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Road Trip Report Seattle to SF, Part 1

Jase | Sep 7, 200908:33 PM

I had previously asked for some help on keywords on this thread


Thanks again for all the help on that thread. This is the first part of the report, covering Seattle.

My trip food plans went by the wayside for the most part. I always feel that you need to be flexible for a good road trip and go with the flow. With random things happening, we didn't visit almost all of the places I had researched.

Starting in Seattle, I had my first meal at B&O café. Friend had the crunchy French toast and I had the sour cream waffle with blueberries. Both had a side of bacon. I had a mocha, he had an Americano. My waffle was okay, it could have been a little crisper but the flavor was good, the blueberries tasted fresh. I liked my friend’s French toast. Nice texture, moist. We both loved our bacon. Thick, full of porky goodness, smoky meaty with just enough fat but not greasy. Got five big slices an order, pleasant surprise for the cost. Overall, I like the feel of the place, nice service, good food and fairly priced. Good kick off to the trip.

Later that evening, we met some friends at Le Pichet. We shared several appetizers. The chicken liver terrine, charcuterie plate, the air cured ham and the rabbit rillette. I really liked everything I had. The chicken liver terrine was amazingly smooth and airy but very rich tasting. The rabbit rillette wasn’t as heavy as a regular pork rillette but still had that dense rich meatiness to it. Just well executed dishes, went well with the bread and good company.

We wandered around belltown and I was looking for something light for our next stop. Ended up popping into Wasabi Bistro. This was okay. The service was indifferent. The sushi was good but not anything outstanding. I was surprised at the relatively inexpensive prices given the vibe of the place. We had some monkfish liver, eel, sea urchin and toro. I was shocked that we got such generous portions of monkfish liver and Toro for only $7 per order. Easily double the price in Los Angeles for the portion size. Overall, I wouldn’t go out of my way for Wasabi but for a quick hit to satisfy the sushi urge in the area, it’d be acceptable.

The rest of the night we just walked around popping into bars, spent a good amount of time at Shorty’s, tried a couple of local beers, played lots of pinball. Unfortunately I forgot to try a dog before I left.

The next couple of days in Seattle we were meeting random friends, eating at some people’s homes and doing some touristy things so just some quick recaps.

Lola for breakfast. I had the octopus hash since I was intrigued by it. It also had pork belly and summer squash in it. A fried egg on top for the runny yolk to mix in was another good part of the dish. I liked the tenderness and flavor of the octopus, the squash was good, not mushy. The pork belly was a good idea as another flavor component to balance the dish but texturally it was a touch on the tough stringy side. Otherwise the dish would have been fantastic, still good overall. Had a bite of my friends maple sausage which was also good. Definitely recommend as a nicer breakfast place.

Elyssian brewery, the beer was good, the food was okay. I had the pork carnitas which I thought would come with tacos. Instead it was this weird stew like thing with strips of fried tortillas. Just wasn’t what I was looking for. I'd say drinking stop, eat elsewhere or stick with basic pub food. Chef seems to be trying too hard. At least the side salad had a good mixture of different greens instead of standard iceberg lettuce and it was fresh.

Top Plant Donuts was near my friend’s place and I had it a couple of times. Really liked the apple fritter. The chocolate Bavarian cream wasn’t bad. Good coffee.

Pike’s Peak market. Stopped into Beecher’s hand crafted cheese, tried their signature mac and cheese. I like my mac and cheese more assertive. Nothing I’d go out of my way for next time. Also popped into a stand and had oysters, steamed clams and mussels. The oysters were disappointing, clams and mussels much better.

Popped into a few bars for happy hour food over a couple days but nothing outstanding to report or remember. Although I did like the chili cheese fries at Mecca Cafe. Huge plate, crisp fries, lots of thick gooey meaty chili and cheese, a dish that was made for beer drinking. Right around the corner from Easy Street records too. Liked that neighborhood.

On the way out of town, we stopped at Dahlia’s for breakfast sandwiches and road food. Good bread, nicely crisped bacon, fresh veggies on the sandwich. Also got a chocolate truffle cookie, fig bar and monkey bread. All held up well in the car. We were off to our next phase of the trip.

Portland and driving through Oregon next.

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