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Lampreia, Tulio, Cascadia, The Oceanaire

jennyanydots | Mar 2, 200607:36 PM

Hi Seattle Chowhounds,
I am planning my second vacation to Seattle in May. I visited last autumn, and was so impressed that I have booked another trip.
Thanks to advice that I obtained here on this Board, I dined one night at Lampreia. I did have a slight bit of trepidation, since I have read some less than enthusiatic things in other places about Chef Carsberg. I am at a complete loss to comprehend these, because I found him to be extremely nice. I was dining solo, and absolutely every aspect to the experience to be extraordinary - the food and the service were amazing. Chef Carsberg stopped by my table, and I told him that my evening there at least equalled any that I had enjoyed at the French Laundry or Gary Danko. He is, imho, a true culinary genius. He was kind enough to send me a glass of dessert wine, and even went so far as to personally go outside the restaurant to get a cab for me. I have been salivating ever since at the prospect of dining there again. I can only hope that my next experience proves to be as wondrous as the first. I will be dining there solo once again when I return.
I lunched at Tulio during my last visit. On my second day in Seattle, a friend from Victoria will be joining me. We plan to have dinner at Tulio. I hope that she will enjoy it as much as I did. I can still recall the taste of their marvellous sweet potato gnocchi.
My friend and I are thinking of dining at Cascadia on our second night together. Do you think that this is a good choice? I tried Restaurant Zoe on my last trip, again alone, and although the food was fine, I found the service to be somewhat indifferent, so I would like to try somewhere else. Lark sounds great, but we would be there on a Saturday night, and their "no reservations" policy has pretty much stricken it from the list of possiblities.
My dining choices are also somewhat restricted because I do not eat meat or poultry, so most of the French bistro style restaurants do not provide enough options for me.
Since I live in landlocked Alberta, I make it a priority to eat some really great seafood. We have a number of great ethnic restaurants here in Edmonton, so I am trying to find restaurants that will provide more of a West Coast experience. I plan to dine at The Oceanaire on my last night in Seattle. Again, I will be alone. Their "50's supper club" atmosphere really appeals to me. Is their food equally appealling?
Dining solo poses no problem for me - it is so much better that sitting down to a meal with someone who doesn't appreciate good food and gripes about the price all evening long. While dining at The Sardine Factory in Monterey a couple of years back, a friend complained about the shrimp on her salad. I tasted it and it was just fine. Turned out that she prefers tinned shrimp to fresh! The next night, she suggested that we should eat at Denny's, because "you know exactly what you will get there." We have not travelled together since.
I think that my friend from Victoria and I will take in the Fremont Street Market during our visit. Any suggestions for Sunday brunch nearby? I have read some good things about the 35th Street Bistro, but would appreciate any other suggestions that you may have.
Thank you so much for any comments that you might provide to make our visit even better!

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