One more thought, and then I'll shut up and read. How about your favorite fallen flags? I'll post three:
John Kazdal's sausage sandwich place on Holman Road: JK created the Outrageous Taco restaurants, and this place was his flagship for a chain of sausage sandwich shops served on baguette's with herbed french fries. His dream was to shove them out over a steam counter by the thousands, about eight different styles. I was fortunate to eat about a dozen of the italian's before it went under. I forget the name, but not the sandwiches! Terrible location killed it, not even KFC could survive there (the previous tenant). I still try and recreate them on my own, but it's not the same, is it?
Ribben's, Ballard: Best sauce on planet earth, ever, you wanted to drink it. The service was rotten, the ambience sweaty and the brisket was served in little postage stamp chunks, but the sauce made all life's troubles meaningless. Once I created the perfect southern meal, stopping for brisket and sauce at Ribben's, fried chicken at Ezel's and corn bread at . . .
Gumbo Express, Madison: That's it, just the corn bread, best ever, better than Dixie's. I thought the cajun was only so-so. Best cajun I've had? At a take-out on Division Street in . . . Spokane!! They had a 'gator sign on a pole. Long since dead.
Remember Skipper's in West Seattle? The Guad underneath the Pay N Save (blue shirt Thursday's)? Rosellini's 410? Captain's Table? Great Green Society pizza? Anniques? Umberto's second store, with the cafe surrounded by an indoor cobblestone street? Dang, them's some good eats gone.