In chronological order:
Harvest Vine: Been wanting to go there for ages, was scared off by discussions of long waits to get in. Fortunately, they now accept reservations and are open 7 days a week. Boyfriend and I went there to celebrate me passing the bar exam. It was a wonderful meal, with an amazing variety of flavors of dishes, each impeccably prepared. Standouts were venison with matsutake mushrooms, an innocent-sounding pork shank with rice (mild but well-flavored), confit of squab, and peppers stuffed with trout salad. The goat cheesecake was incredible, one of the best desserts either one of us has ever had.
Rhodie's Smokin' BBQ
351 Broad St (In the Shell Station)
Seattle, WA 98109
Warning: I am am not a barbecue connoisseur. The following represents only my impressions of what tastes good, not what is authentic barbecue:
Boyfriend and I got two "Trailboss" sandwiches, one pork, and one chicken, both with spicy sauce. Also got a hot link, potato salad, and baked beans. Pork was wonderful--melty, a bit smoky, tasted great with the sauce. Barbecue sauce often tastes too sweet to me, but it wasn't a problem with the pork. The chicken wasn't quite as good as the pork, and the sauce seemed a bit sweeter and a bit hotter for some reason. The French roll they serve the sandwiches on is pretty good--soft, but not bland and mushy like the bread at Jones Barbecue. Potato salad was ok, nothing special. Baked beans were great, and I don't usually like them (because they're usually too sweet). Hot link was the only blah item--they're much better at Pecos Pit and Jones. Can't wait to go back and try the ribs and the brisket.
Osteria La Spiga: Lunch today. Chickpea and leek soup was especially good on a cold rainy day. Boyfriend had tagliatelle with truffle butter, and I had rosemary piadina with mortadella and endive. Both were great. We split the mascarpone dessert, which was rich, creamy and delicious. Would love to return for dinner.