the answers: “Paseo.” Paseo? I love the place, but doesn’t everyone?
Pho Bac, another place I already think of as a big name, also made the list. Some of the other answers were lesser-known or arguably underrated, though. Pho Viet Anh got the plug that “in a city famous for pho, this little place in Lower Queen Anne makes the best pho in the city hands down.” Ben Thanh in Columbia City does look like it deserves a wider audience. Instead of Tat’s, one commenter suggested, seek out the older and crowd-free Philadelphia Fevre for “tasty tasty tasty” fare (and never even mind the Kakes!). El Camion and Pike Street Fish Fry were there too.
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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.”
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October 16, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Our Restaurant Week contest giveaway continued Tuesday with a question about the most kid-friendly restaurants in Seattle. We’ll give a $50 gift certificate to a participating restaurant to the person whose answer gets the most “likes” on our Facebook page.
“You realize how Seattle is NOT a kid restaurant town when you consider how grown up EVERYWHERE feels,” said one commenter.
As with yesterday’s question, a lot of the usual suspects came up. There was Vios, one of the only restaurants so kid-friendly it had to make itself a little less so. (Mioposto in Mount Baker was another of those.) Tutta Bella, with its Wikki Stix, open kitchen, and welcoming attitudes, got early points on the list too, as did The Old Spaghetti Factory. Then came some of the newer candidates: Skillet Street Food won kudos for excellent kids food as well as the staff’s pleasant attitude. Pritty Boys Pizza in Madrona got a plug for an “awesome playspace.” Wild Fin in Renton and Issaquah got credit for “a ‘Junior’ menu which allows kids to order more sophisticated items in smaller portions and prices.” Votes also went to the Blazing Onion and its mix-your-own-soda machine, to Ivar’s on the waterfront, and, in one I wouldn’t have considered, fancy Palisade, because “it’s very spacious & the weekend brunch allows kids to try a variety of great food!”
The idea of taking kids out always sets off intense emotions in our “childless city,” and we had two non-restaurant recommendations as well: “My house! Grandma rules!” said the upbeat one, and “Uh…the daycare so I can go out and enjoy a great meal!” said the other.
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September 15, 2008 at 10:23 AM
The market is on the minds of many this morning, and I don’t mean the kind that sells groceries. Two major financial titans collapsed over the weekend: Merrill Lynch agreed to sell itself to Bank of America and securities firm Lehman Brothers announced it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This after the government agreed to help out major mortgage lenders last week. Yikes.
What good could come of this? Well, a falling Dow Jones industrial average means the price of the daily lunch special at Kirkland’s Bin Vivant will fall as well.
The wine-centric restaurant run by executive chef Lisa Nakamura and wine director Dawn Smith in the Woodmark Hotel (1200 Carillon Point, 425-803-5595) recently launched a “Dow-ism” promotion, tying the weekday special to the Dow’s opening numbers.
Today’s special (a grilled portabella sandwich with grilled onions, red peppers, eggplant and smoked mozzarella on toasted focaccia, served with smoked salmon chowder) will sell for $11.42 (the Dow opened at around 11,420 points this morning). Given the rollicking weekend, I would wager Tuesday’s special will only get cheaper.
The promotion is based on one Nakamura remembers from a Dallas restaurant that tied its lunch special to the price of a barrel of oil. “We wondered ‘What can we do to increase our lunch business and give people a break and still create something that’s fun and very current?’ So we came up with the Dow,” she said. So far, about a quarter of lunch guests each day take her up on it.
Locally, Norm’s Eatery and Ale House in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood also gained notoriety by tying the price of Bud and Bud Light on Mondays to former Mariner Richie Sexson’s famously slumping batting average.
Know of any other timely specials where you live or work? What average, index or event might you tie such a special to?
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