I'm hoping to impose on you for a rec. I read this board fairly regularly but in this particular instance not sure what to do. My fam is coming for the day on Sat. We'll catch the Sounders game, do some other fun "city" stuff, and then have dinner before we head back. My husband requested something new. Our typical standbys when we eat here are La Carta, Top Gun, Jade Garden, Tamarind Tree.
I'm looking for something that fits the following description: no farther south than the ID, and not on the east side (heard about the 90 W closures and don't want to be near it). Let's say between Wallingford (Fremont Ballard ok) and the ID. Someplace with delicious food that isn't white linens and crystal glassware bc we'll have been running around in the heat all day, will be dressed down, and will have tired hot kids with us. That's why he initially said someplace ethnic, because if we go PNW or regional american cuisine, AND want the food to be good, we probably have to be dressed better and the kids on their good behavior, which is an unknown at the moment (they're 8 and 12). He suggested Altaye - which we love - Ethiopian - but it isn't new and he wanted new.
I was actually thinking Poppy bc of what I'd read about it before, but I just looked at their site and their menu is maybe a tad more fancy than what our situation calls for.
We have decent Thai at home, and not looking for sushi either. But pretty much any other ethnicity works.
Hoping for some good juju from you. It's our anniversary. Neither of us are big drinkers, so cocktails and wine lists aren't particularly important as a consideration.