After 16+ years in Phoenix I will soon be heading to Seattle to join my boyfriend, who moved there last summer (and LOVES IT).
Of course I've been following this site for recommendations for all my visits, and for where to go once I'm there for good. Still, there are a few things that I'm hoping you can help me find (either because I can get a great version in Phoenix and will miss it, or because Phoenix is lacking and my new home will come through for me!).
1. Kolache. I'm originally from the Dallas area, and whenever we'd drive to visit relatives in Austin we'd stop in West, TX (not to be confused with west Texas) for delicious kolaches. I want the fruit kind AND the sausage kind. Have trouble finding them here in AZ; guess we don't have much of a Czech population?
2. Cuban sandwich. Yes, Paseo is DEFINITELY on my list of places to go. Still, I'm not sure if what they do is what I am looking for, which is: pork roast, ham, swiss, mustard, pickle, pressed & toasted. Once upon a time there was a place here in Phx that did this version of a Cuban WONDERFULLY, but since it closed I haven't had one I was totally happy with.
3. Fruit boba drinks made with REAL fruit and not just the powder. There's a pho restaurant here that does a "fresh soursop boba" that I ADORE. Surely with all the Vietnamese/pho places in Seattle, there must be somewhere the does fresh fruit boba...right? I REALLY want soursop, but other flavors would be good too.
4. Chausson aux pommes. Last fall I got to go to France and, at little bakery in a little town, had AMAZING chausson aux pommes (apple turnovers) hot out of the oven. It was one of the best things I've eaten in my entire life. Other bakeries just had "apple goo" (smooth applesauce) inside, but these had big chunks of apple along with the goo. I still dream of them.
5. I know nothing can replace Pane Bianco in my heart or stomach (Chris Bianco's pizza has been heralded as the nation's best, but it's his sandwiches I crave. Goat cheese with roasted tomatoes. Italian sausage. Tuna with lemon & gaeta olives. Roasted lamb and escarole. Soppressata with aged provolone. Etc....), but I am definitely looking forward to trying Salumi. My boyfriend is a vegetarian -- do they serve anything he can eat, or am I going to have to make the trek on my own (I'm completely ok with that, it's just best to know in advance)?
There are probably other things I'll want that I just can't think of right now. I guess if anything new occurs to me I'll post to this thread.
Thanks in advance, Seattle Hounds!
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