I've just moved into a place in Seward Park after years of exile to the Eastside. And while there are certainly gems to be found spaced between Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, and the like, my excitement at Seattle's offerings being less than 20 minutes away is bordering on delirium. So, I intend to take advantage of being much closer to Downtown, Capital Hill, and the bounties of the ID, but my immediate focus is on the best food destinations in my neighborhood. So, I'm looking for any tips on eating between Rainier Ave, the south end of Lake Washington, and west as far as Beacon Hill. Columbia City, Madrona, MLK, even North Renton are all within a moment's striking distance.
I'm not a complete stranger to the area and have sampled or know of some of it's offerings, (La Medusa, Geraldine's, Pho Bac, Mutual Fish). But, I'm still interested in hearing specific menu recommendations for the obvious places. I would never have known to sample Geraldine's superlative french toast even after several visits if it weren't for this board. I'm guilty of falling into routine with some of my favorite places, and sample to little of a potentially revelatory menu. So don't be shy with your favorite finds, fine dining, or hole in the wall, all are equal in my eyes if the food is made with skill. I already plan on checking out some Pollo a la Brasa and Mekong Rainier, in the hope that it fills the hole Ranch 99 left in my life when I moved up from the Valley some years ago. I've also fallen in love with the pulled pork pizza at Flying Squirrel. But I'm sure there are a number of treasures within 10 minutes of my new home that I am completely blind to.
I'm pretty new to Chowhound and still overwhelmed by its value as a resource to someone obsessed with all things tasty. I was inspired to post this question after seeing a post by Equinoise from last year about lengua tacos being doled out of the back of a car in a Lowe's parking lot. I was out that Lowe's last night and would never have had the good sense to notice such an event. I envy that kind of gastronomic radar and eagerly (greedily) seek to benefit from yours.