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Top Pot rules (and other Seattle notes, long)

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Top Pot rules (and other Seattle notes, long)

Joanie | Mar 27, 2004 07:31 PM

Those donuts kick Dunkin Donuts and its new rival Krispy Kremes' asses. I had a maple frosted old fashioned at Bauhaus Cafe and a plain old fashioned at the shop on 4th (or is it 5th?) and they're donut heaven, the perfect combination of crunchy and greasy. My favorite thing in Seattle maybe. I can only hope all the walking I did offset some of the eating, too many places to try in 6 days.

Started with a nice $25 meal at Brasa on 2nd, nicely marinated petit filet w/ mashed & green beans, excellent choc. cake w/ espresso ice cream and slightly overdressed spinach salad. My friend enjoyed the tuna and frozen lemon mousse. Very cool room but not as busy as you'd think on a Thurs. from 8-9:30PM. And they had a huge choice for the $25, bigger than some people's regular menus. Fri. was a fine chocolatine croissant (w/ hazlenut) at Le Panier across from the market. Much better than the plain pain au chocolat. Stumbled into the pretty Bellino Cafe on 2nd & Wall for a latte. Ate at the Met Bar for a lunch of lobster bisque and greens w/ pear, goat cheese and pecans and too much bread. Salad was huge and good if light on pear, bisque was rich and tasty ($10.95 combo). That nite was Palace Kitchen cuz I had to have that coconut cream pie. My ravioli w/ duck confit was good ($19) but about the same size as my friend's app. of pork ravioli. He also got pork belly bruschetta which tasted better than it sounds and carpaccio. Very friendly bartender on a jumping Fri. nite. Sat. we started w/ a dish of Kalua pork at the Hawaiian BBQ place on University. Kind of like pulled pork w/ cabbage, rice and even more starch, macaroni salad. Needed some of that red sauce on the table but filled us both up for $6.75. After some sightseeing, we split a pork bahn mi at New Saigon Deli on Jackson which was only okay. We asked for it warmed up and they did put it in the microwave but nothing happened. Can't complain for $2 or whatever. Then off to Malay Satay Hut across the street for the light and crispy roti tenur and a seafood noodle dish whose long name escapes me. I wish I had time to go back there, many interesting things to try. Dinner was NY style cheesecake at Paisley Cafe on Pike. Cute relaxing spot, good cheesecake and choc. mousse.

Sun. we waited a long time to get into The Dish in Fremont. My friend's scrambled tofu w/ eggs looked great and I had a very good omelette w/ basil, moz., tomato and esp. tasty sausage ($7.95) but was disappointed I couldn't find hash browns instead of home fries at breakfast places. Isn't that a west coast thing? Same thing on Bainbridge Island at either the Silverline or Big Star Diner. Ended up at the latter for wonderful cornmeal pancakes w/ real maple syrup (~$6). Basic egg dishes seemed a litle high priced but those pancakes were perfect. Hopefully it's usually busier than it was at 10:45AM on a Mon. That nite was a $25 meal at Zoe on 2nd. Took a while for the 4 of us to get seated but we had a great waitress and a huge pour of viognier for <$5 (and bottles are 1/2 priced on Mondays; my friend had a half of some great red). A simple wild green salad started then tilapia w/ a good side of potatos. Good but tilapia really needs some oomph to make it interesting. Hanger steak off the menu was very tasty and a pork dish on the menu was just full of interesting flavors. Pear tart was only okay.

Big ole lunch at Wasabi Bistro on 2nd in Belltown cuz I hadn't had Japanese food yet. Really good miso soup and the rec of the spicy and sweet black cod in the bento box was very good ($11). Spent the last nite in the Warwick Hotel on Lenora & 4th where a martini at happy hour was only $2.50. He came up with the perfect citrusy flavors I requested. Then 5 of us got the 8 courses at Union downtown on 1st which was great but I think we were missing a salad. Oysters were fresh, watercress soup w/ crabmeat was great, rare tuna was good, tenderloin w/ a little potato was wonderful, cheese was strong, banana citrus gelato or whatever was okay and they must have run out of choc. mousse cuz we got a devil's food cake w/ orange ice cream that wasn't all that. We had a very nice server who put up with an esp. boozed up member of our party quite well (then again, she drank mucho wine so it just jacked up the price).

Last morning before the flight, I got my donut, shopped a bit, and got to Salumi down in scroddytown right when it opened. Really nice people working there and the lamb sandwich w/ roasted red peppers and onions was tasty but I felt like like the ratio of bread to meat was a little high. Also got a piroshky from across the market to take with me, I don't know why Boston doesn't have any of those since there's a good sized Russian community. Last was a homemade fig newton from Dahlia bakery. At $2 it was higher than some of the fancier stuff in the case which I'll have to try next time.

Took the ride by Georgetown which was suggested but that's got a ways before it's up and/or coming. Lots of cookies, scones and coffee along the way, but you can't get a plain iced coffee out there (coffee already cold). Went to some fun bars, the divey 50's feel is a lot more alive out there than in our staid city. Can't say I'm bummed about our no smoking policy tho, not used to being out in smoke anymore. In any case, a great time, lucked out with the weather the whole trip and I appreciate the help you gave.

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