Had a dining-out weekend and thought I'd highlight two at once.... (I'll spare you the Chinese Imperial Palace and Pete's Famous Pizza reviews)
Matyson's was Friday night at 8. Very crowded, though we were seated right away. Service there was friendly and relaxed. I had trouble deciding amongst appetizers, but eventually settled on the mussels w/ spring onions and mushrooms (chanterelles?). These were the absolute best I've ever had. So large and so MANY! I'd never actually paired mushrooms w/ mussels before, but it's definitely a winning combo. Add to this a sweet and luscious broth w/ Excellent garlicky crostini and I was in heaven. Almost entree-sized and for only $10. (The actual entrees were very very good as well, though I can't recall them in such detail.) Total for two people was $56. So good, I'm going back for lunch this week.
Sunday morning brunch is now offered at Dmitri's on 23rd and Pine. I was a bit uneasy about going, wondering what strange things might be on the menu. Turns out, though, that it's pretty straightforward- eggs, bacon, french toast, etc. I had a mushroom-swiss omelette w/ sausage, my friend had two eggs over easy w/ bacon. Simple stuff, though they found a way to prepare the two so well that we were ooo-ing and ahh-ing with each bite (and I'm a fantastic breakfast cook, btw). Excellent potatoes, fresh-cut toast, perfectly-prepared eggs too. Bloody Mary's were fantastic, as was coffee. I definitely recommend, expecially with prices per meal at about $7.